Guildford Rugby Football Club

Under 8s JDP

Player Development Pathway

Age Group: U8s

LTAD Stage: FUNdamental

Train/Match: TAG

Window of Optimal Trainability (Focus of athletic training)

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

Overall coaching approach

Keep it Fun!
Slightly more direction than U7 but still let it flow
Participation through varied Games for ALL abilities
Coach through questions and Keep it concise & positive (SPF – Specific Positive Feedback)
Keep them active (Max 30 seconds listening time only)
The focus for players, is to run and evade with a ball (Lots of relays to build endurance)

Player Capacities
(Consolidate and develop previous age skills)

TECHNICAL

Continuity

  • Running at space and passing
  • Introduce support through alignment (only at beginning of play, not in phases)

Evasion

  • Always go forwards

Handling

  • Consolidate techniques from previous year

Contact Skills

  • Develop Tag tackle technique
  • Introduce tackle with single tag at the rear in later half of the season

TACTICAL

Laws / Ethics

  • TAGs must be returned immediately
  • Pass backwards
  • Offside
  • Scoring (Players may dive to score)

The GAME

  • Coaches should be aware of law variations

Principles

  • Go forward with the ball
  • Communication to aid continuity
  • 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 8s

Players per side: 6

Max pitch size: 45 x 22

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