Rugby: u14

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What is the best age to introduce contact?

I'm trying to work out what the best age is to introduce contact to children (tackling, mauling, rucking). I think learning early how to handle contact safely is very important, but at the same time, I want to make sure it is not too early. Are there any universal guidelines, or does it vary from national union to national union?

Dominic Rossi Coach, Canada

How do you teach a goal kicker to get more distance?

How do you teach a goal kicker to get more distance form a goal kick. The boy (u/15) has the direction and hight but lacks the distance. Please help with a tip or two.

George Coach, South Africa

I coach Under 11's I have two players that do all the right things in training but when the game starts they will not pass. They do score tries but I think we could score more if they passed. What can I do? Gary SWales

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Gary Grant Coach, Wales

Introducing U9's to positional play?

I would like some help/drills to help me introduce U9's to positions ie%3A start playing in set positions during a game ie forwards/backs. Up til now they have not had set positions & its been everyone follow the ball. I need to get them to understand & keep to positions during a game.

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My son has played all season U9's on the wing and has?

My son has played all season U9's on the wing and has now be brought into a inside centre role. What are the key differences he needs to make to be successful in his new position

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Under 8's drills%3A how to get players to stay in position?

Under 8's drills%3A how to get players to stay in position (in their channels) defensively to avoid them chasing the ball all over pitch! thanks, David

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Resistance Training for U14

I am curently helping coach an U14 team, my focus being on forward play and conditioning. As a general rule, for conditioning I only get the lads to work against body weight for resistance training. Some players (and parent?)are eager to get into the gym and start to use weights as means of resistance. Obviously at this age the level of physical maturity of players is vast, boys to men, hence each individual must be assessed. I have done some reseaech which would indicate that the use of weights for 14-15 year old is to be encouraged (Irish RFU), but I am keen not to get the lads into the gym to early. Does any one have and ideas on this subject or can point me to any research to support either idea.

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Motion of the first receiver from a tap restart

From a tap restart may the player who is to first receive the ball start runnning before the player taps the ball? The player receiving the ball is at all times behind the player tapping the ball.

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U14's girls teamwork

I am having trouble getting my girls to work as a team. Any advice?

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New U 14's boys team advice.

I have just been handed the task of coaching a new u14's boys team.Any pointers, help or advice would be greatly appreciated.Many thanks

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Getting 9-10 year olds to spread the ball out wide

Getting quite frustrated that my u10's are not using the space on the pitch and tend to bunch up. Despite various drills and game scenarios to force them to spread out and pass to someone in space they revert in any game to bunching up around the ball and taking it back into the thick of the opposition rather than looking left or right! Any ideas how to change their ways?

Ian G Coach, England

Can someone help me with planning and programing a plan for U14 ?

I have a problem with lack of kids, and i only get 2 training sessions per week, how to make a plan to help them grow, and not to forget from week to week what we learned?

Antonio Stojanovski Coach, Croatia

Resistance Training for U14 | ...

I am curently helping coach an U14 team, my focus being on forward play and conditioning. As a general rule, for conditioning I only get the lads to work against body weight for resistance training. Some players (and parent?)are eager to get into the gym and start to use weights as means of resistance. Obviously at this age the level of physical maturity of players is vast, boys to men, hence each individual must be assessed. I have done some reseaech which would indicate that the use of weights for 14-15 year old is to be encouraged (Irish RFU), but I am keen not to get the lads into the gym to early. Does any one have and ideas on this subject or can point me to any research to support either idea.

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Any examples of lineout calls ...

Any examples of lineout calls suitable for u14s

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Can someone help me with plann...

I have a problem with lack of kids, and i only get 2 training sessions per week, how to make a plan to help them grow, and not to forget from week to week what we learned?

Antonio Stojanovski Coach, Croatia

Uncontested lineouts | Sportpl...

Any advice on uncontested line out variations?

Colin Marklew Coach, England

Motion of the first receiver f...

From a tap restart may the player who is to first receive the ball start runnning before the player taps the ball? The player receiving the ball is at all times behind the player tapping the ball.

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Under 8's drills%3A how to get...

Under 8's drills%3A how to get players to stay in position (in their channels) defensively to avoid them chasing the ball all over pitch! thanks, David

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First time coaching the U13s n...

I have just started helping our head coach with under12's team. He wants to retire and has put me forward to be head coach next season. I am a little worried on how i should aproach training with the boys, going to a full 15 a side team on a full pitch. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Getting 9-10 year olds to spre...

Getting quite frustrated that my u10's are not using the space on the pitch and tend to bunch up. Despite various drills and game scenarios to force them to spread out and pass to someone in space they revert in any game to bunching up around the ball and taking it back into the thick of the opposition rather than looking left or right! Any ideas how to change their ways?

Ian G Coach, England
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