Stage 2: FUNdamentals

STAGE 2

FUNdamentals

Kick Off to Rugby and Fundamental Movement Skills!

 

The Player - PLAYS

The player in this stage are generally 6 - 9 years old for boys and 6 - 8 years old for girls

The capacities of the young player dictate that most learning activities are best promoted through the medium of play. This theme can be achieved through the use of modified games while reducing the use of exercises and drill activities. Specific techniques and corrections can be integrated throughout the activity while still maintaining maximum participation and enjoyment. This will also ensure that players receive a positive and motivating experience.

 

The Coach - GUIDES

To facilitate the needs and capacities of younger players the coach should act as a guide, providing the environment for players to explore in a safe and exciting way. Corrections and guidance should be subtle and simple, dealing with issues from a broad rather than detailed perspective.

 

The Game - FUN

Participating should be a fun and safe experience. The emphasis is placed on open play (general movement) with all players running and passing. Younger players will continue to participate in activities that are enjoyable and rewarding. As players mature and develop greater capacities, their needs and the demands of the game will also change.

FUNdamentals Players Capacities

 

Technical Capacities

1

Evasion Skills

 

Swerve

Sidestep

Speed

Change of pace

2

Handling Skills

 

Throwing

Variety of styles:

One handed, two handed, overarm and underarm

Varying length of pass

Catching 

 High, low and one handed with different shaped balls and a variety of passes

Passing

Lateral

Basic Ball Control

Individual ball skills 

Picking the ball up and placing the ball on the ground

Basketball type ball skills

Coordination

Hand-eye coordination

Grabbing flags

3

Attacking and Defensive Skills

 

Alignment

Player on player

Running and Passing

Identifying Space

 

Tactical Capacities

1

Laws/Ethics

 

Knowledge of U8 Flag Rugby Laws

Pass Backwards

Offside

Free Pass

Fair play and friendly 'competition'

2

The Game

 

U8 Rugby

Flag Rugby / Touch Rugby

7v7

3

Principles

 

Go Forward

Running

Evasion

 

 

Physical Capacities

 

1

Agility

 

Evasion Skills

2

Awareness of Body in Space

 

Hopping

Leaping

Jumping

3

Balance - Static and Dynamic

 

On each foot

4

Coordination and Manipulation

5

Speed and Locomotion

 

 

Mental Capacities 

1

Self Confidence

2

Positive Attitude to Sport

3

Self Esteem

4

Tolerance

 

 

Lifestyle Capacities

1

Cooperation

2

Basic socialization skills

3

Sharing

4

Fairness

5

Positive response to discipline and structure

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