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). This is a graded competition.
  • The season runs from April to August.

 

  U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12
Player numbers 7 a side tag 7 a side tag 7 a side tackle

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

40m x 25m

1/4 field

40m x 25m

1/2 field

60m x 35m

1/2 field

60m x 35m

Full field less 10m width

100m x 60m

Full field less 10m width

Full field

100m x 60

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
Ball size Size 2 Size 2 Size 3 Size 3 Size 4 Size 4 Size 4
Conversions No No

Optional 

In front, 10m back

Optional

In front, 10m back

Yes

Not past 15m line

Yes

Not past 15m line

Yes

Not past 15m line

Kick-off

Punt 5m

Exclusion zone

Punt or drop 5m 

Exclusion zone

Punt or drop 5m

Exclusion zone

Drop Drop Drop Drop
Restart after score Tap on half way by non-scoring team Tap on half way by non-scoring team Tap on half way by non-scoring team Tap on half way by non-scoring team Kick-off by non-scoring team Kick-off by non-scoring team Kick-off by non-scoring team
Kicking No No No No Yes Yes Yes
 Tackle

2 handed tag on shorts

No offside line for defence 

2 handed tag on shorts

No offside line for defence 

Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
 Lineout  Tap restart

2 players

No contest 

2 players

No contest 

4 players

No contest 

5 players

Contested No lifting 

5 players

Contested 

No lifting

7 players

Contested

No lifting

 Lineout Receiver  Tap restart Must pass Must pass  Must pass  All options  All options  All options 
 Scrum  Tap restart

3 players

No contest 

3 players

No contest 

5 players

No contest 

6 players

Contested 1m push 

6 players

Contested 1m push 

8 players

Contested 1m push 

Scrum Half Tap restart Must pass Must pass Must pass

All options

No.8 moves illegal

All options

No.8 moves illegal

All options
Lineout & Scrum over when? Played by fly-half or bounces Played by fly-half or bounces Played by fly-half or bounces Played by fly-half or bounces Ball out Ball out Ball out
 Penalty Kicks & Free Kicks

Tap only

Opp 5m back 

Tap only

Opp 5m back 

Tap only

Opp 5m back 

Tap only

Opp 5m back 

All options

Opp 10m back 

All options

Opp 10m back 

All options

Opp 10m back 

 

 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.