Following the release of the RFU “return to rugby” Road Map, we have seen an increase in enquiries from clubs as to what is or is not permissible for AGE GRADE RUGBY. This document is designed to help clubs; you can also contact the KCRFU Age Grade Chair email@example.com for more specific help
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KENT COUNTY RFU STRUCTURED SEASON 2020-21 (SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID)
Youth Calendar Download (Season start date is Sunday 6th Sept 2020 – Sunday 9th May 2021)
Kent County RFU offers a range of competitions, compliant with RFU Age Grade regulations and guidelines, designed to give players of all standards an opportunity to participate in competitive rugby commensurate with the level at which they are comfortable playing.
Entry forms and rules are available on each age grade page under Youth Competitions, together with details of the age grade competition manager.
U12 & U13
At Under 12 and Under 13, teams compete in a “waterfall” competition. There are three such events spread over the course of the season. For more information go to U12 or U13 alternatively see details of the competitions.
U14 to U16
The Under 14s, Under 15s and Under 16s have a season-long competition which encourages increasing competitiveness alongside perseverance and teamwork. Teams play a series of round-robin matches in groups after which teams are ranked and “cascade” into a series of knock-out trophies. KCRFU also offers a Development Cup competition, which runs in parallel to the main competition, for those teams not yet ready to compete in the main competition, where the rules are slightly more relaxed to facilitate participation over results. For more information go to U14, U15 or U16 for more details of the competitions.
U17 & U18
For the older youth players, we have a series of competitions, successfully initiated in 2018-19.
- To kick off the season we have a Colts Tens Tournament by way of a one-day warm-up for the season.
- Between September and December, we have three league options:
An Under 17 league,
An Under 18 league and
A Colts 12-a-side league.
These options give clubs the flexibility to engage their players in the busy school rugby season as players transition to sixth form, new schools or colleges. Clubs are free to enter one or more competitions according to the mix of talent in their squads. So for instance you may wish to combine all your players and run a single team in the U18 competition; alternatively, if, for instance you have a few U18s but more U17s, you may consider playing in the U17 league and the U18 12-a-side league so that you engage all your players.
- After Christmas, there is a Colts Trophy Competition again offering flexibility to play a combination of players to optimise participation. For further details go to:
Off Season Competition – Design a poster
Keeping Kent Youth Rugby Spirit Flying…..
We know you are all missing your rugby and we here in the “Rugby Office” are missing you guys running around our pitches. So, we thought we’d set you up for a bit of rugby fun. Here are two ways you can let us know your Kent Rugby Spirit is still flying….
- Tell us what you’re up to.
Let us know, via message, meme or videoclip what you are doing to stay fit, know more about rugby laws, broaden your encyclopaedic knowledge of rugby legends, cook great healthy meals etc. etc. We’ll give out a few small prizes for the best efforts and the most likes. Send your posts to firstname.lastname@example.org giving only your first name, club and age.
- Design a poster.
There will be a prize in each of five age grade group
U7-U8; U9-U11; U12-U13; U14-U16; U17-U18
Your poster must be on the topic of “Kent Age Grade Rugby Values”. It should focus on TREDS….Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship…and should tell us how you would like to see these values reflected in your clubs and in your County.
We will be producing new County Posters at the start of the 2020-21 season and we would like to use your ideas for this. The posters will be displayed in clubhouses around the County.
Send your entry to: KCRFU Youth Chair at email@example.com stating:
Your shirt size
APPLICATION TO RUN A FESTIVAL OR TOURNAMENT
If your club wishes to run a youth rugby festival or tournament you MUST first seek permission from KCRFU Youth Committee. You can access the online application form and guidance on festival management standards here.
APPLICATION TO RUN A RUGBY CAMP OR GO ON TOUR
If you wish to run a rugby camp or take a group of youth players on tour you MUST seek prior approval from KCRFU Hon. Secretary, Sylvia Taylor. You can access the online application form here
APPLICATION TO PLAY U17 PLAYERS IN SENIOR RUGBY
If you wish to play U17 year olds in Senior rugby, approvals have to gained from Kent County RFU. You can access the online application forms for firstly club approval and also individual play approval here
For further information contact:
Deborah Park – Youth Chair