ACOY Sports Day Rules

 IMPORTANT- IF YOU’RE REGISTERED FOR AN UPCOMING COMPETITION, PLEASE READ ALL THE INFORMATION BELOW

Dearest In Christ,

We look forward to having a fantastic and blessed day together in the name of Christ. Below is some important information below that will help you make the most of your time at the competition.

All behaviour is expected to be in line with Christ’s teachings and this will form the foundation of all rules including (but not limited to) the following:

  1. I understand that this competition is being run to promote fellowship amongst members of the Antiochian Orthodox Church and encourages good sportsmanship, conduct, friendliness and fairness.
  2. There will be zero tolerance for swearing, unsportsman behaviour, violence, dissent, verbal or physical abuse, intimidation, threats of violence by players and spectators.
  3. I understand that the referee’s call is final and that back chatting to the referee will not be tolerated.
  4. I understand that failure to comply with the rules of the event will result in me being disqualified from the event without a refund.

Select the applicable games for more specific rules

The Basics

  • Oztag is a non-tackling version of rugby league.
  • Maximum of 8 players at any one time.
  • In a mixed male/female game, no more than 4 Males can be on the field at any one time.
  • The defender must remove one or both tags to stop the attacker’s progress. He/She then holds up the tag and drops it to the ground marking where the play the ball should occur.
  • There is a marker in the play the ball.
  • The defence must be back seven metres.
  • The defensive line can move forward only when the dummy-half touches the ball. Dummy half can run and be tagged with the ball.
  • Six tags/plays to promote ball before the changeover.
  • An attacker must stop and play the ball if he is in possession with only one tag on.
  • The only persons able to promote the ball with one tag on are the dummy half, and the player taking the tap (as long as they do not take more than one step with the ball.
  • A knockback is played on, the knock-on advantage rule applies – same as Rugby League.
  • An attacker must stop and play the ball if he is in possession with only one tag on.
  • The only persons able to promote the ball with one tag on are the dummy half, and the player taking the tap (as long as they do not take more than one step with the ball.
  • The game is non-contact the attacker cannot deliberately bump into a defender. A defender cannot change direction and move into the attacker’s path. Whoever initiates contact will be penalised. The onus is on the attacking player to avoid a defender.
  • The ball carrier is not allowed to protect his tag or fend off defenders.
  • A try is awarded to the attacking team when they ground the ball on or over the try line. 1 point for male, 2 points for female.
  • Simultaneous tag is played on. (If the referee is unable to decide, the pass is allowed – play on. The advantage goes to the attacking team.)
  • An attacker may pass the ball over his/her try-line to a teammate who may run the ball out. If the ball is dropped, the ball is deemed dead. A player in possession may run behind his try-line and back out into the field of play.
  • Players can dive to score a try, however, if this player touches the ground with the knees or arms before the try line or slides across the line and a defender is within tagging distance a try is disallowed and a tag is counted.
  • A player can go down on their knees to score a try over the try line.

KICKING

  • A team may kick the ball before the initial tag is made. (e.g.: a team picks up the ball in general play from a kickoff, knock-on, loose ball etc.. may kick the ball before being tagged) Once a tag has been made, the ball may not be kicked again till after the fourth tag.
  • Kicks in General play cannot be above the shoulder height of the referee. The attacking team cannot dive on a kicked ball in any situation but can kick on.
  • Kickoffs and line dropouts. If the ball lands in the field of play and then rolls across the try line whether touched or not a line drop-out occurs. Try line becomes the dead ball line for all kicks.
  • If the ball is kicked or passed into the referee, the referee will order a changeover where he was struck.

MISCONDUCT

  • Unsportsmanlike conduct covers the behaviour and attitude of players on the field and may result in a penalty, sin bin or dismissal.
  1. Teams are to consist of no more than 10 players.
  2. Only registered players are to take the field and teams are not allowed to borrow players from other teams.
  3. Minimum of two girls are to be on the field at all times.  Please consider this when registering your team. If a team is unable to field two girls, they will need to play with that position vacant.
  4. Matches will be played with unlimited interchanges, with no requirement to inform the  referee of the change. Players may interchange as they wish. Only goalkeeper interchanges need to be approved by the referee.  Each registered player must at least take the field once each game unless they are injured. Failure to do so will result in a point being awarded to the opposing team for each player who misses out.
  5. Closed in shoes must be worn while playing on the field. No studs or boots allowed since it’s an indoor field.
  6. Shin guards are recommended to be worn.
  7. A goal is awarded one point regardless of who scores it or where the shot is taken from.
  8. Players must wear their allocated bibs while on the field at all times.
  9. Each match will consist of two fifteen minute halves with a five minute half time break.
  10. Only balls provided on the day can be used in the competition.
  11. Each half will begin with kick off at the centre spot.  The ball can be passed back from kick off.
  12. After a goal is scored, the team which conceded will be awarded possession and will kick off at the centre spot.
  13. No height restrictions are imposed and the ball can be bounced off the sides and back walls.
  14. No slide tackles are permitted. This will be an automatic send off
  15. In the group stages, a win is awarded 3 points, a draw 1 point for each team while a loss is awarded no points. If there is a draw at the end of the group stage, the winner will be decided on goal difference then most goals scored then head to head.
  16. There is no extra time or penalty shoot outs for group stage matches.
  17. The top two teams for the group stage matches will progres to the knockout stages.
  18. In the knockout stages, if after regular game play there is a draw, teams will play two five minute halves of extra time.  If after this there is still a draw, it will go to penalty shoot out.
  19. Yellow and red cards will be strictly enforced.  If a player accumulates two yellow cards over three games, they will miss a game. If they accumulate three yellow cards over the course of the day they will miss a game. If a player accumulates 5 yellow cards, they will not be allowed to play anymore games.
  20. If a player incurs a red card as a result of their actions, they will miss three consecutive games.
  21. This competition is being run to promote fellowship amongst members of the Antiochian Orthodox Church and encourages good sportsmanship, conduct, friendliness and fairness.  There will be zero tolerance for swearing, unsportsman behaviour, violence, dissent, verbal or physical abuse, intimidation, threats of violence by players and spectators.
  22. The referee’s decision is final and persistent questioning of decisions of a referee by players and spectators will not be tolerated.  Only the team captain is to approach the referee.
  23. The offside rule will not apply except when kicking off from the centre spot.  From kick off the defending players will need to be 5 metres back from the ball.
  24. Free kicks will require defending players to be 5 metres from the ball.
  25. Only the goalkeeper is allowed in the circle when defending a penalty.
  26. Penalties are to be taken from the marked penalty spot.
  27. Goal kicks must be taken from within the goal circle by the goalkeeper or a nominated player.
  28. If the goalkeeper picks up the ball, they have 6 seconds to play the ball.
  29. An attacking player is not allowed to kick the ball out of the goalkeeper’s hands whilst they are holding the ball.
  30. The goalkeeper can only pick the ball up while it is in the circle and is not allowed to pick up the ball off of a back pass

Useful Contacts

Here are some contact numbers you can pass on as emergency contacts. Also feel free to contact these names ASAP if the link above doesn’t answer your questions:

  • Andrew Abousleiman (Main Organiser)- 0414 970 800
  • Johnathan Barhoumeh (ACOY President)- 0410 800 340
  • Fr. Dn. John Daher (Assistant Clerical Advisor)- 0438 457 670

We look forward to seeing you there.