Year 7/U12s Rugby - New Rules of Play

Below is a statement from RFU:

Some of you may be aware that the RFU have introduced a player-centred, development driven, player progression pathway over the last few years which is known as the “New Rules Of Play” (NROP) which have been rolled out to all clubs in Devon over the last 3 years.  For the 2015-16 season, the implementation of the NROP in Devon will include the Under 12 (Year 7) age group in clubs and schools.  This will aid the playing of a consistent game in clubs and schools and help develop stronger school-club links.  An outline of the structure of the U12s NROP is below:

 

Getting Started

1.    Max numbers 12 a side

2.    Pitch Size 60m x 43m

3.    Size 4 ball

 

Tackle

Normal full contact tackling

 

Scrum

1.    Nearest 5 players

2.    No push

3.    Hooker strikes for ball

 

Lineout

No lineout, free pass from the sideline

 

Contest for the Ball

1.    Ruck – normal rucking, no limit on supporting players

2.    Maul – normal mauling, no limit on supporting players

 

Kicking

1.    From hand is permitted but not “fly hacking”

2.    No kicking at goal

 

The whole emphasis on NROP at this age is learning for the player.  Within the framework of the game, we are looking to develop children in the following areas:

Personal and Social, Physical and Movement, Game Understanding, Skill Focus

 

 

Personal and Social

 

TAKE ON DIFFERENT ROLES

The child:

 1.      Plays in different positions including play-maker (scrum-half, fly-half)

2.      Leads a team or unit practice

3.      Is deployed in different ways: first receiver, ball carrier, support runner, decoy runner, kicker, thrower

 

BE CREATIVE

The child can:

 1.      Explore and discover for themselves ways of solving problems

2.      Is confident to take risks e.g. overhead passes, round the back passes and so on

3.      See mistakes as a valuable part of learning

 

Physical and Movement

 

PERFORM WITH ACCURACY, FLUENCY, CONTROL AND CONSISTENCY

The child can:

 1.      Pass and then support to receive the ball

2.      Run, kick and gather

3.      Change direction to move defenders and execute a well-timed pass to a supporting player

 

UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF WARM UP AND COOL DOWN, THE BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND BEING HEALTHY IN RELATION TO RUGBY UNION

The child can:

 1.      Explain the benefits of a warm up and cool down

2.      Perform or lead warm up and cool down

3.      Explain the benefits of being fit for rugby

4.      Make every effort to establish and maintain levels of fitness appropriate to rugby

 

Game Understanding

 

SOLVE PROBLEMS USING THE PRINCIPLES OF PLAY

The child can:

 1.      Demonstrate all the principles of play in competitive situations

2.      Go forward and support

3.      Demonstrate continuity and pressure

4.      Communicate

5.      Contest possession in a variety of game situations

 

UNDERSTAND 'WHY' AND EXPLAIN OR EXECUTE THE NEXT STEPS

The child can:

1.      Recognise and suggest patterns of play that will increase the chances of success

2.      Show anticipation and awareness in changing game situations

3.      Evaluate and adapt actions in pressure situations

4.      Choose and vary skills and tactics to suit the situation in a game

 

 Skill Focus

 

SUPPORT

The child can:

 1.      Support close, deep, wide, decoy, behind

2.      Work hard to support the ball carrier or tackler

 

CONTACT

The child:

1.      Is able to tackle through the progressions of kneel, squat, stand, walk, jog

2.      Often performs a safe tackle in a game situation

 

Please note that any RFU delivery within schools for Year 7 will be in accordance with the NROP.

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