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Junior Sport at Northcote

For boys and girls we have a variety of games providing fun and excitement.

We have a range of games and grades at Northcote. Have a read further down to get an understanding of the games and what to expect. But in every grade and game, there are some things you can expect.

  • We endeavour to give even playing time to every player in the team
  • We create evenly balanced teams and avoid the 'A' team.
  • We endeavour to ensure every player enjoys being part of the team and improves their skills.
  • We have a focus on team performance rather than winning
  • Support for players, coaches, managers, and parents. We are here to help

At all levels of plays, we encourage kids not to be afraid of attempting skills they are not confident at because this is how they get better. If a player tries a skill and it goes horribly wrong we congratulate them on trying and encourage them to try again.

Teams are always filled with a range of skills and abilities and we ensure every kid knows their own strengths and what they can bring to each game. We highlight that it is a team effort - the tackle, setting of the ball, the passes, the dummy runner... All of these actions contribute and lead to scoring a try.

“Play fair, play hard and enjoy it.”
Bill Robertson

One Approach

One approach we teach our coaches is to structure the skill around small games. We take a skill, turn it into a game and have the kids play it. We then practice the skill itself and then repeat the game aiming to have them improve that skill via play.

What we Offer

Wondering what rugby sport or grade your child should play?

J8 Girls & Boys

J8 is a fun season watching kids run in random directions with coaches chasing. Yet by the end of the season it suddenly starts 'clicking' and everyone is looking forward to next year.

J8 Maroon

Eligibility

Age at 1st Jan Weight Limit
6 years Open
5 years Open

Rules

Half field, goal line to the ten-meter line or five-meter line to the halfway line.
20-minute halves
7 players each side
6 rips before handover
Mixed boys and girls
Non-contact - No fending, pushing or tackling allowed.
Substitutions can be made during breaks of play - try, scrum, line out, halftime.

Game times are Saturdays at 8 am at either Northcote, Takapuna, Glenfield or Marist rugby clubs.

With J8 the coach is allowed on the field to help to organise and give the kids direction during the game.

What To Expect

At J8 level our goal is to give kids time and confidence running with the ball in hand and in the right direction. At each game, we aim to ensure that each kid gets their chance to have a run with the ball.

The game is non-contact and is the first step to becoming confident about playing sport in close proximity to other kids.

J7 Girls & Boys

J7 starts with a lot of excitement from those that played the previous year at J8. As the season progresses each kid starts to 'click' and work out how to play with their teammates and by the end of the season we start seeing the concept of team play.

J7 White 2019

Eligibility

Age at 1st Jan Weight Limit
6 years 25 Kgs
7 years 22 Kgs

Rules

Half field, goal line to the ten-meter line or five-meter line to the halfway line.
20-minute halves
7 players each side
6 rips before handover
Mixed boys and girls
Non-contact - No fending, pushing or tackling allowed.
Substitutions can be made during breaks of play - try, scrum, line out, halftime.

Game times are Saturdays at 8:40 am at either Northcote, Takapuna, Glenfield or Marist rugby clubs.

Like J8, J7 the coach is allowed on the field to help direct the kids.

What To Expect

At J7 we continue ensuring every kid gets their fair time to run with the ball. But we also start to encourage kids to chase the ball carrier in support and making and receiving a pass when ripped.

On defense we look to teach about coming forward to make the rip as well forming a line.

U9 Girls/Boys

U9 is the first chance for girls to play in an all-girl competition. The girls have their own special Northcote jersey's and we look to ensure they feel their own importance within the club family. For the boys it allows them to continue playing if they prefer the rippa game over moving to tackle.

U9 Rip Girls

Eligibility

Age at 1st Jan Weight Limit
7 years Open
8 years Open

Rules

Half field, goal line to the ten-meter line or five-meter line to the halfway line.
20-minute halves
7 players each side
6 rips before handover
Non-contact - No fending, pushing or tackling allowed
No kicking

Substitutions can be made during breaks of play - try, scrum, line out, halftime.

Game times are generally 9:30 am on Saturday mornings and are played across the different clubs of North Harbour.

What To Expect

At U9 the coaches are no longer on the field and the girls are taught how to organise themselves.

We build upon the same skills from the J8 and J7 years and for those joining the game for the first time, they find that they are able to quickly catch up.

The primary focus at this level is ensuring everyone knows how to catch and pass the ball. We put a lot of emphasis on encouraging them to chase the person with the ball. This is the building block of playing as a team and we want every player to catch, run and pass multiple times in a game.

J6 Mixed

The first-year of tackle and yet not that many tackles are made. It can be a nervous moment for the parents and kids. There are a few tears but they are mostly from bruised egos and surprises. J6 is the best grade to start tackle. Every kid is new and we encourge parents to not risk mssing this year.

