UNDER 6 "MICROS"
Micros Manager - Rob Anderson 07740 698537
Hello and welcome to you and your child from Moseley Micros.
Back in 2004, Moseley and the Rugby Football Union had seen an increasing number of very young (those under 6 years-old) players wanting to play. That was really great news, but we were all very conscious of the difficulties that ones so young have when they’re pushed into groups containing 7 and 8 year-olds. Both their mental and physical capabilities are less well developed and they can often give up the game too soon which is a real waste.
That’s why we and the RFU took special steps for Under 6s and why the Moseley Micros are here. We’re writing this for you, the adults, so that you have an understanding of what we are trying to achieve and in the hope that you can help get that across to your child a little at a time. The Coaches will be doing the same on the rugby pitch, but some adult reinforcement works wonders!
Only those Clubs with the RFU’s Seal of Approval or those actively working towards it can train Under 6s.
Children (both girls and boys) that are in either Reception or Year 1 at school can join. We did experiment with players that were pre-school, but really, they are too young – sorry.
Obviously we have to keep it simple and there are two key ethics that are part of everything we do:
We’ve identified just four key skills and we’ll work on these in a variety of games and exercises:
There will be no competitive match-play - the RFU doesn’t allow it and we believe that working on skills is more important at this age. The children will get plenty of match-play when they become Under 7s and beyond.
We’ve already said that we look to have a group of about 24 children, but we want a COMMITTED group. With the inevitable childhood illnesses and occasional other commitments, that means we are unlikely to have less than 16 on any Sunday and the Micros learn as a group and as a team.
Therefore, we do not operate any form of pre-registration or waiting lists. It is simply a matter of being there in September and your child wanting to be part of the Micros. We shall not start formal registration until the end of September, but those that have already attended three or four Sundays are given priority.
What we need from you
Seriously, the RFU keeps a close eye on Under 6 training and they insist that a register is taken and every child has an adult in attendance. We understand that you may not be able to be there every week, but it is up to you to ensure another adult will take responsibility for your child. As you are all too aware(!), children this young always want the toilet at the least convenient time and can lose interest at any time in a one-hour session.
Detailed coaching plan
Each skill is split into three levels to allow every child to achieve their own improvement and because some of them may do more than one season with the Micros.
When children have their sixth birthday, they can move up to the Under 7s to play Tag Rugby and matches. This is NOT compulsory and nor will we be making it an expectation. As each child approaches their birthday, we shall speak to you, the adults, so that we can decide what’s best together. We are always very happy for children to complete the full season with the Micros and only move to the Under 7s in the following September.
We hope this all makes sense, but if you have any questions, please do no hesitate to ask. Also, if you see improvements that we can make, just tell us.
Here’s to yet, another great Micros season!