Mini Rugby laws


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The laws:

Under 7’s Under 8’s

  • Play games with small numbers, no more than seven players and not less than five players.
  • Match squads of 10.
  • Mini Tag Rugby.
  • Size 3 rugby ball.
  • Maximum pitch size is 40 metres x 30 metres, plus 2 metres for each in-goal area.
  • 10 minutes each way – Game no longer than 20 minutes.
  • Passes may be sideways or backwards through the air.
  • Free pass restart, opponents 7 metres away on line parallel to goal line.
  • No scrum.
  • No lineout.
  • No kicking.
  • A tackle – a ‘tag’ – is made by removal of one of the two tags from the ball carriers belt.
  • The tagged player must pass the ball to a team mate.
  • The tagger must stop running and wait for the tagged player to reclaim their tag before re-joining the game.
  • No hand offs, fend offs or barging.
  • Under 7s and under 8s may play together, utilising the Mini Tag format.
  • No under 7 or under 8 child may play with under 9 children or above in any circumstances.
  • Under 7 players must be limited to playing in not more than 12 fixtures and 3 festivals / tournaments per season.
  • Mouthguards, shin pads are mandatory.
  • Checking of studs at regular intervals.
  • On match days, a coaching session lasting no longer than 60 minutes with the addition of no more than 20 minutes devoted to match play against outside opposition is mandatory.
  • All matches must be used as an extension of the coaching session, with the emphasis being on the quality of performance rather than the result.

Under 9’s Under 10’s

  • 9 a-side – 3 forwards, 6 backs. Match squads of 12 players.
  • Mini rugby with an introduction of full contact.
  • U9 – Size 3 rugby ball. U10 Size 4 rugby ball.
  • Maximum pitch size is 60 metres x 35 metres plus 5 metres for each in-goal area.
  • 15 minutes each way – no longer than 30 minutes.
  • Scrum – 3 player front row, uncontested scrum (no pushing permitted and the ball be won by team putting in).
  • Offside line (Scrum) – All opposing backs except for scrum half 7 metres behind scrum. Scrum half behind hindmost foot of scrum until the ball is out.
  • Lineouts are uncontested. The lineout is made up of two players from each team, plus the player throwing the ball in and an immediate opponent, who must stand within the 2 metre area, and one player from either side in a position to receive the ball (ie. Scrum half). Both the thrower-in and his immediate opponent are able to take an active role in the game as soon as the ball has been touched by one of the players in the lineout.
  • Free pass restart at kick off, infringement, ball in touch. At a free start, the starter cannot run with the ball and the receiving player can not run from more than 2 metres behind the passer. Opponents 7 metres away on line parallel to goal line.
  • No Kicking or fly hacking (kicking a loose ball on the ground).
  • No hand offs, fend offs, scrag tackles or barging.
  • Maximum of 12 fixtures and not more than 3 festivals.
  • Tackling is a skill that needs to be taught and must be introduced progressively as shown in the current RFU Coaching Course materials.
  • For safety reasons coaches and referees must check that studs and other approved clothing are in accordance with the laws of the game.
  • Mouthguards and shin pads mandatory.
  • No under 7 or under 8 child may play with under 9 children or above in any circumstances.
  • Under 9s and under 10s may play together, utilising the under 9 mini contact format. No under 9s may play with under 11s or above in any circumstances.

Under 11’s Under 12’s

  • 12 a-side – 5 forwards, 7 backs. Match squads of 15.
  • Mini rugby with contact.
  • Size 4 rugby ball.
  • Maximum pitch size is 60 metres x 43 metres, plus 5 metres for each in-goal area.
  • 20 minutes each way – no longer than 40 minutes. Scrum – 3 player front row and 2 second row locks binding around hips.
  • Offside line (Scrum) – Scrum half behind the hindmost foot of scrum until the ball is out.
  • Lineout (Contested) – 2-4 players lineout between 2 metres and 7 metres from the touchline, 5th player throws in. Quick throw is not allowed.
  • Offside line (lineout) – 10 minutes from line of touch.
  • No hand offs, fend offs, scrag tackles or barging.
  • Maximum of 14 fixtures and 3 festivals.
  • Mouthguards and shinpads mandatory.
  • Under 10s and under 11s may play together utilising the under 10 mini contact format. No under 10 child may play with under 12s or above in any circumstances.
  • Under 11s and under 12s may play together utilising the mini contact format.