changes in junior club rugby for 2019

changes in junior club rugby for 2019

Following a review of Junior Club Rugby in 2019 a number of changes have occurred specifically around a change in focus to a climate of development and fun to improve participation and retention of junior club rugby players in the game and to engender a life-long love of the game.  

This will put children at the centre of the rugby experience, keep them in the game, enjoying the game and move away from the climate of performance that existed in some aspects of junior rugby such as the end of season junior rugby tournament or club representative programme as it was known. 

North Harbour staff will continue to promote the “Good Sports” programme to junior clubs which focuses on development rather than performance.  Other versions of the game will be offered to boys through to under 13 years of age following the success of Girls Only Rippa/QuickRip.   J4 will revert to 10 aside in keeping with the NZ Rugby Small Blacks Model  to provide a developmental environment that suits that age group. 

Girls Only Rippa/Quickrip will extend to the Under 15 age group to retain them in the game through club rugby with secondary schools having the option to field teams in that grade. Removal of the end of season junior rugby tournament or club representative programme will occur and a Club/Union Working Group is considering grade based festival rugby and development programmes for J1 to J4 players to replace the tournament. 

 

In summary the following changes are made:

 

  • Junior Rugby Programmes will be focused on a climate of development and enjoyment
  • Introduce a Girls Rippa Under 15 grade
  • Introduce a Boys Rippa Under 9 grade
  • Introduce a Boys Rippa Under 11 grade
  • Introduce a Boys Rippa Under 13 grade
  • J4 Grade reverts to 10 aside format
  • Discontinue the end of season junior rugby tournament or club representative programme as it is known

 

Click on this link for the 2019 Junior Club Rugby Weight and Age Chart.