Welcome to Cranbrook Rugby Club - Under 9
The aim of CRFC’s Mini rugby is to foster and develop young players (girls & boys) of all abilities in the game of rugby in a safe, non-competitive, enjoyable environment through activities which ensure progressive skill development. This is achieved by using the RFU’s progressive Age Grade Rugby approach.
All of our coaches are committed to developing young players into respectful individuals and team members. We will ensure each player demonstrates the highest standards of the RFU’s T.R.E.D.S (Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, Sportsmanship) at all times on and off the pitch and external to the club grounds.
U9s is for children currently in Year 4 at school, so our players will be 8 or 9 years old.
All sessions/activities are delivered adopting the principle of ‘APES’;
A - ACTIVE
P - PURPOSEFUL
E – ENJOYABLE
S - SAFE
It is the first year in the Minis that involves CONTACT Rugby which includes ‘the tackle’.
U9's RFU Rules of Play (Regulation 15)
Under 9s Rugby is played between teams of equal numbers of players, containing six or seven players on the pitch at any one time.
The maximum pitch size is 60m x 30m, 15 minutes maximum time each half and a size 3 ball is used. It is transitional contact only so there is no rucks, mauls, lineouts or scrums.
The object of the game is to score a try by placing the ball with a downward pressure on or behind the opponents’ goal line.
The ball can only be passed sideways or backwards (but not forwards). If the ball is knocked forwards then a free pass is awarded to the non-offending team, unless advantage occurs to the non-offending team. In order to keep the game flowing, referees may play advantage wherever possible.
Only the ball carrier can be tackled. The ball carrier can run and dodge potential tacklers but cannot fend off or hand off using their hands or the ball. The ball cannot be pulled out of the ball carrier’s hands at any time.
A “Tackle” is deemed to be any contact below the base of the sternum of the ball carrier which results in the ball carrier being held and/or brought to ground by the opponent of the ball carrier.
It is essential all players own and wear a gumshield.
New members are welcome to join the club at any time of the year – it’s worth contacting the Head Coach or Admin (see details below) to ensure we are training at home on any particular Sunday
We always aim for the Players to have fun. Come on and give us a try.
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U9s Safety & Welfare
The Club treats welfare of the players as a paramount priority. The clubs appointed Safeguarding Officer is Michelle Forknall. All coaches are DBS checked and have successfully completed the RFU ‘Play It Safe’ safeguarding course and ‘Headcase’ e-learning course. Coaches reserve the right to remove players that they feel are unfit to play.
The Head Coach is responsible for planning and leading the U9 training they are supported by a team of coaches that hold a range of age grade RFU qualifications including Rugby Ready, First Tag, Coaching through Games, Games Changers, Intro to Contact and Scrum factory. We also have dedicated first aiders pitch side at each training session.
U9s Pitch location
The U9s pitch can be found as illustrated in the Pitch Map opposite.
NOTE – the U9 play where the U7 are indicated on the plan.