2014 Coaches/Captains Meeting

2014 Rocky Mountain Challenge

Coaches/Captains Meeting
Friday, June 13, 2014
8:00 PM

Weekend Schedule
Tournament Rules
Match Schedules
Law Interpretations
National Selectors Role

The Rocky Mountain Challenge,
America’s Premier High School All Star Rugby Tournament

The goals of the Rocky Mountain Challenge are to:

  • Provide the highest level of age grade rugby competition in the US,
  • Give the players the maximum exposure to the competition and the national selectors,
  • Consider the safety of the all players first, and
  • Operate in a financially responsible manner.

2014 Rocky Mountain Challenge

Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday, June 13th

5:30PM               Teams Check-In at Doubletree Aurora
8:00                     Coaches/Captains Meeting

Saturday, June 14th

7:30AM               Leave for Aurora Sports Park
9:00                     Opening Ceremony- all sides participate
10:00                   First matches kickoff
6:00PM               Final matches conclude

Sunday, June 15th

7:00AM               Leave for Aurora Sports Park
8:00                     First matches kickoff
12:00PM             Boys JV Division Championship Match
1:00                     Girls Division Final Match
2:00                     Boys Varsity Championship Match
3:00                     Presentation of trophies and Announcement of all-tournament selections

2014 RMC Tournament Rules

  1. All sides will play 2 matches on Saturday and 2 matches on Sunday. In the Boys Varsity Division, pool play on Saturday will determine placement into final Sunday matches. In the Girls Division, sides will play round robin format, each side playing the other 4 teams. In this format, we cannot have a specific championship match. In the Boys JV Division, play Saturday in a 4-team bracket and a 3-team pool will determine placement into Sunday matches.
  2. All matches are 45 minutes in length with 22 1/2 minute halves to conform to IRB ruling. 5 minute half times.
  3. Unlimited rosters for each match. This allows as many players as possible to experience this higher level of rugby competition in line with the purpose and spirit of the Rocky Mountain Challenge. A player who has been substituted may replace an injured player.
  4. The sin bin will be used for Yellow Cards- 5 minutes.
  5. Match tie-breaker format, as per IRB: A- Most tries scored, B- Most tries converted. C- Kicks, 3 players from each side. The 3 players must be on the field at the end of the match to be one of the kickers.
    1. The referee will do a coin toss to determine which team kicks first. The referee will then select a spot on the 22 meter line and each kicker can place kick or drop kick from that spot. Kickers alternate teams.
    2. The team with the most conversions at the end of the round wins the match. If the teams remain tied at the end of the round, the referee selects a new mark and the process is repeated until a winner is determined.
  6. Pool tie-breakers were changed in 2011 based on input from coaches, refs and committee members. These tie-breakers will determine placement into semifinal Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity matches and final placing for all divisions.
    1. Head to Head Play
    2. Least tries allowed
    3. Least converted tries allowed
    4. Least penalty kicks allowed
    5. Least red cards received
    6. Least yellow cards received
    7. Most tries scored
    8. Most tries converted
    9. Most penalty kicks scored
  7. Teams and all family and fans must remain behind the ropes on the designated sides of the pitch. The only people allowed in front of the ropes are coaches and the Touch Judge.
  8. All players, coaches and fans must be on their best behavior at all times, both on and off the pitch. Coaches, please ensure the conduct of your players throughout the tournament. Match-related incidents will be referred to the Tournament Disciplinary Committee. The Tournament Disciplinary Committee members are Bob Lesnansky, Tournament Director, Joe Zevin, Referee Coordinator, and Kurt Drager, Tournament Committee member.
  9. Guard the belongings and valuables of the players during matches and when away from your tent.
  10. No drugs or alcohol, period. A zero tolerance policy will be enforced.
  11. There will be a Tournament Field Coordinator at all matches. Please direct questions or concerns to that individual. The field coordinator will have a radio that can be used to call for help, in the event of injury.
  12. Trophies will be presented for the 1st and 2nd place sides in all brackets at the conclusion of the tournament. All-Tournament selections will also be announced at this time.
  13. Please pick up after yourselves and dispose of trash and recycled materials appropriately. Thanks for your help.

Varsity Division

Pool A- Heart of America, New Mexico and Wisconsin
Pool B- Minnesota, Oklahoma and Texas
Pool C- Colorado, Nebraska and Utah

Junior Varsity Division

Bracket with CSprings, Texas, Wisconsin and Utah
Pool with Colorado, Heart of America and Minnesota

Girls Division

Pool- APEX (Summit County), Northern California, Rugby Colorado, Texas and Utah

Saturday, June 14th  Schedule

Time Field 1 Field 2 Field 3 Field 4
9AM Opening Ceremony Opening Ceremony Opening Ceremony Opening Ceremony
10 Varsity Pool A
Match 1Wisconsin vs
New Mexico
Varsity Pool B
Match 1Minnesota vs
Varsity Pool C
Match 1Colorado vs
11 Girls Pool Match 1

