Youth Roster SizesPosted by Bill Caulfield on February 14th, 2013
If you’ve been running Youth matches lately, you know that teams don’t always show up with enough players. Here are some guidelines from SCYR:
For Boys U14, U16, U18, and Girls U18
If a team shows with fewer than 15 players, the referee will declare it to be played as 12-a-side rugby. The size of the scrum is 5 (3/2) and the defending scrum-half is not to go past the midline of the scrum (Penalty: Penalty Kick).
N.B.: If a team shows with fewer than 12 players the referee will declare it a friendlyand report the game as a forfeit for the team with insufficient numbers.
Also note that for playoffs & championship, neither of these variations apply; a team must field 15-a-side.