Tournament Rules

Tournament Rules

Registration and application

Article 1
The registration of a team is final when the payment of the participant contribution per team has been received.

Article 2
The registration of a team must have taken place on time.

Article 3
On the basis of information known to the tournament management (primarily the ranking of the previous year) a “placement” will be made which will be used for making the group classifications. Teams have the option of making information available to the tournament management two weeks before the start of the tournament which may be important in determining this placement. The qualification system established by the NRB for the Dutch Beach Rugby circuit will also be applied. The decision of the tournament management is binding.

Article 4
Upon arrival on Ameland, the team captain or team manager must report to the tournament management at the festival reception on the festival site before 22.30 on Friday evening. The tournament management will be present at the festival site from 2 p.m. Friday afternoon. Teams will receive a match ball and the program upon notification, supplemented with any other relevant information for the smooth running of the tournament.

Article 5
On match days, the team captain or team manager must report to the competition management at least half an hour before the start of the first match of the relevant match day.

Article 6
Teams provide the name of the official representative of their team on arrival at Ameland. If necessary, the race management will only communicate with this specified person.


Article 7
The team must compete in the class for which it has registered. It is not possible to switch competitions during the festival unless approved by the tournament director

Article 8
A team, its supporters and interested parties are present at the festival at their own risk. Accidents or damage resulting from participation in the rugby competitions, being present on the festival site or caused on the way to and from the festival are at your own expense and risk. The organization cannot be held liable for any damage.

Article 9
Instructions from the tournament director and the competition leaders must be followed, they are in the interest of the smooth running of the organization.

Article 10
A team must report at least one match prior to the match in which they participate to the competition director who is present along the playing field. In the case of teams reported late, the Tournament Director may declare the match lost with a score of 1 -0 in favor of the opponent (2 tries), ultimately at the discretion of the Tournament Director.

Article 11
Back numbers are required in the Open classes. Before the start of the tournament, the team leader submits a list of team numbers, with each player keeping their own jersey number throughout the tournament.

Article 12
Outside the veterans pool, a maximum of 12 players per team may be entered in a competition in the other pools, unless otherwise determined or permitted by the competition management. However, a team must notify the competition leader before each match which 10 players are participating in the match. A maximum of 10 players may be entered per match who actually play, the veteran competition is an exception to this and is not limited to a number of players.

Article 13
The substitution of players must be made by, if present, passing the special substitution board outside the playing field in the “substitution area”. The player must leave the field between the markings indicated on the competition director’s side on the center line. A substitute may surrender the substitution board when the exiting player has actually crossed the sideline between the marker. As with ice hockey, players can be changed continuously and a changed player can be brought back onto the field.

Article 14
The playing time is indicated centrally by the competition management with an acoustic signal. However, the referee determines on the basis of injury time whether play continues as laid down in the rules of the game. He raises his hand to the competition director to indicate that he has heard the signal. The referee’s whistle signals the end of the match.

Article 15
Replacement is only allowed if:

  • A team of less than 10 people will be created.
  • The reason for the withdrawal is medical, i.e. an injury that prevents further play in the tournament.
  • Upon approval of the Tournament Director.

It is up to the Tournament Director to determine whether the above criteria have been sufficiently met. If the criteria are met, the Tournament Director will determine whether the proposed replacement player may be used. This is to prevent a stronger player from taking the place
In any case, the following information should be presented to the Tournament Director:

Of the retired players:

  • Name, date of birth, club
  • Number of years of rugby experience, the league class in which the player has been active.

From the proposed invaders:

  • Name, date of birth, club
  • Number of years of rugby experience, the highest league class in which the player is or has been active.

Furthermore, the following applies:

  • A player may not play for a club if his own club is competing for the same or a higher prize.
  • It is not allowed for this substitute, after having played as a substitute for another team, to play for his original team.

Should the Tournament Director require further information, he reserves the right to consult independent and qualified persons.

The final judgment will in no way be hasty and ill-considered and is therefore binding. Any protests from other associations after the tournament director’s decision will be taken for notice and will be taken into account in the evaluation after the tournament.


Article 16
In the group matches, a team that has won the match receives 3 match points. And a draw gives each team 2 points. A lost game gives the team 1 point. If you do not show up for a match, 0 points will be scored.
In the case of knockout rounds, the team that won will advance to the next round.

Article 17
The team with the most match points is the highest placed during the preliminaries. In the event of a tie, the most tries scored in the group matches will be taken into account. If there is still a tie, the team that has scored the most 5 tries in the group matches wins. Then it is still immediately checked which team has received the least shipment from the field. After the preliminary rounds, the knock-out system starts according to the guidelines laid down in the rules of the game. A winner is then necessary for every match.

Article 18
The eventual winner of the final in the Women’s and Men’s Pool “Open Dutch Beach Rugby Championship” is entitled to this tournament status granted by the Nederlandse Rugby Bond. They can call themselves the official open Dutch champion Beach rugby.

Article 19
The winners of all competitions receive a challenge trophy, for the open Dutch beach rugby championship men this is the “silver lighthouse”, for the Open Dutch championship women the “scale”. The other two competitions also have an exchange trophy. However, these are exchange trophies that are not allowed to leave the island. The organization of the festival is responsible for providing a framed photo of the winning team with the challenge trophy and will ensure that the winner is inscribed on the trophy. The challenge trophies will be set up in the hall of the town hall in Hollum.


Article 20
A player who has been ejected by the referee is disqualified for the remainder of the tournament.

Article 21
Furthermore, the organization can forward any referee report to the umbrella rugby organization where the relevant team the player was part of results under.

Article 22
The decision of the tournament director, after consultation with the relevant competition director, is binding.

Article 23
All matters not provided for in the tournament regulations or which are deemed necessary for the proper running of the tournament organization are decided by the tournament management and are binding.

Article 24
Behavior and exclusion
Due to the size of the festival, the presence of rugby players on the island is relatively large. The intention is that the enormous hospitality that is given to so many rugby players by the island of Ameland should not be damaged. The organization therefore takes the position that teams, or players of teams, which in the opinion of one of the covenant partners of the festival have misbehaved, will be excluded from participation the following year. The association or the relevant team will receive a written message from the festival organization, stating reasons.