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BC Rugby Discipline

FAIR PLAY THE RUGBY WAY

Rugby Union is a sport that involves physical contact. Any sport involving physical contact has inherent dangers. It is very important that players play the game in accordance with the Laws of the Game and be mindful of the safety of themselves and others. It is the responsibility of those who coach or teach the game to ensure that players are prepared in a manner which ensures compliance with the Laws of the Game and in accordance with safe practices.

It is the duty of the match officials to apply fairly all the Laws of the Game in every match except when an experimental law has been authorised by the World Rugby Council. It is the duty of BC Rugby and its sub‐unions to ensure that the Game at every level is conducted in accordance with disciplined and sporting behaviour. This principle cannot be upheld solely by the match officials; its observance also rests on BC Rugby and its affiliated bodies and clubs.

Discipline Committee Members:

Chair

Dave Pue

VIRU Rep

Mel Jones

At Large

Luke Dineley

At Large

Scott McCann

BCRRS Rep

Dave Smortchevsky

VRU Rep

Christopher Seyler

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Discipline Policy

It is the responsibility of those who coach or teach the game to ensure that players are prepared in a manner which ensures compliance with the Laws of the Game and in accordance with safe practices.

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Modified Citing Policy

The purpose of this policy is to outline the process that Member Clubs must follow to pursue disciplinary action with respect to an incident that the Club believes to be worthy of a sending off during a match in a BC Rugby sanctioned league match or tournament.

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Modified Yellow Card Policy

The purpose of this policy is to outline the process that Member Clubs must follow to pursue disciplinary action with respect to an incident that the Club believes to be worthy of a sending off during a match in a BC Rugby sanctioned league match or tournament.

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World Rugby Sanctions For Foul Play – Seniors

Detailing the process of dealing with any act of foul play which results in contact with the head that shall result in at least a mid-range sanction.

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World Rugby Sanctions For Foul Play – Age-Grade

Detailing the process of dealing with any act of foul play which results in contact with the head that shall result in at least a mid-range sanction.

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Appeals Policy

This document sets out the policy and procedure for an appeal by a member of BC Rugby in any category of membership of a decision that directly affects them. It provides for an internal process and, in some cases, a final external process.

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HEARING RESULT

The BC Rugby Code of Conduct aims to provide a safe, positive, and inclusive environment within BC Rugby and all of BC Rugby’s programs, competitions, events and activities.

Section 21 of the BC Rugby Discipline Policy outlines the definition of a Game for the Purposes of Discipline. All non- league games must be approved by the Discipline Chair to count towards a suspension. Section 21.4 outlines the procedure to receive approval of non-league games (exhibition games, representative games and tournaments) to count towards a suspension.

SCHEDULE OF DISCIPLINE MEETINGS

The Discipline Committee meets every second Wednesday while leagues are in play. Additional meetings will be scheduled as necessary during the playoffs.