LEARNING RUGBY LAWS Under 8 - Under 10

 

Y3 (U8)

Y4 (U9)

Y5 (U10)

Comments

No. on Field

10

10

10

  • These numbers are maximums.
  • Games must proceed with even numbers.
  • Balancing playing numbers & ability is to be encouraged.

Field Size

½

½

½

  • Goal to 10m (across field).
  • Portable goalposts are recommended.
  • The NZRU recommend portable posts by POWA PRDOUCTS.
  • Full size posts on one touchline need to have bolsters on them.

Try

5pts

5pts

5pts

  • Score blowouts have a detrimental effect on both teams.
  • If score blowouts are occurring ie. 30+ at halftime, be prepared to mix and match players to gain a more even contest.

Conversion

0pts

0pts

0pts

  • U8 to U10 conversion taken from in front of posts either drop or punt.
  • Points don’t count.
  • In all tournament games conversions are to be taken from the point perpendicular to the point where the try is scored.

Ball Size

3

3

3

  • Balls will be colour coded for each size.
  • NZRU recommends Gilbert balls.
  • Size 2 ½ = orange, Size 3 = blue, Size 4 = green.

Tackle

Two-handed

Tackle

Tackle

  • At U8 players will progress with two-handed touch tackle during the course of the year.
  • When playing two-handed touch a support player is to rip and pass or the ball carrier goes to ground and places the ball, to be then passed by a teammate.
  • Tackles must be below the nipple.

Subs

Rolling

Rolling

Rolling

  • All Players must play at least half a game.

Scrums

5 person

5 person

5 person

  • No pushing and no contest.
  • Safety is paramount.

Lineouts

5 person

5 person

5 person

  • Lineouts not to be contested.
  • There is to be no lifting at any level.

Kick off

Tap & Pass

Punt or drop kick by the scoring side

Punt or kick by the scoring side

  • At U10 level and below, kick offs to be rotated through all players.

Penalty

Tap & Pass

Tap & Pass

Tap & Pass

 

Kicking

(game play)

Encourage running and passing

Encourage running and passing

Encourage running and passing

  • This is discouraged at both levels.

Lengths Game

2 x 25

2 x 25

2 x 25

  • These are maximums.

Associate Referee

Yes

Yes

Yes

  • If no associate referee, there is no tackling.

 

SCORING/RESTART

  •              A try is scored by grounding the ball on or over the goal line. 
  •              The scoring team will restart play with a punt or drop kick from halfway.
  •              Under 8 only – The non-scoring team will restart play with a tap kick from halfway.
  •              The opposing team will be back five metres from halfway.

TACKLE

  •              A player must not tackle an opponent whose feet are off the ground.
  •              The tackled player must release the ball when either the player or the ball is grounded.

SCRUM

  •              The side throwing the ball in to the scrum wins the ball, i.e. no contest and no pushing. 
  •              The opposing team cannot advance until the halfback has played the ball.
  •              The opposing halfback must not advance past the middle line i.e. tunnel.

LINEOUT

  •              The side throwing the ball in to the lineout wins the ball. If the ball is not caught or goes over the back, the ball becomes “fair game”.
  •              If the throw isn’t straight, advantage applies to the non-offending team; otherwise the team gets one opportunity for a re-throw.
  •              The two lines of players must be one metre apart.
  •              Backlines must stand five metres from the line of touch (centre line).

RUCK AND MAUL

  •              Players must not join from the side. 
  •              Players must be bound to the maul or behind the last player.
  •              Players must not collapse a maul.

PENALTY TAP KICK

  •              The defending team will be five metres back from the infringement mark.
  •              All penalties are tapped on the ground.

RUGBY LAWS

  •              All other domestic safety law variations apply.

APPOINTMENT OF THE REFEREE

  •              The home team will provide a referee or Learning Rugby associate referee to officiate. 
  •              If no referee or Learning Rugby associate referee from the home team is available, then a referee or Learning Rugby associate referee from the visiting team will officiate.
  •              It is recommended that one referee will control the entire match.
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