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General Rules & Medical Requirements for League Participation Eligibility


Updated 26.02.22


Please note, within Abu Dhabi Harlequins responsibility for the provision of all medical requirements as outlined within the General Competition Rules as outlined below, rests with the Manager of each team. Support will be provided, if required, by the Committee.


General Competition Rules

14 - Medical:

14.1 - It is the duty of each home or host Club to provide a qualified L1 FAIR (First Aid In Rugby) First-Aider and first aid facilities at each venue. Pitch side personnel who have a responsibility for first response or first aid should hold a current relevant qualification which is recognised by the DHA/HAAD/MOH or an equivalent qualification from a nationally recognised Awarding Body. It is the absolute responsibility of each Club to provide these minimum requirements as a duty of care to the Players. In the event where the person who has responsibility for first response or first-aid is asked to referee the game the home side shall provide another suitably qualified person to take the responsibility for first response and first-aid. A Referee is within his or her rights not to start the game if there is no medical presence or he or she feels that the medical presence in inadequate. (A list of qualified first aiders within the club can be obtained by contacting the club Medical Officer medical@abudhabiquins.com)


14.2 - Where a person responsible for first aid cover is present, the Referee should do no more than allow an injured Player to leave the field to receive treatment or allow the first aid person onto the field to administer treatment. The first aid person may come onto the field to administer treatment without notice in the case where a Player is down.


14.3 - Where for any reason a first aid person is not present, the Laws of the Game provide that the Referee shall decide whether the Player may be replaced. There is no obligation on a Referee to provide or be responsible for first-aid.


14.4 - It is a UAERF requirement that:

  1. All coaches should have L1 FAIR Qualification
  2. One Member from each team dedicated to first-aid should be L1 FAIR accredited
  3. The host club/school should have two L1 FAIR accredited first-aiders at every game
  4. One spinal board, hard collar and spider harness must be available at every field (located at the Quins Medical Store at the far end of Pitches 11/12)
  5. Ambulances present at all tournaments


Additional Information

  1. There is immediate access to an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) (located at the Quins Medical Store at the far end of Pitches 11/12)
  2. Ensure there is clear and quick access to the pitch where the match is being played for an ambulance, should it be required (numerous access points exist for ambulances to all pitches with Zayed Sports City)


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