Women and Non-Binary Bonus Point system utilised throughout In2Touch London Mixed Leagues
In2Touch have trialled Women and Non-Binary players bonus point system over the past few seasons. We have seen how both the women and non-binary players and their teams benefit from the use of it. We believe it is a positive move towards creating a more inclusive environment on the touch field. The system is set to incentivise teams to include women and/or non-binary players during all periods of a touch rugby game.
How it works:
A mixed team can earn half (1/2) a bonus point if they play with three (3) or more women and/or non-binary players for the entire first half. An additional half (1/2) a bonus point is given to teams if they play with three (3) or more women and/or non-binary players for the entirety of the second half. This means that a team could receive one (1) whole bonus point per match they play with a minimum of three women and non-binary on the field for the entire game. This system is applicable during the round-robin stage of a league.
- The Bonus Point will count towards the team’s overall season points total.
- Suppose a semi-final/final is tied – the team that played with 3 or more women and/or non-binary players for the entire game will win.
- If you play with 3 or more women and/or non-binary players and lose the semi-final or final – the result stands.
Utilising this Bonus Point System is entirely up to your team. These bonus points can go a long way towards a team’s overall points tally, potentially helping the team get to the top and playing in the semi-final and final of the division.
At In2Touch we align ourselves to the values of the England Touch Transgender, Non-Binary and Gender Diverse Policy. This means we encourage and welcome everyone to our leagues no matter what their gender identity is. There is space for everyone.
Transgender, non-binary and gender diverse players are welcome to participate in the touch category they feel most comfortable in. Our leagues operate across three touch categories: Mixed, Women’s and Men’s.
No one is required to disclose their gender identity to In2Touch, our venue managers or referees. Where participation includes non-binary and/or gender diverse players we encourage teams to continue to field at least two (2) players that identify as women to avoid introducing additional barriers to women’s participation, as this is also a core focus of In2Touch.
However, please remember that at all mixed leagues the maximum number of people who identify as male allowed on the pitch for each team is four (4).