Season 2016/2017

 U10s (Born 2007)

The last two training sessions of the year take place on Friday 19th May 6pm-7pm, and Friday 26th May 6pm-7pm. Thanks to all for making this a great season. Enjoy your Summer and we’ll see you in Sept.


Match Day Etiquette

Code of Conduct for Players – Adopted from the IRFU Child Welfare Policy Document

  1. Play for enjoyment and become part of the rugby family.
  2. Respect the “Game of Rugby” and play within the Laws of the Game.
  3. Accept the referee’s decision and let your captain or coach ask any relevant questions.
  4. Play with control. Do not lose your temper.
  5. Always do your best and be committed to the game, your team and your club.
  6. Be a “good sport”. Applaud all good play whether by your team or the opposition.
  7. Respect your opponent. Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not “bully” or take advantage of any player.
  8. Rugby is a team sport and make sure you co-operate with your coach; team mates and members of your club.
  9. Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills and feel good.
  10. At the end of the match thank your opponents and the referee for the match.
  11. Always remember that you owe a duty of care to your opponents. Tackle hard but fairly, do not intend to hurt your opponent.
  12. Winning and losing is part of sport: Win with humility – lose with dignity.
  13. As part of the team it is important that you attend training regularly and listen to your coach and help your team.
  14. As a team sport it is important to understand that all members are important to the team!
  15. Remember you are representing your team, club, family and the Game of Rugby.Code of Conduct for Parents – Adopted from the IRFU Child Welfare Policy Document
    1. Remember, young people play rugby for their enjoyment, not only yours.
    2. Encourage your child always to play by the Laws of the Game.
    3. Teach young children that honest endeavour is as important as winning, so that the result of each game is accepted without disappointment.
    4. Help young people to work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship.
    5. Set a good example by applauding good play on both sides.
    6. Never ridicule, humiliate or shout at young players for making a mistake or losing a match.
    7. Do not place emphasis on winning at all costs.
    8. Do not force an unwilling child to participate in the playing of rugby. If the child is to play, he/she will do so in good time through your encouragement.
    9. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from rugby.
    10. As a spectator do not use profane language or harass referees, coaches or players.
    11. Do not publicly question the referee’s judgement and never their honesty.
    12. Recognise the value and importance of volunteer referees and coaches.
    13. Identify and acknowledge the good qualities of the Game of Rugby and uphold these values.
    14. Remember you and your child’s contribution to the Game of Rugby are very important to the IRFU and be proud of your contribution.

    15. Understand the value of team sport and its importance.




Registration will continue this coming Sunday 25th Sept from 9.30am – 12.00pm. This will be the last registration Sunday. All player must be registered to participate in training and matches. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Y&M section of the website. Feel free to contact me after training or by mail if you would like to discuss requirements.


  • The permitted footwear for the all-weather pitch and training area is boots with moulded rubber studs or rubber / steel screw-in studs (see examples below)
  • All persons entering the pitch enclosure must wear appropriate footwear for safety and to avoid damaging the synthetic grass.
  • Blade boots, runners and boots with worn studs are all forbidden as they will damage the synthetic grass. (see examples below)
  • Players, coaches, managers and any other persons involved in the game or training should comply with the appropriate footwear and ensure everyone in their group is compliant.
  • Parents and spectators should remain outside the pitch enclosure where footpaths and a concourse has been provided.
  • Boots and attire should be clean of all mud or other dirt.
  • The blue run-off area is a safety zone for players. It is not for spectators and must be maintained to the same standard as the pitch. The same footwear applies to all blue run-off areas.
  • Team coaches and referees are responsible for footwear of all players involved in their sessions



Training will take place at 10am Sunday mornings in Castle Avenue. Please be in time, as the warm up is a critical part of he session.

Make sure all players have gum shields, water and are prepared for weather (tracksuit, gloves, hats etc).

Any cancellations due to adverse weather will be posted in this website by 9am Sunday morning, please be sure to check in.

Finally, we have a great team of coaches at U8 this year, but we need your help. Instead of standing on the sideline, why not get involved. All help is greatly appreciated. If interested please contact




Interested in Coaching or Helping Out ? We need more help for the 2013/2014 season

Clontarf U8’s is looking for more coaches/assistants for this season – Many hands make light work – If you are bored standing on the side line or if you feel that you can make a positive contribution to our training sessions please volunteer to get involved. It is a great way to spend time with your child on the field of play. We can do with all the help we can get and don’t worry it only looks like hard work! Specialist training is provided to all newcomers so don’t worry about a lack of knowledge about the game, it is never too late to learn something new!

Coaching is done on a volunteer basis and the people that run all these sessions at all levels of mini and youth rugby at the club do so as a way to contribute to the community of Clontarf and surrounding areas. All coaches are parents of players, players currently or ex-players and we all want the club to thrive into the future.

If you or someone you know would like to get involved in coaching please contact Liam on 087 284 6814 – Many hands make light work!




Homework (For players & parents) – The more you practice the better you get!

  • Carry the ball in two hands at all times.
  • Pass behind you.
  • Never run backwards. Always run forward!
  • Practice scoring a try by bringing the ball to your chest in one hand and support yourself with the other hand as you go to ground. You can also force the ball to ground firmly with 2 hands, if you do not feel like throwing yourself to the ground.
  • Practice your catching.
  • Practice your passing, but remember don’t spin the ball.
  • Practice having fun!