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Game Management Changes - Tackling & Safety

By Rugby Ohio, 02/12/15, 10:30AM EST

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The new USA Rugby High School Game Management Guidelines has a couple major changes that will affect the way the game needs to be coached and the way it will be refereed.

Here are two major changes:

THE BREAKDOWN

A. SAFETY

1. Tackled players may not use the “squeeze ball” technique (when the player positions their body over the ball and pushes the ball back between their legs) to recycle possession. PK

2. If a player falls in a position where they could be potentially injured the referee should stop play immediately and award a scrum to the team in possession.

 

A. TACKLING: The following are NOT acceptable practices
1. Tackling should not be above the armpits.