WELCOME TO JUNIORS for Players U10 – U18 years
Competition Rugby starts here for players 10+. Our teams play in grades that suit their ability to develop confidence, skills and life long friendships. We promote the spirit of Rugby and win a few games along the way.
The competition is graded and is organised in association with the SJRU, Sydney Juniors Rugby Union.
U10 – U12 is governed by what is known as TryRugby Kids Pathway. Pathway Laws have been developed to increase activity levels for maximum participation and enjoyment. These modified rugby games progressively develop the individual skills, fitness and team work of all players in accordance with their physical maturity and understanding of the game.
For U13 – Opens (U17 – U18) Australian U19 Law Variations apply and follow on from the TryRugby Kid’s Pathway, continuing the progression of players rugby skills and development.
PRE-SEASON, TRAINING & GAMES
Preseason training and trial games are generally organised throughout March.
Training is held at Hassall Park, except during school holidays.
- U10 – U15’s train at Hassall Park on Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
- U16 – U18 – TBA – Training may be combined with our seniors or other Gordon Junior Clubs.
In the lead up to the first competition games in April, players are expected to wear runners, not Rugby boots. Although not mandatory for some training exercises, it is recommended that players always bring their mouthguards to training.
St Ives Rugby has a licensed bar that is generally open on training nights, of which parents and friends are welcome to socialise, get out of the cold and enjoy a drink and the company of their fellow members.
Round 1 commences in April. Games are held on Sunday mornings and occasionally Friday evenings. Games are not normally held during public or school holidays. The SJRU organise a draw for the first 4 rounds. Teams are then regraded depending on their performance during the first 4 rounds of competition. The remaining competition concludes with various finals in late August and early September.
There is an expectation that parents will assist in various ways to spread the load. The success of the players, the team and the club is reliant on your support.
Each team is required to provide an assistant referee and ground Marshall at each match. Parents are also required to help out with ground set-up, washing jerseys, providing the oranges, canteen and BBQ. Your team manager will likely roster each family from time to time.
The club also needs people to help in the running of the club. The club is always looking for people to help out by becoming;
- Coach or Manager.
- Co-ordinators for various jobs including the canteen and bar.
- To work behind the Bar on training nights (the club will pay for your RSA certification).
- Committee Member and offering your services and expertise.
ARU Learning Centre – coaching & referees course etc
Various training and accreditation programs are run throughout the year via the ARU learning centre. St Ives Rugby encourages younger players to gain qualifications as a referee. Please follow this SJRU link to gain more information.
St Ives Rugby has a great tradition of touring NZ. It was in 1973 that St Ives Rugby sent our first contingent of players to tour New Zealand. A tradition that continues today with the U14’s. This is often one of the highlights of a young rugby players experience at St Ives Rugby. The tours are organised and funded by each team. Players are encouraged to be involved in the fundraising and therefore allowing ownership of their tour.
The photo below is from our 2017 tour. Mata Mata college have generously hosted matches with St Ives Rugby for a few years. Mata Mata is a great location just north of Rotorua in the North Island. And just around the corner is Hobbiton.
Kiwis just love their rugby, so we reckon there’s not much better place to visit. Just watch them though….they seem to love drowning the field before you play them…..
For more general information, registration and to keep up to date various news, please join our Juniors TeamApp. The app can be downloaded on your smartphone or browsed on the web.
Smart Rugby is the Australian Rugby Union’s flagship free online eCourse for building coach and match official understanding of safety considerations both on and off the field.
Over 20,000 coaches and match officials in Australia receive their Smart Rugby safety qualification each year. Their dedication helps to make our game safer and more enjoyable to play.
There are three Smart Rugby modules designed to help you build your understanding of the theory and application of Smart Rugby principles:
- Introduction to Smart Rugby
- Playing Smart – Tackle, Ruck and Maul
- Playing Smart – Set Pieces
The Introduction to Smart Rugby module provides up-to-date information on your due diligence and code of conduct responsibilities as well as common injury and injury prevention measures you need to be familiar with if you’re involved in the game. This includes ARU’s serious injury and concussion management protocols. You’ll hear from coaches, match officials, players and club officials about what Smart Rugby means to their role.
The two Playing Smart modules concentrate on the contact aspects of the Rugby game and provide best practice recommendations for ensuring injuries are prevented or otherwise safely managed.
