If you or your child are considering starting to play the game there are a few things that you should know.
On The Pitch
All Junior rugby is tailored for the age group concerned.
From under 7's who play touch rugby, have extra rules to make sure everyone gets a turn with the ball and focus on skills based training through to under 9's who build on that adding full tackles to under 11's who are allowed to kick during play and have passive scrums. Players from under 12's upwards play the full rules with very slight modifications such as unlimited substitutions.
As players get older they play on larger pitches and for longer periods using larger ball sizes.
All of the rules are set by the RFL in consultation with clubs to meet the ethos in the game that it should be available and enjoyable to children of all abilities and take into account that they develop at different rates and at different ages.
I'm Worried About Injuries
Don't be, serious injuries are rare.
Any form of sport comes with a risk of injury as does playing out in the street, riding a bike or crossing the road.
Whilst there may be some truth in the belief that young children's skeletons are more flexible and appear to be "made of rubber" there are other factors that also help them avoid injury. Isaac Newton determined that Force=Mass X Acceleration. In laymans terms the fact that they do not weigh as much and can not run as fast means that they don't have the same impact on each other.
Older children may be more prone to injury but with proper technique and the avoidance of dangerous playing conditions can do a great deal to prevent this.
Most injuries are due to muscular strains and sprains. Breaks and more serious injuries do occur but are much rarer and often due to
- pre-existing ailments
- poor technique / coaching
- pitch / physical conditions.
I'm A Girl. Can I Still Play?
Whilst players are in primary school they play in mixed rugby teams. The differences between boys and girls are usually less evident in physical and psychological terms.
After children, both boys and girls, move to high schools they change in attitudes as well as physically, as do the laws, rules and guidelines relating to how they must be treated. For this reason they are segregated and only same sex teams are allowed.
Wibsey have a good reputation for including girls in mixed teams which we are very proud of and it has long been our ambition to form a all girl team in older age groups. Recent campaigns to include girls (and women) in sport such as the "This Girl Can" campaign will inspire girls to participate more in sport and hopefully result in us achieving our ambition.
Off The Pitch
To ensure the safety and well being of all participants there are many regulations in place to provide a suitable environment. E.G.
- All coaches and officials are qualified to the right standard.
- We have Touchline Managers at every game to ensure spectators behave.
- We have qualified first aiders at all games.
- Al officials are CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked.
- Foul play and misconduct by anyone involved carries heavy fines and penalties in order to deter incidents.
The First Time
I'm coming to a training session. What should I bring?
- Old clothes such as joggers; training fields are often muddy.
- Boots if you have them or old trainers.
- A drink., hydration is very important.
- If its cold - something to change into afterwards to keep warm.
Updated 16:44 - 22 Sep 2016 by neil forber
Unlike other sports after every game played there is a requirement that the home team provide food for the visitors back at their clubhouse. This provides an opportunity for players and parents to develop friendships amongst the team in a social setting, and helps produce the camaraderie that makes a team work.