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06 September 2011

Rugby skills for 11-12 year-olds

Eleven to 12-year-olds play the full 15-man format of the game. Certain regions do not allow boots to be worn until 13. This reduces the possiblity of injury.

Eleven and 12-year-olds play the full fifteen man format of the game. Certain regions do not allow boots to be worn until 13. This reduces the possiblity of injury in contact situations and also promotes agility and speed over brute force.

  • Enjoy the challenge of learning more complex physical skills
  • Understand how to use basic rules and tactics in competitive games
  • Perhaps want to get more involved with group sports

Practice plan for 11 to 12-year-olds
– by the Neil Hosken Coaching Academy
Lessons are divided into three specific areas: Individual skills, unit skills and team skills. Each practice must begin and end with a stretch session. A normal lesson/practice would incorporate a warm-up involving running/ball handling followed by a stretch.

  • Ensure safety – children need the right equipment for a sport e.g. gum guards and shoulder pads.
  • Encourage a healthy diet – prepare lots of vegetables and keep healthy snacks in the house for after school.

 
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