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SEAPOINT Under 7s


Welcome to Seapoint Under 7s Rugby!

Eligibility
Seapoint Under 7s caters for kids born in 2011 or later. Boys and girls are welcome, although Seapoint is also developing a separate Girls Sections for anyone interested.

And that’s it!

Registration
Now that the season is underway it is important that everyone is registered. Registration forms are available in the Clubhouse. Without being registered players are not covered by the Club’s insurance policy. Also, without your contact details we cannot get in touch with you about training and matches etc.

And we need the money!

Training
We train on Sunday mornings from 9.30am to 10.45am. It is important that the kids arrive on time as it is hard to arrange the session with people arriving late.

It is also important that parents are on hand to deal with any bumps and bruises that might arise. With such a large group it is difficult for the coaches to give kids individual attention. Moreover, there is the possibility that we may have to end a session early if the weather deteriorates.

Besides, how could you miss the action on the pitch!

Matches
Once the season is fully underway we will start to play matches – some at home and some away – against other clubs, mainly in the South Dublin area. Some of these will be centrally organised Mini Blitzes involving three or four clubs, others will be friendly matches we arrange ourselves. In the New Year we hope to take part in the Kieran Burke Blitz organised by De La Salle Palmerston which attracts over 700 players from all over the country.

Gear
At this level three pieces of kit are needed: a Seapoint jersey, boots and a gumshield. Jerseys will be on sale in the Clubhouse on Sunday mornings. While they should not be a problem this year given that we are not doing tackling, please try to avoid hoodies, and tracksuit bottoms with zips are also best avoided.

Gumshields
While Under 7s rugby is non-contact, it is nevertheless most important that the kids get into the habit of wearing a gumshield from the beginning.

Gumshields are easily available from all good sports shops and also in the Clubhouse. It is also important that they are fitted properly - check the following Youtube link for guidance as to how to do that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7dgDjUmm4E

Weather
As those who have played the game will appreciate, rugby is an outdoor game played mainly in the winter months. It is not normally cancelled due to inclement weather. Cancellations only arise when pitches are unplayable or for safety reasons (e.g. high winds). For Minis we also have to be sensible when it is just too cold or wet.

But please make sure the players are dressed for the weather. We want them to enjoy themselves, not to freeze!

Volunteers
The Under 7s start each season with a couple of volunteer coaches whose sons are now well beyond the Under 7s. Like any Club, we can only exist with the active involvement of parents, off the pitch as well as on it.

Don’t worry if you haven’t played rugby before or have not been involved in Seapoint. This is Under 7s rugby – not the Six Nations!

We do, however, need to get everyone involved with the kids Garda vetted, so the sooner we get volunteers the better.

In conclusion
Our ambition is to make sure your kids enjoy playing rugby and enjoy being members of Seapoint. If you have any queries, please let me know.

Remember Seapoint Mini and Youth Rugby is MY Rugby – and it’s YOUR Rugby too!


Gearoid O’Keeffe
Under 7s Head Coach
087.641 2941
gearoidokeeffe@gmail.com

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