The Kent Youth Committee promotes the efficient and effective development of youth rugby through the organisation of appropriate, formally approved and organised county events from U12 to U18 age levels. They liaise with clubs and disseminate relevant RFU information and guidance to key personnel in club youth sections.
The remainder of the 2020 – 21 season will be covered by the revised The Return to Community Rugby Roadmap which came into force from Monday 29th March 2020.
Given the length of time players have been away from the game it is imperative that the relevant skills are reintroduced carefully and the RFU require that initial training sessions should focus on building players general fitness levels and rugby skill development along with non-contact game play such as Tag, Touch and Ready4Rugby. Contact training activities should be introduced incrementally, building up to a maximum of 20 minutes duration per session. The safety of the players is paramount and the RFU recommend the following Coach to player ratios:
Adapted Laws games including contact against other clubs will be allowed when we move to Stage D2 of the roadmap which will not be before 26th April 2020 until then any games played must be non-contact.
Further changes to the Regulations have been made to assist clubs in bringing their players back and these can be found in the Age Grade Changes document. You should also note that teams should be adhering to the Age Grade Regulations for the year below their current year when they return for the new season and revert back to current Age Grade Regulations after Christmas.
Out of Season activities will be further clarified in early April and will include a relaxation of the usual Regulation 15 allowable activities.
The structured season calendar has now been published on the website and the committee have decided not to run a countywide competition for youth teams before Christmas other than the 1 day Colts Turbo 10’s in order that clubs can welcome their players back to rugby and the teams whilst building up fitness and general skills again.
There is a waterfall / league competition planned for after Christmas and further details will be announced later in the year.
Please contact our Kent County RFU Youth Chair for more specific help or alternatively refer to the Return to Rugby pages on the RFU website by clicking Here