PLAYING CLUB OR TOURNAMENT RUGBY
Our club plays the majority of its games on Saturday mornings from April through to September as part of the Victorian Rugby Union’s junior pathway and competition age groups. Games are played using the Australian Rugby Union’s modified U6-U12 Pathway and U19 Laws. Although we do offer other opportunities for girls, boys, women and men to play for Racing Rugby’s mixed teams who participate in a range 7’s Rugby tournaments and Viva 7’s competitions.
All junior teams play in the Victorian Rugby Union (VRU) junior pathway or competition age groups using the ARU modified junior pathway laws. Each pathway or age group competition form of the game Laws have been specially adapted to meet the Australian Sports Commission's needs and expectations for the player's development, physical capability, health status, skill level and previous experience. This ensures that safety is a priority while still challenging the player's based on theirdevelopmental age. The modifications include the level of contact, size of the ball, the playing area, the length of games and the playing numbers on the field.
UNDER 6 – UNDER 12
Ever dreamt of being the next Wallaby like Israel Folau, Sean McMahon or Toby Smith?
Well the Try Rugby Kids Pathway has been designed especially to help get your child started and on their way to a lifelong involvement in this great game called Rugby Union.
AIM AND PHILOSOPHY
The aim of the TryRugby Kids Pathway for U6 to U12 players is to provide a series of age-specific modified rugby games. These modified rugby games progressively develop the individual skills, fitness and teamwork of all players in accordance with their physical maturity and understanding of the game.
What are the benefits?
The Kids Pathway for U6 to U12 players has been developed to:
- Increase activity levels for maximum participation and enjoyment.
- Meet the developmental needs of young Rugby players in line with the safety focus of the modern game.
- Provide an integrated and consistent approach to the development of U6 to U12 players, coaches and referees across the country.
GAME STYLES TABLE
UNDER 13 – UNDER 18
In Australia all U13 – U18 year olds play to modified laws designed to make the game safer and more enjoyable. These Australian U18 Law Variations continue the progression from the Kid’s Pathway (U6 – U12) through to junior representative opportunities at local club, school and regional levels.
In this age range the priority is to provide the players with opportunities to learn by trying it for themselves and the stages through this age range are stepped to allow for progressive development of every individual.
From U13 – U18 rugby games are intended to further develop the individual skills, fitness and teamwork of all players in accordance with their age and understanding of the game.
This age spectrum covers Stage 3 – (Training to Train); and Stage 4 – (Training to Compete) of the ARUs Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Model focusing on progressive development of all core skills (attack - catch/pass/support, attack – kicking/defence/contact) with increased pressure.
Some games are played on Friday evenings or later in the morning to allow players with school sport commitments to still regularly participate in club Rugby.
JUNIOR GOLD CUP
Youth Rugby also provides the opportunity for players in the U15-17 year age groups to participate in the Junior Gold Cup, held once a year and aimed at supporting the long term development of talented players Australia- wide, through an accessible and nationally coordinated development and competition program.