Gumshields / Mouthguards
Gumshields / mouthguards are advised for all players and compulsory for U9 upwards. The English Rugby Football Union strongly recommends the wearing of a custom made mouthguard. The mouthguard should be worn for training as well as matches. Custom made means having impressions of the mouth taken by a dental surgeon. DIY products are not recommended. Mouthguards are worn not only to protect the teeth and soft tissues but also to prevent concussion.
Headguards / Shoulder Pads
The use of headguards is up to the individual player / parent however we have seen no evidence that they are a good thing. They may actually give the player a false sense of security as well as possibly promoting dangerous tackling behaviour. We certainly do not encourage their use for P4 and below. We do not approve of the use of body armour / shoulder pads at any level of mini rugby and will actively encourage other clubs not to allow their use in competitive games. Until clear advice is forthcoming from the SRU this will remain our policy on these two issues.
Studs with jagged edges pose a danger to other players, particularly in the older age groups where there is more likelihood of players lying on the ground. Unless boots have moulded plastic soles, it is important that studs are examined regularly to ensure missing studs are replaced and rough edges smoothed. Studs must also comply with the British Kite Regulations. Plastic studs should not be used.
Severe Weather Clothing
All players should come adequately equipped to cope with the weather conditions that can occur during the winter months. If players are freezing, they are unlikely to enjoy themselves and may be put off mini rugby.
If any player suffers a knock, which results in momentary unconsciousness, confusion, memory loss or unsteadiness, then there is evidence of concussion injuries. The player in question should be taken from the field of play. Please note that in any event, irrespective of their age, the player has a compulsory twenty-one days off rugby.
If not already done so mini rugby players should have a preventative course of tetanus injections. General Practitioners should be able to advise.
Responsibilities of Parents, Coaches and Managers
Coaches cannot take legal responsibility for those players whose parents leave them during training sessions, tournaments and games. If parents have to leave the ground for any reason during a training session, tournament or game, they should appoint a fellow parent to be responsible for their child.
Medical or Other Conditions
If players have any particular condition such as asthma or diabetes, which may affect their playing, please inform one of the coaches.