Introduction to Mini-Rugby
Mini-Rugby is a program designed for boys and girls aged 18 months to 7 years old. The focus is on skill development, coordination development and learning to work within a team. This is a non-contact program however we do teach children the skill of tackling and safety techniques for when they start playing games at their school and rugby club.
18 months – 2 years old
– This is a class where parent/ guardian involvement is required. Children will learn the basic fundamental of sports and rugby focusing on kicking, throwing and catching. Also they will discover how the body moves, learning to run forwards, backwards and sideways. Our class environments encourage social interaction and having fun. Children will learn to share, take turns and make friends.
– All equipment is child friendly and we use and discuss different colors, numbers and shapes throughout our lessons, preparing children for the classroom.
2 – 3.5 years old
– This is a class where parent/ guardian involvement is also required. At this age the children can focus on more advanced skill development: kicking and progressing to kicking from the hand, passing with both hands and throwing at targets.
– We also spend time on more advanced coordination exercises, such as learning to tip-toe, run sideways, backwards and jump on one foot.
3.5 – 5 years old
– Children can now participate in the class by themselves. We still focus on developing individual skill at this level but also have the children learning how to work in a team, by engaging in more small group exercises.
– Children will learn to pass to other children, how to control their movement, how to compete against other children, all the time with a big focus on developing both sides of the body. At this level we ensure that children can kick and pass with both feet and hands. Our classes still have a major emphasis on learning in a fun and friendly environment.
5 – 7 years old
– At this age group the children should have a good core skill set and their coordination is usually developed. We focus on team work, specific skill development and speed and agility movements and plyometrics (or “jump training”). Children will learn how to pass to their team mates, find space on the pitch, about throwing backwards, the technique of tackling and how to ensure a safe head position when in the tackle.
– Children will learn how to compete within a team against other teams. They will also learn how to win and lose, which is very important. The main focus of our small-sided games is to encourage participation for every child to ensure that all kids are developing at the same speed.
Under 4 Mini-Rugby Club Coaching:
We offer rugby coaching for the U4′s at Mini-Rugby Clubs in Hong Kong. We were the first company to offer this service and have a strong working relationship with Valley Fort Rugby Club, the biggest mini-rugby club in Hong Kong. We also offer a mini-rugby coaching course for amateur coaches which include theory-based and practical seminars, and workshops on coaching and interacting with young children. Contact us to learn more.
|Age group||Parental / Guardian involvement||Core skill development||Class Duration|
|18 months – 2 years||Yes||– Kicking, catching, throwing.- Moving sideways, backwards and forwards.||45 minutes|
|2 – 3.5 years||Yes||– Kicking, kicking from the hand, passing from both hands. Accuracy.- Agility: Tip-toe, jump on one foot.||1 hour|
|3.5 – 5 years||No||– Passing control, kicking, bi-lateral development.- Speed and agility.||1 hour|
|5 – 7 years||No||– Team work, individual skill development, tackling and safety techniques.- Speed and agility, plyometrics.||1 hour / 1.5 hours|
What to bring to class
– Sport4kids uniform and hat.
– Trainers or football boots, if the class is on grass.
– Water bottle.
– Healthy snack for during and after.