EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Activities for U8 players

Union jacks - part 1

Union Jacks

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

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

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

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

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

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

Tiger tails - part 1

Tiger Tails

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

Each tiger has a tag belt or “tail” tucked into the back of their shorts. The tail must be visible so that other tigers can grab it. The tigers run around inside the playing area, collecting each other’s tails by pulling them out of another tiger’s shorts. When a tiger collects a tail they add it to their own in their shorts. Other tigers can now collect how ever many tails they have. 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

Hunters - part 1

Hunters

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules This game is similar to “Hungry Cavemen” but here the emphasis is on tackling. Mark out two goals at each end of the area. Divide your players into teams of four with a catcher from each standing in the goal. Each team has to get the ball to their catcher. If a ball... MORE

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