Under 8

Welcome to the LBRFC U8s page

Rugby is a fun game and our principal aim is to encourage children to embrace the fun and also teach them the ethos of the game… fair play and respect for your team mates, opponents and coaches.

Boys and girls will play 6 a side Tag rugby at this age. This is a progression from the U7 rules which sees a slightly larger team playing on a slightly larger pitch. At the same time it allows newcomers to the sport to quickly develop the skills required to take a full part in the sport

Training starts at 10am sharp at the club as do matches both home and away throughout the season. More information on fixtures can be seen below.

The Mini & Junior section is run entirely by volunteers be it in a coaching, administrating or even supervisory capacity…and it is extremely rewarding.

If you would like to help in any way then please speak to head coach in the first instance.

Format Tag
School Year 3
Max Players 6 a side
Max Pitch Size 45m x 22m
Ball size 3
Max minutes each half 10
Maximum minutes of match play per day 50 minutes
Extra Time Permitted No
Recommended training time duration 60 minutes
Match stopped if: Try difference is 6 or more
Start / Restart Free Pass
Tackle No Tag only
Scrum No
Lineout No, restart with a free pass
Ruck No
Maul No
Offside Distance Offside only occurs at the time of the tag where the offside line is through the centre of the ball except for the tagger for whom it is 1 metre further back.
Fend Off No
Kicking from Hand No
Kicking at Goal No
Mark Permitted No
Knock on Play on
Yellow Card / Sin Bin No
Knock on Free Pass

Age Specific Notes:

  • Players are permitted to go to ground to score.
  • Ball cannot be ripped from ball carrier.

Competition formats allowed:

  1. Friendly Fixture – Competitive style playing opportunity for two teams, often as part of a club or school/college block fixture, where focus is on maximising all your player’s involvement, development and enjoyment.
  2. Triangular – Competitive style playing opportunity for three teams where equal player participation is the emphasis. Focus is on maximising all your player’s involvement, development and enjoyment rather than the score.
  3. Festival – Competitive round-robin playing opportunity where equal team and player participation is the emphasis. Scores may be recorded but winning doesn’t affect your ongoing participation as every team plays the same appropriate number of matches.

RFU Regulation 15 Appendix 2