As we are in the new season, ladies and gentlemen please check your certification date on your Boksmart card. If the date is passed or coming close to expiring please contact Alfred for dates of the next course being held in the East region.

Vaal Region members please contact Natasha on 016-976-2113

Remember you must have a current Boksmart card or you may not referee. New members, you may have undergone training but without Boksmart, you may not referee. Courses will begin in January 2015

This is a safety reminder from committee


BokSmart PlayerCAP software,

Dear Coach and Referee

An online version of the BokSmart database has been made, and this has a direct link to the BokSmart PlayerCAP software, that we have been developing over the last three years in collaboration with Dale Toy, from PlayerCAP.

By going to the address: you can search for and confirm any coach or referee that has been captured onto the system’s current BokSmart status (i.e. Active, Expired, or ‘Needs to recertify’ - within the 2-month window period) using either their name, ID or BokSmart number. You do not even need to subscribe or register to be able to complete this basic check.

This is also accessible by clicking on the BokSmart PlayerCAP banner on the BokSmart Website:

If you register on BokSmart PlayerCAP (and your information is verified on the BokSmart database), and where you have lost your card for some reason, you can now also print out an interim official PDF’ed letter of proof of BokSmart Certification.

When you change address, or any other detail, the same process can be followed to keep the coaches' and referees’ details up to date. This service is free for anyone… and is fully responsive for desktop and mobile platforms.

Further functionality is already in place and is being phased into the software to assist in record-keeping, player screening, team sheets compilation, match reports, player registration (for schools and clubs), coach registration, player transfers etc. to name but a few and also allows for online storage and recording of this information.

I hope that this will assist somewhat in the process of BokSmart certification and status verification on the ground!

Kind regards

The BokSmart Team


BokSmart "Safe Six"

We are hereby introducing to the South African Rugby playing community a group of injury prevention exercises called the BokSmart ‘Safe Six’.

These exercises are well-established and frequently utilised in injury prevention and rehabilitation settings. Injury surveillance studies in rugby have identified that the knee, hamstrings, lower limb, ankle and shoulder are often injured, are generally more severe and are potentially also preventable.

The BokSmart ‘Safe Six’ exercises specifically target these areas of the body that have been identified, and have been packaged in such a way as to be reasonably challenging, but still easy to implement, and without any equipment required. The exercises have been chosen to focus on joint stability, strength, balance and control, and can be done in a very short time, and can even be incorporated into the warm-up at practices.

We encourage all coaches, players, parents, teachers and anyone involved in rugby to use the BokSmart “Safe Six’. Let’s all work together in keeping our players on the fields playing rugby and reaping all of the health, teamwork and social benefits of playing the game.

Please circulate the BokSmart ‘Safe Six’ to all rugby stakeholders including but not limited to Primary Schools, High School, and Clubs in South Africa, for immediate implementation countrywide for all age-groups U13 and above.


“Recognise and Remove” concussion message underlined by new regulations

New concussion regulations, emphasising the need to “recognise and remove” at amateur level have been approved by the General Council of the South African Rugby Union (SARU).

The new SARU Concussion Regulations, which came into force this month, clarify the approach that must be taken on the management of concussed players and of players who are suspected of being concussed.

“The new regulations underline the message that there should be no hesitation in the case of players who are concussed or even vaguely suspected of being concussed – they must be removed immediately from the field of play,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU.

The International Rugby Board introduced the Head Injury Assessment (HIA) protocol as a way of managing players with suspected head injuries at IRB approved elite professional levels, where the diagnosis of concussion was not immediately apparent. What the provinces of SARU have now agreed is that a ‘zero tolerance’ approach be applied at all other levels of the game.

“SARU views concussion extremely seriously,” said Roux.

“SARU therefore insists that every role player involved in all rugby played within South Africa gives the highest level of attention to the most current, evidence-based best practice standards for the prevention, identification, treatment and management of concussion.”

In practice this means:

1. Players who are even suspected of having concussion – or are confirmed as having concussion – must be removed from the field of play and not return to play or train that day.
2. Should consult with a medical doctor as soon as possible
3. 3. And where concussion is either suspected or confirmed, and once cleared to do so by the medical doctor, these players must complete the ‘Graduated Return to Play Protocol’, as described in the IRB Concussion guidelines, in accordance with the SARU age appropriate criteria.

The regulation stresses that extra caution should be taken with players of 19 years or younger who have a heightened risk of concussion. “Recognise and remove is the mantra for all involved in rugby,” said Roux.

Full details of the concussion regulations as well as information on SARU’s age appropriate graduated return to play protocol can be found on the BokSmart Website:


School coach suspended for breaching age-group regulations

A schools rugby coach who breached South African Rugby Union (SARU) rules governing under age rugby has been suspended and the points his school took for the match were overturned, following a SARU disciplinary hearing.

The charge was the first brought to SARU under new regulations that were introduced to protect players under the age of 18 at the start of last season.

They stipulate that no player may appear for a team if he is over age or if he is more than two years younger than the maximum stipulated age for that particular age group. In practice the regulations means that in under-13 rugby, for example, only players who are turning 12 or 13 in the year of play can appear. Players, who are 13 at the time of the match, but turning 14 in the same year, would be ineligible. Similarly a player turning 11 in the same year (or younger) would be ineligible.

“The safety of rugby players at all ages is of paramount importance to SARU,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU. “These critical regulations were approved and brought into force last year by all 14 member provinces to ensure the safety of players at schoolboy age.

“Prior to their introduction there was the danger of players as young as 14 or 15 playing against boys of 19 with all the inherent risks that that implies.

“These regulations were passed to outlaw that dangerous practice and we will pursue those who breach these regulations.” Roux said that the rules did allow for the age band to be expanded to a maximum of three years for specific high school players in exceptional circumstances, and only upon official application and approval received by the provincial unions. But those exceptions would only be granted if a number of compulsory criteria were fulfilled on the recommendation of a qualified IRB Level II coach.

“The regulations have required a cultural change at schoolboy rugby level where age may not have been a factor in selection before,” said Roux. “But they have been introduced for the benefit and safety of players.

“Coaches must understand that if they breach these regulations and players are seriously injured as a result that they have potentially laid themselves open not only to SARU’s disciplinary code but also to the criminal courts.

“These are important regulations that we take very seriously.”

The regulations are part of SARU’s BokSmart national rugby safety campaign and can be found in full at

In the match in question, players from the De Aar Secondary School were falsely passed off as being Under-17 in a match against Vaalharts Secondary School, when, in fact, they were 18.

Mr Jan Botha, the coach responsible, was suspended from all forms of rugby under the jurisdiction of SARU for six months (suspended for one year) and the league points earned by De Aar were forfeited and credited to Vaalharts.

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