Training

All about training

Rugby is at its heart a team game, and a well-trained team will beat a poorly trained team almost every time. We encourage everyone to get to training. It ensures the players get the most out of their rugby and get to really know their teammates plus it is a time for some Fun.

All players are expected to Team Training on their respective days and attend all team training from this date. Coaches/Manager will set the training start times.  The training start time is when players should be ready to go, boots on, mouthguard, been to toilet etc. Be ready and don’t be late!  All training and pre-game commence with a Warmup. This is an important part of training and injury prevention.

The training start time is when players should be ready to go, boots on, mouthguard, been to toilet etc. Be ready and don’t be late!

Even in the younger age groups, it is incredible to watch the improvement over the course of a season. You can really tell by the back half of the season which teams train regularly and which teams don’t.

Vikings Juniors train at Gowrie playing fields.

Under 7s to Under 8s – Generally start in the first week of March until September

Under 9 and above – generally start at in February until September, however, will be dependent on the coach and age group. 

TRAINING DAYS AND DURATION (APPROXIMATES)

  • U7s to U9s – 1 Hour
  • U10s to U11s – 1 Hour to 2 Hours per week
  • U12s to U15s – Up to 3 Hours per week

*Some older teams may have different training schedule. Please see the team manager or Juniors Committee Member for more information.

Training Days and times are agreed by the individual coaches and managers with parents and the Club committee. This ensures we can balance our volunteers’ time along with the availability of the training grounds

WHAT TO BRING / WEAR TO TRAINING

  • ALL players are advised to bring their own water bottle to training. Coaches will generally have the team bottles however it good practice to have your own for training.
  • All players are actively encouraged to were mouthguards for all training sessions and games, however it is not compulsory.
  • Players must wear Rugby boots to all training sessions.
  • Most players will normally wear their uniform of club shorts, socks & training t-shirt to training.

NO PARENTS IN CARS AT TRAINING. PLEASE...

Family participation strongly encouraged We are a family focused club and encourage parents to be part of our Club Community. Jump in and help the coaches or managers. Or just mix with other families and get to know each other. Bring a chair or blanket and have a picnic. It’s a great experience to share time together with your child playing rugby.

We all know that starting something new, unfamiliar and with people you have only just met, can be daunting (even for adults). It’s made a little easier for your child if you, as a parent, get involved with them and actively assist your child’s team.

We ask family members, to put up their hand to volunteer as Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Manager, Field Marshall or the Team First Aid Officer. Consider volunteering in one of these roles yourself

The club will provide courses for volunteers to fulfil their roles If you cannot commit to a role for the season, ask your Coach or Team Manager how you can assist them on a week to week basis. It’s OK if you don’t know a lot about Rugby – your coach will happily let you know how you can help. The youngest age groups require lots of hands and patience to keep players’ attention on games and training activities. More helpers often mean that each player gets more turns and touches the ball more often during training.

TRAINING PICKUPS

Player pick up Parents: we insist that players are only collected from the playing field after training. This is a safety issue.

In the dark it is very hard for coaches and club officials to keep track of players. Kids, cars and darkness is also not a good mix. We ask all parents to talk to their children and reinforce for them to stay on the main field/ pavilion until you collect them.

Please don’t ask your child to come and meet you in the car.

How can we help?

I'd love to help

As you know running a rugby club involves heaps of effort and time, basically it takes a community.  And of course we'd love your help!!