Junior Rugby Skills Schedule

Access the player online assessments here.

In 2013, the Central BOP Junior Rugby Skills Schedule was introduced locally to complement the small blacks coaching approach and support junior coaches to know what player skills to develop at each age level.

The skills schedule, which applies to Under 6 to Under 15 rugby players, was developed by Darrel Shelford of the NZ Sports Academy in Rotorua in 2012. Darrel, who is now a coach educator, had been working with Central BOP Junior Rugby delivering the Small Blacks coaching courses at the time and he was asked by the Junior Rugby Committee to produce a one page schedule which could be used by coaches, players and their families to highlight the rugby skills progression through the junior age grades.

The skills schedule was socialised with coaches in 2012 prior to its introduction in 2013. In 2014 coaches were again asked to base their players skills development on the skills schedule and to aim to have players able to perfrom the relevant skills by or before the semi-finals for that season.
In 2015 player skills assessment sheets were introduced based on the skills schedule and Junior coaches were required to complete the hard copy assessment sheets for their team and to indicate for each player where their skills were at prior to semi-finals. Some assessments were completed at the end of the season.
Teaching each player the skills on the skills schedule for their U6 to U13 age grade and completing the assessment sheets each year is mandatory for junior coaches from 2015.

In 2016 the skills schedule and player assessment sheets have been upgraded and will be available in hard copy and also online later in the season for coaches to complete. While coaches can provide their assessment of a players skills to the individual player directly, the team’s assessments provide the junior rugby administration with an indication of where to focus coach the coaches education the following year.

The skills schedule and assessment sheets are a local Central Bay of Plenty Junior Rugby innovation, a tool for coaches, players and their families to use in their progression through the junior rugby grades. It has been introduced with the aim of raising the rugby skill levels of junior players and equipping them to be assets to their rugby teams in future years.

Coaches can access the online assessments here.