Club Handbook, Junior and Youth Section ~ Season 2016 - 17

 

 

PLAYING AT ILKLEY RUGBY CLUB

 

AGE GRADE RUGBY
We operate Age Grades from u6 through to u17 Colts with u6 being a starter group where no matches are played against other clubs. A player’s appropriate age grade is determined by their age at midnight on 31 August at the beginning of each Season and that age grade applies for the whole season. At U17 and U18 elite level only the age limit is determined at midnight on 31 December of that season. Players may only play contact rugby with other players of their age grade unless they have a dispensation to play with players from a different age grade as set out in the RFU Age Grade Regulations. All players must be registered on the RFU Rugby First database and all players must have laminated Photo I.D cards which must be offered for inspection before every match.

FANCY A GO?
It is best to drop your respective coach of your year group, shown on the table previously, an email and then come to the club for a training session. If you fancy having a go just come dressed in sports kit and boots and preferably bring a gum shield. We will let you have a three or four sessions to make sure you like it and then you will need to sign up as a member and pay the subscriptions as soon as possible. You will need to complete a Registration Form as soon as you come along to get registered on the RFU system before taking part in a match. You then just need to ensure you have the correct kit for both training days and match days.

GIRLS
Girls are included in the normal Age Grade teams until u13 when they move onto single sex teams. Girls’ under 13 and u15 rugby is played at Ilkley Grammar School. Some of the training sessions take place at Ilkley Rugby club in out of school hours time normally on a Thursday. If you are not studying at the Grammar School but would like to take part please contact RFU CRC Dave Duxbury.

MEMBERSHIP
As soon as you decide that it is the game for you please complete and return the membership form and attach your subscription payment. Cheques should be made payable to IRFC please. Remember, if you are not a paid up member you are not insured. Family membership (for Junior and Youth players and their parents/guardians) is the princely sum of £75.00 which includes all match fees. Please pay as soon as possible and do not make it difficult for the coach who will have to exclude players who have not paid.

There is also a specific Junior & Youth section Player Registration form which MUST be completed at the earliest opportunity. The information gathered will ensure we are aware of your specific needs/circumstances.

PITCHES
The recent increase in interest and participation in Rugby at Ilkley Rugby Club is testimony to the success of the club. It has, however, led to far greater use of the pitches than ever before. We spend a lot of time working to make rugby happen despite the weather and sometimes pitches will need to be rested which must be respected and keep players off these even if they are just kicking a ball around. Most importantly please stick to the allocated pitch. If you are not playing do not stand anywhere on the playing surface.
The playing surface is defined by the touch and dead ball lines marked out for senior rugby and please deliver this message to visiting spectators. A safety barrier is now used on the back pitch and mini rugby pitch as well as the permanent ones on the main pitch. These barriers are in place to protect the players from dangerous collisions with spectators and make sure buggies are well behind these barriers. Please make sure that home and away spectators stand behind this line which applies to games when only a part of the big pitches are marked out for use. Spectators standing on the pitch do untold damage to them and Coaches should ensure that all spectators are adhering to this simple request.

FIXTURES
Fixtures for all age groups are contained in the club fixture book, which you will receive on payment of your subscription.
A number of Sundays during the season are allocated to training with most teams having 2-4 weeks at the start of the season. These are equally as important as matches and you are encouraged to attend as many Sundays as you can. This is based upon the RFU structured season which dictates how many matches can be played as a part of the RFU Continuum for player development

WHERE?
At Stacks Field for home matches and training sessions – within the club grounds and the Council Pitches alongside. Note when and where your team’s fixtures are and check them each week with your Coach or the team Admin. Remember the fixture list can change and weather can often change things at the last minute. Check the pitch allocation board on the outer clubhouse wall and if in doubt check on Facebook or phone your Coach/Admin. (Facebook: Ilkley RFC Youth Teams)

KIT
For matches: Your personal kit should be named! You need clean boots with legal studs (aluminium with kite mark). Black shorts, Black club socks AND, very importantly, a gum shield. You can wear thermal “skins” but CANOT wear tracksuit bottoms. Our official Kukri kit supplier is Dobson & Robinson whose shop is on The Grove in Ilkley. They hold a full range of all the kit you will require. Under 7’s to under 12’s require Shirts, Shorts and Socks.
Under 13’s and older require Shorts and Socks as Club Shirts are provided and laundered by the club and are the property of the club and should not be removed from the club. If you do please bring it back clean.
For training: Anything suitable for training. Make sure it is both warm and comfortable. We have a policy that a gum shield is mandatory for any contact training and matches. Do not wear any form of jewellery and don’t bring unnecessary valuables.
No unnamed kit.

KIT SWAP SHOP
The club operates a boot and kit exchange/surplus store during the first 4 weeks of the season. We encourage people to swap things but items can be bought for a fixed price.

GUM SHIELDS
Our Club policy is that the wearing of Gum Shields is mandatory. There is a gum shield fitting service available at the club during the first few weeks run by Muirhead Dental Practice, phone 07817 155438 or 01756 792433. Alternatively your own dentist will be able to supply and mouldable ones are available from Dobson and Robinsons and sometimes the club has a stock of these behind the bar.

PLAYERS’ INSURANCE
All teams representing Ilkley Rugby Club are covered by the basic RFU compulsory players’ insurance scheme. All players, parents and carers are advised to familiarise themselves with the extent of the cover provided. Details are posted on the notice board and are available from the Secretary.

