INJURY PREVENTION
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. 

2. Footwear
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.

4. Jewellery
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 registration form.
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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 League.
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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 League.
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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 League.