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Development Model (U11s to Under 13s)

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Development Model

(Under 11s to Under 13s) 

 School Year
Age Grade

 Y6 
U11

Y7
U12 

Y8
U13

Comments 

Numbers on Field

15

15

15

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

 Full

Full

 Full

For 15's must be full field.

Try

5pts

5pts 

5pts

If score blowouts 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.

Conversion

 2

2

2

Conversions are not to be taken further out than the 15m line.

Tackle

Yes

Yes 

 Yes

Tackle must be below the nipple. No fending to the head, face or neck regions.

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

 8
person

8
person 

 8
person

Contest and pushing only at U12 and U13. The push is limited to half a metre maximum. Safety is paramount.

Lineout


8 person 


8 person


 8 person 

Lineouts can be contested from U11. There is to be no lineout lifting at any level.

Penalty


nomal 


normal


 normal 

Kicking(general play)


yes 


yes


 yes 

Length of play


2 x 25  


2 x 30


 2 x 30 

These are the maximums

Referee


Yes  


Yes


 yes 

If no Playing Rugby referee, no tackling and no contested scrums.

Kick-off


Normal  


Normal


 Normal 

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 kids 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 11s to Under 13s)

For coaching information including skills and drills for the Under 11s to Under 13s age groups visit www.coachingtoolbox.co.nz.

Laws (Under 11s to Under 13s) 

To view the rugby laws for the Under 11s to Under 13s age groups go to the Laws section of this website.

 

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