As with any sport, injuries can occur when playing Tag. The risk of accidents though can be minimized by following these simple guidelines:
1. Tag Shorts
For health and safety reasons, all players in ITRA Leagues & Blitzes must wear Official Tag Shorts, which are available from TagRugbyShop.com. Official Tag Shorts do not have any pockets and so significantly reduce finger injuries caused by grabbing a tag.
We have not allowed tag belts in our Leagues & Blitzes for over 10 years as players wearing belts have previously gotten their fingers caught in the shorts pocket / tshirt of those they are tackling, often damaging their fingers or thumbs.
Shorts from all reputable suppliers are allowed in our events.
If you are buying new boots specifically for tag, we recommend you buy a pair of astro boots, as they can be worn on all types of surface, including water-based Astro, all weather, grass and even beach!
If you are playing in a grass venue and it is raining, then moulded or rubber-studded
boots are a good option as they will give you more grip and you won't be sliding around the place!
Runners are good all year round on Astro and All Weather Surfaces and on grass when it's dry but
are not recommended in wet conditions, as you can easily slip and hurt
yourself or another player.
3. Eye Protection
As with all sports, there can be some
contact between players playing Tag. Therefore, for health and safety reasons, spectacles and sunglasses are
not allowed while playing. If you need to wear
corrective lenses, please wear either contact lenses or prescription
polycarbonate goggles, which have been designed especially for sports
use. All eye protection should fit securely and have cushions above your
eyebrows and over your nose.
Players are not allowed to wear any jewellery - watches, rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rubber wrist bands etc - during games, as it could injure the player or an opponent. If the referee spots a player wearing jewellery, they will
be asked to leave the pitch immediately until it has been removed. This
player cannot be substituted while off the pitch.
If certain jewellery,
such as wedding rings, bracelets etc, cannot be taken off, they should be
taped up so that no part is free to move and no sharp
or raised edges are exposed.
Please note that rubber wrist bands are
not allowed, as opponents may get their fingers caught while trying to
tag the player.
5. Warming Up / Cooling Down
Please make sure that you and all members of your team do a proper warm up before and cool down after each match you play to reduce muscle strain etc. You can find recommended exercises on the back of your team’s