Rationale

All Players Play All The Time

INCLUSIVE NOT EXCLUSIVE - REGARDLESS OF RACE, RELIGION, GENDER, SIZE OR ABILITY.

So that ALL children can play and enjoy Rugby League not just the best at that age

So that NO child is stood cold with hands in pockets feeling excluded

So we don’t lose out on talented children because they are constantly a substitute

So that children are not victims to adult motivations of winning over development

Because it’s just a game and they are just children………….

"Children develop emotionally, physically and mentally at different ages. An environment for ALL fosters fun, enjoyment and development. These are key ingredients for keeping children's motivations for playing rugby as high as possible so they remain playing this great game"

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Small Sided Games

LESS PLAYERS = INCREASED INVOLVEMENT IN THE GAME
INCREASED INVOLVEMENT = MORE FUN AND GREATER DEVELOPMENT

Children touch the rugby ball more often and become more skilful with it!
(Individual technical development – Carrying, Passing, Catching, Evading)

Children make more quality decisions through more involved playing time during the game!
(Individual tactical development – More Involvement = More Decisions to make)  

Children have more opportunities to play on both sides of the ball!
(Experience Development – Children will be exposed to  attacking and defending situations)

Children have more opportunities to score tries and do all the other fun things more!
(Pure excitement)

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Smaller Pitches

So that children will be less likely to solely use speed to run around everyone to score.

So that children use a range of evading techniques like sidestep and swerve.

So that children learn to utilise fundamental skills of passing and catching.

So that children learn to make decisions other than just run fast. Do I sidestep or pass?

So that more games take place at once and everyone can play.

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No Coaches On The Pitch

COACHING IS FOR PRACTICE. GAMES ARE FOR PLAYERS

"Decision Making is a key element of rugby. Children need to learn to make them"

So that adult influence and involvement are kept to a bare minimum

So that children can make their own decisions.

So that children don’t become reliant on their coaches

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6 Tackles Regardless of Errors

As Primary Rugby League children are learning about the game we do not want to penalise a mistake.

When a mistake is made I.e. Running into touch or knocking on the child would return to the place of the mistake and PTB.

The mistake would count as one of the tackles rather than be handed over to the other team.

We want to promote children learning and trying new things without the fear of failure or reprimand from colleagues, coaches or parents.

Naturally coaches would be encouraged to work on common mistakes in training in an informative but fun manner, i.e. catching practice if they witness several knock-ons.

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Touch v Tackle

Tackling is a large part of playing Rugby League but it isn’t the only part.

At U7 and U8 age range touch is the recommended format, however if both coaches agree you can play tackle.

Where coaches can’t agree on the format at U7 and U8 age range they must play touch.

The rule was also designed to encourage children to pass the ball to create try scoring opportunities and to create an even playing field for all children regardless of size, shape, or physical development.

In addition it offers the more physically developed child the chance to learn other skills like side step and swerve rather than just power and strength.

As children develop over the years the physical difference gets smaller so it is beneficial to all children to be able to have a range of evasion techniques.

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