PLAYING CLUB OR TOURNAMENT RUGBY
Our club plays the majority of its games on Saturday mornings from April through to September as part of Rugby Victoria's (formerly Victorian Rugby Union) junior pathway and competition age groups. From 2018 all U10 to U15 junior contact (tackle rugby) versions of the game will be played under a weight for age format based on the child's chronological age, height and weight. For further information on the 2019 Rugby Australia "Size for Age" process and guidelines CLICK HERE.
Games are played using Rugby Australia's modified U6-U12 Pathway and U19 Laws. Although we do offer other opportunities for girls, boys, as well as women and men to play for Racing Rugby’s mixed teams who participate in a range Rugby 7’s tournaments or FOXTEL Touch 7’s competitions.
All junior teams play in the Rugby Victoria junior pathway or competition age groups using the Rugby Australia modified junior pathway laws. Each pathway or age group competition form of the game Laws have been specially adapted to meet the Australian Sports Commission's needs and expectations for the player's development, physical capability, health status, skill level and previous experience. This ensures that safety is a priority while still challenging the player's based on their developmental age. The modifications include the level of contact, size of the ball, the playing area, the length of games and the playing numbers on the field.
UNDER 6 – UNDER 12
Ever dreamt of being the next Wallaby like Will Genia, Adam Coleman or Reece Hodge?
Well the Try Rugby Kids Pathway has been designed specially to help get your child started and on their way to a lifelong involvement in this great game called Rugby Union.
AIM AND PHILOSOPHY
The aim of the Try Rugby Kids Pathway for U6 to U12 players is to provide a series of age-specific modified rugby games. These modified rugby games progressively develop the individual skills, fitness and teamwork of all players in accordance with their physical maturity and understanding of the game.
What are the benefits?
The Kids Pathway for U6 to U12 players has been developed to:
- Increase activity levels for maximum participation and enjoyment.
- Meet the developmental needs of young Rugby players in line with the safety focus of the modern game.
- Provide an integrated and consistent approach to the development of U6 to U12 players, coaches and referees across the country.
GAME STYLES TABLE
UNDER 13 – UNDER 18
In Australia all U13 – U19 year old's play to modified laws designed to make the game safer and more enjoyable. These Australian U19 Law Variations continue the progression from the Kid’s Pathway (U6 – U12) through to junior representative opportunities at local club, school and regional levels.
In this age range the priority is to provide the players with opportunities to learn by trying it for themselves and the stages through this age range are stepped to allow for progressive development of every individual.
From U13 – U19 rugby games are intended to further develop the individual skills, fitness and teamwork of all players in accordance with their age and understanding of the game.
This age spectrum covers Stage 3 – (Training to Train); and Stage 4 – (Training to Compete) of Rugby Australia's Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Model focusing on progressive development of all core skills (attack - catch/pass/support, attack – kicking/defence/contact) with increased pressure.
From 2018 some games will be played on Friday evenings or in the afternoon. Which allows players to referee the Pathway age groups or to finish school sport commitments and still regularly participate in club Rugby.
GIRLS RUGBY TOUCH 7's
Is an exciting new game based on FOXTEL Touch 7's (VIVA 7's) that has been developed to cater for the growing number of girls wanting to participate in Rugby 7's but perhaps aren't ready or don't wish to play a contact version of the game.
Rugby Touch 7's is similar to Touch Football with a touch of flair and some added elements including quick throws, kicking to re-start and in general play, seven instead of six tags and the ability to pass immediately rather than having to place the ball. Making it one of the fastest sports going around as well as a fun way to participate in rugby.
Games are usually played in a Gala style format, as either Girls U8 - U11 or Girls U12 - U15, with all the teams playing at least two games in a central location.
RUGBY AUSTRALIA 'SIZE FOR AGE' TABLE 2019 SEASON*
* Indicative based on the guidelines introduced in 2019