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BASICS U10

Personal and Social

Play Fairly

The child can:
• Understand and respect simple rules
• Play by the rules
• Accept decisions.

Be confident

The child is:
• Keen to have a go and try new things
• Willing to demonstrate to others

Physical and Movement

Move with Agility and Balance

The child can:
• Change direction, dodge, jump.

Perform a single skill with control

The child can:
• Pass the ball accurately to a partner
• Receive a pass.
• Move into space.

Game Understanding

Demonstrate basic spatial awareness

The child can:
• Identify where space is
• Run into space
• Identify a player in space
• Take actions to get the ball into space (run or pass).

Solve basic problems using Principles of play
The child understands and demonstrates:
• Go forward and support

Skill Focus

Passing

The child can:
• Pass the ball to enable a partner to catch it
• Pass to a moving partner
• Pass the ball when moving.

Attack

The child can:
• Move forward with purpose

• Avoid a defender using a variety of strategies.

Rules

• 7 vs 7
• 40m x 60m
• No coaches on the pitch
• Rules as a framework
• Size 3 & 4 ball
• Rolling Subs; “everybody plays”

Competitions Framework

• Inter-club 7s
• Interclub 10s
• Festival: Beach Rugby, Tag Rugby, Quickrip

BASICS U12

Personal and Social

Play Fairly
The child can:
• Understand and respect simple rules
• Play by the rules
• Accept decisions.

Be confident

The child is:
• Keen to have a go and try new things
• Willing to demonstrate to others

Physical and Movement

Link two skills
The child can:
• Catch and pass the ball.

Perform skills with some control and consistency

The child can:
• Catch and pass in one movement
• Can catch and pass the ball in one movement while running.

Game Understanding

Understand performance (how to improve)
The child can:
• Describe what has been performed
• Explain why something or someone is good
• Describe what leads to team /individual improvement.

Use basic tactics and strategies
The child can:
• Suggest solutions or basic tactics
• Understand differences in simple tactics (attack and defense)
• Choose and put tactics into practice in different situations
• Change tactics/rules to make the game successful.

Skill Focus

Passing
The child can:
• Pass the ball while moving.

Catching
The child can:
• Make a target
• Call for the ball
• Get into a good position to catch the ball (in space/not too far away)
• Keep the ball away from the body
• Catch the ball while moving.

Tackling
• Under-hip tackle ; “short” tackle

Rules

• 7 v 7
• 40m x 60m
• Permitted to kick inside 10m
• Size 4 ball

Competitions Framework

• Inter-club 7s
• Interclub 10s
• Festival: Beach Rugby, Tag Rugby, Quickrip

BASICS U14

Personal and Social

Be a team player
The child:
• Takes turns
• Shares
• Praises others
• Works sensibly with others
• Includes others
• Does not exclude others.

Be confident
The child can:
• Asks for help when he or she doesn’t understand
• Perseveres with a task
• Copes well with failure
• Works sensibly with others

Physical and Movement

Coordinate actions
The child can:
• Run and catch
• Run and pass
• Run and tackle

Perform a range of skills with some control and consistency

The child can:

• Pass accurately while running
• Catch and pass accurately while running.

Game Understanding

Understand performance (how to improve)
The child can:
• Understand ways to judge team/individual performance
• Identify specific parts of team/individual performance on which to work.

Find own solutions

The child:
• Is willing to explore different ideas
• Can work with others to explore and use different tactics
• Can use a range of tactics.

Skill Focus

Defend
The child can:
• Advance on an opponent
• Track an opponent
• Grasp an opponent to make them pass
• Understand and demonstrate a correct tackle (side and rear).

Contact
The child can:
• Explain the process of the tackle (side and rear)
• Perform safely a side and rear tackle through the progressions (kneel, squat, stand, walk, jog)
• Perform a safe tackle in a game situation.

Rules

• Full Pitch Hips : « Short « Tackle
• limited contest for the ball
• Tackle Below
• Size 5 Ball

Competitions Framework

• Inter-club XV
• Inter-club 7
• Interclub 10s
• Festival: Beach Rugby, Tag Rugby, Quickrip

BASICS U16

Personal and Social 

Take on different roles
The child:
• Plays in different positions including play-
maker (scrum-half, fly-half)
• Leads a team or unit practice
• Is deployed in different ways: first receiver, ball carrier, support runner, decoy runner, kicker, thrower.

Be creative
The child can:
• Explore and discover for themselves ways of solving problems.
• Is confident to take risks e.g. overhead passes, round the back passes and so on
• Sees mistakes as a valuable part of learning.

Physical and Movement

Perform with accuracy, fluency, control and consistency
The child can:
• Pass and then support to receive the ball
• Run, kick and gather
• Change direction to move defenders and execute a well-timed pass to a supporting player
• replace deeper.

Understand the importance of warm up and cool down, the benefits of physical exercise and being healthy
The child can:
• Explain the benefits of a warm up and cool down
• Perform or lead warm-up and cool down
• Explain the benefits of being fit for rugby
• Make every effort to establish and maintain levels of fitness appropriate to rugby.

Game Understanding

Solve problems using the Principles of Play
The child can:
• Demonstrate all the principles of play in competitive situations
• Go forward and support
• Demonstrate continuity and pressure
• Communicate
• Contest possession in a variety of game situations

Understand ‘why’ and explain or execute the next steps
Execute the next steps
The child can:
• Recognise and suggest patterns of play that will
• Show anticipation and awareness in changing game situations
• Evaluate and adapt actions in pressure situations
• Choose and vary skills and tactics to suit the situation in a game.

Skill Focus

Support
The child can:
• Support close, deep, wide, decoy, behind
• Work hard to support the ball carrier or tackler.

Contact
The child:
• Is able to tackle (side and rear) through the
progressions of kneel, squat, stand, walk, jog
• Often performs a safe tackle in a game situation.

Rules

• World Rugby U19 Rules
• Full Pitch
• Unlimited contest for the ball
• Kicks for goal
• Size 5 Ball

Competitions Framework

• Inter-club XV
• Inter-club 7
• Interclub 10s
• Festival: Beach Rugby, Tag Rugby, Quickrip

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