J6 2020 Lewis

Eligibility

Age at 1st Jan Weight Limit
6 years Open
7 years 28kgs
8 years 25kgs



Rules

Half field, goal line to the ten-meter line or five-meter line to the halfway line.
25-minute halves
10-a-side, 5 forwards and 5 backs
Mixed boys and girls
Non-contested scrums or line outs
No kickoffs, the game is started with a tap and pass.
No conversions and no fending

What To Expect

Our biggest priority this year is teaching safe tackle techniques. When the tackle is done correctly nobody gets hurt and its a great sense of pride and ability. Though there are only a handful of points it takes a whole season at this age of reminding and re-inforcing.

Along with being the tackler we also put a lot of focus on being tackled and how to fall. Once this is learnt the player's confidence grows and they start involving themselves in the game more and more.

J5 Mixed

The second year of tackle and kids coming out of their shells as they become confident about themselves from the support of their teammates, coaches and supporters.

J5 2020

Eligibility

Age at 1st Jan Weight Limit
7 years Open
8 years 33kgs
9 years 28kgs


Rules

Half field, goal line to the ten-meter line or five-meter line to the halfway line.
25-minute halves
10-a-side, 5 forwards and 5 backs
Mixed boys and girls
Non-contested scrums or line outs
No kickoffs, the game is started with a tap and pass
No conversions
Fending only below the neck

What To Expect

Second-year of tackle for most players but we are still vigilantly watching for and practising the safe tackle and falling techniques.

This year we also give more focus around the ruck and protecting our players. We talk more about the offside line and 'setting' up to allow multiple phases of play and running for the team.

J4 Mixed

J4 is a year where we look to refine what we have been learning over the previous years. Mastering these core skills which will set our players up for years of rugby if they so choose.

Cote J4

Eligibility

Age at 1st Jan Weight Limit
8 years Open
9 years 38kgs
10 years 33kgs

Rules

Half field, goal line to the ten-meter line or five-meter line to the halfway line.
25-minute halves
10-a-side, 5 forwards and 5 backs
Mixed boys and girls
Non-contested scrums or line outs
Dropkick for kickoffs
No conversions
Fending only below the neck

What To Expect

J4 is a lot about the core skills we have been introducing over the last three grades. The ability to carry the ball forward, be tackled and present the ball back for another phase. This really requires multiple players working together to protect the ball through bridging and blowing over with the halfback clearing the ball to the backs.

This is also a time where we watch out for any players that need help with running and passing and of course not letting up on good tackling techniques.

J3 Mixed

J3 is still 10-a-side rugby and the time to introduce some speciality plays to start combining individual's skills to create a masterful team play.

Northcote J3 Rugby

Eligibility

Age at 1st Jan Weight Limit
9 years Open
10 years 43kgs
11 years 38kgs

Rules

Half field, goal line to the halfway line.
25-minute halves
10-a-side, 5 forwards and 5 backs
Mixed boys and girls
Non-contested scrums
Contested line outs but no lifting or short line outs
Dropkick for kickoffs
No conversions
Fending only below the neck

What To Expect

J3 is the time to really start forming gameplays involving multiple players. An introduction to multi-phase plays to set up scoring opportunities.

Appreciating every link and cog that ends in delivering one of the players over the try line. Celebrating and congratulating every player for a successfully defending the line.

J2 Mixed

This is the first year of 15-a-side rugby and full field. It is a big change for the kids and a really new experience. The change also incorporates the merging of J3 10-a-side teams into the larger 15-a-side team.

J2 Maroon 2019

Eligibility

Age at 1st Jan Weight Limit
10 years Open
11 years 48kgs
12 years 43kgs

Rules

Full-field
30-minute halves
15-a-side
Mixed boys and girls
Contested scrums with 0.5 push and 45 degrees turn allowed.
Contested line outs but no lifting or short line outs
Dropkick for kickoffs
Conversations are no wider than the 15m line
Fending only below the neck

What To Expect

With a bigger field and more players comes the need for a lot more teamwork and tactics.

Time is spent on introducing them to more detail about positional roles and though players start to migrate towards a position we look to ensure multiple positions are played throughout the season.

J1 Mixed

J1 is the premier team of the junior club and often the last year before the players head off to a college.

J1 2018

Eligibility

Age at 1st Jan Weight Limit
11 years Open
12 years Open

Rules

Full-field
30-minute halves
15-a-side
Mixed boys and girls
Contested scrums with 0.5 push and 45 degrees turn allowed.
Contested line outs but no lifting or short line outs
Dropkick for kickoffs
Conversations are no wider than the 15m line
Fending only below the neck

What To Expect

At J1 we are putting a lot of responsibility on the players to commit and contribute to the team.

The players have some great skills and abilities at this age and we focus on applying all those skills across a full game. We introduce them to different offensive and defensive plans and assessing and choosing from those options during the game.

U15 Girls Tackle

This year North harbour have created a U15 girls tackle competition that runs on a Friday night. We are keen to ensure Northcote can put a team in and contribute to the growth of girls rugby.

