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Here are some tips on coaching kids line out and scrum attack

How to introduce rugby scrums and line outs to young rugby players.

At this age you have probably spent the past 2-3 years coaching your players about the basics of rugby, passing, running, support and most importantly the tackle zone. If I am correct there is one more area that is probably irking you, the set piece, i.e., the scrum and line out.

I can bet that your rugby players still pack down, not looking at the ball, the half back receives the ball, passes it to the nearest player or the player he runs into and that player runs back into the middle of the opposition defence. Am I correct?

You aren’t alone. The players at this age don’t understand the need to pass the ball away from the scrum or line out to a player in space, they are more likely to pick it up and run in any direction they see fit as long as they have the ball tucked under their arm.

So how do you coach the basics of the Set Piece (scrums and Line outs)?

The best way is to create pass only zones. Pass only zones are areas around the scrum and the line out in which the players know they have to pass the ball in order to get out of it and run again. Have a look at the diagram below.

The next stage is to introduce the technical aspects of the scrum and line out in isolated games such as piggy in the middle (line out jumping) and kneeling wrestling (for scrum stability). 

How is the Introduction to Break Down and Set Piece going to help you?

The introduction To Break Down and Set Piece Manual will revise the previous years skill development, contact games and break down techniques while also introducing the scrum and line out basics.

The manual will cover the following specifics of rugby;
Ball placement
Clean out
Leg drive
Ball control into and through contact
Stealing the ball
Using passing to get the ball wide
Attacking from a set piece
Correct scrummaging technique
Jumping and throwing in the line out

Click here to download a free example overview and game list from the manual


 Have a look at the example game sheet layout

What’s the best way to coach kids rugby?

Games have become a very popular medium for coaching young rugby players, mainly because it is fun and the learning points can be disguised with in the game so the players don’t realise they are learning while they play.

Games are effective because they:

  • They can be taught by coaches of all levels of experience
  • The key learning points become the coaches focal point
  • They are perfect for big or smaller groups
  • They can be adapted to the players skill level
  • They keep the players attention
  • Variables can be added to increase the difficulty or relativity to rugby

How do you create a learning game?

The way we develop our coaching games is very simple and as you progress through your coaching career you’ll begin to see the ease a game can be developed and the relevance a game has in the education process. We always start with 3 objectives - these are our learning points - then we work out what variables the players will encounter in a rugby game and finally we mix the 2 together to create a relevant and fun learning tool. Have a look at Space Invades - a passing game designed to teach the players to pass to moving targets.

Games aren’t a magic pill!

Yes games are effective in coaching the players the skills of rugby and keeping them focused, however, it isn’t a case of just telling them the rules and letting them go for it. You will have to coach them by telling why they are playing this game, what relevance this game has to the rugby game and reinforce the learning points constantly.

To make this easier for you we have developed trigger phrases in every game that will help the players remember the correct technique for a given skill. It’s important the coach uses these trigger phrases when he/she plays the games with the kids. Most importantly the coach has to be consistent with the trigger phrases to reinforce them in the players mind and when it comes to game day this will mean the coach simply has to call the trigger phrase and the players react accordingly.

Game Illustration

Here are some game illustrations from the Beginners Rugby Manual


Line Tag is a game designed to teach the players the value of defending in a line.


Conveyer Belts Relay teaches the players that passing wide is quicker than running wide.


Wrecking Ball Relay teaches supporting from depth and running onto the ball.

So how do the manuals work?

Each manual is designed with the key skill elements necessary for the players to improve and understand rugby in mind. The 3 manuals are progressive, meaning each season new skills are added to the current skill set, increasing the players ability step by step.

This doesn’t mean you can’t pick this manual up and start coaching your current players with it. The manuals do revisit games from the previous years so as to refresh and reinforce the skills learnt.

If you have only discovered our manuals this season and you are worried the players won’t have the skill level to participate, don’t worry. That is the beauty of games, they cater to all player skill levels. You can start coaching this manual to them and they will pick it up easily because we recap the important games from the previous season.

The key advantage of this manuals is that it works on a fortnightly system, meaning the games are repeated 2 weeks in a row. This is because we understand you as a coach only really get to coach them for 1 hour a week and its necessary to recap the skills to make sure they sink in. It also makes it easier for you to recap the game the second week as you are more familiar with the games and then you can focus on the areas the players weren’t understanding in the previous weeks training session.

Are our programs better than others?

Yes and No! We have had the experience of working with small and large groups of kids over a number of years and we have had the luxury of seeing what works and what doesn’t. There will be coaches that like to follow a manual from start to finish and then there are the coaches who only want to use the odd game to supplement their own coaching plan. The most important thing is the coach feels confident with the coaching skills and knowledge they have.

I will go as far as saying that if you follow the manual and use all the trigger phrases you will see your coaching improve and more importantly you will see your players improve. In fact if you don’t feel an improvement in your coaching and the players skill level by the end of the season then contact me and I will give you your money back.

What do you get when you buy this manual?

Yes, this manual isn’t free, lets face it free coaching manuals are usually a promotional tool for another coaching manual or product and I think you will agree with me, the free stuff is usually a guide which will tell you what you should do and not how you can do it.

At least with this manual there is nothing missing, you have a weekly plan, a weekly overview and a step by step game sheet explaining how to coach the game, why you are coaching the game and what to say. We even explain to you what the age group objectives are and how the players skill level will progress over the next three years. There are no gaps, just a simple to follow weekly training programs.

Yes it is $67, it’s not cheap, however, it isn’t expensive either. If you take into consideration that you won’t have to worry about a coaching session for 20 weeks and if you do the maths, each week will only cost you $3.35, I think that’s great value for your money. Wouldn’t you pay $3.35 every week to have someone come in and explain to you how to coach your players, I know I would.

Most importantly there is nothing better than watching the players improve their skill and confidence. To add to that just think of what the parents will think of you if you can get their little kids to love rugby, play confidently and play to his/her potential. It will all be worth it in the end.

I hope I have explained everything clearly, if you still have some questions feel free to send me an e-mail and I will answer your questions -

Good luck with your season

Click here to order and download The Introduction to Contact Rugby Manual today.

Yours in rugby,

P.S. As I mentioned before, if you find that you followed the manual and you haven’t seen any improvements in you players over the season contact me and I will give  you your money back. I am confident that you will enjoy these manuals so I am willing to place a money back guarantee on them.


20 weeks of easy to follow, ready made training sessions for only $67 = $3.35/week

That's not much to pay for a full seasons' worth of training sessions.