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06 September 2011

Rugby skills for 9-10 year olds

Children this age master the basics of the game such as scrums and lineouts. However, the emphasis is very much on enjoyment. Contact must be kept to a minimum.

Children this age master the basics of the game such as scrums and lineouts. However, the emphasis is very much on enjoyment. Contact must be kept to a minimum.

  • Have quicker reaction times
  • Have improved balance, coordination and reaction skills
  • Have the ability to master complicated sequences

Lessons are skills intensive with focus given to ball handling and tackling in particular. Boys are broken up into ability groups for this purpose. All drills must be performed with the ball and each player must be given as much contact time with the ball as possible. Coaches should refrain from contact drills such as “koppestamp”.

Players must be encouraged to keep the ball in hand at all times. Kicking skills are introduced once the players have mastered the concept of the fifteen man game.

  • Offer energy foods – offer quick but healthy snacks such as a glass of milk, fruit juice, a peanut butter sandwich, bananas, nuts and raisins or cereal bars
  • Create an active routine – encourage the child to walk or ride to school and to help with physical duties at home

 
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