Head Contact Rules by Division

ALL MINOR 1 DIVISIONS (5 TO 8 YRS)

• ALL Minor 1 (5 to 8 years) Divisions – No Head Contact

ALL MINOR 2 DIVISIONS (9 -11 YRS)

• ALL Minor 2 (9 to 11 years) Divisions – No Head Contact

CADET DIVISIONS (12 TO 14 YRS)

  • For Grade 8-6 Divisions, No Head Contact
  • For Grade 5-3 Divisions, Head Contact OPTIONAL-
    • Full Contact (Head and Body) is the default option until otherwise declared:
    • Head Contact will be optional and set at the beginning of the match (decided by either of the coaches requesting “No Head Contact”). Example – If only one coach requests “No-Head-Contact” then the match is “No-Head-Contact”
    • It is the Coaches responsibility to convey this “No-Head Contact” rule change to the Centre Referee, otherwise the Centre Referee will conduct a Full Contact match. Changing the Head contact ruling once the match has begun, disqualifies the player requesting the change (WDR). A player/coach may forfeit the match (WDR) at any time and then the match may continue under “Non-Head-Contact”rules but result has been pre-determined by the withdrawal (WDR).
  • For Grade 2-1 Divisions, Head Contact Required.
    • ONLY IF BOTH coaches ask for non-head contact prior to the start of the match, then a “No-Head-Contact” match is allowed. This decision is not binding on further matches in the division.
    • IF ONLY ONE coach asks for non-Head contact, then a Head Contact match is to proceed. A player/coach may forfeit the match (WDR) and then the match may proceed in “Non-Head-Contact” but the result has been pre-determined by the withdrawal (WDR).
  • Black Belt Divisions, Head Contact Compulsory. A player/coach may forfeit the match (WDR) at anytime and then the match may continue under “Non-Head-Contact” rules but result has been pre- determined by the withdrawal (WDR).

JUNIOR DIVISIONS (15 TO 17 YRS)

  • For Grade 8-6, No Head Contact
  • For Grade 5-3, Head Contact Optional (Same as for the Cadet Grade 5-3 Divisions).
  • For Grade 2-1, Head Contact Required (Same as for the Cadet Grade 2-1 Divisions).
  • Black Belt Divisions, Head Contact Compulsory (Same as for the Cadet Black Belt Divisions).

OPEN/SENIOR DIVISIONS (17 -35 YRS)

  • For Grade 8-6, Head Contact Optional (Same as for the Cadet Grade 5-3 Divisions).
  • For Grade 5-3, Head Contact Required (Same as for the Cadet Grade 2-1 Divisions).
  • For Grade 2-1, Head Contact Compulsory (Same as for the Cadet Black Belt Divisions).
  • OPEN Divisions, Head Contact Compulsory (Same as for the Cadet Black Belt Divisions)

VETERANS DIVISIONS (35 YRS UPWARDS)

  • For Grade 8-6, No Head Contact.
  • For Grade 5-3, Head Contact Optional (Same as for the Grade 5-3 Cadet Divisions).
  • For Grade 2-1, Head Contact Optional (Same as for the Grade 5-3 Cadet Divisions)
  • Black Belt Divisions, Head Contact Required (Same as for the Grade 2-1 Cadet Divisions).