The USC Junior rugby is made up of aged grade teams. Unlike other sports, it is based entirely on age and not skill level. Once you reach senior rugby, this changes to skill based teams. For detailed information on the pathways for U6 to U12 please click on the following link: Kids Rugby Laws 2015.pdf

Our junior rugby club is made up of children (boys and girls) who attend local schools, including (but not limited to) the following: Chancellor primary, Sienna primary, Bright water primary, Buderim primary, Mooloolah primary, Glen view primary, Chevallum primary, Palmwoods primary, Woombye primary, Eudlo primary, St Joseph's primary, Sun coast primary, Nambour Christian College, Mountain Creek State Primary, Mountain Creek State High School.

Junior rugby game times differ each week, as do the location of the rugby fields that you play on. Each rugby club has turns at hosting games, where all junior rugby club teams will play on the same day. This is to help with organising of canteens etc, it is much easier for a club to roster their canteen only once in a while rather than each week.

When you become part of a rugby team you will need to buy club shorts and socks, and have rugby boots (you are allowed metal studs and plastic studs, but metal ones need to be a maximum of 17mm in length). Mouth guards are recommended but not essential. Head gear and shoulder pads are worn by some players, but not all, again, it is optional. Rugby jerseys are provided by the club – please be prepared to take the team jersey’s home for washing when it is your rostered turn! There are also other club apparel items available for purchase, either at sign-on/registration day, via the apparel officer, or sometimes when USC rugby club is hosting a weekend round there will be an apparel table set up. Looking for second hand boots? Post your requirements on our Facebook page, likewise if your child has grown out of their old ones, why not consider on selling them via our Facebook page?

Each junior rugby team requires a coach and a manager. It would be great if you could become involved in your team, if you are prepared to take on either of these roles please let the committee know. You will need a blue card to be either a coach or a manager, this is an easy process, if you don’t have one we can supply you with the form and sign off on the application, submitting it on your behalf.

Like most sports, our junior rugby club encourages fair play, good sportsmanship, and building good team morale. We have codes of conduct for both players and spectators and enforce these where necessary. Generally our rugby teams have ‘Player of the Day’ or equivalent, which recognises our players for their efforts and builds their confidence. Joining a team at a young age is a great way for young children to get active, make new friends, and join a club where the whole family can participate in one way or another. We encourage our teams to come and watch the older teams, to build club spirit and let the younger players observe a higher level of rugby. 

Under 6’s- 2017

  • Coach – Enthusiastic parents will generally take over these roles
  • Assistant Coach
  • Manager
  • Trainer

Game Style – Small side games

Skill Focus

  • Evasion and Tag
  • Catch And Pass
  • Running
  • Scoring Tries
  • Enjoyment

Playing Area – Quarter Field

Playing Time – 2 x Small sided games then 2 x 10 min tag games

Ball – Size 2

Summary of Rules

  • Minimum Number Of Six Players
  • Teams must match numbers on field during play
  • No final series, no competition point and no premierships allowed
  • Coaches are allowed on the field for the duration of the game
  • No Lineouts
  • No Scrums

Follow the link below to see all Competition rules for U6

http://www.rugby.com.au/Portals/22/2015%20Laws/ARU%20Kids%20Rugby%20Laws%202015.pdf

Under 7’s- 2017

  • Coach – Enthusiastic parents will generally take over these roles
  • Assistant Coach
  • Manager
  • Trainer

Game Style – 7 a side tag

Skill Focus

  • Evasion and Tag
  • Catch And Pass
  • Running
  • Scoring Tries
  • Enjoyment

Playing Area – Quarter Field

Playing Time –2 x 15 min

Ball – Size 2

Summary of Rules

  • Teams must match numbers on field during play
  • No final series, no competition point and no premierships allowed
  • Referees play advantage generously to maximize playing time and reduce the number of infringements.
  • Lineouts – 2 players from each team form a lineout. These are uncontested and there is no lifting
  • Scrums – 3 players from each team form a scrum. These are uncontested and there is no pushing.

Follow the link below to see all Competition rules for U7

http://www.rugby.com.au/Portals/22/2015%20Laws/ARU%20Kids%20Rugby%20Laws%202015.pdf

Under 8’s- 2017

  • Coach – Cuen Bibb
  • Assistant Coach -  TBC
  •  Manager – TBC
  • Trainer – Nick Courtney

Game Style – 7 a side tackle

Skill Focus

  • Evasion and Tag
  • Catch And Pass
  • Running
  • Scoring Tries
  • Tackle
  • Ruck
  • Maul
  • Enjoyment

Playing Area – Half Field

Playing Time –2 x 15 min

Ball – Size 3

Summary of Rules

  • Teams must match numbers on field during play
  • No final series, no competition point and premierships are actively discouraged.
  • Referees play advantage generously to maximize playing time and reduce the number of infringements.
  • Lineouts – 2 players from each team form a lineout. These are uncontested and there is no lifting
  • Scrums – 3 players from each team form a scrum. These are uncontested and there is no pushing.

