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Australian Oztag has published a 2015 Rule Book which will take effect from Round 1 of the Winter Competition.

Queensland Oztag Head Office does not believe that the following rules should be applied in Queensland, and therefore will not be applied in Queensland Venues due to the nature of the majority of our venues (7.28), and the wording of the rule in the rule book (6.35).

  • Section 7.28 – If an attacker kicks in general play, and the ball lands in the field of play then crosses the try line and is grounded by an attacking player in a controlled manner before the ball lands on the ground or is touched or touches a defender, a try will be awarded. Ball will be dead once it crosses the plane of the Tryline.


  • a. Glossary – SURRENDER – Is when the ball carrier deliberately gives up and does not attempt to attack during the play. When the ball carrier runs to a defender, stops and turns their hips towards the defender to be tagged.
  • b. Section 6.35 – Attacking Infringements – When the ball carrier gives up and does not attempt to attack during the play.




  • Defender must remove one tag to stop attackers progress. He/She then holds up the tag and drops it to the ground marking where the play the ball should occur.
  • Maximum of 8 players on the field at any one time.
  • There is a marker in the play the ball.
  • If a player propels the ball in a forward direction with their hand or arm and the ball comes into contact with the ground, an opponent or the referee, a knock on will be awarded. A changeover will be awarded to the non-offending team. The referee may allow the non-offending team to take possession and gain advantage. If they are tagged it will be awarded a zero tag.
  • The game is non-tackle – the attacker cannot deliberately bump into a defender.A defender cannot change direction and move into attackers path.Whoever initiates contact will be penalised. The onus is on the attacking player to avoid a defender.
  • The ball carrier is not allowed to protect his tag or fend off defenders.
  • A try is awarded to the attacking team when they ground the ball on or over the try line.
  • Defence must be back 7 metres.



  • The ball may not be kicked until after the fourth tag and before the initial tag.
  • Kicks in General play cannot be above the shoulder height of the referee. Attacking team cannot dive on a kicked ball in any situation, but can kick on.
  • Kick offs and line drop outs.If the ball lands in the field of play and then rolls across the try line whether touched or not a line drop out occurs. Try line becomes the dead ball line for all kicks.



  • Defensive line can move forward only when dummy half touches the ball. Dummy half can run and be tagged with the ball. Dummy half may score a try.
  • An attacker must stop and play the ball if he is in possession with only one tag on.
  • The only persons able to promote the ball with one tag on is the dummy half, and the player taking the tap (as long as they do not take more than one step with the ball).
  • Simultaneous tag is play on.(If the referee is unable to decide, the pass is allowed - play on.The advantage goes to attacking team.)
  • If the ball is kicked or passed into the referee, the referee will order a changeover where he was struck.
  • If a players knees hit the ground whilst diving for a try and a defender is within tagging distance a try is disallowed and a tag is counted.
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct covers the behaviour and attitude of players on the field and may result in penalty, sin bin or dismissal.



  • 1 Point is awarded for each Try. In Mixed games, Women's Try's are awarded 2 Points.



  • Winning Team receives 3 Points
  • Draw Game both Teams receive 2 Points.
  • Losing Team receives 1 Point.


Rule Change for the following age groups:

U6's to U10’s Boys & Girls

  • Play the ball with No Marker.
  • Defence cannot move until 1st receiver has the ball unless Dummy half runs with the ball.
  • Dummy Half can score but if they are tagged it is a change over where the tag was made.
  • All other Divisions have a marker and defence can move as soon as Dummy Half touches the ball.