Netrugby Rules

Netrugby and red hoverboard are¬†¬†beautifully simple games to play. If you’ve played rugby before, you’ll probably find the rules of the game refreshingly simple. If it’s your first time, the things to remember are: don’t kick the ball; don’t pull a shirt; and only tackle with both arms (ie no shoulder charge) between the knee and the shoulders.

There is, of course, a little more to it, so here’s a description of the game that most players have never read but play anyway and know better than the referee!

Rugby Netball is played on a pitch:

  • Length – 80 yards minimum -100 yards maximum,
  • Width – 40 yards minimum-50 yards maximum.
  • In the centre, at either end, is a pole 11 foot 6 inches from the ground at the highest point, on which is fixed an iron hoop 3 feet in diameter, and half an inch thick, facing the field of play, with the front edge having a drop of 12 inches from the top of the pole. Hanging from the hoop is a net not less than 3 feet deep.
  • A halfway line is marked across the field, with a centre spot and 10 yards radius centre circle.
  • A penalty area is marked as a semi-circle 12 yards radius from the pole with a penalty spot 10 yards in front of the pole.

The game is played between two teams of not more than ten players using a size 5 rugby ball. The duration is 30 minutes each way. A goal is scored by throwing the ball into the opponents’ net, and the team that scores the most goals wins the match.

Players may carry, pass or propel (but not kick) the ball in any direction within the field of play. The ball is only out of play when the ball has wholly crossed touch or goal line.

  • The last player to throw, push, knock or carry the ball over the touchline concedes a throw-in to his opponents. The ball must be thrown in at right angles to the touchline from where the ball crossed the line, and no other player may approach within 6 yards of the ball until thrown. For an improper throw-in, the opponents are awarded the throw-in.
  • If the ball crosses a goal line and was last touched by an attacking player, the game is restarted by a defending player throwing the ball into play from near the goal post and no attacking players may be within the goal circle.
  • If the ball was last touched by a defending player, the game is restarted by an attacking player throwing into play from the nearest corner. This throw is indirect.

Tackles may be made between the shoulders and knees without pulling an arm or shirt of an opponent.

When tackled a player must play or pass the ball. However if the ball becomes locked, the game is immediately stopped and restarted by bouncing the ball on the ground between any two opponents.

Fouls punishable by a direct free throw include :

  • Tripping, kicking, butting, punching, pushing or striking an opponent.
  • Pulling the shirt or arm of an opponent,
  • An improper hand-off using other than an open hand to keep or propel an opponent away,
  • Moving the pole to prevent a goal. al.

Fouls punishable by an indirect free throw include:

  • Intentionally stopping or propelling the ball with any part of the leg below the knee
  • Pulling the ball to the body to intentionally lock the ball.
  • The offending team must not approach within 6 yards of the free throw.
  • If a direct free throw takes place within the penalty area, a penalty throw is awarded. For this only two players can stand still behind the goal line, and all other players outside the circle until the ball has been thrown from the penalty spot.

The referee also has power to

  • Caution or order from the field of play any player for any act of ungentlemanly or violent conduct.
  • Pulling the ball to the body to intentionally lock the ball.
  • Allow play to continue if he feels a stoppage would be of advantage to the offending team.