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General FAQs

Here are the questions we cover in this section.

PLAYING ON A TEAM

  • How many players on an Tagrugby.ie TAG team?
  • Can I play in the Tagrugby.ie TAG if I don’t have a team?
  • What should I do if I want to start my own Tagrugby.ie TAG team?
  • How can we find extra players for our Tagrugby.ie TAG team?
  • Can I play for more than one Tagrugby.ie TAG team?

EQUIPMENT

  • What equipment do I need to bring with me to play in an ITRA Event?
  • Where can I buy ITRA-approved Tag Shorts?

REFEREES

  • How do I apply to become a Referee in an ITRA Event?

THE GAME

  • How long does a Tagrugby.ie TAG match last?
  • How does the scoring work in Tagrugby.ie TAG?
  • How big is a Tagrugby.ie TAG pitch?
  • What is the difference between Tagrugby.ie TAG and Touch Rugby?

REGULATIONS

  • What happens if my team is late for our Tagrugby.ie TAG match?
  • How can a Tagrugby.ie TAG game be forfeited?
  • What is the final score if a team forfeits a match?
  • What happens when a player is red carded during the knock-out stages?
  • Who is eligible to play for my team on Finals Day/Night?

ITRA ALL IRELAND FINALS

  • What are the Tagrugby.ie TAG All Ireland Finals?
  • Who is eligible to play for my team in the Tagrugby.ie TAG All Ireland Finals?

INSURANCE

  • Am I covered by insurance if I get injured playing in an ITRA event?

TEAM PHOTOS

  • Where can we send our photos for the online Photo Gallery?

INCORRECT SCORES

  • What should I do if I notice an incorrect score for my match on the website?
LOYALTY POINTS
  • What are loyalty points?
REGISTRATION FAQ'S

TO REGISTER NOW, CLICK HERE!


PLAYING ON A TEAM

HOW MANY PLAYERS ON A TAGRUGBY.IE TAG TEAM?

To play Tagrugby.ie TAG, you must be part of a team. A team is made up of seven people on the pitch at any time with at least three of these being female. Each week, you can register and sign up a maximum of 12 players, meaning you can have 7 players on the pitch and 5 substitutes on your squad each week. We have found that the best combination of 12 players each week is 7 guys and 5 girls but, of course, you can alter this according to the players available to you! Remember you will also need to cover for when people are unavailable due to on holidays or work commitments, so we recommend you should have a number of extra players you can call on when numbers are tight. We therefore recommend that you have about 15 people on your squad at the start of the season to cover all eventualities.

CAN I PLAY TAGRUGBY.IE TAG IF I DON’T HAVE A TEAM?

If you are an individual who is not part of a team but is interested in playing Tagrugby.ie TAG, our "Find a Team" service is just for you! It is essentially your chance to either advertise your skills (both athletic and social!) to teams who may be looking for players, or to be placed on a team with others who are also looking for a team to play with.

We Find you a Team

  •  For a fee of just €70(Summer) or €50 (Other), we will try and find a place for you on an existing team or create a new team for you and other "Find a Player" subscribers. This €70/€50 includes the service of placing you on a team, as well as covering your contribution towards the team registration fees.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I WANT TO START MY OWN TAGRUGBY.IE TAG TEAM?

You have a number of options:

  • Ask your work colleagues. A large number of Tagrugby.ie TAG teams play with their company's backing and support. Tagrugby.ie TAG is a great team building exercise and an excellent way for everyone to get out of the office once a week for a bit of fun and socialising and some healthy sporting action.
  • Ask your friends and family. Tagrugby.ie TAG is a great way to meet up with old friends from school or college on a regular basis. And because you are taking part in an outdoor, social activity, you will all benefit from a fitness point of view as well! Plus you can head into the Official Social Venue after the game to discuss the match and catch up on old times!
  • Ask your teammates from other sports. In recent years, various sports teams (such as rugby, soccer, Gaelic football, hurling, basketball, hockey – even water polo!) have played Tagrugby.ie TAG to keep them in shape during their off-season.
  • Check out individuals looking for teams on the ITRA website. Look in the "Find a Player" section of the ITRA website to see who is currently looking for a team. Identify a player who you would like to recruit and send them a message.  

HOW CAN WE FIND EXTRA PLAYERS FOR OUR TAGRUGBY.IE TAG TEAM?

