Coaches Corner


DSLV Laws 

For those of you that don't know about the new DSLV laws, here are the main points. The Full run down can be found on the Ellesmere RSU website.
  1. Half Game: Every player from U7 to U18 MUST play at least half a game.
  2. Rolling substitutions: There are NO rolling substitutions at ANY grade. Combined with point 1, this means that any player on the bench at half time takes the field for the seco...nd half.
  3. 90 minute rule: NO player can play more than 90 minutes in a day. Combined with points 1 and 2, this means that for U11.5 to U13 a player can only play 3 halves of rugby per day, and for U14.5 to U18 a player can only play 2 halves of rugby per day (across all Canterbury competitions).
  4. Player numbers on the field: U7 - 7 players; U8.5 to U10 - 10 players; U11.5 up - 15 players. These numbers are both the maximum (for all grades) and the minimum (for competition points to count)
Replacement vs Substitute Player Rules 
 This applies to ALL competitive grades and serves as a reminder around the Replacement vs. Substitute player Rules 
With the under 11.5 grade now playing under the full competition rules, Coaches are asked to make sure they understand the difference between a replacement player and a substituted player

Replacement: A player who replaces an injured team-mate.
Substitute: A player who replaces a team-mate for tactical reasons.

The replacement/substituting of all players must be made when the ball is dead and with the permission of the referee

Permanent replacement A player may be permanently replaced if injured. If the player is permanently replaced, that player must not return and play in that match.. This means when Johnny gets injured, leaves the field and is replaced, There are NO circumstances that he can return to the field of play or take part in the game.

Temporary Replacement When a player has a blood injury, which has uncontrolled active bleeding (a blood injury), that player may be temporarily replaced. The injured player must return to play as soon as the bleeding has been controlled and/or covered. If the player who has been temporarily replaced is not available to return to the field of play within 15 minutes (actual time) of leaving the playing area, the replacement becomes permanent and the replaced player must not return to the field of play. This means Johnny has 15 minutes actual time to control the bleeding and return to the field. If the bleeding continues, he cannot return to the field of play or take part in the game.

Substituted player If a player is substituted, that player must not return and play in that match.
Exception 1: a substituted player may replace a player with an open or bleeding wound.
Exception 2: a substituted player may replace an injured player, though only once all other reserves have taken the field
A substituted player cannot return to play in the match unless he goes on to replace a bleeding player or to replace a player that in permanently injured.

Duncan Sole President Ellesmere J.A.B.