The objective of this document is to detail a coaching plan which provides a focused mini rugby player development plan from under 8’s to under 12’s.
The technical objectives and the associated suggested drills for each age group are detailed. The base objectives and drills introduced at under 8’s are maintained and developed for the subsequent mini age groups, to ensure continuity of player development and coaching practice.
This consistency of coaching practice will allow coaches to provide coaching cover for other mini age groups, without disruption or deviation from the standard training content.
This structured coaching plan will maximise the development of the mini rugby players by focusing on the core skills and training objectives required at the age group, and by developing this content through the age groups.
Age Group Objectives
Basic passing/ handling
Basic ball skills
Under 9’s- Additional Skills
Falling- ball placement/ ball release
Introduction to ruck/ maul
2 vs 1 simulation
Non-contested Scrum/ Lineout
Under 10’s- Additional Skills
Front on tackle
Backs alignment from scrum/ lineout
Winning possession at ruck/ maul
Under 11’s/ 12’s- Additional Skills
Contested 5 man Scrum
Contested 4 man Lineout
Basic tactical kicking