Mini Rugby - Under 11s

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Dear Parents and Players,

Welcome to the Under 11 squad. We have almost 40 young rugby players registered for this season. The purpose of this letter is to explain our objective and philosophy for the forthcoming rugby training sessions and festivals along with other important details.

Our objective: To develop and demonstrate our T.E.A.M (Tackle, Enjoy, Attitude and ‘Mateship’) Pirate spirit to the Hong Kong rugby community.

We intend to achieve this through:
1. Style of play – dynamic expansive team play utilising the whole pitch and all team members.
2. Coaching – an emphasis on teamwork, basic ball skills, support play, field position awareness, work effort, the laws and communication.

To fulfil this we have certain expectations of the stakeholders:
1. Players – a positive attitude, respect towards their coaches and fellow squad members, commitment & attendance plus a solid work effort.
2. Parents – support for the children and coaches.
3. Coaches – maintain discipline, education, pre-planned drills, support and encouragement.

TRAINING

The coaching and admin staffs for this season, of which we are all volunteers, are:

Joint Head Coach:

Keith Moran

Joint Head Coach:

Jamie Stranger

Head of Forwards:

Christian Hogg

Head of Backs:

Troy Barnes

Assistants


Courtney Davies

Tony Sealy

Soames Hines

Rich Smith

David Lohse

Bruce Stenersen

Carl Rossouw

Glen Swemmer

Administration:

Kate Branch


With such a large squad of players and coaches that have fulltime occupations we cannot guarantee that all of the above can attend every Friday and Sunday. Parents, we require your support to ensure the smooth running of the sessions. It doesn’t matter if you have no rugby experience as you all can hold a tackle bag, run a sideline and throw a ball. So, if a coach should ask for some assistance during a certain drill please volunteer to help.

This year we want to place more responsibility on the players themselves. To this end we expect them to turn up on time with the appropriate kit. This entails: a mouth guard, footwear, scrum cap if they wish, WATER, clothing for the conditions (kit will be issued soon) and a parent/guardian or helper.

Under 11 rugby is a big step up from the under 10s. There are a multitude of new skills and laws that are required to be taught to the players, therefore, it is particularly important that players attend both the Friday and Sunday training sessions for the first 5 – 6 weeks as the first official festival is on Nov 2. A possible friendly match against Sai Kung Stingrays may be as early as 12 Oct.

Rugby training is for that purpose and not fitness training. The game is physically demanding, particularly at tournaments, and requires a good level of fitness in the areas of running and core strength. Most children have other sporting activities that they play which all helps towards their general level of fitness but should they not please encourage them to at least get some running in.

A general breakdown for our Friday and Sunday sessions is below:

FRIDAY 19:30-20:30


30 MINS (SQUADS)



30 MINS


Touch rugby

Backs

Forwards

Ball handling drills +

Passing

Week 1 - Line out

Tackling drills or

Support play

Week 2 - Scrums

Rucking drills

Kicking

Week 3 - Mauls

Including body/ball

Set play

Week 4 - Rucking

positioning


Week 5 - Set play

SUNDAY 15:30-17:00


30 min (SQUADS)



20 min



40 Mins


Touch rugby on arrival

Backs & forwards Friday skill consolidation

Squad link practice with backs and forwards

Ball handling drills plus


Squad training games with coaches on the field

Tackling or rucking drills




Players are to check in with the Roll holder prior to joining the training session so that we may record attendance and ensure an adult has accompanied the child in case of injury.

The first Sundays session will involve touch rugby, sprint tests, kicking tests, basic ball skills, tackling, falling and rucking to refresh the seasoned players and introduce these skills to the new comers of the game. To that end please ensure your child knows whether they have been placed in the backs or forwards and what colour squad they are in. This is just for simplicity at the start; there will be movement over the first few weeks.

