September 23, 2013

What is Tag Rugby?

Tag Rugby - U7s

Tag Rugby has steadily grown into the RFU recommended game for U7s.

Tag rugby is a non-contact, fast-moving game that is suitable for adults and children.

Its safe, non-contact nature, combined with the fun and liveliness of the sport, means that tag rugby is now backed by the RFU as the official version of rugby for under-7s and under-8s.

What are the rules?

  • No contact, but gumshield advisable
  • When a tag is made, the tagger stops running, holds the tag above their head and shouts “Tag”
  • When the ball-carrier is tagged, the ball must be passed to a team mate within three seconds
  • Competitive matches are limited at seven a side

The use of a either a tag belt or tag shorts replicates a tackle and is clearly seen when an effective tag has been made. Teams are seven-a-side with a preferred gender mix of at least three men and women playing at one time. (Teams can choose the gender of the seventh player).

The game has suggested progressions to allow the development of players and introduce more elements of the 15-a-side game. Coaches should use tag rugby to make their players see where space is and encourage evasive running into spaces and not faces.

Tag is a fast-growing version of the game, under the recommendations of the RFU Little Shoots rugby has incorporated it into the training to help develop our next bunch of rugby superstars!