Texas vs Utah

Girls Pool Match 2Northern California vs Rugby Colorado   JV Pool Match 1Colorados HOA
12PM   JV BracketCSprings vs Wisconsin JV BracketTexas vs Utah  
1 Varsity Pool A
Match 2HOA vs Wisconsin
Varsity Pool B
Match 2Oklahoma vs Texas
Varsity Pool C
Match 2Colorado vs Utah
2 Girls Pool Match 3APEX vs Rugby Colorado     JV Pool Match 2Colorado vs Minnesota
3   JV BracketPrevious Match Winners JV BracketPrevious Match Losers  
4 Varsity Pool A
Match 3HOA vs New Mexico
Varsity Pool B
Match 3Minnesota vs Oklahoma
Varsity Pool C
Match 3Nebraska vs Utah
5 Girls Pool Match 4Northern California vs


Girls Pool Match 5APEX vs Utah


  JV Pool Match 3HOA vs Minnesota



 Sunday Schedule

Time Field 1 Field 2 Field 3 Field 4
8AM JV Semifinal  JV Semifinal JV Sunday PoolMatch 1 Varsity Sunday PoolMatch 1
9 Girls Match 6 Rugby Colorado vs


Girls Match 7APEX vs

Northern California

Varsity Sunday PoolMatch  2  
10 Varsity Semifinal  Varsity Semifinal JV Sunday PoolMatch 2  
11 JV 3rd Place Match  Girls Match 8Rugby Colorado vs


Varsity PoolMatch  3 Old Boys
12PM JV Championship Match  Girls Match 9APEX

vs Texas

JV Sunday PoolMatch 3  
1 Girls Match 10Northern California vs


Varsity 3rd Place Match Varsity Sunday PoolMatch 4 Varsity Sunday PoolMatch 5
2 Varsity Championship Match       
3 Trophy Presentations andAll-Tournament Teams      

Law Interpretations

Joe Zevin- Referee Coordinator

Tackle:  Law 15 – All areas of the tackle law will be strictly enforced.


  • Must roll away immediately.
  • Assist tacklers who do not go to ground must release the tackled player prior to attempting to win the ball.

Tackled Player(s)

  • Must release the ball after being tackled

Arriving player(s)

  • Must enter through the gate (both the attackers and the defenders)
  • Must remain on their feet when attempting to win ball
  • Players going off their feet unintentionally must immediately roll away
  • Players deliberately going to ground will be penalized
  • A trend has developed where players are clearing out ahead of the ball and then intentionally holding the cleared out player preventing him from defending. Referees and ARs are asked to be particularly vigilant in this area of the game

Ruck:  Hands in the Ruck are absolutely not allowed.  The long body ruck or squeeze ball is an acceptable tactic, but the ball must be hatched immediately. If there is a defensive player at the breakdown, on their feet and coming through the gate, that player must be allowed the opportunity to get the ball.

Maul:  Players supporting the ball winner at kickoffs and lineouts must do so from alongside or behind the ball winner. Players doing so from in front of the ball winner are to be penalized for obstruction.

Both the ball carrying side and the defenders are to be refereed equally at the Maul. A player who is caught up in the Maul and makes his way through the middle of the formation is not obliged to leave the Maul.  If at a tackle situation a clear and obvious Maul develops the Referee will call ‘Maul’ and referee this phase accordingly. Once he has called maul neither team may deliberately collapse the maul. If however the Maul goes to ground and the Referee is undecided regarding which team caused it to go to ground, he should whistle a turnover if the ball isn’t immediately available from the collapse.

Scrum Engagement: The sequence will continue to be “Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage”. On “touch”, the props will reach and touch their opposite number at the shoulder and then withdraw their arm. Our strong suggestion is to have the props keep their arms at the shoulder level in readiness to bind upon engagement.

  • Four clear and precise calls each followed by four clear actions.
  • Zero tolerance to early engagement and failing to engage on referees call.
  • Loose heads to be hitting up and tight heads to be square on engagement.
  • Binding of props to be on body not on arms.
  • Loose heads that end up putting a hand on the ground to prevent a collapse at engagement occasionally may be able to rebind. This should be an exception rather than a norm and a loose head that continually puts a hand on ground will be sanctioned.

Offside:  Referees and Assistant Referees should be strict on applying the offside law to both teams at the breakdown. Players close in at the breakdown will be policed strictly to ensure that they remain onside to allow the ball winning team the legal space they are entitled too.  Offside both in general play and from kicks where offside players are within ten meters of the receiver will be strictly enforced.

Foul Play:  Emphasis is being placed on Dangerous Tackles including the lifting tackle where a player is not brought to the ground safely and tackles around the head/neck region.  Cleanouts at the breakdown involving a player being grabbed around the neck/head region and his neck/head being twisted as part of the clear out will not be tolerated.  Assistant Referees will call foul play.

Disciplinary Action:  Any player “red carded” will be ejected and automatically sit for the rest of the day. Red cards and other disciplinary actions involving either players or coaches will be reviewed by the Disciplinary Committee regarding further action. Decisions will be made before the start of play the following day. Decisions of the Disciplinary Committee may range from no further action to bar from all further tournament competition.

The 2014 Disciplinary Committee will consist of Joe Zevin (Referee Coordinator), Bob Lesnansky (Tournament Director) and Kurt Drager (Tournament Committee)

Referee/Assistant Referees Abuse: Physical or verbal abuse of the referee/match officials will absolutely not be tolerated and the individual (player/coach/spectator) who perpetrates the abuse will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including removal from the venue. Physical abuse of any kind will result in immediate police action.

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