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RFU - U7s Rules of Play

5 years ago By David Harris

New Rules for us all to be aware of...

Mini Tag - Under 7”

• Pitch size reduced to 12 x 20

Objective
To evaluate a more flexible approach when introducing children to Rugby Union coupled with the minimum of intervention by Coaches whilst refereeing.

Format
Mini Tag U7 Rules of Play (RoP) 2012-13 will be used with the following changes:-
• Team numbers reduced from 7/5 to 4 aside.
• Pitch size reduced to 12 x 20 maximum in line with reduced numbers.
• Mini Tag U7 RoP 3 “Passing” amended to allow knock on:- The ball can only be passed sideways or backwards through the air, not handed to another player. If the ball is handed to another player then a free pass is awarded to the non-offending side, unless advantage occurs to the non-offending side. In order to keep the game flowing,

referees should play advantage wherever possible.
• There is no offence of a “Knock-On” and the ball remains in play by both sides and Mini Tag U7 RoP 9 “Ball on the Ground” still applies.

Methodology

Coach should see this as an opportunity to coach within a game and if interpretations vary this provides an excellent learning opportunity for the players to review, adapt and modify their play.
A free flowing & continuous game should be encouraged, and the rules offer core guidelines to the game, with enough flexibility for the coach/referee to adapt to the needs and abilities of the players. Referee/coach should refrain from intervening too often and should only do so if a) it is dangerous/potentially dangerous b) there is an injury or c) there is an obvious and significant advantage to one side.

Where next?

Welcome to the 2013/ 2014 Season Welcome back to the new season. We look forward to an amazing year and this year will be our first year of matches!!!
Wimbledon 17th November Information for training at Wimbledon next week.

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