Rules & Regulations

House rules Amsterdam 7s 2024

To ensure that the Amsterdam Rugby 7s runs as smoothly and safely as possible for every player, visitor and surrounding residents, the following rules apply to everyone on the site. When you enter the event area you automatically agree to these house rules. On entering the site I agree to be filmed and/or photographed during the Amsterdam Rugby 7s so that these images can be broadcast on TV / Internet and can be used by the organisers of the Amsterdam Rugby 7s for promotional purposes.

Admission ticket

Access to the tournament grounds can only be provided if you have a valid ticket. Valid tickets can be obtained on the website of the Amsterdam Rugby 7s and at the entrance of the tournament grounds. Purchased tickets cannot be taken back. The organisation strongly advises not to purchase tickets via unregistered third parties. When detecting irregularities such as, but not limited to, (attempted) use of (false) admission tickets and fraud with wristbands, a report is made to the police.

Minimum age

Persons under the age of 14 will not be admitted without the supervision of a parent, guardian and/or other adult.

Identification

You must be able to identify yourself at the request of the organisation or a member of staff. If you cannot hand over valid identification, you will be denied access to the Amsterdam Rugby 7s without the right to a refund of the entrance fee. A valid identity card is understood to mean a passport, identity card or driving license. Copies of this will not be accepted.

Access control

Every visitor and player will be checked by a security member when entering the tournament grounds. It is permitted to request that the inspection be carried out by a member of the same sex. The complete refusal of the control will result in access being denied.

This check is set to protect all visitors, guests, employees and artists in connection with general safety.

Follow directions and instructions

Instructions and directions from the (security) personnel must be followed immediately. In case of suspicion of a fact that is prohibited on the tournament grounds, security may search the suspect. The refusal of a security check will result in you being removed from the tournament grounds.

Smoking & Drinking

It is forbidden to smoke on the event grounds as the complete grounds are a smoke-free area. It is forbidden by law to drink alcohol under the age of 18. By participating in the tournament or by being present as a visitor, the agreement is automatically given at a random age check using the obligatory presentation of the proof of identity. The organisation reserves the right to remove offenders from the tournament.

Under the influence

It is forbidden to enter the event area under the influence of alcohol. If you are found to be intoxicated access will be denied without you being entitled to a refund of the admission ticket.

It is forbidden to enter the tournament area with the following

Food, (alcoholic) drinks, glassware, (plastic) bottles, cans, objects with discriminatory and/or provocative texts and/or expressions, stabbing, fire or impact weapons or other objects that could be used as weapons, items that may negatively affect the safety, health or well-being of the visitors, spray cans, sprayers, fireworks, flares, means of transport.

It is not permitted for teams to bring their tents onto the tournament grounds. Any tents brought will be confiscated by Amsterdam 7s staff and stored in a designated area. Amsterdam 7s cannot be held responsible for items that are not allowed to be brought onto the tournament grounds.
If in doubt, contact the Amsterdam Rugby 7s via: info@amsterdamrugby7s.com

Trade and sales

It is forbidden to sell or offer goods for sale on and/or around the tournament grounds and parking lots without the permission of the organisation.

Promotional activities

It is forbidden to distribute flyers, place posters and/or banners or carry out other promotional activities without the permission of the organisation on and/or around the tournament grounds and the parking areas.

Toilets

It is not allowed to enter a toilet cabin with multiple people at the same time.

Urinating anywhere else than the sanitary facilities is forbidden and upon detection, you will be removed from the site.

Objects and goods

It is forbidden to climb stages, tents, trees, structures, fences or other objects on the tournament grounds. It is also not allowed to take objects and/or goods from the tournament terrain.

Parking/bicycle storage

Bicycles and vehicles must be parked at the designated locations. Not complying with this, can cause your vehicle to be removed. Instructions from the traffic attendants must be followed at all times.

Please note, that paid parking is in effect from Monday to Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., in the parking lots surrounding Sportpark De Eendracht.

Noise level

During the tournament, we will be playing music in the festival square. The organisation is not liable for any adverse consequences that may occur to the hearing. The organisation advises the use of hearing protection and or occasionally looking for a quiet space so that your ears can get some rest.

Waste

It is forbidden to throw waste in the water of Sports Park de Eendracht.

Own risk

Entering the tournament grounds is at your own risk. The SRPA or employees working for the organisation cannot be held liable for any injury and/or material damage or immaterial damage that the visitors of the location and/or the tournament might experience.

Other situations

In situations where the house rules are not provided, the organisation decides on possible measures to be taken. The decision of the organisation on this matter is binding.

