THE Lautoka Primary Schools Rugby Association has adopted zero tolerance on high tackles made during its weekly competition.
The weekly competition started at the Natabua High School ground yesterday with the introduction of the International Rugby Board's Get Into Rugby program.
A big turnout was recorded with children participating from the under-9 to U14 categories.
The overwhelming response caused a shortage of match officials with the association executives forced to control games.
Association president Tirani Uluinakauvadra said the zero tolerance policy on high tackles would make the game safer.
Uluinakauvadra said the competition would run for six weeks.
"Because of the increase in the number of participants we faced a shortage of match officials," he said.
"For this we are now thinking of paying other match officials to help us out. The competition will go on for six week together with the Get Into Rugby program.
"However after the six weeks we will still continue our development program. We have adopted a strict zero tolerance policy on high tackles. A player who makes a high tackle is sent off immediately."
Uluinakauvadra said they were surprised with the huge response for the first round.
He said they expected the number to increase next week.
"We had more than 1000 children participating, he said.
"We did not expect that many and it came as a big surprise. There were many parents who came to support their children who are part of our development program.
"Our association is more focus on development and the results do not matter. What is important for us is to see the children do the right things and improve their basic skills."
A total of 15 schools are part of the competition.