2019 U15 Quick Rip

Eligibility

Age at 1st JanWeight Limit
14 YEARS
OPEN

Rules

Ten aside.

What To Expect

Often we have a mixture of experienced and new players to tackle rugby. As such, we aim to ensure that all players improve and most importantly learn how to work as a team to get the best performance.

U13 Boys

This a grade of retiring tackle kids or new kids to rugby and is great for those that love running and the thrill of throwing the rugby ball around.

2020 U13 Boys Rip Rugby

Eligibility

Age at 1st Jan Weight Limit
11 years Open
12 years Open

Rules

Half field, goal line to the halfway line.
25-minute halves
7 players each side
Non-contact - No fending, pushing or tackling allowed
Kicking is allowed and punt kicks for kickoff
Four rips before handover
Free pass for a penalty. The passer can not run.
Non contested scrums
Contested line outs with three jumpers each

Substitutions can be made during breaks of play - try, scrum, line out, halftime.


What To Expect

With the limited number of grades, we often get a range of ages but we work on ensuring each boy and each team member knows his strengths and that they bring them to each game.

There is focus on catching, running and passing and playing with the full team. We talk a lot about creating opportunities as opposed to scoring tries. The boys are asked to talk about the game and contribute to how they want to play.

U11 Girls

At U11, the girls start forming a lot of bonds and friendships with each other. At this age, the girls start to develop some specific skills for the game and there becomes some real excitement about what they could achieve.

U9 Girls Rippa

Eligibility

Boys and girls

Age at 1st Jan Weight Limit
9 years Open
10 years Open

Rules

Half field, goal line to the halfway line.
25-minute halves
7 players each side
Non-contact - No fending, pushing or tackling allowed
Kicking is allowed and punt kicks for kickoff
Four rips before handover
Free pass for a penalty. The passer can not run.
Non contested scrums
Contested line outs with three jumpers each

Substitutions can be made during breaks of play - try, scrum, line out, halftime.


What To Expect

At U11 level we start introducing more focus around passing the ball to the wings. We encourage spacing and the concept of using the whole team to score tries.

We look to have the girls concentrate on executing a good pass rather than worrying about the opposition and being ripped. The other side of this is catching the ball first before worrying about running.

Another awareness we talk about is keeping in contact with teammates. We encourage communication which goes a long way to helping each other out on the field.

We also introduce the art of kicking as a skill though it is not a highlight in the game.

U13 Girls

At U13 we have a lot of skills coming through which we continue to improve and refine. But these are the years where we start creating thinking players. We get them to contribute to trainings by talking about what is being trainned and the goal of the things we are doing.

Northcote U13 Rip Rugby

Eligibility

Age at 1st JanWeight Limit
11 yearsOpen
12 yearsOpen

Rules

Half field, goal line to the halfway line.
25-minute halves
7 players each side
Non-contact - No fending, pushing or tackling allowed
Kicking is allowed and punt kicks for kickoff
Four rips before handover
Free pass for a penalty. The passer can not run.
Non contested scrums
Contested lineouts with three jumpers each

Substitutions can be made during breaks of play - try, scrum, line out, halftime.

What To Expect

At U13 we encourage the girls to keep the ball alive. Using their running and passing abilities to move the ball and stretch the defence into mistakes. We start introducing some set moves, game tactics and talk about how these are designed to create opportunities rather than creating tries.

There is a lot of talk about creating momentum in the game, what that is and what that does.

We also start asking the girls to contribute to the game plan. We ask them what we could be doing in certain scenarios and talking with them about it. At U13 level we want them to start thinking about the game and how it is played.

When the girls are on the field we want them looking for opportunities rather than just running plays.

Kicking for position and advantage is introduced into the game as well.

U15 Girls

The U15 is a grown-up girl's team. In this grade, the girls are more in charge of their own performance. They learn that it requires every player to bring their strengths to the game and trainings. Performance is dependant on the whole team and no longer a few individuals.

U15 Girls

Eligibility

Age at 1st JanWeight Limit
13 yearsOpen
14 yearsOpen
15 yearsOpen

Rules

Half field, goal line to the halfway line.
25-minute halves
7 players each side
Non-contact - No fending, pushing or tackling allowed
Kicking is allowed and punt kicks for kickoff
Four rips before handover
Free pass for a penalty. The passer can not run.
Non contested scrums
Contested line outs with three jumpers each

Substitutions can be made during breaks of play - try, scrum, line out, halftime.

 

What To Expect

These years we work on having the whole team working together and looking ahead of time and thinking about where they should be in the next 15 sec's. There is more talk about the long game'. About putting the odds in our favour.

At training we ensure the girls practice all sorts of skills and game scenarios. A larger kicking game is introduced and set moves are emphasised. 

We encourage 'heart' to push themselves on defence, but most of all we talk about playing 'in the moment', playing for teammates, management, and supporters. We encourage voices on and off the field of support and encouragement.

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