Guildford Rugby Club

Under 9's Junior Development Pathway

Age Group: Under 9's

LTAD Stage: FUNdamental

Train/ Match:  Mini

Window of Optimal Trainability (Focus of athletic training)

Movement FUNdamentals, ABCs (Agility, Balance & Coordination)
Strength – Only using bodyweight

Overall Coaching Approach

Safety (with Introduction of Tackling)
Keep it Fun!
Concentrate on Skills development from previous years. Adding tackling as a new skill
Let it flow but ensure safety always
Develop correct/safe tackle technique which requires a great deal of coaching/time
Participation through varied Games for ALL abilities
Coach through questions and Keep it concise & positive (SPF)
Keep them active (Max 30 seconds listening time only)
Players to run with the ball (two hands) and evade defenders and be creative

Player Capacities

(Consolidate and develop previous age skills)


Consolidate & Develop Individual and team skills / Introduction to tackling (Key element – safety)


  • Swerve & dodge / change of pace
  • Always go forward to space

Handling skills

  • Lateral Pass (both hands)/ Decision making (2v1 & 3v2)
  • Pick & Pass and Sweep Pass

Contact Skills

  • Introduction of tackling (Front & Side) – SAFELY – Build Confidence slowly
  • Falling and placing the ball – long and jack knife presentations
  • Pop up pass from ground.
  • Getting back on your feet to re-join game (Quickly)


  • Re-alignment / support running & passing
  • Defensive lines

Laws / Ethics

  • Knowledge of Mini laws
  • Pass backwards / Offside / Scoring (Players may dive to score)
  • Introduction of tackle rules (Both defence and attack)


  • Be aware of law variations


  • Continuity – maintain possession / Communication (encourage verbal skills)
  • Decision making – allow them to explore various game scenarios and their outcomes
  • Vision – Create/be aware of space and how to use it.
  • Formation – Different types of attack / defence formations based on what player sees


Awareness of body space

Balance – Static & dynamic

Co-ordination and manipulation

Speed, Power & Endurance



Focus and concentration

Lifestyle/ Personal

Positive response to discipline & structure (Particularly given the introduction of Tackling)

Self-control, balancing personal needs / wants with others


Law Variations- Under 9's

Players per side: 7

Max pitch size: 60 x 30

Minutes per half: 15

Max game time per day: 60

Additional variations: 60

Coaching tips: Referee & coach with slightly more intervention, especially around the breakdown (Tackle safety). Still free flowing in open play.

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