This form of rugby is for the complete novice. Players compete in a non-contact “tag” based game that focuses on ball handling and running skills. Similar to Touch Rugby, this 8-a-side game is designed to combine basic skills with Rugby Union concepts in a fun environment, suitable for both male and female players.

Playing Guidelines

Kick-off/Restart:

Scoring team kicks off – punt or place kick. Let the opposition gather the ball and encourage some “space” to run.
Share among the players.

Turnover:
On the first occurrence of 10 tags or 5 knock-ons.
If a player runs into touch, count as 1 tag.

What constitutes a tag?
U6: Two-handed touch below the shoulders.
U7: Two handed touch on or below the shorts (if higher, not paid.)

If a player is tagged in the act of scoring a try, a try is to be awarded.

Conversions:
Coaches to agree before the game whether to kick conversions. (In U6’s it may be considered time consuming.) Share among the players.

Tries:
U6: early in the season be lenient in awarding the effort of attempting to score a try, close enough is usually good enough to award a try. (Often when a new player is over the try line and is told to “put the ball down”, the player drops the ball – award a try and explain how to put (PLACE) the ball down. Offer praise to the defensive team as well when a try is scored against them and don’t have the scoring team over celebrate and no ridiculing the defensive team.

Offside:
All players must be approximately 5 metres back from the ruck (play the ball area) behind the referee. Tags made by defenders within this range do not count. Referee to call “Offside – play on.”

Scrums, lineouts and tackles:
U6: Nil
U7: With 5 rounds to go, teams could attempt (by agreement) 2 x 2 man lineouts (uncontested) and 2 x 3 man scrums (uncontested). This is preparation for the U8’s.
U7: With 5 rounds to go, the MJRU teams may (by agreement) practice tackling to acquire the technical skills in preparation for the U8’s.

Player Numbers:
6 players per team. If both teams have reserves, coaches may agree to increase player numbers and match up if a team has lower numbers.

Referring / whistles:
If possible, a referee from each club will referee a half each.  ALWAYS have a whistle in the kit bag.

Etiquette:
All players to shake hands before and after the game.
3 cheers for the opposition and 3 cheers for the referees after the game.

General:
• Size 3 balls (Mini) to be used
• Playing area – 40m x 25m
• 15 minutes per half (and 5 minute half-time break)
• Play the mark from point of tag. If overrun, pull the player back – most important to set the ground rules here.
• Each player required to score a try as early in the season as possible. (On-field negotiation between coaches may be required – be fair and patient.)

U6: Each team may have 2 coaches on the field, especially early on in the season.

U7: May have 2 coaches on the field, upon agreement, for cases like behavioural issues.

Have fun and let’s not be over competitive, especially in the U6’s.

Download the Playing Guidelines for Under 6s and 7s

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