Junior Rugby

Penzance rugby has grown in stature over the last few years. We have taken a more serious approach to our rugby and as a result are producing many boys who have made representative teams in the past.

In Grade 1 boys are introduced to the concept of rugby by playing a non – contact version of it. This non – contact version is called Tag Rugby. Once boys are more confident they start playing contact rugby in Grade 2. Under 9 & 10 Rugby is played on half a rugby field with only 10 players and is called Mini – Rugby.

We are fortunate at Penzance to have many experienced coaches and as a result our boys are taught the latest techniques and skills in rugby. We field 13 teams at a given fixture which makes for a busy day of fixtures and some good, hard rugby.

Practice and match kit

  • Penzance PE Shirt
  • Black shorts
  • No shoes are required as boys play barefoot

Please take note of the following :
1. Learners may not practice or play in a match if the appropriate dress code is not followed.
2. Boys may not participate in PE lessons, practices or matches wearing boxer shorts underneath their sports shorts.
3. All learners are encouraged to wear predominantly white takkies for codes that require takkies.
4. All clothing is to be marked with clearly visible labels. Please check regularly that clothing is still marked and that your child is wearing his/her own clothing.
5. Learners are to be neatly dressed at all times and are to take pride in their appearance.
6. All learners must arrive and leave school with their shoes and socks on after a practice or match.

Senior Rugby

Penzance rugby has grown in stature over the last few years. We have taken a more serious approach to our rugby and as a result are producing many boys who have made representative teams in the past.

Under 11 & 13 rugby is ‘proper’ rugby with a full field and 15 man teams.

We are fortunate at Penzance to have many experienced coaches and as a result our boys are taught the latest techniques and skills in rugby. We field 13 teams at a given fixture which makes for a busy day of fixtures and some good, hard rugby.

Kit

PRACTICE KIT

  • Any rugby jersey or plain T-shirt
  • Black shorts
  • Black with yellow turnover socks or black school socks
  • Rugby boots – predominantly black boots (no metal studs)
  • Gum guard
  • Scrum caps or shoulder pads may be worn

MATCH KIT

  • Penzance rugby jersey
  • Black shorts
  • Black with yellow turnover socks
  • Rugby boots – predominantly black boots (no metal studs)
  • Gum guard
  • Scrum caps or shoulder pads may be worn
  • 1st Team – Bumblebee socks
  • 1st Team jersey

Please take note of the following :
1. Learners may not practice or play in a match if the appropriate dress code is not followed.
2. Boys may not participate in PE lessons, practices or matches wearing boxer shorts underneath their sports shorts.
3. All learners are encouraged to wear predominantly white takkies for codes that require takkies.
4. All clothing is to be marked with clearly visible labels. Please check regularly that clothing is still marked and that your child is wearing his/her own clothing.
5. Learners are to be neatly dressed at all times and are to take pride in their appearance.
6. All learners must arrive and leave school with their shoes and socks on after a practice or match.

9 Rugby Etiquette Tips for Parents

School rugby brings out the passion in people and the 'crazy sports parent' isn't uncommon. We need to help our children become happy, healthy and confident young athletes. After all, our little heroes on the school field are the future giants of premier national tournaments.

Here are some key pointers to maintaining balance, fun and a healthy love of children’s sport for both you and your child:

Keep comments positive - Constructive criticism is a learning curve for children, but don't forget that we're talking about kids playing sport. Keep it positive. 

Speak respectfully about the players and to each other - This applies to the kids, their coaches, as well as to your fellow parents – opposition or not. Keep statements considerate, that way they are more accurate. Try not to succumb to belittling the opposition or the fans – it doesn’t win any friends. 

Don’t become that crazy sports parent - Learn how to best support your child. Swearing is not only inappropriate, it’s really tacky to see a parent swearing from the benches and it only serves to embarrass your child.

Fun is key - The biggest motivation for kids to play sports is having fun and your role as parent is to ensure this. It's the child's desire to play that matters, not the parent's desire to have the child play. 

Always use positive encouragement - Encouraging your kids to play sports is one of the best ways to help them develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. 

Don’t over-emphasise winning - Focus rather on fully participating or risk making your child too anxious to do their best during a game. Emotional support means accepting your child for who they really are, and not just the winning athlete.

Don't push your goals onto your child - Seeking out your own identity though your child's success is a no-no. Just because Dad didn’t make provincial rugby doesn’t mean he has to live vicariously through his son.

Be interested and supportive - Don't push your child too hard or be too serious – enjoy your child and let them learn by making mistakes. Allow them to set their own goals. Be supportive even though you may not enjoy the sport yourself. 

Parents, Be Smart! - Valid concerns about safety are fair. Check out Boks Smart for guidelines and protocol that all school rugby should follow – it will give you insight into nutrition for your future baby bok, info around gear and all important safety etiquette that keeps our little champions out of harm's way on the rugby pitch. 

Ultimately, playing rugby and indeed playing any sport as a child is about having a good time, growing, developing and learning important social skills. So sit back and cheer for the whole team and the opposition’s too.