Need to know
When do we train?
The under 13’s train every Sunday morning at Sittingbourne Rugby Club between 10.00am – 12.00pm and every Thursday from 6.00pm – 7.00pm.
What Matches do they play?
The under 13’s play friendly competitive matches against other local teams and this season will be playing in the Kent U13 Leaguez.
The latest fixture list is on the website here.
What equipment do we need?
Ground zero for rugby kit. Absolutely essential. Can’t you just wear football boots? Well, possibly – but while rugby boots look a bit like football boots, if they’ve got the wrong sort of studs, they can cause injuries and make you very unpopular. So just to be clear, the RFU (Rugby’s ruling body) has set out some very firm rules. Basically, a rugby stud should usually be made of rubber or a metal like aluminium, not longer than 21mm, at least 10mm across at the end and with no burrs or sharp edges.You’ll hear some people saying they play with plastic studs or blades, but it’s worth knowing that the referee WILL check studs for safety before every match, and if he’s not happy with yours, you won’t be allowed to play. What’s more, blades are unlikely to give you enough grip to push your opponents off the ball or change direction at speed, anyway. So it’s worth investing in a pair that will protect you, your team mates and your opponents. To avoid any doubt, go for designs specifically labelled as “rugby boots”.
Another absolute essential – at some point you will get a whack in the mouth playing rugby. It’s unavoidable. But what IS avoidable is an expensive dentist’s repair bill. Not only that, but gumshields are proven to prevent concussion in the tackle, by adding a layer of cushioning between the teeth. So buy the closest size to fit your mouth, then follow the instructions on the packaging to make it a snug, safe fit.
These need to be made of tougher material than for other sports – if they get ripped it could be embarrassing! So make sure you specifically ask for “rugby shorts”.
Rugby Training top
Your match shirt will be provided by your coach, but for training games you’ll need a shirt or top made from tough, tear-resistant material.
Team socks are available from our shop.
Some forwards (and also the odd back) wear a scrum cap to protect against cuts and to shield the ears from injury in the scrum, rucks or the tackle. On the other hand, some players feel it makes them less aware of what’s going on around them, and most happily play their whole careers without one, so it’s really a personal choice whether you wear one. Nobody will think less of you whether you have a scrum cap or not.
Useful if you’re in the forwards. A kick on the ankle bone can make your eyes water! If you choose to wear them though, they must be under the socks and no more than a third of the length of your shin.
What are the rules?
- Boys 6 player scrum – strike and push
- Boys kicking – flyhack
- Girls as for U11 but with 5 player scrum – strike, no push
- Max numbers – 13 (girls 12)
- Max Pitch Size (m) – 90×60 (girls 60×43)
- Max mins per half – 25
- Max mins per day – 80
What are the fees
£97.50 Yearly Membership. Monthly payment options are available.