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    Default Weight/size grading - Australia attempt

    http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/un...15-h0w4v1.html

    Interesting to see how this actually is applied. AU/ARU is historically crap at providing and training experts (with no money) so I cant see how the assessment will actually work or be applied consistently. Other than that, as a father of a small kid I like the idea. I cringe when I see some of the man mountain 14yo he's expected to stop!
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    Much sympathy for the ARU as they try to address a very difficult problem

    If you tell kids they can't play with their friends but must play with the year above, or the year below, I reckon many just won't play
    It's a very difficult issue

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    Many years ago when I was living in Washington DC, the Peewee Beltway League for football had weight divisions. A scandal blew up because it turned out at least one coach was feeding the kids diuretics to keep their weight down.
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    Well it worked for Shane Warne....
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    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    Much sympathy for the ARU as they try to address a very difficult problem

    If you tell kids they can't play with their friends but must play with the year above, or the year below, I reckon many just won't play
    It's a very difficult issue
    It is a tough problem. On the counter my older son gave up playing as #9 at 14 cause he kept getting runover by bearded trucks (ably assisted by poor coaching of forwards that didnt know their job). It wasnt fun for him to be trampled and injured every game and he wasn't going to cop the wrath if his team and just step aside without attempting something.
    Fortunately he just concentrated on reffing instead....and is pretty handy for his age.
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    One system that I read about is that you keep to your age groups , but have two types of competition s .. open, and weight limited

    So you would have
    U14s (open)
    U14s (60kg). (or whatever)

    A club would play both types of games .. there might be local leagues, small kids who are good will play in both and get lots of Rugby!

    I thought that sounded a clever solution , and if was the RFU i might trial that

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    Default Re: Weight/size grading - Australia attempt

    Crossref you expect the rugby union to try something that sounds like it might work and keep players at grassroots level? That is wishful thinking or blind optimism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldman View Post
    Crossref you expect the rugby union to try something that sounds like it might work and keep players at grassroots level? That is wishful thinking or blind optimism.
    You prefer world-weary cynicism?
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    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    One system that I read about is that you keep to your age groups , but have two types of competition s .. open, and weight limited

    So you would have
    U14s (open)
    U14s (60kg). (or whatever)

    A club would play both types of games .. there might be local leagues, small kids who are good will play in both and get lots of Rugby!

    I thought that sounded a clever solution , and if was the RFU i might trial that
    We just don't have the numbers in Australia or out parts for that sort of comp split. With rugby, league, soccer and AFL there's just not enough bodies!
    Tell em it's Law 23 and smile

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    Default Re: Weight/size grading - Australia attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by OB.. View Post
    Many years ago when I was living in Washington DC, the Peewee Beltway League for football had weight divisions. A scandal blew up because it turned out at least one coach was feeding the kids diuretics to keep their weight down.
    That's just taking the piss!
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