PLAYER DISPENSATIONS
On certain occasions it is possible for players to play in different age grades and this process is very carefully managed and documented. Only when the process has been followed and approval granted can the mixing of age grades take place. During Yorkshire Cup matches no players may play if they are in the team due to a dispensation. If a Coach feels that a mixed team in opposition has an unfair advantage and the spirit of the game is suffering he can request to the opposing Coach that players are changed.

WHEN DOES IT ALL TAKE PLACE?
Sundays from 10.00 a.m.  Be there at 9.45 a.m. Don’t be late as it causes coaches problems if you are. Training sessions may be organised on other days and your coach will notify you if you are required.

PLAYING TIME

Single Fixtures

Festival/Tournament

Age Grade

Minutes Each Half

Total Playing Time

Minutes Each Half

Max Games per Day

Total Playing Time per Festival/Tournament

U7/U8

10

20

5

5

50

U9/U10

15

30

6

5

60

U11/U12

20

40

7

5

70

U13/U14

25

50

10

4

80*

U15

30

60

9*

5

90*

U16+

35

70

9*

5

90*

NB: * = Means only for 15-a-side and 7s on a given day 
 
SPORTSMANSHIP AND ATTITUDE
We promote the RFU Core Values shown below and players must remember that they are representing Ilkley Rugby Club at matches both home and away. They should show courtesy and good manners to opponents, officials and other coaches at all times.

BAD BEHAVIOUR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED

UNDER 18’s INTO SENIOR TEAMS
This is an age group with special circumstances, where players begin to graduate from age group rugby into senior rugby. There are very strict guidelines about players under the age of 18 both playing and/or training with senior players. Your coaches and the Chairman of Rugby are familiar with these protocols which MUST be followed without fail. Basically you will require signed parental consent and your own consent. You will not be permitted to play in the front row. There is more detail on this available from www.rfu.com

SATURDAYS
Is the day on which the seniors play their games. You and your parents/guardians are most welcome to come and watch the matches. Entry for junior club members is free and only a little more for parents/guardians! You see a good standard of rugby at Ilkley. Fixtures are contained in your members’ directory.

SMOKING, ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
Junior and Youth members are not allowed to smoke on club grounds or whilst representing the club at competitions or away matches.
Junior and Youth members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.

RESPECT THE CLUB AND ITS GROUNDS
Don’t enter the clubhouse with boots on and try to keep the Clubroom clean and tidy. Don’t drop litter. Keep the changing rooms clean and tidy. Remember someone has to clean it up! It is YOUR club – take pride in it and its appearance.

VOLUNTEER
A great opportunity exists for our 16 to 18 year olds to help out on the coaching side too. Obtain a level one RFU qualification and help out both at the club and at school. The same goes for University students. The club will pick up the cost of your course and it makes a great addition to your CV.

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Opportunities exist for young players to progress through the RFU Player Development programme and this overview should give an idea of how this works. Please ask your coach for the specifics for your age grade. Ilkley do very well with players representing District and County in all age groups

West Yorkshire District
We feed players into the West Yorkshire District teams from u13 and above with the emphasis of this programme being on core skills development and a tournament where all the Districts of Yorkshire meet. It will entail maybe 5 to 6 Sundays during the season and we now say that any players should be rested from both training and matches before these sessions to avoid injury and missing out. A trial of around 70 players will be held amongst all the West Yorkshire teams and our player nominations will be put forward by your coaches and also the local schools can nominate separately. A squad of around 32 is selected and any player missing out one year can be put forward the following year as they may progress in their individual skills and physicality.

Yorkshire County
The Yorkshire County teams begin from u15 and a separate trial process in two parts from District players is held to pick this squad. This commences with an Inter District Tournament early in the season where 25 players from each District compete for places. A second trial is then held before Christmas and a squad of 50 players will then be selected to make up an A and B squad to represent the County in 2016-17.
 
England Rugby Developing Player Programme
Leeds Carnegie in conjunction with the RFU and Yorkshire Rugby Union, are producing an exciting and expanding programme which aims to provide development opportunities across the County for u13 to u15 players. The England Rugby Developing Player Programme (ERDPP) will replace the Schools of Rugby (SoR) programme which has operated in previous years.

The programme will run on a satellite structure with Academy centres based in each district, sessions will run on a monthly basis. Players will be given access to the latest up to date conditioning and sports science information as well as tactical, technical and lifestyle information from the RFU Rugby Academy at Leeds Carnegie.
 
The aim of the programme will be to help the players to develop to their fullest potential whilst recognising their current stage of physical maturity and technical development. The ERDPP will have a revolving door policy whereby players can enter and leave the programme as their levels of competence improve or plateau.
 
Whilst progress and achievement in rugby, like any other walk of life, is to be encouraged and applauded, we recognise the majority of participants in our game do so for enjoyment and healthy competition. We should not harbour unrealistic ambitions, but should recognise and encourage the development of genuine potential in our young players. Note: transferring to another club is NOT a step up on the elite player pathway.

Junior Rugby and the Community
Ilkley Rugby Club’s School Club Liaison Officer is Brian Crane. Brian oversaw a successful application for RFU “Awards For All” funding in the 2011-12 season. This will contribute substantially towards developing practical links between the Club and local schools.

 

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