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JAB & Age Grade Rugby commences this weekend

The best part of the year when I was a young lad was the start of the rugby season. Whether it was as a 7 year old, 13 year old or 1st XV player, the excitement was the same – I could not wait for game day. The preparation before the Saturday game was team training, cleaning the boots, packing the gear bag including the mouth guard and waking up very early wanting to head to the game straight away.

[Video] Make your Kids team a Water-only team

This Saturday in the Tasman region all rugby below 1st XV starts from U6 to U18. The draw can be found on the Tasman Rugby Website or App.

The Tasman Rugby Union Community Rugby Team have developed some brilliant concepts to ensure that the rugby experience from U14 to U18 will be enjoyable.

  • Fair Play – Armageddon Paintball are on board again this year. Key to note: if you score 15 points or under – you will have a competition point deducted. These will be posted each week on our Facebook Page. See last year’s results attached – made a huge difference in our game.
  • Game On – We will be playing this if teams are short on players.
  • ½ game ruling – All players must play ½ a game. This can be a straight half, or two quarters within the match. This is a New Zealand Rugby and Tasman Rugby Rule, and must be adhered too. Its purpose is to keep players enjoying the game (they can’t enjoy the game if they are not playing). This rule includes Age Grade Rugby (male & female).
  • Score Blow Outs - TRU expectation is that all teams work together to create ‘meaningful competition’, developing all players and preventing big score blow outs. Score Blow-Out By Law Attached.
    • Some steps/guidelines to give clarity:
      • Liaise with opposition management before match day.
      • If one sided game is suspected. Mix teams before the game.
      • 35 point margin, meet and discuss options with opposition coach. Make changes if blow-out is in progress.
      • Impact players (loose forwards, 10, 12 etc) from winning team switch with losing team.
      • Winning team, give 2nd string players a run, try new combinations, etc. 
      • There should be no games blowing out to 50 points.
      • Mixing teams is preferable than taking players off - we want more boys/girls playing, developing, and enjoying their rugby.
  • Mako vs Waikato 26th Sept, 2.05pm – After the final round / tournament, all Age Grade teams will get free entry to the Mako game at T Park (tickets will be supplied through the team manager- more info to come). Great chance to Rep your Club/School Colours!

The onus on this is led through all team management – coaches, management, supporters and clubs and their attitude to the situation. It is not up to the players.

The Tasman Rugby is committed to developing all players within the region, which is the purpose of these concepts.

The players have told the Community Rugby staff they want to play rugby with their mates, receive good coaching, good refereeing and have fun. The concept of winning is driven by outside influences.

Enjoy the season and support the game, not the result.

Following the JAB and Age Grade games, get along to one of these games this weekend:

1. Car Company Nelson Bays Division 1 – 3pm
a. Waimea Old Boys v Marist @ Jubilee Park
b. Wanderers v Stoke @ Centennial Park
c. Nelson v Kahurangi @ Trafalgar Park
2. Wadsco Motorworld Marlborough Division 1 – 3pm
a. Renwick v Moutere @ Renwick Domain
b. Waitohi v Awatere @ Endeavour Park
3. Golden Bay Fruit Senior Women’s Rugby- 1.15pm
a. Wanderers v Waimea Old Boys @ Centennial Park
b. Central v Riwaka @ Lansdowne Park
4. UC Championship 1st XV games 
a. Nelson College v Waimea Combined @ Nelson College 
b. Rangiora High School v Marlborough Boys College @ Rangiora

Fins Up!