Ottawa’s Barrhaven Scottish Rugby Club Minors Program

Welcome to the 2018 season

You may notice a big change for the 2018 Season. Rugby Ontario has changed their age categories from even to odd numbers. Rules and format have not changed for

U7 (born 2011-2012) and

U9 (born 2009,2010) age groups.

The program continues to be flag rugby with up to a maximum of  7 vs 7 for games.

U11 (born 2007,2008) age group now becomes the introduction to tackling group. Please contact you VP of Minors for more information on BSRFC’s plan for the U11 group.

Practice Times:

Indoor practices Sundays at St.Paul’s Highschool,( 2675 Draper Avenue) beginning April 8th and continuing for 6 weeks.
9-10:30 for U7/U9
10:30-12 for U11

Outdoor practices will begin as soon as the city opens the fields (hopefully mid-May). Outdoor practices will be Saturdays, 9:30-11:30 am at Rowan’s Pitch, Ken Ross Park on Longfields Drive in Barrhaven. Our last practice will be July 28th. U11 will have an optional weeknight practice (day and time TBD).Tournaments:

We will have 2 tournaments in June and 2 in July. Dates have yet to be confirmed by Eastern Ontario Rugby Minors.     For more information please contact Johanna Dingwall VP of Minor Rugby at


Festival dates for the EORU (Eastern Ontario Rugby Union) are as follows
Sunday, June 10 – Barrhaven Scottish, Ken Ross Park
Sunday, June 24 – Blues/Irish RFC, location TBD
Saturday, July 7 – Kingston Panthers RFC, Kingston, ON
Saturday, July 21 – EORU/Indians National Capital Youth Rugby Festival, Twin Elm Rugby Park
There are many other festivals we can choose to attend in eastern Ontario and western Quebec. Coaches will be discussing options for “away” tournaments and we’ll gauge interest with the players (parents) to determine which if any we’d like to attend.

Fees & Registration:

Fees for the 2018 season will be
Total for U7, U9 is $ 190.00
Rugby Canada Fee $30.00
Rugby Ontario Fee $30.80
Barrhaven Scottish Club Fee $129.20

Total for U11 is $250.00
Rugby Canada Fee $40
Rugby Ontario Fee $30.80
Barrhaven Scottish Club Fee $179.20

Fees include practice/game shirt, indoor & outdoor practices, admission to all festivals & insurance. Returning players 2017 registration expires on April 31, 2018 so your insurance is valid until then. New players are permitted to attend one practice before registration, but must complete registration before attending a second one. Registration can be accessed via our website and the link should be active by the weekend. New players will need to set up a Rugby Canada profile which takes a bit of time, but it’s a one time thing.


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At first glance, the sport of rugby can seem confusing to many and we encourage parents who are new to rugby to visit the World Rugby website and read “A Beginners Guide to Rugby UnionBeginners Guide We also recommend that parents check out the free “Rugby Ready” course on the World Rugby website. It provides a wealth of information, as well as videos to help explain the new sport their child has taken interest in. Rugby Ready   Trained BSRFC coaching staff, make efforts to closely follow the stages of the Rugby Canada Long Term Rugby Development Model (LTRD). LTRD Model Within the Minors program, the stages include; Stage 1 – “Active Start” (ages 1-6), Stage 2 – “FUNdamentals”(ages 6-9) Stage 3  – “Learning to Train” (ages 9-12).

U7 – “FUNdamentals” The focus of this program is on having fun while developing the ABC’s of physical literacy – Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed. Additionally, participants will learn how to “read” what is going on around them and make decisions during games. This program helps to build the foundation for skill development in any sport, while introducing participants to elements of the sport of rugby (e.g. rugby ball and basic contact skills, like rolling, falling and bumping). Game play is 7 vs 7, coed and flag.

U9 & U11 – “Learning to Train” The focus of these two programs is on learning fundamental rugby skills, such as passing, catching, running, kicking and tackling. The focus of training is on introducing core technical skills and developing coordination and fine motor control. Game play 7 vs 7, coed and flag for U10, coed and contact for U12.

INTRODUCTION TO CONTACT – U11 As with any contact sport, BSRFC coaches are very aware of the hazards associated with the sport of rugby. Contact is, however, an integral element of the rugby game. Using the correct techniques can help retain possession of the ball, continue the attack and minimise the chance of injury. The U12 level coaches take painstaking care to ensure that the fundamental techniques of tackling and being tackled are taught and reinforced during training. Coaches are vigilant to any player injuries and any occurrences are monitored closely as well as assessed prior to return to play is permitted.

In lieu of a current BSRFC Minors video compilation, we have attached an example of a larger Minors program at Brantford Harlequins RFC. While not as large, our Minors program mirrors this program and continues to grow each year as we strive to grow the sport.

Video used with permission of Brantford Harlequins RFC

Barrhaven Scottish Rugby Football Club vs Kingston Panthers Rugby Football ClubPhoto Credit PB&J Media Posted by Barrhaven Scottish Rugby Football Club on