Follow the link below to see all Competition rules for U8

http://www.rugby.com.au/Portals/22/2015%20Laws/ARU%20Kids%20Rugby%20Laws%202015.pdf

Under 9’s- 2017

  • Coach –  Anthony Tracey 
  • Assistant Coach – John Cranley  & Jason Roles
  • Manager – Michelle Johnson
  • Trainer – Nick Courtney

Game Style – 10 a side tackle

Skill Focus

  • Evasion and Tag
  • Catch And Pass
  • Running
  • Scoring Tries
  • Tackle
  • Ruck
  • Maul
  • Enjoyment

Playing Area – Half Field

Playing Time –2 x 20 min

Ball – Size 3

Summary of Rules

  • Teams must match numbers on field during play
  • No final series, no competition point and premierships are actively discouraged.
  • Referees play advantage generously to maximize playing time and reduce the number of infringements.
  • Lineouts – 4 players from each team form a lineout. These are uncontested and there is no lifting
  • Scrums – 5 players from each team form a scrum. These are uncontested and there is no pushing.

Follow the link below to see all Competition rules for U9

http://www.rugby.com.au/Portals/22/2015%20Laws/ARU%20Kids%20Rugby%20Laws%202015.pdf

Under 10’s- 2017

  • Coach – Brodie Redmond 
  • Assistant Coach –(To be advised) 
  • Manager - 
  • Trainer – (To Be Advised)

Game Style – 12 a side tackle (No Flankers, No Fullback)

Skill Focus

  • Evasion and Tag
  • Catch And Pass
  • Running
  • Scoring Tries
  • Tackle
  • Ruck
  • Maul
  • Kick in general play
  • Contested scrum
  • Contested lineout
  • Enjoyment

Playing Area – Full Field less 10 mtrs width

Playing Time –2 x 20 min

Ball – Size 4

Summary of Rules

  • Teams must match numbers on field during play
  • Competition Ladder implemented
  • Lineouts – 5 players from each team form a lineout. These are contested and there is no lifting
  • Scrums – 6 players from each team form a scrum. These are contested and a 1 mtr push is allowable. In the event that there are no physically capable or untrained players then scrums shall be uncontested.

Follow the link below to see all Competition rules for U10

http://www.rugby.com.au/Portals/22/2015%20Laws/ARU%20Kids%20Rugby%20Laws%202015.pdf

Under 11- 2017

  • Coach – Garren Pitt
  • Assistant Coach – 
  • Manager - 
  • Trainer - 

Game Style – 12 a side tackle (No Flankers, No Fullback)

Skill Focus

  • Evasion and Tag
  • Catch And Pass
  • Running
  • Scoring Tries
  • Tackle
  • Ruck
  • Maul
  • Kick in general play
  • Contested scrum
  • Contested lineout
  • Enjoyment

Playing Area – Full Field less 10 mtrs width

Playing Time –2 x 25 min

Ball – Size 4

Summary of Rules

  • Competition Ladder implemented
  • Lineouts – 7 players from each team form a lineout. These are contested and there is no lifting
  • Scrums – 8 players from each team form a scrum. These are contested and a 1 mtr push is allowable. In the event that there are no physically capable or untrained players then scrums shall be uncontested.

Follow the link below to see all Competition rules for U11

http://www.rugby.com.au/Portals/22/2015%20Laws/ARU%20Kids%20Rugby%20Laws%202015.pdf

 

Under 12's to Under 18's

In Australia all U13 – U18 year olds play to modified laws designed to make the game safer and more enjoyable. These Australian U18 Law Variations continue the progression from the Kid’s Pathway (U6 – U12) through to junior representative opportunities at local club, school and regional levels.

In this age range the priority is to provide the players with opportunities to learn by trying it for themselves and the stages through this age range are stepped to allow for progressive development of every individual.

From U13 – U18 rugby games are intended to further develop the individual skills, fitness and team work of all players in accordance with their age and understanding of the game.

