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Coach & Referees

For 20 years we have been repeating the mantra, "It's all about the kids having fun". So does that mean success is based on the number of water fights and ice creams had?

We don't have an early childhood degree but we do have got a lot of experience from coaches and referees that have gone through our club. We want you to start with as much of that experience as possible. We don't want you getting to the end of the year and thinking, "If only I had known that at the start..."

Coach and Referee Requirments

North Harbour Rugby has come out with their 2021 requirements to be a coach or referee.

All coaches and associate referees need to complete the following registration process

Register by completing the New Zealand Rugby Coach Registration forms and complete the online module.
Coaches go here.
Referees go here.

Attend a North Harbour Rugby workshop. The course you will attend will differ depending on what level of the game you are involved in. A full list of available courses is listed on the Harbour website.

Complete the North Harbour Rugby online Questionnaire which you can find on the Harbour website.

If you have any questions please contact Paul Kenrick at northcotejuniorrugby@gmail.com.

Learn To Tackle

30 minutes at the club for all players new or those that want a refresher

Sunday, May 2nd 11:30 am at the club

There is nothing more important than ensuring players learn to tackle correctly from the start. It is an important skill and confidence booster for any player. With this course, we aim to put players, coaches and parents on the right track from the start. 

This is a session for both players and coaches new to tackle.

They won't become an efficient tackler that day but they will be on the right path.

In House Courses

All coaches and referees are welcome. All parents are welcome. Actually, everyone is encourged.

Rippa/Rip Rugby

Sunday, 2nd May 9 am

Tackle Rugby

Sunday, 2nd May 10:15 am

There is a Rippa grade coaching and referees course at Harbour that day, starting at 10.30 am, so we timed the first session to allow you to still attend the Harbour course if that is your plan.

Each of these courses aims to talk about the experience of being a coach. What to expect, what to care about, what not to care about. It's easy training well-disciplined obedient kids on planet Disney but here on earth what do you do? We go over the club philosophy of sports training and discuss skills progression through the grades.

The Day

  • 9 am - Coach the coaches session - aimed at Rippa grades
  • 10 am - Rest break
  • 10.15 am - Coach the coaches session - aimed at Tackle grades
  • 11.15 am - Rest break
  • 11.30 am - Tackle clinic for any interested kids
  • 12.30 pm - Pizza in the Hanga bar

It's not just for new coaches either. Are you a good coach? Do you know why you are a good coach? Could you explain and help others be good coaches? Knowing what you do well and why it works just may help you become an even better coach.

Each year this course is improved with information from around the world on training kids and adjusted to our junior and rip rugby teams.

At the end of it, you won't be the world greatest kids sports coach but you will be confident about how to go about being the coach you want to be.