Welcome to the 2017/2018 season for all U9s/year 4 children.
We meet every Sunday morning at Home Park. Training starts at 10 and finishes at 12. All children are welcome to have two free taster sessions with the team before then going on to joining the club.
The main changes for U9 this season are no tags and contact is in the form of tackling. We would recommend gum shields but players are not required to have headgear or body armour. These items all come down to parent’s preference and we would steer you to do your own research.
We see this as a transition year where the children progress into contact (no rucks, mauls, lineouts or scrums) in a safe, fun environment. The style will be to coach and allow them to experiment thus learning by creativity. Game time will be key and smaller breakout sessions will allow coaches to introduce a specific theme i.e. evasion or spatial awareness. We wish to proceed this year with no streaming along the theme of age grade rugby. In order to be transparent for team selection and planning family time we will introduce ‘’Teamer’’ (sports team management app) for this year.
Training starts on Sun 3rd Sept through to the last Sunday in April. There will be opportunities for all U9s to play in tournaments, attend our yearly tour and come along to our U11s Christmas party. Our emphasis is on fun, friendships and inclusion.
Look forward to seeing you at Home Park.
U9s Team Manager /WRC Minis Chair