Player information

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Age Groups

We fields teams from under 7s through to u18s. Players generally play in the division corresponding to the age they turn in the calendar year (eg player turning 8 in 2019 would play in under 8s in 2019) but may play up one year (eg u8 playing in u9s) with the approval of the coach.


Girls and boys play in mixed teams to under 12s with a specific girls competition from u13-u18s. 

Rules

u7 to u12 play according to modified pathway rules. Tackling is introduced at u8s with other elements of the game such as pushing in scrums and contested lineouts gradually introduced in the older divisions. u13 to u18 play according to the u19 law variations.


All matches are governed by the ACTJRU rules of competition.

Season Calendar

The season commences after the first school holidays of the year, usually the first Saturday in May, and runs through to August or early September for those teams playing Grand Finals. There are generally no games scheduled for long weekends or school holidays.  Games are played on Saturdays with the younger age groups starting at 8:45 AM and older age groups starting times sliding up to about 3:00 PM.

Training Times and Locations

Training is held at Southwell Park, Lyneham from 5-6:30PM on Wednesdays with older teams (typically u12 up but will depend on the coach) also training on Mondays at Southwell Park. Some older teams may also have a later training slot if field bookings allow.


Preseason training for u16 and up commences on Monday 4 Feb 2019 at Downer Oval, 5:30-7:00PM. These teams will also train on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:30 at Southwell Park, Lyneham.


Training for younger ages groups will be Wednesdays from 5-6 or 6:30 (depending on age group) at Southwell Park commencing in March.

Game Times and Locations

Games are played on Saturdays kicking of at 8:45AM for the u7s to u9s and going through to around 3 PM for the u18s Div 1.


Games are played on a home and away basis according to the draw. U7-u9 play in an an ungraded North Canberra comp and so the furthest away game is typically Yass. U10 up play in graded competitions from across Canberra  which can include teams from Broulee, Cooma, Goulburn and Jindabyne resulting in one or two longer trips in a season.

Pathways

Uni-Norths Juniors enjoys a close relationship with the Uni-North Seniors club with senior players being involved in coaching and joint training for the u16s and u18s. This provides a clear pathway from junior rugby into our senior club.


In 2018 we were proud to have 10 players playing with ACT junior representative teams and accessing the Brumbies pathway development programs leading to senior representative rugby.