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An Introduction to Mini and Junior rugby.....Updated 7/6/16

Mini rugby and junior rugby has been running and growing for 13 years at Rishworthians and continues to grow each season.

This page provides information for both new and existing players. If the information you are looking for does not appear here contact Dave Butler on 01422 371672 text 07767 128 414 or e-mail davebutler@orrufc.co.uk and he will either have the answer or put you in touch with the relevent person.

We run the following teams
The micros for under 5s and under 6 players
The minis for under 7s to under 12s
The juniors for under 13s to under 16s
The colts for under 17s to under 18s.

Our emphasis is on enjoyable, safe rugby for all, but that has not stopped our teams winning at tournaments and festivals. We follow the RFU New Rules of Play under which the game is introduced in stages starting with under 5/6 age groups, the micros who learn the basic skillls through to the u14's who start to play 15 a side on a full size pitch and onto u18's in preparation for senior rugby.

Competitive games are introduced at under 7s age group, cup matches are introduced from under 13 onwards and league matches are introduced at under 17. Representative rugby is also introduced at under 15s age group with selection to represent your district eg West Yorkshire then county level and North of England level.

The season starts on the first Sunday in September and runs through to the last Sunday of April. For the minis training days are interspersed with competitive fixtures against local clubs. This season's fixture list can be found on the website (see fixtures tab link above).

On Sundays when there are no matches the training starts at 10am and finishes at Noon. On a Sunday match day training starts at 10am and finishes just before 11am. The gammes then start at 11am. New players are welcomed at all age-groups. A parent or guardian must stay at the ground at all times, either pitch-side or in the warm in the club house where tea, coffee and bacon/sausage sandwiches are available during the morning.

For the juniors most Sundays are taken up with competitive matches and training is on a Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings 6-7pm.

All age groups have RFU qualified coaches, all of whom are CRB/DBS checked as are our first aiders and administrators. Some age groups run two teams, so competitive matches are possible for all players.

How do I join?

If your child is interested in playing rugby or you as a parent would like to introduce your child to the game of rugby this page will provide you with all the information you need. Just follow these steps.

1. Read the Introduction above.
2. If you are still interested bring your child down for a trial period. Your child will be placed in a squad based on their age on 1st September.
3. Don't know where we are. Click on the "Directions" tab above.
4. Still interested after a trial period, complete a junior membership form available from the bar in the clubhouse
5. Parents can also enjoy the involvement. Read the section Support your Child - Get involved.
6. Please read our policy on Child Protection.
7. What kit do I need. The kit section explains what kit you need.
8. Need to know more about the age group your child will play in click on The teams tab and the appropriate age group link.
We hope you and you child enjoy the experience.

Micro, Mini or Junior Rugby?

Mini Rugby Under 5's - Under 12's
If your child is between 3 - 5 years old (Age on the 1st September) then they will be in the micros section and they train or play fun rugby related games on a Sunday morning.

If your child is between 6 - 11 years old (Age on the 1st September) then they will be in the minis section and they train or play competitive games on a Sunday morning.

During the season (from 1st Sunday in September to last Sunday in April) come down to the club between 10:00 and Noon and one of our administration staff in the clubhouse will be pleased to welcome you. They will explain how the micro or mini section is run. For the micros and minis we suggest the child has a trial period to see if they enjoy micro/mini rugby. If your child is happy playing there will be some registration forms to complete for the RFU and insurance purposes and most important how we can contact you. Please note there may be some Sundays when teams are playing away so either look on our fixtures lists ( see the tab link above ) or ring the club 01422 353919 on a Sunday morning to avoid a wasted journey. You will be directed to the playing area for your child's age group and introduced to one of the coaches or parent co-ordinators. Your child can either watch or join in, there is no pressure on the child.

During the close season ( May - August) we often run post and pre season training and recruiting sessions, the dates and times will vary due to coaches availability. Please check on the website home page if any close season sessions are running. Your always welcome to attend these sessions.

Junior Rugby Under 13's - Under 17's
If your son is between 12 - 17 years old then he will be in the junior section. They train on Tuesday or Thursday evenings and play matches on a Sunday morning.

