What is Tartan Touch?
Tartan Touch is Scottish Rugby’s Fun, Simple and Social version of non-contact rugby. It’s a game for all abilities and all ages played throughout the Summer months. In the past two seasons, hubs have welcomed players aged 5 to 75 years old from having never played rugby to retired players!
What are the rules?
AIM: Touch the ball down over opponent’s goal line. To do this, keep possession by avoiding being touched.
POSSESSION LOST IF:
Touched 6 times
Ball leaves the pitch
Ball passed forward, dropped forward, or kicked forward
Foul play by team in possession
Offload within 2 steps or 2 seconds - No offside from the offload
Place ball on ground - Offside line created
Must be passed away by touched player or a teammate
Where to Play?
Due to the challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic, this year, clubs can run a Tartan Touch programme without going through the usual application process to become a Tartan Touch hub. Scottish Rugby will be unable to provide clubs with the usual resources, marketing support and branded kit for the 2021 season, however we would like to encourage and support clubs to use Tartan Touch as an alternative game format to help welcome people back into the club after an unprecedented year. Please note, it is essential that sessions adhere to the Scottish Government guidance in place at that time.
If you would like to run Tartan Touch at your club this season, the only requirement is that you please notify us at [email protected] with the name and email address of the lead contact for Tartan Touch at your club.
To find out more, click HERE and read our Tartan Touch Operational Guide.
Last season, Tartan Touch welcomed 176 school pupils to play alongside the Scotland National Team at Highland RFC! Thanks to everyone who made it a great event #AsOne #TartanTouch