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Development Model (Under 8s to Under 10s)

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Coaching (Under 8s to Under 10s)

Laws (Under 8s to Under 10s)

 

Development Model

(Under 8s to Under 10s) 

 School Year

 Y3 
U8

Y4
U9 

Y5
U10

Comments 

Numbers on Field

10 

10

10

These numbers are maximums. If a team doesn’t have enough players to start a game, they lose the game, but a game should then be played with equal numbers.

Field Size

 1/2

1/2

1/2 

½ = goal to 10m (across the field). Portable goalposts are recommended. Full size posts on one touchline need to have bolsters on them.

Try

 5pts

5pts 

5pts 

If score blow-outs are occurring (ie 35+ at halftime), both coaches MUST meet and come to an agreement as to how they can generate a more even contest. Try = 5 pts.

Conversion

 0

0

0

U8 to U10 conversion taken from in front of posts either drop goal or punt. Points don’t count.

Ball Size

 3

 3

 

Tackle

 Yes No fending

 Yes No fending to the head, face or neck regions

 Yes No fending to the head, face or neck regions

 Two ‘tackle box’ sessions must be carried out by all U8 coaches before the season kicks off. Tackle must be below the nipple.

Subs

 Only at half time

Only at half time 

Only at half time 

There are no rolling subs. All players must play a half game. Reserves go on at halftime. Also applies to representative games.

Scrums

 5 person

 5 person

 5 person

No pushing and no contest. Safety is paramount.

Lineout

5 person

5 person

 5 person

Lineouts not to be contested. There is to be no lineout lifting at any level.

Penalty

 Tap & Pass

Tap & Pass 

 Tap & Pass

 

Kicking
(general play)

Encourage
running &
passing

Encourage
running &
passing  

Encourage
running &
passing  

 

Length of Game

 2 x 25

2 x 25 

 2 x 25

These are maximums.

Referee

 Yes

 Yes 

Yes 

If no Learning Rugby referee, there is no tackling.

Kick-off


Tap & Pass 


Punt or drop-kick by the scoring side


 Punt or drop-kick by the scoring side 

At U10 and below, kick offs to be rotated through all players. There will be no lifting from kick-starts.

What is the Small Blacks Development Model?

Small Blacks rugby has been designed to help players develop their rugby skills as their physical ability develops, making the game as simple and safe as possible for all Kiwi children, regardless of their age, shape or size. The new Small Blacks Development Model has been developed to ensure that there is a consistency of playing, coaching and player welfare at all levels throughout the country, and is a great way of getting children involved in a team sport.

The model has been designed to ensure that all children who graduate from the Small Blacks programme have the best possible skill set to take them through their rugby career - who knows, today's Small Black may one day go on to become an All Black or Black Fern.

Coaching (Under 8s to Under 10s)

For coaching information including skills and drills for the Under 8s to Under 10s age groups visit www.coachingtoolbox.co.nz.

Laws (Under 8s to Under 10s)

To view the rugby laws for the Under 8s to Under 10s age groups go to the Laws section of this website.

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