EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Activities for U9 players

Under 9s rugby is the first year of contact rugby.

This is a significant challenge for players and coaches. However, if you introduce the elements of tackling and being tackled piece-by-piece, the players can adapt and grow at their own pace.

First, play games in a small area where they are likely to bump into each other. This creates awareness and resilience without getting too technical.

Second, keep tackling activities short and sharp in every session. You can have three sections of five minutes interspersed over an hour’s session.

Third, help ball carriers learn to fall when they are tackled.

Follow our guide to coaching U9s for the first time here.

For the new skills needed for players moving from tag rugby to U9s, click here.

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