If you are looking for extra players – for example, you are short one week due to some players going on holidays - go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/tagrugbyworld) and post a recruitment ad stating exactly what you are looking for (male or female, what venue, what night etc). Hopefully you will get some responses and then be able to recruit these people onto your team.

CAN I PLAY FOR MORE THAN ONE TAGRUGBY.IE TAG ONE TEAM?

YOU CAN ONLY PLAY ON ONE TEAM PER NIGHT/DAY PER VENUE. Sometimes, a very good player is 'borrowed' for a vital game, which makes a big difference to the result and is against the 'spirit of tag'. In order to protect honest teams, each player may only register for ONE team per day/night per venue, REGARDLESS OF GRADE. If a player is caught playing on more than one team, ALL teams that person has played for that day/night will be penalised.

To avoid this happening, it is important that team captains:

  • make sure their players do not play for another team at their venue; and
  • if playing a new player, ensure that player has not already played for another team at your venue that afternoon.

EXAMPLE - YOU CANNOT PLAY AT THE SAME VENUE FOR ONE TEAM IN DIVISION 1 AND ANOTHER TEAM IN DIVISION 2.


If your team is stuck for players, please follow our recommendations and search for players in the “Find a Player” section.


EQUIPMENT

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME TO PLAY IN AN ITRA EVENT?

  • The Irish Tag Rugby Association is a full Board Member Nation of the International Tag Federation (ITF). At a recent ITF board meeting, it was agreed that, to improve consistency and fairness across all levels of the game, member nations would only use ITF-approved tag shorts in all competitions

  • Footwear. The best footwear is boots as they are good on both dry and wet grass. Runners are OK but may be too slippy for the wet conditions.
  • Eye Protection (if necessary). Despite Tagrugby.ie TAG being a non-contact game (with no scrums, tackles or line outs), when playing such a team sport, there is bound to be some contact made between players. For these reasons, eye glasses and sunglasses are not allowed while playing, and for the health and safety of all tag players, this rule will be strictly enforced. If you do need corrective lens, 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. Click here for Health and Safety information.
  • Team Kit. We recommend that your team all wear the same coloured tshirts/tops as this makes it easier for players and referees to distinguish between teams.
  • Pen for Registration. Especially for captains/vice captains.

WHERE CAN I BUY ITRA-APPROVED TAG SHORTS?

ITRA-approved Tag Shorts can be purchase on the Tag Rugby Sports website (www.tagrugby.com). These unique shorts (with Velcro on the sides) are specifically designed for safety and quality of play.

REFEREES

HOW DO I APPLY TO BECOME A REFEREE AT AN ITRA EVENT?

We are constantly looking for new people interested in getting involved on the refereeing side. Remember that referees can actually play and referee on the same day/night.

All referees are paid for each match they look after. Therefore it can be a great way for you to save some money over the season for a holiday etc. If you are interested in becoming a referee, simply click here.


THE GAME

HOW LONG DOES A TAGRUGBY.IE TAG SPRING OR SUMMER LEAGUE MATCH LAST?

An Tagrugby.ie TAG match is forty five minutes long. Each half is twenty minutes with a five minute half-time break.

HOW DOES THE SCORING WORK IN TAGRUGBY.IE TAG?

A try is scored when the ball is placed on or over the try line. There are no conversions. A try is worth one point, except in the Mixed Social League where a female try is worth three points. Involving the female members of your team is therefore essential for success in Tagrugby.ie TAG.

HOW BIG IS A TAGRUGBY.IE TAG PITCH?

An Tagrugby.ie TAG pitch is between 45 and 50 metres wide and 65 to 70 metres long. Typically a Tag pitch is played across a full-sized rugby, soccer or GAA pitch, making two tag pitches on a full-sized pitch. No posts are necessary.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TAGRUGBY.IE TAG AND TOUCH RUGBY?

Tagrugby.ie TAG has the following advantages over 'touch rugby':

  • Tagrugby.ie TAG shows clearly and definitively when a tackle has been made and therefore prevents arguments.
  • It gives a real incentive for defenders to defend.
  • Tagrugby.ie TAG encourages the correct lines of running required for Rugby Union.

REGULATIONS

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY TEAM IS LATE FOR OUR TAGRUGBY.IE TAG MATCH?

  • Each team must have a minimum of four players on the field to start play.
  • In the case of the Mixed League, three out of those four players must be female.
  • One point is added to the opposition for every minute the game is delayed, starting from the referees whistle.
  • If after five minutes your team has not arrived, you forfeit the match.

