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Activities for U7 players

Nevada Smith - part 1

Nevada Smith

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules Set up two teams facing each other at opposite sides of the playing area (the “swamp”). One team is the “bandits”, the other team comprises “Nevada Smiths”. Give the “treasure” (a ball) to the first Nevada Smith, who must try and escape from the swamp, either through the side or the far end,... MORE

Cat & Mouse - part 1

Cat & Mouse

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The Rules Divide the players into four teams, one team of “cats” and three teams of “mice”. Each mouse group takes it in turns. Set up the first mouse group on the corner diagonally opposite the scoring zone “home”, with the cats on another corner. Place one ball per mouse throughout the playing area. The... MORE

The tomb - part 1

The Tomb

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules This game has a similar set up and challenges to “Nevada Smith”. However, it has the addition of a small square (the “tomb”) marked in the centre of the playing area (the “swamp”). Set up two teams facing each other at opposite sides of the playing area (the “swamp”). One team is the... MORE

Union jacks - part 1

Union Jacks

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The Rules Set up eight stations – one on each corner and one on the middle of each side of the playing area. Divide the players into eight groups, so there are three or four players at each station. Give a ball to one player in each group. On your command, the eight ball carriers... MORE

Action jacks - part 1

Action Jacks

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The Rules Start the players in the same positions as the “Union Jacks” game. This time, however, have each Jack to do three things as they move across the square: Throw and catch the ball. Touch the ball on the ground twice. Move the ball all-around their body. Instead of running to the group opposite,... MORE

Fast hands, racing legs - part 1

Fast Hands, Racing Legs

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The Rules Divide the players into four equal groups and set up each group on one of the corners of the playing area. Give one player a ball to start the game. The players must pass the ball counter clockwise around the playing area. Once a player has passed the ball they follow it to... MORE

Star fighters - part 1

Star Fighters

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

Divide the players (the “star fighters”) into three teams. Distinguish between the teams with a different coloured bib or band. Give a ball to two of the teams. Each team has to make as many passes as possible without losing the ball (the “comet”). Any player can intercept a comet. However, players cannot grab the ball from each other. MORE

Don’t feed the monkeys - part 1

Don’t Feed the Monkeys

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules This is a similar game to “Star Fighters”, but has only two teams of around four players each. Again, the aim for the players is to make as many passes as possible without losing the ball to the other team. The team with the ball (the “zoo keepers”) have to pass the ball... MORE

Alien - part 1

Alien

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules Divide the players into teams of four, each team comprising one tackler (the “alien”) and three astronauts. The three astronauts have to move and pass the ball amongst themselves. The alien has to make as many tag or touch tackles (on the ball cariers only) as they can in 30 seconds. The ball... MORE

Dragons - part 1

Dragons

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules Give a ball (the “golden eggs”) to up to half of the players. The “dragons” (the rest of the players) catch the ball carriers with either a tag or touch tackle. The tackle turns the ball carriers to “stone”. If turned to stone, the ball carrier has to stand still holding their golden... MORE

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