Commences: February 2020
Training Mondays and Wednesdays: 6:00pm
The Moorabbin Rugby Club, home of the mighty Rams, offers a well-run family oriented junior program. The coaching techniques and processes are based on the model developed by Rugby Australia, supplemented by the resources available internationally through the New Zealand Rugby Football Union and the Irish Rugby Football Union.
The models for coaching kids rugby is a modified game that aims to develop life-long rugby fans and long-term rugby players. The Rams are passionate about giving kids the opportunity to one day perhaps see themselves or their peers progress from U6 boys and girls to play Australia's national teams the Wallabies or the Wallaroos.
When your child joins our club, they will be joining a team environment that provides a positive outlook on the sport and creates a love for an active lifestyle. Through the training we provide our coaches, your child will benefit from gaining a knowledge of the game and also crucial life skills that rugby is known for. Regardless of shape, size, athletic ability, and attitude, we work with all children to help them build confidence, realise their potential through teamwork, resilience, and sporting endeavor.
Our coaches are Rugby Australia Smart Rugby accredited and have passed the Victorian State Government's mandatory Working with Children check.
Each season we field U6 – U18 teams, with children from Bayside, Kingston, Casey, St Kilda, South Eastern, and Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Our teams play in Rugby Victoria's Junior competition.
Age grading is determined as at the 1 January each year eg. if your child is nine years old on the 1 January then your child will be eligible to play in U10.
On occasion children may play up a year to play with siblings, but a two year eligibility window exists in the older grades where children cannot play in teams two years above their actual age group. Some of our U6 team are only four year old and proudly wear the club jersey along with older siblings.
Once the age eligibility has been determined the child will join that age group and we will monitor their suitability to that grade. If we determine that a child is not suited to the eligible grade, we may seek dispensation from Victorian Rugby for the child to play in a more suitable grade. Attributes taken into consideration include mental and physical maturity, rugby experience and overall confidence to progress with our programme. This may be particularly beneficial to first year players.
Our youngest members start touch rugby and progressively contact elements of the game are introduced from U8. Both boys and girls are encouraged to play from U6’s to U12’s and adolescent boys from ages U13. Our U10 and U12 players provide ball boy duties for the senior home games on a roster system.