HOW CAN AN TAGRUGBY.IE TAG GAME BE FORFEITED?

Your team runs the risk of forfeiting their match if any of the following incidents occur.

  • Incorrectly filling in Team Registration Form. Each player’s name should be clearly printed and individually signed on the Team Registration Form, which is available from the Venue Manager.
  • Not enough female players. You need at least 3 girls on the pitch at all times
  • Not enough players. You need to have at least four players on the pitch at all times. If you are playing in a Mixed League at least three of these players must be female.
  • Arriving late. You cannot arrive later than five minutes after the referee starts the game.
  • Too many players. Only twelve players can play each match.
  • Illegal Players for Finals Day/Night. 
    • Tagrugby.ie TAG Spring League. Players can only play for your team on Finals Day (Week 6) if they have played at least two matches for your team between Week 1 and Week 5.
    • Tagrugby.ie TAG Summer League. Players can only play for your team on Finals Night (Week 9) if they have played at least three matches for your team between Week 1 and Week 8.
  • Ineligible player. You can only play for ONE TEAM PER VENUE PER AFTERNOON/NIGHT. 
  • Suspended Player. Anyone who receives a red card in a previous game and is currently serving their match suspension is ineligible to play.
  • Inappropriate Behaviour. A team can forfeit a game both on and off the pitch for inappropriate behaviour towards any of the following. This is at the discretion of ITRA.
    • A Referee
    • An ITRA Player;
    • The Venue Manager;
    • Anyone else associated with the event.  
  • Team doesn’t show up.

WHAT IS THE FINAL SCORE IF A TEAM FORFEITS A MATCH?

When a game has been forfeited, the opposition team is awarded the win, four points and ten tries.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PLAYER IS RED CARDED DURING THE KNOCK-OUT STAGES?

If a game is tied at full time in the knock-out stages of an ITRA event, any team who has had a player red carded in the match (or has had more players red carded in the match than their opponents) will be deemed the loser. This is in addition to any scoring penalties resulting from the red card(s).

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PLAY FOR MY TEAM ON FINALS DAY/NIGHT?

TAGRUGBY.IE TAG SPRING LEAGUE

In order to qualify to play in the Tagrugby.ie TAG Spring League Finals Day in Week 6, each player in the squad must have registered and played at least two tag games for that team between Week 1 and Week 5.

 

TAGRUGBY.IE TAG SUMMER LEAGUE

In order to qualify to play in the Tagrugby.ie TAG Summer League Finals Night in Week 9, each player in the squad must have registered and played at least three tag games for that team between Week 1 and Week 8.

TAGRUGBY.IE TAG ALL IRELAND FINALS

WHAT ARE THE ALIVEOUTSIDE TAG ALL IRELAND FINALS?

The Tagrugby.ie TAG All Ireland Finals take place each year at the end of the VOLVIC TAG Summer League. In 2010, the Tagrugby.ie TAG All Ireland Finals were in NUIM Barnhall RFC, Co. Kildare.  

Winning teams from around the country in the following leagues are invited to this one day event to find the best tag teams in Ireland.

  • Mixed League A
  • Mixed League - Grade B
  • Mixed League - Grade C

There are no All Ireland Finals for those playing in Mixed Beginners.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PLAY FOR MY TEAM IN THE TAGRUGBY.IE TAG ALL IRELAND FINALS?

In order to qualify to play in the Tagrugby.ie TAG All Ireland Finals at the end of July, each player in the squad must have registered and played at least three tag games for that team between Week 1 and Week 8 of the Tagrugby.ie TAG Summer League.

Captains must submit their final squad of twelve players to ITRA in advance of the Tagrugby.ie TAG All Ireland Finals.

INSURANCE

AM I COVERED BY INSURANCE IF I GET INJURED PLAYING IN AN ITRA EVENT?  

ITRA Tag Rugby is a non-contact sport and, as with all sport, there is a risk of injury. 

As every Tagrugby.ie TAG player has different insurance needs, it is the decision and responsibility of each player to ensure they are fully covered in accordance with their specific requirements when participating in Tagrugby.ie TAG. ITRA strongly recommends that each player has their own Personal Accident Cover in case of an injury. You can purchase a Personal Accident Cover policy from any financial consultant or insurance broker.

Before playing in any Tagrugby.ie TAG event, each player must also print and sign their name on the Team Registration form. 

All players use the services of third party organisations at ITRA Events at their own risk.

TEAM PHOTOS

Where can we send our team photos for the online Photo Gallery?

