Guildford Rugby Football Club

Under 7s JDP

Player Development Pathway

Age Group: U7s

LTAD Stage: FUNdamental

Train/Match: TAG

Window of Optimal Trainability (Focus of athletic training)

Introduce the development of the FUNdamentals of movement
The ABCs (Agility, Balance and Coordination)
Speed
Flexibility

Overall coaching approach

Keep it Fun!
Participation through varied Games for ALL abilities
Keep it concise & positive (SPF – specific positive feedback)
Coach through questions but let the games flow as much as possible
Keep them active (Max 30 seconds listening time only)
The focus for players, is to run and evade with a ball

Player Capacities
(Consolidate and develop previous age skills)

TECHNICAL

Continuity

  • Run at space
  • Running and passing
  • The idea of support

Evasion

  • Always go forwards

Handling

  • Passing any direction (to chest)
  • Catching (two hands)
  • Lateral Pass
  • Picking ball off the ground
  • Placing the ball on the ground

Contact Skills

  • Tag Tackle

TACTICAL

Laws / Ethics

  • TAGs must be returned immediately
  • Pass backwards
  • Introduce offside
  • Scoring (Players stay on feet)

The GAME

  • Coaches should be aware of law variations

Principles

  • Go forward with the ball
  • Continuity (as above)
  • Defence organise as a line

PHYSICAL

Agility

Awareness of body space

Balance – Static & dynamic

Co-ordination and manipulation

Speed, Power & Endurance

MENTAL

Self confidence

Positive attitude to sport

Self esteem

LIFESTYLE / PERSONAL

iTREADS

Co-operation

Basic socialisation skills

Sharing

Fairness

 

Law variations - Under 7s

Players per side: 4

Max pitch size: 20 x 12

Minutes per half: 10

Max game time per day: 50

Additional variations: 50

Coaching tips: Referee as a coach / Free flowing play / Minimal referee intervention / knock-on not penalised.