FORWARDS

BACKS

Harper

Jonny

Max Atepol (new)

Odhran

Jacob

Oliver

William

Jaik

Finlay

Cayden

Beno

Patrick

Cameron

Thomas Wade

Ethan Davies

Chad

Max Hughes

Ethan Wilcock

Romeo (new)

Max Smith

Felix

Max Ybema

Elizabeth

Chris

Daniel

Ryan

Billy

Josh

Matthew

Tom

Harry Hines

Rylan

Thomas Robinson


Jeremy (new)

Alex Onyschenko



Max Tseng (new)

Harry Finch


GREEN SQUAD



BLACK SQUAD


WHITE SQUAD

Rylan

Jaik

Harry Hines

Odhran

Max Atepol

Jeremy

William

Billy

Max Smith

Josh

Max Tseng

Beno

Chad

Romeo

Chris

Ethan Davies

Patrick

Elizabeth

Cameron

Felix

Cayden

Harry Finch

Harper

Daniel

Jacob

Matthew

Finlay

Jonny

Ethan W

Thomas W

Oliver

Tom

Max Hughes

Max Ybema

Ryan

Alex Onya





Thomas R



Festival Rugby

Festival rugby is the highlight of each month for the players, parents and coaches. We should be able to field 3 teams for each this season. The festivals are big events with a vast amount of teams from all over Hong Kong. For safety and the players enjoyment the organisers have 3 grades of teams playing in our age group: A, B and C. These grades are then tiered within each as a few clubs, for example HKFC and Valley Fort have up to 8 teams per age group. Depending on our players skill levels we may enter 1 or 2 x A teams with a B or C team, or 1 x A and 2 x B teams. There will be a selection process for inclusion into each team. This will be based on: ATTITUDE, ATTENDENCE & ABILITY in that order. The Head Coaches will choose the players for each team in consultation with the coaching staff.

Captains for festival teams will be selected each tournament so as to encourage and develop a players leadership and responsibility. Their respective team coach will guide them on what is expected.

This season will see the introduction of a ‘Player of the Tournament’ award for each team entered. A small trophy will be presented to the recipients to hold until the next festival. To win the award a player must demonstrate: solid teamwork on and off the field, skilful play and sportsmanship. The team coach in consultation with the team captain will decide who is to receive the trophy.

A calendar of important dates is included for reference. We will also have our own web page on the main DB Pirates website up and running shortly.

IRB Information

To enhance your rugby experience especially should you be new to the game, please view the IRB website. It has a plethora of useful information and it is free to register. IRB Site Education and training plus laws and regulations is a good start. Another useful site is the HKRFU site for minis. HKRFU minis

SAFETY

Be under no illusions rugby is a very physical contact sport. Your children will undoubtedly receive bruises, the odd cut and twist during their season of training and match play. To this end it is imperative that they listen to the instruction of their coaches and the referees. Drills for skills such as tackling are there to ensure tackles are made with the correct body position so as to limit injury. All of us take safety very seriously. We will always have a minimum of 1 qualified first aider (FA) with medical kit at training sessions and festivals. Should any of you wish to become or are already FA qualified please contact us at dbpirates2004@gmail.com.

We would highly recommend you reviewing the Concussion module produced by the IRB. Concussion

Players will not be able to take part in either training or matches should they fail to bring a mouth guard. Professionally fitted mouth guards are available from our sponsor Bayside Dental 2987 0855 in DB for a heavily reduced price, or, Sportsworld has do-it-yourself ones available. Scrumcaps are also available at various outlets. Although not compulsory you as a parent may feel that you wish your child to wear one for some protection against blows to the head. This is an individual choice.

COMMENTS & COMPLAINTS

Undoubtedly as we progress through the season some of you may disagree with or wish to comment about the coaching or admin staff. Communication between parents and coaches is encouraged but please keep the tone neutral while around the players. Should you wish to complain please either contact the Head Coaches, Keith or Jamie, and we will try and resolve the issue directly with you. The Club has a conduct and discipline officer, Sandy Hamilton, who may be contacted should you wish to go outside the age group community.

To conclude, we are all looking forward to coaching your children this season. Hopefully we can build on what is already a unique set of players and parents who have been very supportive over the years. The successes we have achieved so far are surely a testament to that.

Best regards,

The U11 Coaching and Admin staff

Remember, WHO ARE WE? DB PIRATES!!!!


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