Seeding Regulations...


Issue 29 - 4th May 2018


1. Reasoning...

  1. The Colts League seeds Teams into Leagues of similar ability.
  2. Seeding is not an accurate science, being based on feedback, opinion, and the mean average of declared and known results.
  3. Getting the Seeding as near right as possible is important...
  4. Achieving evenly Seeded Leagues delivers equitable games of Colts League Rugby where Players can best develop their game.
  5. It is in no Team's interest to be seeded too low and to be winning by a cricket score each weekend, nor is it helpful to be seeded too high and to be taking a regular drubbing.
  6. The Seeding Process is wholely dependant on Managers' and Coaches' accurate feedback as they best know their own Team, as well as their regular recent opponents; it is therefore extremely important every Team assists the Colts League by contributing to the process.
  7. NB...
    1. Teams who do not communicate and co-operate with the Seeding and Rating Process cause undue delays and will have their commitment to the Colts League seriously questioned... Entries from such Teams may well be declined.
    2. Seeding Feedback (as below) must be submitted at the same time as the Entry Applcations and Squad Registration Forms by the Entry Deadline.

2. The Seeding Process...

  1. The Seeding Process immediately follows the Entry Deadline.
  2. Once all Entries are known a Team Rating Form will be published.
  3. Teams will be asked to rate all Teams of which they have knowledge & experience.
  4. Seeding is based primarily on Teams' Feedback of Seeding Info, Squad Info, plus the Team Ratings.
  5. The League Seeding Panel meets in mid-June to determine League Seeding.
  6. The Provisional Seeded Leagues will be followed by a 7-day consultation period.
  7. Leagues will not be changed or re-structured once the seedings have been determined.
  8. Target publication date for Colts League Fixtures is 1st July each season.

3. Prelim' & Conference Leagues...

  1. There will be no Preliminary Leagues this season.

4. Junior Colts (U17) Seeding...

  1. Teams must submit a SquadReg Form by the Entry Deadline in line with the Squad Registration Regulations.
  2. Teams must submit their fully detailed U16's Results from last season.
  3. Teams must Grade themselves into League A B C D E or F on the Entry Form.
  4. Teams must submit a written justification of the Grade they have selected.
  5. Teams must inform the Seeding Panel of any significant changes or additions to their Squad, when compared to last season, which may influence their league seeding.
  6. Seeding Feedback must be sent Teams to : seeding@colts-rugby.org.uk

5. Senior Colts (U18) Seeding...

  1. Teams must submit a SquadReg Form, by the Entry Deadline in line with the Squad Registration Regulations.
  2. New Teams entering the Colts League for the first time at Senior Colts must provide their previous season's Results.
  3. Teams finishing in the top places of the Junior Colts Leagues can expect to be moved up a level unless they present an acceptable case to the contrary.
  4. Teams must Grade themselves into League A B C D E or F on the Entry Application Form.
  5. Teams must submit a written justification of the Grade they have selected.
  6. Teams Grading themselves into a lower League must present an acceptable case to justify the move.
  7. Teams must inform the Seeding Panel of any significant changes or additions to their Squad when compared to last season which may influence their league seeding.
  8. Seeding Feedback must be sent to : seeding@colts-rugby.org.uk




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