Under 12/13’s- 2017

  • Coach – Jason Gallagher
  • Assistant Coach - Andre Neville & Doc Fleming
  • Manager - Natalie McGovern
  • Trainer - 

Under 14’s- 2017

  • Coach – Hap Holzl
  • Assistant Coach – 
  • Manager –  Sally Williamson
  • Trainer – 

Under 15’s - 2017

  • Coach – Riaan Van Der Merwe
  • Assistant Coach - Cuen Bibb
  • Manager – Kylie Smith
  • Trainer - Matt Mason

U13 – U15 Game Info

Game Style – 15 a side tackle

Skill Focus

  • Evasion and Tag
  • Catch And Pass
  • Running
  • Scoring Tries
  • Tackle
  • Ruck
  • Maul
  • Kick in general play
  • Contested scrum
  • Contested lineout
  • Enjoyment

This age spectrum covers

Stage 3 – Training to Train

Stage 4 – Training to Compete

of the ARUs Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Model focusing on progressive development of all core skills listed above with increased pressure.

Playing Area – Full Field

Playing Time –2 x 25 min

Summary of Rules

  • Competition Ladder, Finals Series and Premiership implemented
  • Lineouts – 7 players from each team form a lineout. These are contested and there is lifting
  • Scrums – 8 players from each team form a scrum. These are contested and a 1 mtr push is allowable. In the event that there are no physically capable or untrained players then scrums shall be uncontested.

Follow the link below to see all Competition rules for U13 –U15

http://www.scru.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/2015-SCRU-Junior-Competition-Rules-Final.pdf

Under 16s- 2017

  • Coach –  Gary Jones
  • Assistant Coach – Darren Gibson
  • Manager - Andrew Grant
  • Trainer - 

Under 17/18/19's - 2017

  • Coach – Jason Kahika
  • Assistant Coach - Jason Gallagher
  • Manager - Doc Fleming
  • Trainer - Ray Williams

U16 – U18 Game Info

Game Style – 15 a side tackle

Skill Focus

  • Evasion and Tag
  • Catch And Pass
  • Running
  • Scoring Tries
  • Tackle
  • Ruck
  • Maul
  • Kick in general play
  • Contested scrum
  • Contested lineout
  • Enjoyment

This age spectrum covers

Stage 3 – Training to Train

Stage 4 – Training to Compete

of the ARUs Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Model focusing on progressive development of all core skills listed above with increased pressure.

Playing Area – Full Field

Playing Time –2 x 30 min

Summary of Rules

  • Competition Ladder, Finals Series and Premiership implemented
  • Lineouts – 7 players from each team form a lineout. These are contested and there is lifting
  • Scrums – 8 players from each team form a scrum. These are contested and a 1 mtr push is allowable. In the event that there are no physically capable or untrained players then scrums shall be uncontested.

Follow the link below to see all Competition rules for U16 –U18

http://www.scru.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/2015-SCRU-Junior-Competition-Rules-Final.pdf

 

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From the players...

I like to play rugby because it is physical and fun game. They say it is a game played in heaven and I understand why, its hard on the field but you always respect the other players. It teaches you teamwork and commitment to your teammates. My dad is also the coach and it means I get to spend more time with him and all coaches need help so your dads can get involved too.
Ethan
Ethan
Under 11's
I have been playing rugby at USC for six years now. Ever since I have been playing at Uni every season seems to be better: just by making new mates and growing stronger relationships with others. The best moments playing for Uni Rugby would have to be playing on a Friday night under the lights on USC’s main field then following the game having a sausage and drink with your team-mates, I also love when the Seniors come out of there way to watch all the Uni teams play every-week – it just makes all the boys want to win that little bit more. The club overall has a very strong culture and bond between the seniors and juniors; this shows at the Senior Grand final at USC rugby club earlier this year. Having all of us juniors run out the A-grade on to the field in front of 1000’s was an awesome moment for me and all the other juniors running them out. This just reflects the awesome culture between the whole club.
Connor
Connor
Under 14's
I've been playing rugby since I was 5. It's great for my fitness, and I've made some good friends.
Xavier
Xavier
Junior Club Captain 2015
I like playing for University Rugby because of the great spirit the Club gives and I like playing as a team with lots of my friends. My coach has taught how to play my part in our team and how to play rugby at my best.
Darcy
Darcy
Under 12's
Playing rugby for the USC Barbarians will be something I remember for the rest of my life. For the past 7 years playing here I have made life long friends, developed new skills, been privileged enough to have some of the best coaches and so many more great experiences. I’ve learnt so many skills, techniques and ways to play the game. USC gives everyone the chance to socialize and meet new people all year round. I could never imagine playing at another club other then USC, it has given so much to me such as life long memories, friends and helped me be the best I can be.
Cooper
Cooper
Junior member