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Came across this interesting video about the systems in place to keep children interested in rugby in New Zealand. Some interesting plans and ideas that they adopt there. Also, some ones that I think would be hard for people to accept (he admits that they are not universally accepted there). For example, not just having an A, B and C squads with all the best in A, and so on down the tree...but to create 3 even teams with ability levels mixed across.
Hopefully this link will work...
If not then the video can be found on the The42.ie page on Facebook dated October 19th
This video should be a compulsory view for all youth coaches We've been steadfastly following this approach (endorsed by the RFU) outlined in the video at York Rufc for the u12s who we've looked after since u6!
We've built up a squad of over 40 players as a number of teams have been losing players however the challenge this Season is getting them all game time as a lot of clubs seem to lose players ..
Perfect. Such a shame adults always think they know what kids want and are so desperate to win the league. I wonder who these people are doing it for.
I would 100% endorse this approach, I currently have 42 under 9's and I have always endorsed in every communication with parents that I will not pick ABC teams but have gone to great lengths to Balance teams. This inevitably frustrates some players and I have used this in discussion with individual players by allowing them to understand that by excluding those of less ability will not support their development, and will inevitably increase their frustrations as they try to pass the ball to another player of similar skill. By making them realise by actively including those players needing development, they get more ball time, develop quicker and the whole team & squad benefits. I have found 95% of parents approve this approach. As for game time, I have certain players who stay on the pitch and those that are circulating subs. If you have 75% attendance you get a fixed place no matter what your skill ability, it ensures those who invest time get rewarded. My ultimate goal is to get every one of my squad to play senior rugby!
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