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Coaching

 

Age Group Overview

 

  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

 

Under 7s

 

Under 8s

 

Under 9s

 

Under 10s

 

Under 11s

 

Under12s - U16s