During the season (from 1st Sunday in September to last Sunday in April) it is best to come down to the club on a Tuesday training evening between 6-7pm and one of our coaches or parent co-ordinators will be pleased to welcome you. They will explain how the junior section is run. Please look on the website home page when pre season training starts. Again your very welcome to join in pre season training.

Alternatively you can contact
Dave Butler via e-mail davebutler@orrufc.co.uk
or telephone 01422 371672.

What is expected from parents, players and coaches

Club Rules
Old Rishworthian Rugby Union Football Club is registered under the Industrial and Provident society?s Act 1965 and the Friendly and Industrial and Provident societies Act 1968. The club has a set of rules, which may be examined, or a copy obtained from the club secretary Steve Farrand. The junior section is run according to these rules.

This is rugby Core Values
Rugby union is the fastest growing major sport in the country, attracting more people than ever to enjoy a vibrant game as professional and amateur players, volunteers and supporters.

But the expansion of rugby brings new challenges to the game and a need to sustain the standards that are its strengths. Two years ago the RFU put together a task group to run an extensive consultation exercise. The Core Values project – the first time a sport has set out to define its value system in formal terms and identified the following five principles that lie at the heart of the game in England:

1. Teamwork
Teamwork is essential to our sport. We welcome all new team members and include all because working as a team enriches our lives. We play selflessly: working for the team, not for ourselves alone, both on and off the field. We take pride in our team, rely on one another and understand that each player has a part to play. We speak out if our team or sport is threatened by inappropriate words or actions

2, Respect
Mutual respect forms the basis of our sport. We hold in high esteem our sport, its values and traditions and earn the respect of others in the way we behave. We respect our match officials and accept their decisions. We respect opposition players and supporters. We value our coaches and those who run our clubs and treat clubhouses with consideration.

3. Enjoyment
Enjoyment is the reason we play and support rugby union. We encourage players to enjoy training and playing. We use our sport to adopt a healthy lifestyle and build life skills. We safeguard our young players and help them have fun. We enjoy being part of a team and part of the rugby family.

4. Discipline
Strong discipline underpins our sport. We ensure that our sport is one of controlled physical endeavour and that we are honest and fair. We obey the laws of the game which ensure an inclusive and exciting global game. We support our disciplinary system, which protects our sport and upholds its values. We observe the sport's laws and regulations and report serious breaches.

5. Sportsmanship
Sportsmanship is the foundation upon which rugby union is built. We uphold the rugby tradition of camaraderie with teammates and opposition. We observe fair play both on and off the pitch and are generous in victory and dignified in defeat. We play to win but not at all costs and recognise both endeavour and achievement. We ensure that the wellbeing and development of individual players is central to all rugby activity.

Code of Conduct
Although the Junior section has no separate rules we do have a code of conduct for players, parents, coaches, spectators and club administrators. We all enjoy watching young players and our enthusiasm can sometimes get the better of us. Please remember Mini/Junior rugby is about enjoying and learning the skills of the game in a friendly and safe environment.

Please read the fair play and code of conduct documenmts (see the fair play tab link above).

Child Protection Policy and Equity

Old Rishworthian Rugby Union Football Club fully subscribes to the RFU Policy and Procedures for the Welfare of young people in Rugby Union and recognise that they have a high degree of responsibility to safeguard and promote the interests and well being of all the children with whom they are working and therefore have adopted the RFU child protection policy.

Rugby Union is an all-inclusive sport. Old Rishworthian Rugby Club fully subscribes to that ethic. Old Rishworthian Rugby Club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the England definition of sports equity:
Please read this document (see the link above)


Support your child - Get involved

As a parent you will no doubt want your son/daughter to enjoy their involvement in rugby union in a safe enjoyable environment where there are opportunities to learn and develop rugby skills and also have fun. The club also likes you to support your child by becoming involved with your child's activities as much as possible. There are many areas within the club which rely on volunteer help to make the mini/junior section a success. Without parent support it would not run. There is nearly always a job to suit you and the time you have to spare.
Please see the Parents Involvement link above to see how you can help.

Training days and Match days

The Juniors train on Tuesday or Thursday evenings 6:00pm till 7pm and play matches most Sunday mornings.

The minis training sessions are on certain Sunday mornings, which always takes place at the club from 10:30 till Noon during the season. The majority of Sundays are allocated to playing matches against other clubs either at our club or away. When there is no fixture arranged the morning is allocated to training and player development. We try to allocate a training session once a month.

