Welcome to Cranbrook Rugby Club - Under 9s
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. Using the foundation of the RFU’s Age Grade Rugby and the progressive development tools guided by Quilter Kids First program. We will ensure all of our coaches are committed to developing young athletes into compassionate and respectful individuals and team members.
We will ensure each player demonstrates the highest standards of 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.
Strength and Honour
Due to Covid19 we are working under the clubs roadmap of return to rugby as our age group are introduced back to development of contact skills. Therefore it is important that all players pre-register and reminders to do this are sent out each week to registered players on a Monday evening. Players will then be placed in Covid-secure training bubbles. Parents are then required to complete an RFU Proactive Covid symptom-checker questionnaire each week prior to attending as part of RFU guidelines.
Numbers of players that can train are limited by the ratio each coach is allowed to train, so please do ensure you register.
U9s is for children currently in School Year 4.
Training is normally held on Sundays through September to April and start promptly at 9.45 for about an hour.
Covid19 has meant that we restarted in April and are continuing through May with discussions regarding going into summer.
If inclement weather requires a cancellation of training during the season our method of communication is via our WhatsApp Group.Please ensure that you have provided your details (see the head coach if not).
Sessions will be interactive and fun throughout the season with the focus of contact skills.
Most important is that each and every player must have a gumshield present to join the training session. Players will be turned away if they are without.
Please also make sure a parent is pitch side and player have the availability to take fluids through the session.
We very much welcome feedback and do feel free to speak to any of the coaches after any session.
U9's Rule of Play
Note - Under 9s is CONTACT Rugby which includes 'The Tackle".
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.
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 60 metres by 30 metres.
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 arm pits 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.
We welcome all new Players & Parents and provide a Welcome Pack (View/download PDF by clicking here) which details:
Cafe, Bar & shop
What to bring & wear
Safety & Welfare
We always aim for the Players to have fun. Come on and give us a try.
Mob: 07730 476880
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U9s Safety & Welfare
The Club treats welfare of the players as a paramount priority.
The U9s currently have four coaches:-
Martin Taylor (Head Coach), Darren Wilson, Jim Edwards & Dan King.
Coaches have been DBS checked, completed the England RFU Headcase, Rugby Ready and Play It Safe safeguarding courses and hold First Aid accreditation.
Coaches will reserve the right to remove players that they feel are unfit to play.
The clubs appointed Child Welfare Officer is Michelle Forknall..
U9s Pitch location
The U9s pitch can be found as illustrated in the Pitch Map opposite.
Well done to our three lockdown prize winners who all were presented with a signed shirt.
Mini Walk of Champion U9 - Nathaniel
Signed Bath shirt by Ruaridh McConnochie