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SRU MINI RULES


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The Mini and Midi's make up the youth sections of Currie Rugby Club. Our home fixtures and the majority of training sessions take place at Malleny Park Balerno, the home of Currie RFC.

As a club we follow the SRU's stepped development programme taking the kids from limited contact at P1 up to full 15 a side at S2 and above. We currently have in the region approximately 250 players with around 30 SRU qualified coaches.

At Mini Section Level children play an abridged version of rugby with emphasis placed on running and passing, but most importantly safely and with fun. At P1 and 2 the basics of the sport are taught before in P3 the children are introduced to tackling and competitive matches. During the season we play a number of fixtures both home and away against other clubs. Additionally a number of Tournaments are also entered with up to eight clubs competing for medals and cups.

Training for the Minis takes place at Malleny Park from 1030-1200 each Sunday morning (except where fixture/tournaments are shown on the fixture list). Some of the older Mini Section age groups also train on Wednesday evenings (check with age group coaches for details).

New children both boys and girls(Minis only) are always welcome to come along at all age groups to training sessions. Previous experience is not required. At Mini Level new children are not required to join the club straight away, at least a month is given for your child to try out before deciding to commit.

From a safety point we require all children who are playing tackle rugby to wear a gum shield. We also advise boots are worn, although these do not need to be rugby boots as football boots also serve the same purpose. Although some children also wear protective helmets, shoulder pads and gloves these are all personal choice items which are not required. From parents all we ask is that the child is adequately clothed for the weather conditions.

Additionally the club also has a small shop which stocks both playing kit and other club items of clothing, these are ideal gifts for Christmas.

New parents are also welcome at the club and we are always keen to involve anyone who wishes to volunteer whether it be on the pitch or in any other capacity. As a section we also operate a kitchen during Sunday training and matches. The kitchen offers a range of hot drinks and snacks at reasonable prices.

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COACHES

The coaches have a very important job to do and seeing the players in your charge improving week after week is a great reward. All coaches will hold a Disclosure Scotland Certificate.

A good coach should:


  • create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere where all players, regardless of ability, can flourish

  • always encourage good practice and Endeavour from the players

  • set out the ground rules early on which encourage fair play and safety;

  • encourage the philosophy that winning is not everything;

  • always remember that we are dealing with children who, despite the front they often portray, are just children and therefore constantly need support and reassurance;

  • always recognise and applaud good practice and endeavor from both sides in a match;

  • never leave unchallenged attitudes or practices that may lead to dangerous play, unfair advantages or abuse of the officials, players on the pitch or spectators;

  • make the safety of the youngsters in their care a priority.



PARENTS/SUPPORTERS

Parents have a huge influence over the players. They are the ones who bring them to the training sessions and games, support them on the pitch and wipe the tears when they are hurt both physically and psychologically.

As a parent and or supporter at rugby you should:

??support and encourage good play regardless of who makes the play;

??always set an example of good sportsmanship and give enthusiastic and appropriate support;
??never undermine the referee?s decisions or handling of the game. Remember, without the referee we have no game;
??show respect for opponents and officials. Without them, there is no game;
??not enter the playing area unless invited to by the referee;
??remember that, although we are blessed with a large number of players at all levels the down side is that your son/daughter may not always be playing the position he/she desires;
??appreciate that the coaches have to ensure that all players have equal opportunity to play during games making substitutions inevitable. A substitution at this level is not, in any way, a reflection on the individual player?s skill;
??remember that the coaches are there to make decisions that will be beneficial to all players.

PLAYERS

The players on the pitch are at the sharp end of the game. They take the tackles and it is their conduct, on the whole, that those watching react to. Despite being young they, never the less, shoulder a big responsibility and should be made aware, by their coaches and parents of what is expected of them.

As a player you should:

??be positive and sportsmanlike behaviour should be exhibited at all times;
??extend courtesies to the opposing team before, during and after all matches;
??thank all officials such as referees and opposition coaches at the end of the match regardless of the outcome of the match;
??know that deliberate violence of any sort is totally unacceptable;
??know that verbal provocation, and response to such provocation is unacceptable;
??never use bad language no matter who it is directed at;
??accept that the referees decision is final and should not be challenged.;
??not display immodest behaviour in victory or success;
??never use unfair or illegal tactics to gain an advantage.




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SRU MINI RULES


ALL

1.The ball must be carried in two hands at all times

2. From a set piece 2 passes must be made before scoring

3.The ball must emerge from the ruck/maul within 5 seconds

4. No pushing is allowed in the scrums (No scrums P3, P4 & P5)

5. No hand-offs are allowed

6. No high tackles are allowed

7. Legal tackles are waist and below- first tackler must not target the ball.

8. Each game will be 7 minutes each way.

9. From set piece or restart, the player receiving the first pass must remain still until the pass is received.


10. Substitutes are allowed at any time.


P3, P4 & P5

1. Number of players in each team is 6.

2. Game is started with a tap and pass.

3. No Kicking allowed

4. No scrums

5. When the ball goes into touch, the game is restarted with a tap and pass.

6. A coach from each team may be present on the pitch.

NOTE: Some P3 games may be played as Tag.

P6

1. Number of players in each team is 8.

2. Scrums consist of 3 front row players. No pushing allowed.

3. Kicking allowed by the defending team within 5 meters of their try line.

P7

1. Number of players in each team is 10.

2. Scrums consist of 3 front row players and 2 lock forwards

3. When the ball goes into touch the game is restarted with an uncontested lineout.