Coaching Junior Rugby

Coach Registration 2020

Click here to register as a Coach for 2020

Revised Rugby Smart and Small Blacks Coach Courses

NZR Policy makes the following courses compulsory for all coaches. Courses affected by the Covid-19 lockdown and will be rescheduled.

How to Register:
If you have already registered pre-COVID-19 you do not need to complete another registration form.
Step 1: Complete an online coaching form, either through your clubs sporty website OR through the following link:
Step 2: Select a course to attend on your registration form
Step 3. Attend a workshop
From Rippa up to U10 grade: Minimum one coach to attend a coaching course
From U11 grade up to Premier level: 2 coaches are required to attend a coaching course
Note Coaches from any club can attend any of the courses below, whether you are coaching at the host venue club or another.
  • Small Blacks Uawa – Saturday, June 13. 10am Uawa Rugby Club
  • Small Blacks Ngatapa – Wednesday, June 17. 6pm Ngatapa Rugby Club
  • Small Blacks Oval – Wednesday, June 24. 6pm HSOB Rugby Club
  • Small Blacks Rugby Park – Wednesday, July 15. 6pm Referees Club rooms
Coach Courses

Small Blacks/Rippa Blacks

There are three Small Blacks grade levels:

  • Beginning Rugby (Under 6 and Under 7) (Rippa)
  • Learning Rugby (Under 8, 9, and 10)
  • Playing Rugby (Under 11, 12, and 13)

It is compulsory for all Small Blacks coaches to have an NZR Small Blacks accreditation applicable to the grade level they will be coaching. These courses are facilitated by PBFRU. Coaches of Primary School Rippa teams should also attend Rippa Blacks course.

Tackle Clinic

The ‘Tackle Clinic’ has been established to teach rugby players to position their heads in the correct position when making a safe and correct tackle.
With these skills and techniques, players will be able to tackle more effectively, safely, and enjoy their rugby even more.

We run these sessions for coaches and players, and schedule them prior to the Small Black Courses at the same venue. Emphasis is on players moving from Rippa to tackle rugby (U7 –U8) but we welcome all players & coaches from U8 – U13.

Foundation Coaching Course 

This World Rugby Level 1 Coaching course provides coaches with the basic skills for coaching rugby and helping players to play the game with satisfaction, skill and enjoyment. It explains and demonstrates the skills of the game, and requires course applicants to apply these skills, so they in turn can coach players to employ them safely and successfully. Practical information on planning and management supports this on-field knowledge. This course will give participants the knowledge and skills they need to coach players in the game of rugby. It is predominantly aimed at coaches who are currently coaching Junior and Secondary School rugby, plus coaches who are new to coaching rugby.

Bayleys Skills School

Our Coach & Referee Development Manager, Miah, has put together some helpful drills. Click on the links below to view the video.

Episode one: footwork and sidesteps to beat defenders

Episode two: passing

Episode three: catch and pass (catch focus) and chip kicking

Episode four: backyard rugby golf

Episode five: tackle technique and head position focus

Resources & Useful links

Rugby Toolbox – for skills/drills & all things rugby

Small Blacks – A fun informative resource for coaches of U6-U13

Headfirst – Mental wellbeing resource set up by NZR

For more information contact our Coach & Referee Development Manager:  Miah Nikora, or 0275957056

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