Mini rugby in Middlesex
This page contains important information about the following:
Please ensure you are familiar with the new guidelines, and that if you wish to enter teams in either mini or U12 festivals, that you have provided the relevant information to Minis Chairman Waheed Aslam by the end of September.
Most budding rugby players are introduced to the sport either at school or at a local rugby club. Tag rugby and touch rugby are the most popular forms of the game for younger children, both boys and girls, as they promote key skills such as passing, scoring, movement and tactical awareness while the rules do not permit full contact.
Mini rugby is now provided by over 30 clubs in Middlesex. It has been designed for children from Under 7 to Under 12 as way of introducing rugby to youngsters in a fun and progressive way, prior to progressing to junior rugby at U13.
The younger age groups, from school year 1 to year 3 play tag rugby. This is a non-contact version of the game that focuses on passing, space awareness and running (hopefully towards the try line). At school-year 4 and above, the players slowly progress, year by year, towards the full version of the game. Sessions are normally held on Sunday mornings and the season runs from the first Sunday in September through to the end of April.
Age Grade Review
Since the launch of Age Grade Rugby in September 2016 Middlesex Rugby has requested feedback from players, parents, coaches, clubs and other constituent bodies on what they expect of the County in support of mini and junior rugby. We have now taken some decisions on the structure and format of minis and junior rugby in the County.
Middlesex has issued two key documents, one covering the U7 – U11 age group and the second covering U12. These are summarised below, or you can download the full document here.
|U7 – U11 Festival Framework & Guidelines (August 2017)|
|U12 Rules (August 2017)|
|The Middlesex Age Grade Calendar shows how club rugby fits in with school rugby|
Minis Festivals U7s – U11s
The U7 – U11 age groups will remain unstreamed and we continue to use the terminology of mixed-ability/balanced teams (NOT A/B). The dates for these festivals are
U7 and U8: 4th March 2018
U9 and U10: 11th March 2018
U11: 18th March 2018
The festivals will be held in March as these do not conflict with the schools priority weekends in the Age Grade rugby calendar. The festivals will be formatted as follows:
One team clubs will have the option of entering the development festival.
Two team clubs will only be allowed to enter balanced teams in the main festival.
Three team clubs will have the option of entering one team into the development festival, as long as they comply to these being new players or players not ready for contact rugby.
Clubs will be expected to supply referees for all festivals they enter and it was agreed that the referees will referee half a game each. This seemed to work well this season.
U11s: The U11s festival will remain in its current festival format for the 2017-2018 season. Following this, a review will be carried out to ascertain whether this age group would be better suited to the U12 triangular format for 2018-2019. This will be dependent on finding suitable volunteers to run the competition.
Middlesex Mini Rugby Chairman Waheed Aslam will be contacting all clubs by the end of September to get a sense of how many playing members and teams they have in each age group. This will help us to ensure that Middlesex can effectively support all playing members. In order to help with this initiative, please provide information about your club directly to Waheed.Aslam@simmons-simmons.com using “[club name[ U7 – U11” as your subject line.
The U12s will align with Schools and Girls rugby for the 2017 – 2018 season and will revert to being streamed. The competition format will remain as triangulars but will be extended to four weekends. The U12s will not have a festival at the end of the season due to the 2017-2018 calendar restrictions, but the extension to the triangular weekends will allow the players a better quality of competition supported rugby. The scores from these will be consolidated and provided to the Herts & Middlesex coordinators for the U13 Age Grade competition. A positive step for the U12s game which will help with the transition of players, parents and coaches into Youth rugby.
The dates set aside for the triangulars are:
Round 1: 12th November (19th November as a fall back)
Round 2: 10h December (17th December)
Round 3: 14th January (21st January)
Round 4 : 11th February (25th February)
Richard White (Rosslyn Park) will be coordinating the new U12 competition and he will need to know number of teams you wish to enter by 30 September 2017. Please contact Waheed.Aslam@simmons-simmons.com with this information before the end of September, using “[club name] U12 Entry” as your subject line.
We are looking for volunteers to help organise and run the U12 competition. This will involve working with Middlesex minis rugby chairman Waheed Aslam to draw up fixtures, collating results and report to the Herts & Middlesex Age grade competition for U13 throughout the season. If you would like to volunteer to help with the running of the U12 competition, please contact Waheed Aslam: Waheed.Aslam@simmons-simmons.com
Sponsorship will be sought to help clubs cover the costs e.g. referee shirts etc. Middlesex Rugby has a very limited budget and will look to support Mini and Junior rugby but no financial support will be available for clubs hosting the Middlesex Rugby Mini Festivals. Shields will not be awarded to the winners at 2017-2018 festivals but host clubs can award trophies for those displaying core rugby values.
If you are interested in sponsoring mini or junior rugby, or any other aspect of Middlesex Rugby activity, please contact Brian O’Connor, email: email@example.com
Clubs must gain approval from Middlesex Rugby before hosting a festival and must submit a format that complies with the Middlesex Rugby Age Grade Rugby festival guidelines. Approval MUST be given by both Louise Latter, as Chair of Community Rugby for Middlesex Rugby and Waheed Aslam, Chairman of Mini Rugby. Festivals for U7s and U11s can be held at any time. If U12s are being included in the club festival then they can only be held in a club priority weekend within the Age Grade Rugby calendar.
All clubs MUST register a primary contact for mini and youth rugby. You can register names and contact details of all relevant coaches and managers online by completing and submitting the form below. This will ensure that we can communicate effectively with all clubs and ensure that no clubs missed out of important fixture information.
It is especially important that all young players and parents understand rugby’s core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship.
Clubs organise friendly fixtures and take part in rugby festivals, including the six festivals organised for the County. All games are played in a friendly spirit with an emphasis of encouragement and respect for players and officials.
The majority of coaches are parents who have been RFU trained and have been CRB checked. The coaches understand the ages of the children they are coaching and are able to convey the spirit of the game to the young people involved.
Parents are actively encouraged to get involved with coaching, first aid and administration; all the required training is provided by the club.
Clubs are always looking for new players so contact your local club today and get involved!
Clubs with Minis Sections
Keeping children safe
The safety of children and young adults is of paramount importance and Middlesex Rugby takes the subject very seriously. We are committed to ensuring that young people, whatever their background, enjoy the game in a fun environment, safe from any kind of abuse. Visit our Safeguarding page to find out more about Middlesex Rugby’s safeguarding policies.
For more information about playing mini rugby in Middlesex, please contact Waheed Aslam, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 07867 576785