- Understanding the responsibilities of safeguarding the welfare of all players, including children
- Increase awareness of Community Rugby Injury Surveillance Project (CRISP) and its implications on Rugby Union
- Awareness of common injuries and the risks placed upon players by coaches
- Reinforcing good practice in coaching
- Basic understanding of concussion and best practice in managing incidents of concussion
- Awareness of current issues / sanctions in Anti-Doping
The Rugby Ready web site is a powerful online resource that you can register to use for free. You can use the site to build, refresh and test your knowledge of the physical aspects of the Game.
The self-assessment programme comprises 18 good-practice modules covering:
- Match preparation and physical conditioning
- Correct technique
- Injury prevention and management.
Play It Safe
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
- Identify best practice and apply this within rugby
- Know where to find support and guidance within the RFU
- Identify signs and indicators of possible abuse and poor practice
- State action to take if there is a concern or disclosure
- Recognise their role in safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults.
Continuity - Pre Contact
This course looks at how smaller skill development sessions can still be game related and develop creativity and decision making in players, as well as revisiting the principles of coaching process learned in Level 1.
The course should be taken in the context of the Kids First Coaching Through Games CPD.
Continuity - Post Contact
The course will encourage coaches to explore more effective and engaging alternatives to "Drilling" technique into players, developing children who not only have technique, but also can apply techniques in game context to produce skilful players.
The ability to manage the space in front and between the teams is vital. Players should understand that pressure cannot be applied to the opposition unless they put themselves under pressure.
This module helps coaches condition sessions to develop decision-making in the face of varying scenarios.
As the primary threat to a defensive line, the ball carrier can disrupt the line shape and present opportunities to evade tackles, while maintaining forward movement.
Defence in Phase Play
Younger players should focus on tackle technique and scoring tries. The course is based on a set of philosophies and is not a system in itself.
If players lack tackle skills, a defence system may have limited success.
Half Back Play
This course helps coaches understand how to help players apply some principles in the game, by creating realistic practices.
However, will this impact on the player’s decision making skills?
By working in a game format the players have multiple opportunities to explore tactically and technically through discovery learning.
Kicking lends itself to varied game-related activities that are both enjoyable and educational, some of which are covered during the kicking module.
Coaches must monitor fatigue as this approach may mean far more jumping and lifting than in a match, and safety is always of paramount importance.
Maul & Ruck
The drill is an excellent tool for developing technique in isolation but of little value for game understanding.
The course is designed to help coaches and players to understand individual and collective techniques, as well as position specific conditioning.
Meaningful sessions can be delivered regardless of numbers attending training and with minimal equipment and expense to the club or school.
UKCC L1 - Introducing Children to Rugby Union
- Entry point for coaches of Mini/Midi Players [U7 to U12]
- Provides those working with children with the knowledge,
- skills and attributes essential to developing children’s social, personal, physical and mental skills through the technical and tactical aspects of the game of Rugby Union.
- Attend face-to-face World Rugby (IRB) Rugby Ready.
- Complete World Rugby (IRB) online Rugby Ready course.
- Complete ‘New Rules of Play' laws test.
UKCC L2 - Coaching the 15-a- side game
- Entry point for coaches of the 15-a-side Game •
- Provides coaches with the knowledge, skills and attributes to effectively coach young players or adults in the 15-a-side game.
- Develops coaching skills and the technical & tactical aspects of defence and attack together with unit skills and developing play from set piece.
- Attend face to face World Rugby (IRB) Rugby Ready
- Complete Scrum Factory Course
- Complete IRB Laws Test
- Must have attended Rugby Ready (or hold UKCC Level 1 Coaching Rugby Union Award) and RFU Scrum Factory course before applying for this course.
UKCC L3 - Advanced Coaching Award
The course lasts one year and applicants should make themselves available for all modules.
The course is a mixture of practical and classroom based activities.
Assessment is competency based allowing you to be continually assessed & receive support & action planning throughout the course. On successful completion of the Level 3 all coaches should be able to:
- Analyse participants’ current and potential performance needs and aspirations.
- Articulate clear Coaching and Playing philosophies.
- Plan a coaching programme according to agreed goals.
- Manage a safe and effective coaching environment.
- Deliver a coaching programme using a range of coaching styles and interventions to meet participants’ needs.
How to get involved in officiating
There are a whole host of reasons why you might take up the whistle: to remain active in the sport following injury or retirement, to make new and lasting friends within the game, or to gain a sense of achievement by providing an invaluable service to players, coaches and spectators alike.
Whatever the reason, refereeing is challenging, rewarding and above all, can be great fun.
It’s easy to become a referee and start refereeing!
The first step is to attend one of the two courses listed below, and you’re on your way. The minimum age to become a rugby union referee is 14.
If you wish to start refereeing U8 to U12... You need to attend a course called:
- Level 1 – Refereeing Children. This course is designed to provide new referees with the core skills to be able to referee rugby union safely and confidently. It takes 3 hours and is a mixture of practical and classroom based activities.
- Level 2 – Refereeing the 15-a-side game. This course is for new and developing referees wanting to referee the 15-a-side game and will equip delegates with the skills and confidence to do so effectively. It takes 12 hours and is a mixture of practical and classroom based activities.