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Team Requirements & Eligibility

  • Age: Year 5 & 6
  • Mixed gender event. Teams must have 3 girls on the pitch at all times.
  • Squad Size: Maximum of 10 players in a squad.
  • 6 players on the pitch at any time.

Competition Format

  • Duration of matches will be dependent on entries and determined at the time of the draw.
  • The festival is primarily focused on fun, participation and skill development.
  • There will be no scores or placings recorded. 

Draw Format

  • Round robin groups. Teams will play against as many of the teams in their assigned group as scheduled in event brochure or as time allows.


  • No seedings.


  • Participation certificates will be presented to all participants.

Kit & Equipment

Players of the same team should wear the same colour tops/bibs. No jewellery, baseball caps etc. It is advised that if eyewear is essential, it should be made from plastic rather than glass.


  • Game length will be determined at the start of the festival.
  • Teams must try and get all opposition players out by hitting them under waist height with a ball.
  • If a team gets all of the opposite out before the end of the game, both teams then restart another game until the 5 minutes is up. Games keep being played until the 5 minutes is up.
  • Play will start with a set of balls laid out in the middle of the court and players with one foot on the back line. Play begins when whistle is blown. Players must exit the ‘safe zone’ before they can throw the ball at the opposition. Any balls thrown in the initial ‘safe zone’ will not count.
  • If the ball hits a player under waist height they must walk off court and sit on team bench.
  • If a player catches a ball without it bouncing, the player who threw the ball is out. The team who caught the ball then get back ALL players who had previously been out.
  • Players cannot exit the court lines during the match, unless to retrieve a stray ball.
  • Players who are out must sit out.
  • Balls cannot be kicked.
  • Any players showing foul play will be taken off court and disqualified for that match.
  • Foul play consists of: throwing the ball over arm consistently, purposely aiming at the opposition above waist height.


  • The festival is a non-scoring format where no results or placings are recorded. The event report will be available on the news webpage within 24 hours of the event ending

Safeguarding and DBS

MSSP acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the requirements of the Partnership’s host organisation, the Harris Federation.

We recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and young leaders:

•           have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport or physical activity at MSSP events in a safe and child centred environment

•           are protected from abuse whilst participating or officiating at MSSP events

All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.

Spectators will not be permitted entry to school facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and vetted through safer recruitment procedures and authorised to attend by your school. The school will maintain responsible for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from.

For more information regarding MSSP’s safeguarding, please click here

If you have any concerns about a child at our event please make sure you say something. The MSSP safeguarding team contact details will be on display at all events or for more information on who to speak to please click here

Please see attached risk assessment for event specific planning and considerations.


MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a FUN, safe and enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.

For more information about REFSPECT and codes of conduct for attendance at our events, please click here.

Photo Consent

Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event.

Social Media

For information and updates from our events, please follow and use the platforms below.

Email: info@mertonssp.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MertonSSP

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mertonssp

First Aid

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but will not be available to tend to less urgent first aid, as they will be delivering the event. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should be with the school team at all times (including travel) to tend to their children during the event.

Comments, Compliments and Complaints

MSSP aims to deliver a first class service to all of its stakeholders. We see all feedback, whether good or bad, as a valuable way for us to learn and improve. Therefore, we welcome all comments, compliments and complaints. For further details, please click here