The beach rugby laws are subjected to the official IRB rugby laws for 15-a-side rugby union, except in case of the following situations:
- A team has 10 players of whom 7 will play.
- The pitch must be situated on loose sand outlined by 10 cm wide plastic ribbons of a contrasting colour.
- pitch dimensions are: 50 meters (L)-35 meters (W)-5 meters (in goal area)The pitch has a try area with different rewards. The try area is divided in 5 sections. 5 points for a try in the middle-zone, 4 points for the 2 zones next to the middle and 3 points for the 2 zones on the outside. (see attached drawing)
- Rugby-balls. The nr.4 ball.
Adjusted 15-a-side laws
- Kick-off/ Start of the match. The kick-off will take place by the team that won the toss. The player to start the game will do so by taking a placekick.
- Second half kick-off by a placekick for the other team.
- Kick-off after a score. The kick-off will be taken by the team that conceded the score. A player will do so by releasing the ball from his hands on to his foot and catching it again, he can attack or pass the ball. This kick-off can be taken anywhere on the central line. The players of the opposing team must keep at least 5 meters distance from the central line. If this distance is not respected the referee will give a 5 meter penalty. If this happens repeatedly at 5 meters before the try-line the referee can decide to award a penalty try in middle of the pitch.
- Kicking. It is not allowed to kick for territorial advantage or to kick in touch. The penalty will be a free-kick (not to be kicked) for the opposing team.
- Because of the score difference in the try-zone there are no conversions rewarded after a try
- Scrums. The following type of scrum will be used: a three-man scrum where the middle player can hook the ball back. At the point of introducing the ball into the scrum the opposing scrum-half has to stay behind the scrum off-side line, which means behind the last feet of the scrum
- Lineout. The lineout will be formed by a maximum of 2 players. A third player will throw in the ball. The ball has to be in field for at least 3 meters before any of the players is allowed to play the ball. The players not involved in the lineout will have to be at least 5 meters away from the lineout. They cannot advance until one of the players in the lineout has touched the ball.
- Score-table. Try in the middle-zone 5 points, try in the zones next to the middle 4 point, try in the outside zones of the try-area 3 points. After a team conceded a try the kick-off has to take place within the next 15 seconds if a team fails to do so the referee can reverse the kick-off.
- Replacements. Because of the exhausting nature of this sport a replacement-policy as in Ice-hockey, as many and at any time you want is permitted. The player has to leave the field of lay through the marked area, close to the competitionleader. He has to receive the special “changing sign” from the player that will come in the changing zone outside the field of pay. For more information see the tournament regulations
- Playing time. The game will be played in two times 6 minutes (= 12 minutes). Half-time will take 3 minutes. If more than a minute of play is lost due to medical treatment or disciplinary reasons this time will be made up for at the expense of half-time (first half injury) or by means of injury-time at the end of the game (second half). The tournament’s final will take 14 minutes (7+7) excluded 3 minutes of halftime.
- Draws in knockout games. If a match in a phase of elimination ends in a (scoreless)draw, the winning team is the team with the highest number of 5-points-tries scored in the knock out match. After that respectively the number of tries scored in the 4 points zone and 3 points zone. If still a draw the next: one on one attempts to score tries. The player carrying the ball starts on the central line, the defender starts on the try line. If the attacking player is tackled and his knee or his body touches the ground it means he has to seize his attacking intentions. Before these attempts are made both captains have to present a list of names in chronological order to the referee. These are the names of the players who will take part in this ‘shootout’. Should no winner come out, the
same list of players will continue in a “sudden Death”.
The teams have to present themselves in uniform. Jersey, shorts and socks.
It is recommended to wear two pairs of socks or a pair of pliable shoes, like boxing or wrestling shoes. Shoes with a hard sole and shoes with studs are not allowed.