U11s Newsletter - September 2010

U11s Newsletter - September 2010

By Rupert Broome
31 August 2010
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Welcome to the new season at U11s.

Welcome to the U11s 2010/11 season at Bicester RUFC. At U11s there are a number of exciting developments to the game, in particular the expansion of teams from 9 to 12 players, and the introduction to kicking. Things are going to get really interesting this season.

This short newsletter is to provide you with some general information for the start of the season.

As in previous years, there is no U11 lead coach. The coaches have agreed to continue to work together and share coaching responsibilities as a team and will ensure player development and enjoyment is not effected. The coaching line up is:

Jon Shan 01869 345855 (H) 07958 236100 (M)
Martin Moore 01869 252833 (H) 07885 513970 (M)
Rupert Broome 01869 278709 (H) 07734 051998 (M)
Joe Harding 01869 350174 (H) 07738 916373 (M)

Given the amount of new content this season there's always room for extra help. If you would like to join the coaching team please approach one of the coaches.

If your child was a member last season there will be a semi-completed membership form printed, and these will be available to collect at pitch side. There will also be blank forms available for new players, and RFU Young Player Registration forms for any players not yet registered with the RFU. Caroline and Nick Carpenter have kindly agreed to coordinate U11 membership, so please liaise with them to submit membership forms and subscriptions.

Please note – only fully paid up members will be allowed to play in matches. Please ensure your child’s subscription fees are paid promptly, so as to avoid disappointment.

It is vital players wear the correct kit. If a player doesn't comply with the 3 requirements below they will not be allowed to play the contact game.

1. Boots must have Rugby studs (rounded aluminium), not football studs or blades.

2. Proper fitting Mouthguard – a custom made mouthguard service is available on Sunday 12th Sept in the clubhouse. Or a universal mouthguard from a Sports shop can be used.

3. Clothing must not contain velcro, zips or any sharp edges or features which could cause injury

Head guards and body armour or padding are up to the individual but might help player confidence. If in any doubt please speak with one of the coaches. There is Bicester RUFC kit available which is normally on sale in the clubhouse most training days. Contact Andy North at bicesterkitshop@aol.com if you have any questions.

Sunday training sessions will start at 10:00am, please ensure your child is ready to start on time. All training sessions will be held at BSA, Ackerman Street, Chesterton and finish at 12:00. After training refreshments are available to purchase in the clubhouse.

Mid week training on Wednesdays will continue for now, also at Chesterton, from 6:30pm to 8pm.

Signing in
Players must be signed in at each training session and fixture. A register will be provided each week for parents to complete. We also ask that when signing in your child, parents also confirm availability for the following week by ticking the relevant box. Please also take time to check the contact details we have for you and your child are accurate/up to date, and advise Nick or Caroline Carpenter of any changes.

A fixtures list is attached to this newsletter. The first fixture is a festival at Grove on 3rd October. It is important players enjoy and are safe playing Rugby, to aid this coaching staff believe players at this age group should play in teams of similar ability. This promotes involvement and increases confidence so developing their Rugby skills and gaining the most from the sport. Teams will be selected on ability although the teams will change as player's abilities change. If you have any questions ask a coach.

A simple guide to the U11 laws is being circulated on email, this will help both players and parents understand the game. Given the several important changes to the game at U11s (eg extra players, kicking etc), it is really important that you spend time reading through the laws with your child, so they fully understand the ways the game is evolving. If you require clarification on any law please ask a coach. It's really important players understand the changes as quickly as possible.

Match Shirts
Towards the end of last season, thanks to our wonderful sponsors we received our excellent new match shirts, and these will remain with us for this season. A record is kept of all shirts, and if they are needed to be returned there will be a charge of £25 for any non-returned shirts, so please make sure they come back if requested. Please remember – Match shirts are for matches ONLY. Plain red training shirts are available for purchase from the kit shop for training if you wish.

Parent Help
This section is one of the most important. This age group, like the rest of the club, is run by volunteers who work hard to provide safe and fun Rugby for your children. In addition to coaching and refereeing there are a number of tasks that need to be completed during the season and it's vital parents help out otherwise we risk it being left to one or two people, which I’m sure you will agree is not fair.

So, a rota form for parents, to set out when they can help with the Kitchen and Car Parking Duties (only 5 in total), is being circulated. Your help and support is – as always – key to the success of the club.

Julie McLelland has very kindly agreed to act as Team Coordinator for this season.
Nick & Caroline Carpenter are also continuing to look after Membership and Register details.
A big ‘Thank you’ to the 3 of you.

Later this month, the club will start planning for the Bicester B Festival which takes place 20th March next year. Once roles are defined, we will be back in touch to let you know what we as an age group can contribute to ensure the success of this important fund raiser for the club.

Last of all, if you haven’t already then please remember to make good use of the club website :


Under the “Mini” section you will find many details regarding the U11s teams, including fixtures, match reports, photos etc. All parents are encouraged to register with the site and sign up as an “U11s Parent”. You will also be able to post photos etc yourselves.

With your help, we are looking forward to an exciting season.
If you have any questions please approach one of the coaches.

On behalf of the U11s coaching staff

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