WELCOME TO THE MINIS for players 4 – 9 years old

Get active, make friends and start learning how to play Rugby.

No matter your size or shape, be part of the team and develop your coordination skills with a safe pathway to competition Rugby. Minis Rugby is about ensuring all the kids get involved, have a lot of fun and learn the game in a safe and positive environment.

Mini Rugby is governed by what is known as TryRugby Kids Pathway. The aim of the TryRugby Kids Pathway for U6 to U12 players is to provide a series of age-specific modified rugby games. 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.

The rules are designed to make Rugby safe for young players. The most important rules are:

  • U6 – U7 do not tackle, they play double-handed tag.
  • Players to not push or contest the scrum.
  • Tackling above the armpits is illegal.


Minis train U6-U9 at Hassall Park on Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

St Ives Rugby has a licensed bar that is generally open on training nights, of which parents and friends are welcome to socialise.

The Minis U6-U9 play on Saturday mornings. Home games are played at Hassall Park. Away games are played at a variety of ovals through Sydney’s North Shore.

The Mighty U5’s program is run with other Gordon district clubs at 9am on Saturday mornings at Loftberg Oval, West Pymble.


  • Jerseys – Supplied “on loan” by the club. Each manager is responsible for issuing and collection.
  • Shorts and Socks – To be purchased from the clubhouse on our Open Day and on some designated training nights. 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 U8+) – 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.


There is an expectation that parents will assist in various ways to spread the load. Dads and mums help with the coaching and managing of the teams and the atmosphere on and off the ground is one of great sportsmanship and community. The club will assist coaches, especially when starting out. The ARU requests all coaches complete the compulsory online Smart Rugby eCourse.

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;

  • 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.

MIGHTY 5’s for kids 3 – 4 years old

Mighty 5s is the perfect pathway into Minis (U6 – U9) Rugby. The program was developed by Terry Preston of Little Legends and is also run with by NSW Rugby Union. Children participate in skill-based activities aimed at improving their individual skills, coordination, fitness and team work all under specialist coaches.

The Mighty 5s Rugby Program is run by GJRU at two central locations on the north shore. Mighty 5s is for boys and girls from as young as 3 years old and a perfect introduction to rugby or any other sport.

Kids join one of eight local Gordon Village clubs to participate in the program on Saturday mornings at either Beauchamp Oval, Chatswood or Lofberg Oval, West Pymble. Their $150 registration includes socks, shorts, training tee and rugby ball. They also participate in their Village Club Presentation Day and receive Team Photos from their village club.



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.


All coaches and assistant coaches are required to be SMART Rugby Qualified. It’s a fairly easy online course that practically, means they know the rules, the safety drills and have great knowledge to pass on to the kids.

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:

    1. Introduction to Smart Rugby
    2. Playing Smart – Tackle, Ruck and Maul
    3. 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.

Course Details

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.


No results are available for minis.

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 will OPEN on February 1, 2018.

Register online using RugbyLink HERE

Links will also be provided on our St Ives Rugby – Juniors TeamApp.

You know where to find us…..

Matches and training will be ON unless notified by either your team manager or posted as news on our Juniors TeamApp.

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.

Please be aware due to reasonably good drainage, Hassall Park can receive special clearance contrary to Council Notices.

The ground status of Hassall Park will be posted on the St Ives Rugby website homepage.

The app can be downloaded on your smartphone or browsed on the web.