We encourage everyone to send us in their team photos, which we then add to our Photo Gallery. Email your photos to info@tagrugby.ie in jpeg format.

INCORRECT SCORES

What should I do if I notice an incorrect score for my match on the website?

If your team would like to query the result of a match, you should contact your Venue Manager within one week of the match in question. Once the week period has passed, we will not be in a position to change match results.

LOYALTY POINTS

For teams who play tag with us year round, we have introduced a loyalty system whereby your team accumulates points for each ITRA event you register for. These points can then be used to get money off Beach Tag events, Autumn / Winter Leagues etc. When you log into your team account, you will see the number of loyalty points you have accumulated, which you can then trade in when you are making your next purchase. Think of it like a Tesco Clubcard for ITRA!


 

REGISTRATION FAQS

How to Register a Team into an ITRA Event

  • When can I register a team for an ITRA Event? 
  • How do I register a team for an ITRA Event? 
  • What do I need to register for an ITRA Event?
  • How do I pay by installments?  
  • What accommodation is available at ITRA Festival Events?

When can I register a team for an ITRA Event?

  • Registration for the Tagrugby.ie TAG Summer League 2011 will go live to the General Public at midday on Friday 4th February 2011.
  • Registration for other ITRA Events coming soon.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR TEAM. 

 

HOW DO I TO REGISTER A TEAM FOR AN ITRA EVENT?

  1. Log on to www.tagrugby.ie.
  2. Click on “Registration” in the top menu bar
  3. Then Select your City in a drop down menu. You will then see the venues and season that are available in your city.
  4. Click on the venue you require, see what places are still available and the click on "Register" for the grades you want to play in.
  5. Enter your team name, followed by your team’s details as requested. Please make sure you enter a valid email address for the captain and vice captain. They both should have regular access to email, as they will receive important information from us about the tournament you have registered for.
  6. Enter your payment details. You can pay by cheque, credit or Laser card or by installments.
  7. Click "Pay Now" when you have everything filled out.
  8. At first, you will receive a “Pending Email” from us, explaining that we received your registration but need to process your payment before your team place can be confirmed. When we get your payment and process it, we will send you a “Confirmation Email” (subject to availability), confirming the venue and grade you have registered for. Only at this stage is your team place guaranteed for the ITRA Event.
  9. Make sure you register your team early to secure your place in your desired tournament.  

WHAT DO I NEED TO REGISTER A TEAM FOR AN ITRA EVENT?

  • A team of people to play with! Try to get a team of work colleagues or a group of school/college friends together. We recommend a squad of 12 to 15 players to cover those unavailable due to holiday, work or family commitments. Remember though that:
    • you can only register a maximum of 12 players each week; and
    • if you're playing in a Mixed League, you'll need at least 3 females on the pitch at all times.
  • Contact details for the Captain and Vice Captain. Both should have regular access to email, as they will receive important information regularly from us by email about the ITRA event you have registered for.
  • Team name, which can often be the hardest bit! The name must be less than 20 characters. Remember that team names are live on the ITRA website and the tournament may be covered by local and/or national media so it should be suitable for a family audience! We therefore reserve the right to ask a captain to choose an alternative team name if we decide the original one is inappropriate.
  • Registration fee. You can pay by cheque, credit or Laser card or by installments.

If you have any queries about your registration, simply contact us on +353 1 20 20 100 or email info@tagrugby.ie.

HOW DO I PAY FOR MY TEAM? 

  • Cheque. Please make payable to ITRA and send to 5 Rogans Court, Patrick Street, Dun Laoire, Co. Dublin.  
  • Credit or Laser card. In Full
  • Deposit Options
  • Instead of paying your registration fee up front at the start of the year, when money may be tight after Christmas and New Year celebrations, you now have the option of paying your registration fee in two fixed installments – A deposit up front and the other by 1st May (outstanding amount).
  • Or you can now pay your deposit and instead of you chasing up your team mates for payment you can now just send them on a link where they can log into your team account and make their payments themselves. The Captain will be notified as each team member has completed their payment.

WHAT ACCOMMODATION IS AVAILABLE AT ITRA FESTIVALS?

 

Wherever possible, we will provide you with a list of discounted accommodation for each ITRA Festival. This information will be included on that Festival's web page, which you will find on the top menu bar under "Our Events> ITRA Festivals". Please note though that it is the team’s responsibility to secure their own accommodation for ITRA Festivals.

TO REGISTER NOW, CLICK HERE!


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