Under 9s

Welcome to Sidmouth Under 9s Contact Rugby

Rugby is a great game enjoyed by players, coaches, parents, spectators and volunteers. The Sidmouth under 9s team’s key focus is enjoyment for the children. Although we start contact at this age, we don’t actually want the children to get into contact, we want them to evade the opposition and run into space.

We meet on a Sunday morning 10am from September to May at our Sidford training ground, the first few weeks of the season are spent learning the basics of the game and then we have scheduled a number of local fixtures against teams such as Exmouth, Withycombe, Honiton, Bridport, Crediton, Teignmouth, Cullompton, Exeter Chiefs and Topsham.  

Under U9s level remains about having fun and allowing the children to develop their rugby skills. We are fortunate that we have a big mix of both girls and boys in the team, so it’s a great environment for children to meet and create new friendships.

We have a great coaching team that are committed to helping players develop themselves as young people as well as rugby players.  All our coaches have experienced playing at a senior level and we actively encourage parents to get involved. A supportive parent/volunteer group helps make the whole rugby experience a team affair and highly enjoyable for player and adults alike.

The basic rules of the U9 game are as follows:

- No kicking of any kind

- Only the ball carrier can be ‘Tackled’

- A ‘Tackle’ is contact below the armpit where the ball carrier is held

- When the ball-carrier is ‘Tackled’, the ball must be passed to a team mate

- Competitive matches should not be more than 7 a side

- Coach as referee

- 60 m x 30 m pitch

- Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship 

So why not come along and join our rugby family at Sidmouth RFC - even better why not bring some of your friends and classmates along as well. Our season starts this year on Sunday 2nd September 2018 at 10am at our Blackmore Ground in the centre of Sidmouth, directions and a map can also be found on the home page. This will be a welcome session for all new players and our first training session of the new season.

For more information or any advice please feel free to call or email any of the coaches