The Rugby Australia’s Kids Pathway tackles any concerns a parent can have about the game that forges a lifelong passion for involvement at all levels on and off the field unions.
For starters, there’s no tackling for ages under 6 & 7 years, and winning comes a distant third to having fun and making new friends. So it doesn’t matter whether they’re big or small, boy or girl, any child can stand tall and have a ball.
Rugby Union is a fun and exciting way for young children to learn valuable life skills such as leadership, team work, courage, sportsmanship and friendship in a safe environment.
The Rugby Australia (RA) Try Rugby program introduces new players to the game through a series of age-specific modified rugby games in a controlled environment. Safety is the priority as the laws and level of contact are gradually introduced while players develop.
Each game-style of the U6 to U12 Try Rugby Kids Pathway has a developmental skills focus which takes into account the chronological age of the child and their capacity for safe and achievable rugby skill acquisition. The key aims being to:
- Keep it simple, free flowing and enjoyable
- Let the players develop skills with safety
- Discourage any dangerous actions or unsafe practice
- Adopt an educative, positive reinforcement approach
- Ensure that players receive an equal chance to participate regardless of ability
Coaches and referees are also trained to reduce risk and injury. Coaches and referees are required to gain SmartRugby qualifications.
SmartRugby minimises risk of injury to all players in all facets of the game. The ARU oversees the qualification process and ensures refresher courses are undertaken every two years.