IN FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE HOUSE RULES, ACCESS WILL BE DENIED WITHOUT REFUND OF THE ENTRY OR OTHER COSTS. IF ACCESS IS DENIED, YOU MUST EXIT THE EVENT DIRECTLY.

General regulations

Amsterdam Rugby 7s Competition

Men’s Elite, Women’s Elite, Men’s Social, Women’s Social

Playing Rules

1. Laws

All Games will be played in accordance with the laws of the RN (Dutch Rugby Football Union) and of the WORLD RUGBY https://www.world.rugby/the-game/laws/home including the SEVEN-A-SIDE VARIATIONS https://www.world.rugby/the-game/laws/variations/3/sevens/

2. Playing Time

All games will have a playing duration of 7 minutes each way with a one-minute interval at half time, including all finals.

3. Extra Time

In all play-offs matches where the scores are equal at the end of normal playing time, extra time will be played. The first team to score during extra time wins the match (sudden death or “Golden Score”) and the match ends (Rule 9.B.4 WORLD RUGBY Seven-a-side Variations). As long as there is no score, extra time will be played for a maximum of 10 minutes in two periods of 5 minutes with no interval at half time. The referee will perform a coin toss at the start of extra time and the team winning the toss will decide which direction they will play or to kick-off (Rule 6.A.12 WORLD RUGBY Seven-a-side Variations).
If the scores are equal at the end of the allocated extra time, the winner will be decided by the number of tries scored during the match the number of tries scored are equal as well, the winner will be decided by the number of cards received. In the unlikely event that both teams are still equal in score, the referee will organise a coin-toss to decide the winner.

4. Substitutions

During any game a maximum of 5 substitutions are allowed for each team. Each substitution must be reported to the referee before the sub can enter the pitch. No rolling subs are allowed. Players that were replaced can return to play during the match, this will count as one of the allowed 5 substitutions.

5. Cards and Sanctions

A yellow card will result in the player being excluded from the match for 2 minutes. A player sent off with a red card will not play again during the same day. The player with a red card has to report to the Match Director together with the team’s representative within 30 minutes after the match where the red card was presented has finished. It will be at the Match Director’s discretion to impose sanctions; this may entail excluding the player from playing for the rest of the tournament. Sanctioned severe offences and/or grave misconduct (on and off the pitch) by a player will be reported to the player’s club and/or their national rugby union.

6. Late Arrival

A team arriving 1 minute after their match was scheduled to start is deemed to be too late. The match will be forfeit and the team that fails to arrive on time will have lost 35-0 (5 converted tries).

7. Match Ball

Each team must provide a match ball for each match. Each team is provided with one while registering the team on Friday or Saturday before the start of the tournament.

8. Touch Judge

Each team must provide a touch judge for each match if there are no touch judges provided by the organisation.

Player registration

9. Age Limit

All players in this category must be at least 18 years old at the start of the tournament unless formal permission is requested from, and granted by, the Match Director.

10. Registered Players

Up to 13 players can be registered for a team during the tournament. Players must be registered by their team using the tournament app https://MyTournament.info. A link for the tournament and players lists will be provided to all team contacts. No player can be registered for more than one team at any given time.

11. Wristbands

When the team registers, they will receive 13 wristbands for players. The player’s wristband will be a different colour to the wristbands worn by staff and visitors. Only players wearing a player’s wristband may play. If a player’s wristband is torn or damaged during the tournament the player must report to the Match Director’s Cabin with the remains of the old wristband. A replacement will then be provided. If a player is excluded from participating in the tournament because of a red card, the referee or Match Director will take the wristband.

12. Additional Registration of Players

When a team can field less than 13 players during the tournament (due to injury e.g.) they are allowed to register an Additional Player or Players.

Players who were originally registered for a team cannot register as an Additional Player for another team in a lower competition.

Any transfer of a player from one team to another must be approved by the Match Director. The additional player must be moved from the original team’s list to the other team’s list by the Match Director. Only then the player is allowed to play for the other team. The player will no longer be eligible for playing for the original team.

13. Unregistered players

If a team suspects that the opposing team is fielding an unregistered player, they should report this to the referee before, during or directly after the match. In this case the team captain should not sign the score card. The supposed unregistered player and the team representative must report to the Match Director who will investigate the claim and will have the final decision on the player’s participation in the tournament. This decision may also influence the results of the matches played or scheduled to be played by the team involved.

Format of the competition

14. Format

The format of the competition is defined by the total number of participating teams in the respective category.

15. Saturday

On Saturday the competition is divided into groups of no more than 4 teams. The seeding for the Saturday groups will be done by the Match Director based on the information available.

