1. The game is to be called Primary Mini Rugby League and is a modified version of Rugby League.
  2. Played by all children at Year 2, 3 and 4 primary school which is under the age of seven, eight and nine years at midnight of 31 August (at the start of each season).
  3. The maximum number of players per team shall be 9 and there is no limit to the amount of substitutions, but each player must play at least half a whole game. Coaches are encouraged to pool players to maximise participation should one team not have the requisite number of players.
  4. Rule (a): All single games should be played in two halves of 15 minutes.Rule (b): All Festival games should be played in two halves of no longer than seven minutes maximum with a two minute interval. No player should be allowed to play for more than a total of 40 minutes in any one day.
  5. Size of the playing area 60 x 40 metres (maximum) with a minimum of 50 x 30 metres but the game can be played on any grassed area. If two games are to be played on each half of a full pitch, consideration should be given to the following: (a). Safety: The goal posts should be outside the playing area. (b). Width: Too narrow an area should be avoided
  6. Size of the ball: The game will be played with a Primary Rugby League Mini League ball or size three standard Rugby League ball.
  7. The game will commence with a play the ball on the centre line at the beginning of each half by: (a). At the start of the first half by the team who loses the toss of a coin for choice of playing ends. (b). At the start of the second half, by their opponents.
  8. After each tackle all players must retire five metres prior to the play the ball restart. The tackled player should restart the game by way of a play the ball. The ball must be played backwards in the correct manner and where the tackle occurred.(a). The defending side cannot move until the ball is passed by the acting half back. (b). The minimum distance the ball is played from the try line is five metres. (i.e. if a tackle is made closer to the line move the play the ball back).
  9. Acting half back is not allowed to scoot at U7s, U8s and U9s. Acting half back must pass at all times.
  10. There will be no kicks allowed.
  11. A try is scored in the normal way by placing or touching the ball down on or over the opponents try line.
  12. No scrums.
  13. All infringements will result in a hand over (except as per rule 7) to the non-offending team at the place the infringement occurred except in the following situations: If the ball goes into touch the restart will take place five metres in from touch opposite entry point and five metres from the try line.
  14. (a). When an attacking player is held up in their opponents in goal area, play will be restarted by a 10 metre play the ball to the attacking side, unless it is on the handover tackle where the restart will be a play the ball on the 10 metre line for the side that has just defended.(b). Any player tackled and forced into their in goal area will result in a 10 m hand over to the non-offending team. At under 7s the game is re started five metres infield from the try line opposite to where the player was tackled and it is counted as one of the six tackles.(c). If the defending side receive the handover within their own 10 metre area, then the restart should advance to the centre of the 10 metre line and resume with a play the ball.
  15. No ball stealing
  16. Any act of foul play will result in an eight metre advance up the field of play to the non-offending side. Play should restart with a play the- ball 10 metres infield from the nearest touchline.
  17. Sin Bin does not apply. However coaches are encouraged to temporarily substitute players guilty of foul play.
  18. Coaches must remain in the technical area (a marked out 10m x 5m square situated adjacent to the half way line) during play, one coach allowed on the field to aid players, this is under the direction of the match official and subject to the Respect Campaign. A maximum of four officials plus substitutes are allowed in the technical area.
  19. Any rule not covered will be as per international rules.
  20. Coach Qualification - A minimum of a valid UKCC Rugby

League Level 1 is required to be an Assistant Coach at this level. A lead coach must hold a valid licence, which means the coach must have obtained an RFL Level 2 Children’s Award or a UKCC Rugby. League Level 2 Certificate.

Coaches must hold an RFL enhanced DBS and hold the Safeguarding and Protecting Children Certificate.

NB. These rules recognise the custom and practice of some playing leagues to allow coaches on the field of play during games to facilitate the development of inexperienced players.

Coach to develop not to win