Juniors & Minis

Junior Rugby is for ages 13 – 17, Mini Rugby is for boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 12. boys and girls play in separate teams. Both cater for all shapes and sizes and is a sport everyone can play and enjoy. All players will make friends, be part of a team and above all else will have FUN!

At YMCA RUFC we promote the ‘Spirit of Rugby’. This means the enjoyment of learning a challenging team sport that values effort as much as achievement. We do not encourage a ’win at all costs’ culture to the exclusion of the wider traditional values of the game including Teamwork, Enjoyment, Discipline, Sportsmanship and Respect for the efforts of others.

Mini & Junior training sessions and matches take place on Sunday mornings from the beginning of September to the end of April between 10.30 am and 12.00 noon.

The aim is to teach and develop each young person’s basic skills by:

  • Implementing Rugby’s Core Values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline & Sportsmanship
  • Introducing the game in a safe and friendly environment
  • Developing the skills of the young people progressively according to their ability, using appropriate coaching methods
  • An understanding of the Laws of the Game and the Player’s Code of Conduct
  • Encouraging a good standard of behaviour on and off the field
  • Encouraging fair play and good sportsmanship
  • Ensuring development comes first, winning second
  • Ensuring that all equipment and facilities are safe and appropriate

Our coaches are RFU qualified, have undertaken child protection training; hold an enhanced current Disclosure and Barring Service (previously CRB) Disclosure documents, as have our team managers. All volunteers working within YMCA Youth Section are encouraged to work to high standards and adopt best practice wherever possible. The welfare of your child is of paramount importance to us.

At Under 6 to Under 11 Age Groups Boys & Girls play in the same team. The objective is to develop the playing ability of all players both boys and girls through developing individual skills, team skills and team play along with an understanding and knowledge of the laws of the game and its traditional values as outlined above.

All players no matter their age or ability want to participate in some form of competitive game. To cater for this the shape of the Mini/Midi game for each successive age group has been structured so as to follow a clear pathway for the player’s development taking into account the ability, attitude and the maturity level of the players so that all can participate purposefully.

U6s
At U6 or Micro’s children are involved in various non-contact rugby-game related activities. There are no matches at this age group.

U7s
At U7 children will play non-contact ‘Mini TAG’ Rugby (4-a-side)

U8s
At U8 children will play non-contact ‘Mini TAG’ Rugby (teams of equal number of players not less than 5 or more than 7-a-side).

U9s
At U9 children play ‘Transitional Rugby’ (teams of equal number of players not less than 6 or more than 7-a-side) and progress with the introduction of tackling.

U10s
At U10 children play ‘Transitional Rugby’ (teams of equal number of players not less than 7 or more than 8-a-side) and progress to uncontested scrums and develop 1v1 contests for the ball on the ground.

U11s
At U11 children play ‘Transitional Rugby’ (teams of equal number of players not less than 7 or more than 9-a-side) and progress with 3 players can contest for the ball on the ground a mini ruck, kicking and restarts introduced.

U12s
At U12 children play Midi Rugby (teams of equal number of players not more than 13 a-side) with five-man competitive scrums, rucks, mauls and kicking (no fly-hacking). Hand-offs are allowed chest or below.

U13s
At U13s and above play 15 a-side, with line outs, eight man scrums and kicking.

There are no leagues in ‘Mini TAG’ or ‘Transitional Mini / Midi / Junior Rugby’.

A number of fixtures and festivals are arranged against other clubs by age group, these will be either at home or way. However, there is a balance between games and practice/teaching sessions. It is our policy to make sure that every child is adequately trained and ready to play in matches before doing so. These games are Mini TAG, Transitional Mini or Midi rugby however, all games whether they be within the club training sessions or fixtures/festivals against other clubs will be played under the rules of the RFU New Rules of Play. All practice, teaching, training sessions will only be structured as outlined in the New Rules of Play and the RFU Regulations.

All players in school year 11 are welcome to come along to Under 16s training regardless of experience.

Training Times
Wednesday: 18:30– 20:00
Sunday: 10:30 (if no match scheduled)

Location
Laund Hill Stadium, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD3 3XF

For directions or information, please contact Ken Kennedy on 07960 328007

All players in school year 10 are welcome to come along to Under 15s training regardless of experience.

Training Times
Tuesday: 18:30– 20:00
Sunday: 10:30 (if no match scheduled)

Location
Laund Hill Stadium, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD3 3XF

For directions or information, please contact Dale Earnshaw on 07786 255351

All players in school year 9 are welcome to come along to Under 14s training regardless of experience.

Training Times
Tuesday: 18:30 – 20:00
Sunday: 10:30 (if no match scheduled)

Location
Laund Hill Stadium, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD3 3XF

For directions or information, please contact Graeme Haigh on 07983 413341

All players in school year 7 are welcome to come along to Under 12s training regardless of experience.

Training Times
Thursday: 18:00 – 19:00
Sunday: 10:30 (if no match scheduled)

Location
Laund Hill Stadium, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD3 3XF

For directions or information, please contact Leigh Vance on 07921 436411

All boys and girls in school years 1 to 5 are welcome to come along to minis training with coach Ian Hirst.

Training Times
Sunday: 10:30

Location
Laund Hill Stadium, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD3 3XF

For directions or information, please contact Leigh Vance on 07921 436411