This is an online course with interactive elements and assessments throughout.
MINIMUM AGE: 13 years old.
You must complete all three modules and pass all the assessments in order to receive your Smart Rugby accreditation.
The Smart Rugby course objectives are to:
- Promote player safety through education, protocols and information
- Teach correct technique to improve player standards and safety
- Ensure player participation, so that players from all backgrounds, male and female, feel welcomed and enjoy their participation in rugby
- Encourage player participation through a safer environment, on and off the field
View SJRU RugbyLink Results at
or using the ResultsVault App
For more general information, registration and to keep up to date various news, please join our Juniors TeamApp.
The app can be downloaded on your smartphone or browsed on the web.
ONLINE Registration for St Ives Junior Rugby is now OPEN
If you have any questions please attend our Open Day at Hassall park on Sunday March 11th 3pm-5pm.
And REMEMBER to bring a friend
If you would like to take advantage of the $100 active kids vouchers. Please see the info below.
Register ONLINE via following the following links
Register online using RugbyLink HERE
Links will also be provided on our St Ives Rugby – Juniors TeamApp.
Active Kids Vouchers
Through our online registration process you can take advantage of the NSW Governments “active kids program” offering a $100 rebate for school kids under 18 years old.
The $100 DISCOUNT is only available if you have the necessary “active kids” VOUCHER CODE acquired by accessing your MyGov account. The vouchers are available now. If you do not have a MyGov account you will be required to open a new account. We suggest you allow approx 20 mins for this process……
APPLY for VOUCHER CODE NOW https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-active-kids-voucher
More information is available for the NSW Gov “active kids” voucher initiative via the Office of Sport: www.sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids
GEAR / EQUIPMENT
- Jerseys – Supplied “on loan” by the club. Each manager is responsible for issuing and collection.
- Shorts and Socks – New players will receive free of charge. Returning players may purchase at minimal cost. Available from the clubhouse on our Open Day and on some designated training nights. Your team manager will advise and info will be posted on TeamApp.
- Boots – Moulded or screw-in OK (providing studs are not sharp or missing).
- Headgear & Body Armour (non compulsory) – They should be IRB approved.
- Training Gear and Merchandise – Purchase quality Paladin gear directly from our online store. We will look to stock items in the future. However, for the moment please allow lead time of approx 4 -6 weeks for delivery.
- Mouthguards (compulsory) – For many, a boil and bite mouthguard may be adequate. However, the ADA recommends a custom fitted mouthguard as being superior. Better comfort, protection and speech. Our sponsor Boss Hog Mouthguards supplies various local dentists with superior custom fitted mouthguards and most healthcare funds offer generous rebates. Why not visit your local dentist and get a dental health check at the same time.
St Ives encourages players to trial to play reps. St Ives Rugby is one of eight member village clubs in the Gordon district, therefore also offers a pathways to representative rugby and tournaments. The starting point is the Under 10 development squad and the final age before Senior Colts is Under 17/18.
Keys dates relating to the GJRU Representative XV season;
- Registrations to trial for Gordon Juniors generally OPEN in January and close in late March. Please monitor the gordon juniors website in January to avoid missing out.
- The GJRU Development Program commences in early February. The program is highly recommended for all players, and particularly important for those that want to be considered for selection. For Under 10s through Under 16s a $50 non-refundable fee applies. Should a player be selected in a Rep Team then this amount ($50) will be deducted from their Rep Fee.
- Trials for the U10 development squad begin in May.
- Under 11s through Under 17s – compete in the June long weekend.
For more information on registering your interest and being part of the Gordon Rep programs please visit www.gordonjuniorrugby.com.au
Matches and training will be ON unless notified by either your team manager or posted as news on our Juniors TeamApp.
Please be aware due to reasonably good drainage, Hassall Park can receive special clearance contrary to Council Notices, allowing for some common sense. In this case, coaches will train in areas of the main pitches.
For training nights, a decision to cancel will often not be made until 3pm.
For matches, every effort is made to notify teams with good notice. However, please understand if the decision to cancel is not made until you have already made the journey. Grounds are often assessed before play commences.
The ground status of Hassall Park will be posted on the St Ives Rugby website homepage.
TeamApp can be downloaded on your smartphone or browsed on the web.