England Rugby has announced new rules for children and young people, aged 6 to 18 years, playing rugby union from September 2016.
The Age Grade Rugby Framework will be player centred, development driven and competition supported, with the wants and needs of young people at its heart.
Aged 6 and 7 years, players will learn the basics and play tag rugby, before progressing onto a contact game aged 8. The game will gradually introduce more rules such as tackle holds, scrums and kicking. At Under 12 level, players will begin playing in waterfall tournaments and learning about lineouts. At 14 years, both girls and boys will be able to play in leagues, with a full understanding of rugby rules and regulations.
Gareth Short, Rugby Development Officer in Lincolnshire, said:
“The new framework aims to help children develop and learn the game at their own pace – providing building blocks to the 15-a-side game. We want to make sure that as well as playing competitively, they can have plenty of fun too.”
England Rugby is hosting a series of roadshow events across England to further explain the new framework and rules, which will be implemented by clubs and schools from September 2016.
The nearest roadshow for Lincolnshire takes place on Wednesday 2 March, 7pm – 9pm at Mansfield RFC. To register your attendance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event will also be streamed live on Youtube at www.youtube.com/englandrugby with the ability to ask questions through Facebook and Twitter on the night.