Tag20 Rugby is a non-contact/non-tackling version of Rugby Sevens. Rules are derived from US Flag Football, Rugby Union & Rugby League.
A team usually consists of up to 14 players, however only (7) Seven players per team can take the field at any one time.
Games are played for a total of 20 minutes consisting of (2) two 10 minute halves with a straight turnover, no half time stoppage. Game times can be extended at the discretion of the Franchise owner or Module management (eg. 30 minute games with 15 minute halves).
Players wear shorts with a Velcro tab on either side and a material strip attached to both Velcro tabs, known as a tag/s. The object of the game is to score tries and finish up with more points than the opposition team. You have (5) five plays or tags, to score a try or promote the ball down field before the ball is handed over to the opposition. By the defender removing at least (1) one of the (2) two tags from the shorts of the attacker (which denotes the holting of the forward progress of the attacker) then the player must stop and roll the ball between their legs.
Tag20 Rugby utilizes as many skills as possible, with emphasis on the kicking game. In Tag20 Rugby you can use any type of kick known to man, the bomb, the chip, the grubber, the downtown torpedo, if you can do it then you are welcome to use it. Remembering Tag20 Rugby is a non-contact sport so there is stringent rules that must be adhered to when it comes to contesting for balls that come from kicks. (see Basic Rules)
A 20/20 rule has been incorporated as well to keep defenders on their toes. If an attacker is inside or on their own 20 metre line and kick it between the defenders 20 metre line and try line then they will receive the ball back and the tag count will restart, giving them the advantage of making another attacking raid at close range.
The Tag20 Rugby playing field dimensions are 70 metres x 50 metres. There is an ingoal area of (5) five metres maximum. There is a 20 metre line on each side and a half way line centre field. Also there is a (6) six metre (3) three point try zone in the centre of each ingoal.
Our points system is as follows: all tries outside of the centre (6) six metre try zone are worth (2) two points and as explained above inside the (6) six metre try zone they are worth (3) three points.
To make things even more interesting we have incoporated a Power Player. One player from each team is selected to be the Power Player, they will be supplied with different coloured tags, so as to standout from the rest of the players. The benefits of the Power Player is that when ever they score, they will receive a Bonus point. Therefore a (2) two pointer becomes (3) three and a (3) three pointer becomes (4) four.
With the 20/20 rule and the extensive kicking options Tag20 Rugby is a very exciting game for spectators and for the athletic players it can be played at an exceptionally fast pace. Following in the footsteps of the Sevens style spectacle.
Tag20 Rugby is appealing to all levels of sporting people, from the Elite to the Social park player. We encourage everybody to check it out and have a go … Why Not?
For further information on the Rules of Tag20 Rugby feel free to look over them in the Rules section this website.