Coaching

  • At the Norths Pirates, we encourage our coaches to follow our Club coaching philosophy which involves:
    • Skills development
    • Fair play
    • Health and safety
    • Sportmanship and friendship
    • Teamwork 
    • Fun
    • Fair and reasonable game time for all players
    • Running rugby with all players having an opportunity to handle the ball
  • To get the best out of your players and ensure you do not lose their attention, preparation for training sessions is key.
  • Here is a useful link into coaching courses, tips and easy session planning http://www.nswrugby.com.au/NSWRugby/Community/Coaching.aspx
  • If you are interested in finding out more or would like to enquire about coaching, please contact the Club's coaching coordinator, Jason Smith | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 0411 598 937

 

Age Group Overview

  • Northern Suburbs Junior Rugby consists of four Norths village clubs - Drummoyne, Hunters Hill, Mosman, Norths Pirates. 
  • U6-U9 teams play in the Gordon District Minis comp. Their games are on Saturday mornings, with 1 or 2 games on Sunday mornings.
  • U10-U16 teams play in the Sydney Junior Rugby Union (SJRU) competition. Their games are on Sundays (and some Friday evenings).
  • The season runs from April to August.

 

  U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12
Game style Small sided games 7 a side tag 7 a side tag

10 a side 

tackle

12 a side tackle

12 a side tackle

15 a side tackle
Skills focus

Evasion & tag

Catch & pass

Running

Scoring tries

Enjoyment

Evasion & tag

Catch & pass

Running

Scoring tries

Enjoyment

Tackle

Ruck

Maul

Attack

Defence

Kick in general play

Contested scrum & line out

Kick in general play

Contested scrum & line out

Positional awareness
Playing area 1/4 field 1/4 field 1/2 field 1/2 field Full field less 10m width Full field less 10m width Full field
Playing time 2 x 10 min 2 x 15 min 2 x 15 min 2 x 20 min 2 x 20 min 2 x 20 min 2 x 25 min

 

 Under 6s

  • First year of rugby union with a strong emphasis on participation, enjoyment and making new friends from the district.
  • 7 players on the field at a time.
  • There is no tackle or ruck/maul but a two handed grab low (tag) on the shorts.
  • Games are played on a quarter of full field.
  • Playing time is 2 x 10 mins.

 

Under 7s

  • The children continue for another year with the introduction of non contested three person scrums and two person line outs.
  • The development is centred around catch and pass and again with a strong emphasis on participation and having fun.
  • 7 players on the field at a time.
  • Games are played on a quarter pitch size.
  • Playing time is 2 x 15 mins.

 

Under 8s

  • First introduction of tackle and the ruck contest.
  • 7 players on the field at a time.
  • Games are played on half size field with more room to run.
  • Playing time is 2 x 15 mins.
  • The safe practices of the tackle and ruck maul are taught by "Smart Rugby" accredited coaches.

 

Under 9s

  • Whilst still on half size field, the team increases to 10 with 5 person scrum and 5 backs.
  • More positional play is encouraged but with uncontested scrum and line out.
  • Playing time is 2 x 20 mins. 
  • The opportunity remains for everyone to safely try all positions on the field.

 

Under 10s

  • The games are played on Sundays with grading for the first time.
  • The competition covers the Sydney Metropolitan area on a home and away basis.
  • Games are competitive scrums and line outs with 12 players on each team.
  • The field is almost full field, only 10m narrower (5m each side).
  • Playing time is 2 x 20 mins. 
  • Conversions, kicks in general play and semi and grand finals are other changes to the first year of juniors.

 

Under 11s

  • Same parameters as the U10s.
  • The teams are regraded again to keep competitions fair and safe across the grades.

 

Under12s - U16s

  • 15 players on the field.
  • Skills focus is on positional awareness.
  • Full size field.
  • Playing time is 2 x 25 mins.