16. Points

In the group stage a win is awarded with 2 points, a draw with 1 point and a loss with 0 points. No bonus points are given.

17. Ranking

In the Saturday group stage the ranking in each group is based upon the following:

    • The team with the highest number of points is ranked first in the group.
    • In the event of teams in 1 group having an equal number of points when all group matches are completed, the team having scored the highest number of tries will be ranked higher.
    • If the number of tries scored is also equal for 2 or more teams in the group, then the team having conceded the lowest number of tries will be ranked higher.
    • If tries scored and tries conceded are equal, then the team with the highest number of points scored (including kicks) will be ranked higher in the group table.
    • If tries scored, tries conceded and points scored are equal then the team with the lowest number of points against (including kicks) will be ranked higher in the group table.
    • In the unlikely event that the measures above fail to rank the teams then the head-to-head result of the teams involved will determine the ranking in the group.
18. Sunday

The seeding for the competition on Sunday will be based on the teams’ performance in the Saturday group stage. The design of Sunday’s competition depends on the number of participating teams in each specific category. The Match Director aims to have the format available for all participants 5 days before the start of the tournament. The competition on Sunday will consist of a group stage and a play off stage.

19. Ranking for play off stage

After playing the group stage on Sunday, teams will be ranked in their group according to the same rules that apply to the Saturday ranking, see #17 above.

20. Number of matches

The Match Director aims to have each participating team play 3 matches on Saturday and a maximum of 4 matches on Sunday (finals included).

Match Director

21. The Match Director will design the match schedule and publish this.

22. The Head of Referees will allocate referees to all matches.

23.  In case of any dispute or disagreement regarding match results, group results, or any other match-related issues the team can contact the Match Director by going to the Match Director’s Cabin on the grounds. The Match Director will only address the issue with the allocated team representative. Any other team member will not be regarded as the representative of the team in these matters.

24. If an issue arises where the laws of the game (WORLD RUGBY) or the regulations of either the WORLD RUGBY or RN nor the regulations of the tournament above provide a solution the Match Director will make the final decision, after consulting other members of the Tournament Organisation where applicable.

Liability

Any costs to individual clubs, club members and players due to loss, theft or injury whilst attending or participating in the Amsterdam Sevens must be covered by the clubs, club members or players involved and their insurers.

NO LIABILITY IN THIS OR ANY OTHER RESPECT WILL BE ACCEPTED BY THE STICHTING RUGBY PROMOTIE AMSTERDAM or AMSTERDAM ATHLETIC CLUB, SECTION RUGBY.

Amsterdam Rugby 10s Competition

Men’s vets Elite, Men’s vets Social, (Women’s vets)

Playing Rules

1. Laws

All Games will be played in accordance with the laws of the RN (Dutch Rugby Football Union) and of the WORLD RUGBY https://www.world.rugby/the-game/laws/home including the SEVEN-A-SIDE VARIATIONS https://www.world.rugby/the-game/laws/variations/3/tens/ .

2. Playing Time

All games will have a playing duration of 7 minutes each way with a one-minute interval at half time, including the all finals.

3. Extra Time

In all play-offs matches where the scores are equal at the end of normal playing time, extra time will be played. The first team to score during extra time wins the match (sudden death or “Golden Score”) and the match ends. As long as there is no score, extra time will be played for a maximum of 10 minutes in two periods of 5 minutes with no interval at half time. The referee will perform a coin toss at the start of extra time and the team winning the toss will decide which direction they will play or to kick-off.
If the scores are equal at the end of the allocated extra time, the winner will be decided by the number of tries scored during the match the number of tries scored are equal as well, the winner will be decided by the number of cards received. In the unlikely event that both teams are still equal in score, the referee will organise a coin-toss to decide the winner.

4. Substitutions

During any game a maximum of 5 substitutions are allowed for each team. Each substitution must be reported to the referee before the sub can enter the pitch. No rolling subs are allowed. Players that were replaced can return to play during the match, this will count as one of the allowed 5 substitutions.

5. Cards and Sanctions

A yellow card will result in the player being excluded from the match for 2 minutes. A player sent off with a red card will not play again during the same day. The player with a red card must report to the Match Director together with the team’s representative within 30 minutes after the match where the red card was presented has finished. It will be at the Match Director’s discretion to impose sanctions; this may entail excluding the player from playing for the rest of the tournament. Sanctioned severe offences and/or grave misconduct (on and off the pitch) by a player will be reported to the player’s club and/or their national rugby union.

6. Late Arrival

A team arriving 1 minute after their match was scheduled to start is deemed to be too late. The match will be forfeited and the team that fails to arrive on time will have lost 35-0 (5 converted tries).