The fixture list will tell you whether it's a training day or match day and who you are playing and whether it is home or away. Always check the fixture list as they can change during the season or check on the web site. The fixture list is found in the clubhouse and on the web site. NB kick off times usually is 11:00 but can sometimes vary. Again check the web site.

The club has a large car park but on some Sundays it is full. If you park on the street please park sensibly and do not block the bus turning circle. Provided the playing area is not boggy overflow parking is allowed alongside the pitch. The church car park and Copley Cricket Club is also available on very busy Sundays

Bad weather
If the weather looks bad, frost, heavy rain, snow etc please check the web site. As soon as we know the match or training is cancelled we will post the information on the web site and your coach will text you.

Food and Drink

The club has fully fitted kitchen and volunteers cater for those hungry ones on Sundays. Please try to keep the clubhouse tidy and help Ken and the volunteers by returning items to the kitchen. Teas, bacon and sausage butties are available before and during training sessions and matches.
The bar is open on training evenings and Sunday after training/matches for parents to socialise afterwards.
Please make sure your child has a bottle of water especially on hot days. (We do get them even at Copley!!).


Parents often ask what kit and protective clothing should be worn. Below is a guide to the kit requirements:

For Matches:
First impressions are important, especially in team games. We like all teams to wear the same kit on match days. Club shirt, black shorts and club socks.
This is a standard that we want to maintain.

For Training
Rugby shirts, drill tops, shorts or tracksuits. We recommend sturdy rugby clothing; it does not have to be matching.

Cold Weather

Protective Gear:
This is an important area:
Shin pads, shoulder pads, scrum caps and grip gloves are optional.
Gum shields. When playing contact rugby we recommend wearing a gum shield.
Boots: Football / Rugby boots fitted with kite marked rugby studs are recommended. However moulded studded football boots are acceptable for mini rugby. Please no bladed boots

Finally please bring a towel and a change of clean clothes we have 9 changing rooms. Please use them and do not come into the clubhouse with boots or dirty kit.
Remember there are parents and visitors who may wish to use those seats.
Please make sure your kit has your name on it.
Please no jewellery and keep valuables to a minimum.

Club shop
We stock club shirts, shorts, socks, track suit tops, fleeces, gloves, hats.
The items are on sale on training days.
To order any items go to the Club Shop quick link on the right hand column

Club Shop

Mini and Junior kit is available. We also stock some items for adults.
Click here

First Aid

The club has given careful consideration to the risks that can cause rugby injuries and how they will be dealt with when they arise. This document sets out the policy and procedures to be followed by all of the ORRUFC coaching staff and medical support staff. Beth Tennant is the club First Aid Co-ordinator. If you need any supplies, assistance or wish to become a First Aider please contact Beth mobile 07743 031 800
e-mail padfoot7.5@btinternet.com
Click here to view first aid procedures

Can You Help !!!!!!!!

Even though we have 40 coaches we still find we need to enlist help on the day with the odd training session, running touch and so on. If you would like to help on a more formal basis let us know. We will also provide courses for you if you would like to become a coach. In addition we are always looking for more people to help with the administration side of the section. This could be writing match reports, helping the duty manager on a Sunday, being a parent co-ordinator or helping to run the club shop. If you can help please let us know.

Referee and Coaching Courses Available

We always need coaches and referees to help run the the mini and junior sections of the club without these volunteers the minis and juniors would not survive. So if you are interested in being further involved with our mini and junior section and would like to have a go at coaching or being a referee have a look at the courses available and contact Glen Cockroft who will provide you with further details on becoming a referee
and contact Dave Butler for information on coaching courses.
Click here to view courses
Click here about refereeing
The RFU aims to be a world leader in Community Rugby Coaching and Development and provides a coaching pathway from mini rugby to the elite game. As a club we encourage both parents and players to take up coaching courses. The club will pay for any parent or player who wishes to attend any coaching courses.
All of our Coach Education Courses are staffed by fully qualified RFU tutors and assessors who will always be on hand to help you develop your coaching skills no matter what level of the game you are working at.

The Clubhouse, Copley
Halifax West Yorkshire
Telephone  01422 353919
e-mail  rugby@orrufc.co.uk
Colours Maroon, White, Black
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