Killarney RFC Minis
Mini Rugby Ethos:
We take the enjoyment of playing & participation & child welfare, very seriously. We nurture the ethos of Rugby Union, which is that we treat our coaches, peers, spectators and opposition in a way that we would expect to be treated ourselves. We do not tolerate bullying of any kind and encourage fair play.
Age Group for your child:
Leprechaun (stage 1) rugby is for children under the age of 7 and is a non-contact sport. Children under 8 also play Stage 1 rugby but contact (tackling) is gradually introduced, all children who play stage one rugby are taught how to pass / receive a pass. Stage 1 is generally eight-a-side but this is not cast in stone. Children who are under the age of 10 play stage 2 rugby and the ruck, maul, lineout and scrum are introduced, this is eight a side also. Generally the playing area for children in stage 1 & stage 2 is about 40meters x 25 meters but can vary, usually getting bigger for stage 2.
The next stage of mini rugby is stage 3 and this is for under 11s, which is ten a side, where further skills such as kicking are introduced and the size of the pitch is increased to approximately 50 meters x 70, with stage 4 focusing on U12 and utilising Stage 4 rules as set out by the IRFU.
It is critical that children play within their age group, for child welfare reasons.
Mini Rugby is for Girls & Boys Under 12 years of age but generally no younger than 5, and is a non-competitive sport, with its ethos being `Inclusion & Fun`.
Age Categories for Season 2016/2017:
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*Children who are under six or younger may not be left unattended, and at least one (adult) is expected to stay for the complete duration of training for each child .
At Killarney RFC Minis, we are not strict about what the children wear when they are training or playing in matches, however, we do insist on them wearing a gumshield to protect their teeth, even at leprechaun rugby accidents can happen. Obviously they will also wear shorts, socks, boots and a shirt. Most children like to wear the club shirt and this is available from the shop section on our website.
Registration and Membership:
When a player joins initially to play a paper copy of an IRFU formatted registration form must be completed and submitted to the club, with a copy of the players birth cert, this is done once only and the players details are forwarded by the club to the IRFU, where they are kept until that players stops playing rugby.
For further details, speak to Liam Murphy – Minis and Youths Registrar, who is the U8’s coach. He will guide you on any registration queries. You can download the registration form here: KRFC IRFU Form
In the case of membership this is done annually and can now be done on-line. There are various options to do this for example a family membership or an individual membership. Please check out our Membership section for further details. Membership allows you to enter the draws for tickets to various International matches as well as support your local club.