7. Match Ball

Each team must provide a match ball for each match. Each team is provided with one while registering the team on Friday or Saturday before the start of the tournament.

8. Touch Judge

Each team must provide a touch judge for each match if there are no touch judges provided by the organisation.

Player registration

9. Age Limit

All players in this category must be at least 35 years old at the start of the tournament unless formal permission is requested from, and granted by, the Match Director.

10. Registered Players

Up to 15 players can be registered for a team during the tournament. Players must be registered by their team using the tournament app https://MyTournament.info. A link for the tournament and player lists will be provided to all team contacts. No player can be registered for more than one team at any given time.

11. Wristbands

When the team registers, they will receive 15 wristbands for players. The player’s wristband will be a different colour to the wristbands worn by staff and visitors. Only players wearing a player’s wristband may play. If a player’s wristband is torn or damaged during the tournament the player must report to the Match Director’s Cabin with the remains of the old wristband. A replacement will then be provided. If a player is excluded from participating in the tournament because of a red card, the referee or Match Director will take the wristband.

12. Additional Registration of Players

When a team can field less than 15 players during the tournament (e.g. due to injury) they are allowed to register an Additional Player or Players.

Players who were originally registered for a team cannot register as an Additional Player for another team in a lower competition.

Any transfer of a player from one team to another must be approved by the Match Director. The additional player must be moved from the original team’s list to the other team’s list by the Match Director. Only then the player is allowed to play for the other team. The player will no longer be eligible for playing for the original team.

13. Unregistered players

If a team suspects that the opposing team is fielding an unregistered player, they should report this to the referee before, during or directly after the match. In this case the team captain should not sign the score card. The supposed unregistered player and the team representative must report to the Match Director who will investigate the claim and will have the final decision on the player’s participation in the tournament. This decision may also influence the results of the matches played or scheduled to be played by the team involved.

Format of the competition

14. Format

The format of the competition is defined by the total number of participating teams in the respective category.

15. Saturday

On Saturday the competition is divided in groups depending on the total number of participating teams. The seeding for the Saturday groups will be done by the Match Director based upon the information available.

16. Points

In the group stage a win is awarded with 2 points, a draw with 1 point and a loss with 0 points. No bonus points are given.

17. Ranking

In the Saturday group stage the ranking in each group is based upon the following:

    • The team with the highest number of points is ranked first in the group.
    • In the event of teams in 1 group having an equal number of points when all group matches are completed, the team having scored the highest number of tries will be ranked higher.
    • If the number of tries scored is also equal for 2 or more teams in the group, then the team having conceded the lowest number of tries will be ranked higher.
    • If tries scored and tries conceded are equal, then the team with the highest number of points scored (including kicks) will be ranked higher in the group table.
    • If tries scored, tries conceded and points scored are equal then the team with the lowest number of points against (including kicks) will be ranked higher in the group table.
    • In the unlikely event that the measures above fail to rank the teams then the head-to-head result of the teams involved will determine the ranking in the group.
18. Sunday

The seeding for the competition on Sunday will be based on the teams’ performance in the Saturday group stage. The design of Sunday’s competition depends on the number of participating teams in each specific category. The Match Director aims to have the format available for all participants 5 days before the start of the tournament. The competition on Sunday may consist of a group stage and a play off stage.

19. Ranking for play off stage

After playing the group stage on Sunday, teams will be ranked in their group according to the same rules that apply to the Saturday ranking, see #17 above.

20. Number of matches

The Match Director aims to have each participating team play 3 matches on Saturday and a maximum of 4 matches on Sunday (finals included).

Match Director

21. The Match Director will design the match schedule and publish this.

22. The Head of Referees will allocate referees to all matches.

23. In case of any dispute or disagreement regarding match results, group results, or any other match-related issues the team can contact the Match Director by going to the Match Director’s Cabin on the grounds. The Match Director will only address the issue with the allocated team representative. Any other team member will not be regarded as the representative of the team in these matters.

If an issue arises where the laws of the game (WORLD RUGBY) or the regulations of either the WORLD RUGBY or RN, nor the regulations of the tournament above provide a solution the Match Director will have the final decision, after consulting other members of the Tournament Organisation where applicable.

Liability

Any costs to individual clubs, club members and players due to loss, theft or injury whilst attending or participating in the Amsterdam Sevens must be covered by the clubs, club members or players involved and their insurers.

NO LIABILITY IN THIS OR ANY OTHER RESPECT WILL BE ACCEPTED BY THE STICHTING RUGBY PROMOTIE AMSTERDAM or AMSTERDAM ATHLETIC CLUB, SECTION RUGBY.