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BASIC LAWS OF TAG
Here is a summary of the Tag Laws, which will be implemented for the first time during the Spring Leagues 2014, bringing Ireland in line with those used by fellow International Tag Federation member nations.
  1. Laws for Mixed Social Tag
  2. Laws for Representative Tag
  3. Differences between Social & Rep Tag
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1. Basic Laws for Social Tag
(Standard Mixed & Over 30's Tag)

  • 7 players on the pitch
  • Maximum 4 guys on the field of play - most teams play with 4 guys and 3 girls
  • To start a game, you must have at least 5 players on pitch, of which 1 must be female (NEW)
  • Squads of up to 14 players allowed (NEW)
  • Scoring:
    • Boy try = 1pt
    • Girls try = 3pts
  • Bonus Box (5m x 5m) in middle of try line - see diagram below (NEW)
    • 1 bonus point for tries scored within Bonus Box
      • Boys Try within Bonus Box = 2pts
      • Girls Try within Bonus Box = 4pts
  • Diving:
    • Players are allowed to dive for tries (NEW)
      • Ball must be placed on ground first before elbows or knees. 
      • No swallow dives. 
      • No deliberate contact. 
      • Referees will disallow diving if they feel it is dangerous
    • A defending player can dive on the ball to secure possession (NEW)
    • An attacking player can only dive on the ball to score a try (NEW)
  • Kicking:
    • You can fly-hack the ball at any stage of a match (NEW)
    • You do not need to be wearing any tags to kick the ball from the ground (NEW)
  • Female only kick off at re-starts
  • Allow Accelerate-Her rule
    • 4 girls on pitch = 4 points per Girl Try
    • 5 girls on pitch = 5 point per Girl Try and so on...
  • MVP Male & Female for each venue (NEW)
    • Nominated by opposing captains after every match
    • Referee records nomination on Scorecard
    • Venue Manager tracks scores and announces MVPs at end of Season
    • MVP Nominations also form basis for Rep Tag selection
2. Basic Laws for Representative Tag
(Galway, Premiership, Women's & Men's SuperLeague & Rep Tag / Test Matches)
  • 8 players on the pitch (NEW)
  • Maximum 4 guys on the field of play - most teams play with 4 guys and 4 girls
  • To start a game, you must have at least 5 players on pitch, of which 1 must be female (NEW)
  • Squads of up to 16 players allowed (NEW)
  • Scoring:
    • Boy try = 1pt
    • Girls try = 2pts (NEW) 
  • Bonus Box (5m x 5m) introduced in middle of try line - see diagram below (NEW)
    • 1 bonus point for tries scored within Bonus Box
      • Boys Try within Bonus Box = 2pts
      • Girls Try within Bonus Box = 3pts
  • 50-10 Kicking Law (NEW)
    • If inside own half, you can try to kick ball over touchline between try line and 10m marker
    • If ball bounces and goes out of play, your team regains possession on 10m line @ Tag 0
    • Ball must still be grubber kick (under Referee's shoulder height)
  • Diving:
    • Players are allowed to dive for tries (NEW)
      • Ball must be placed on ground first before elbows or knees. 
      • No swallow dives. 
      • No deliberate contact. 
      • Referees will disallow diving if they feel it is dangerous
    • A defending player can dive on the ball to secure possession (NEW)
    • An attacking player can only dive on the ball to score a try (NEW)
  • Kicking:
    • You can fly-hack the ball at any stage of a match (NEW)
    • You do not need any tags on to kick the ball from the ground (NEW)
  • Any player can is allowed kick off at re-starts (NEW)
  • No Accelerate-Her rule (NEW)
  • MVP Male & Female for each venue (NEW)
    • Nominated by opposing captains after every match
    • Referee records nomination on Scorecard
    • Venue Manager tracks scores and announces MVPs at end of Season
    • MVP Nominations also form basis for Rep Tag selection
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3. Differences between Social & Rep Tag Laws
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  Social Tag  Rep Tag 
# Players on Pitch? 7 8
Max # Males on Pitch? 4 4
# Players on Squad? 14 16
Points for Female Try? 3 2
Bonus Box Points - Male? 2 2
Bonus Box Points - Female? 4 3
Who Can Kick Off / Restart?             Female Only           Male or Female     
Accelerate-HER? Yes No
50-10 Kicking Law? No Yes
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4. New Tag Pitch Layout
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Register for Tag TODAY!
There are two ways that you can sign up to play Tag:
by and would like the opportunity to play Tag at the highest level by representing your Region, and then if selected Ireland, you should seriously consider playing in the Men's Only Tag 
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MEN'S ONLY TAG
If you play rugby and would like the opportunity to play Tag at the highest level by representing your Region, and then if selected Ireland, you should seriously consider playing in the Men's Only Tag 
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MEN'S ONLY TAG
If you play rugby and would like the opportunity to play Tag at the highest level by representing your Region, and then if selected Ireland, you should seriously consider playing in the Men's Only Tag 
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