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U10s mini rugby small sided game variations

I did the level 1 and have bought into the philosophy - small sided, conditioned games rather than drills with boys standing in lines and being told where to run. I think it would be good to share ideas of variations that coaches use to focus on specific areas, and how to keep it fresh week in week out.Simply, I award points for good application of the skill we're focusing on. 3 points for good body position in the ruck or driving an opponent back. Only 3 points for a try motivates them to execute the skills.

I'm doing the ERCA Level 2 course now and they have perpetuated this idea:Our RFU Educator came up with the same idea to promote good application of skill.

For example: Let them play and give a score when they demonstrate whatever it is you're focussing the coaching on or demonstrates use of the principles of play - e.g. Someone shouting in SUPPORT when they're in space / good position or when the team GO FORWARD rather than just counting tries (which the kids do anyway!) This way both teams can score even though only one side has the ball.

Once they figure out that the other team scored a try for 5 points but they were also awarded 5 points for holding a defensive line (for example) it motivates everyone to demonstrate the application of skills. 

 

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