Here are answers to some of the questions we are most commonly asked about Come and Try Rugby.
My child has never played Rugby before. Will they be able to keep up with the other children?
Yes. Come and Try Rugby programs focus on developing general sport skills - with an emphasis on Rugby specific activities - and applying these in the appropriate modified game of Rugby - U6-U12 and youth.
The activities are challenging but ensure all individuals are catered for - no matter what their experience. It's all about equal participation and enjoyment where everybody gets a fair go.
Individual centres will determine what age group they will cater for and what program they will run.
Will there be tackling?
For younger children, Come and Try Rugby is the perfect introduction to Rugby skills for girls and boys. The program focuses on fundamental motor skill development, individually and in a group, as well as playing the modified Rugby game of U6-U7 that do not involve tackling.
For older children, Come and Try Rugby introduces the theme of free-flowing running and passing Rugby action. However most importantly, it introduces the young player to the contact nature of the game by teaching correct tackling techniques.
The Rugby elements for the modified games of U8-U12 and U19 Laws are introduced to appropriate age groups.
Can girls participate?
Of course. Come and Try Rugby is for girls and boys aged 5 - 14 years. Individual centres will determine what age the program is being run for. Many girls attend the Come and Try Rugby program and participate in exactly the same drills as the boys.
However research supports the argument that males and females should not compete against each other in the modified Rugby games from 13 years of age.
What do participants wear?
There is no need for specialist Rugby clothing and equipment. However all participants must wear appropriate footwear. This may include football boots.
For those involved in the tackle games, a suitable hardwearing jersey/top is recommended as well as a mouthguard.
Do the parents have to participate?
Come and Try Rugby is for mums and dads as well, with optional on-site involvement. Parents can simply relax and watch the children or participate as a volunteer on or off the field.
Parents wishing to volunteer should contact the host club.
Will my child be playing Rugby Union games?
Yes. Come and Try Rugby programs focus on developing general sport skills (with an emphasis on Rugby specific activities) and applying these in the appropriate modified games of Rugby Union.
What is Tag Rugby?
Tag Rugby is the first formalised modified game of Rugby, which makes up the Try Rugby Junior Player Pathway.
Seven players make up a Tag Rugby team, a two handed tag signifies a 'tackle', and the ball size, field size and playing time are all modified to suit the age group.
How do I find out more about Tag Rugby and the other modified games of Rugby?
Each age group has game modifications to cater for their particular physical needs. More information on the TryRugby Kids pathway.
Is there a maximum number of children who can participate in Come and Try Rugby?
Yes. Each centre has been staffed to cater for a maximum number of children to ensure quality delivery of the program. Once this number has been reached registrations will close.
Is there an incentive for registering early?
Yes. If you register early, you are guaranteed a spot in the program.
How do I find out more about my local Rugby club?
A representative from your local junior rugby club will be at Come and Try Rugby during the program and will be available to answer questions you might have about joining that club.
The IRB has announced its match officials list for the second stage of the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships overnight, with two Australians appointed to referee two of the games in New Zealand on Sunday.