Under-9 rugby is non-contact, and is played with 6 players per side on smaller fields; the emphasis is athleticism, team play, and having fun. We teach the basic rules of the game, how to be a safe player, and how to behave as a respectable team member. Flag rugby, a non-contact and co-ed form of the game, is played at this age.
At the under-9 age, youth transition from the FUNdamentals to the Learn-to-Train stage of physical literacy, as defined by the Canadian Sport For Life (CS4L). In addition to fundamental movement skills (agility, balance, coordination), we begin to place more emphasis on rugby-specific skills.
- Our spring session starts in April outdoors near the Eglinton Flats location.
- Our summer session starts in late May when our home field at Eglinton Flats (101 Emmett Avenue) opens. We have skills training on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings and game play throughout the summer (May to August) on Saturday or Sunday mornings. Festivals are typically within about an hour's drive from Toronto.
- Players can join the team at any point in the season.
- 2018 registration costs are outlined on our registration page here. Fees include registration with the Club, Rugby Ontario, and Rugby Canada, as well as associated insurance. Fees also include uniforms, spring & summer practices, and all tournaments.
- For those in need, financial assistance is available through club bursaries. We are committed to ensuring that the sport is financially accessible to all youth.
- We believe in promoting and enforcing safety throughout every aspect of the program.
- Rugby is a physical sport that does involve contact when players are old enough (over 10). Our club believes in preparing kids from an early age to be smart, strong players. U-9 players are taught non-contact flag rugby, which is played during scrimmages and tournaments for this age level.
- Toronto Dragons RFC takes the safety of our players seriously on and off the field. Our coaches are screened through background checks and vulnerable sector screening program managed by the Toronto Police Service, which is consistent with other kids' programs. The coaching staff review safety measures and work together to ensure that player safety is paramount. Coaches are trained and registered according to the World Rugby Passport program, which is complimented by Rugby Canada and Rugby Ontario's programs. Learn more about World Rugby's Rugby Ready program here.
Players are encouraged--and at times pushed--to excel, but always with an emphasis on positive reinforcement. We believe that a healthy mind helps promote a healthy body.