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.