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i need ideas for putting together a coaching session for under 9 rugby


I don't know what experience the children have had so it is hard to judge what skills you need to do.

I have attached one simple warm up practice but the main thing is to just get them to play small sided games. Tag with a ball etc. If you get them working in small groups they have more time with the ball and therefore more fun!

I hope this helps you and good luck.


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  • Tell your players the following......
  1. There will be one ball to each group, any player can be the ball carrier.
  2. On GO, the group moves towards the closest cone.At the cone, the players spread out and attack the line at pace and with width.
  3. They should realign following the attack left, to attack again right.
  4. When the second groups sees the first group complete their first set of passes, they should begin without waiting.

Coaching Points:

Don't feel that you have to focus on all of the following coaching points, you may have your own. Select the points that most closely match your overall training and session goals.

  • Players should work to keep the tempo of the session high.
  • Receivers hands should be out, presenting a target.
  • Ball carriers carry the ball in two hands.
  • The pass is weighted in terms of distance, speed, and accuracy.
  • The pass is only complete when caught.
  • Players do not spin the ball over short distances and their pass should be sympathetic to the receiver.
  • Ball carriers pass to where the receiver is going to be, not where they are.
  • Ball carriers provide a flat ball or a ball that the receiver can run onto.
  • The receiver attacks at pace, receiving the ball while moving forward at pace.
  • Players demonstrate good communication . Communication should be efficient, effective, and encouraging. Receivers should identify themselves, their location etc. Ball carriers should verbally seek out support.
  • Mistakes will be made, allow your players the freedom to make mistakes without feeling a failure.
  • Passing should be off both hands. There is no weak or strong hand, just hands that need a little more work. Work is the key, not talent.
  • Attackers spread to attack with width.
  • Passers realign to provide further attacking options.
  • Players are creative in attack e.g. looping, miss passes etc.
  • When working with kids that age, organization is the key. Down time is bad time, even in transitions. Split them into small groups. Name each of the groups something cool or fierce, and have the groups playing games. Use something vocal or kinetic to get their attention other than a whistle. Perhaps raising your hands and slowly yelling your club's name until they all join in and do the same, teach them this at the beginning and you'll have a clear signal and no problems corralling them. What you do is not as important as how you do it--if it's fun, basic, and positive you've done your job as a U9 coach. At this point retention is the name of the game.

    I agree with John - organise. If you have an hour session, plan activities for 90 minutes, so you are never at a loss for something to do. You have to teach 'how' (to do things), and 'why' (to do things). Kids don't want to pass the ball, so show them WHY it's a good idea. For my first sessions, I used to have a big tackle bag with a player painted on one side. This was the 'BEST TACKLER IN JAPAN.' I told the kids if the bag tackled them, they would never get up, made it fierce and fun. So, if they had a reason to pass (I awarded team points for good passing too), they didn't mind doing it. Lots of simple games (drills under another name really) - 2 on 1 practice? Make 2 teams, give Team 1 one minute to see how many times they can do it, then Team 2 get one minute. Always reward/recognise the winners. Incidentally in a 2 on 1, I give 4 points for a good pass, and 1 point for actually scoring.

    Hi Neil, Simon Brereton posted this link on the site under an earlier question, really good ideas and lots of them: ... &Itemid=84

    Also a few other ideas for games / drills at:

    Good Luck  :thumleft:

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