Our Youth Rugby teams offer skills and match play for boys and girls aged U13 – U19
Our youth boys program runs from U13 right up to U19. We provide L1 qualified pro-coaches with younger players and L2 qualified with the older players.
In this age group we make transition from Minis to Youth rugby seamless, challenging, rewarding and fun. This age group is a crucial step in making sure are the players have a progressive skill development on the fundamentals of rugby. The young players are also introduced to differential learning where players develop their decision making and game awareness through chaos games, active skill games and problem-solving games. Basic rugby concepts are instilled in all sessions where these sessions are 80% active and 20% coaches talking. Players learn better through playing and discovering solutions whilst active and this approach to coaching allows for that development. Players are introduced to basic attack and defensive patterns and player roles as forward and backs.
At this level we build on the players learning from U14. Differential learning is advanced challenging the players to think tactically and to make decisions under pressure. Players are exposed to situations where they must solve problems as a team. Players will learn position specific skills and their roles within a team. Players will develop an understanding and application of pitch zones, decisions within each zone, basic set piece and concepts as restart options.
At this level we build and develop players with a transition into the senior game. Training sessions will replicate senior training elements and concepts. Players will develop an understanding of applying skills under pressure. Whether these are position specific, unit specific or team pattern specific players will be challenged to always execute under pressure or adapt to find solutions. Players will be challenged both physically and mentally but will also have a platform to build on their strength so that they can handle the physical demands of the game safely.
DB Pirates has produced some excellent players over the past years and continue to do so today. Through our youth program many of our past players have and continue to represent in HK U20s national team. Some of our former youth players can be seen playing senior rugby in HK Men’s Premiership League and are part of 7s training squad at the HKSI.
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Our girls’ program has been steadily on the rise for the last 3 years and has been the cornerstone of our youth program. Our girls program runs in tandem the HKRU youth girl’s program. Across all age groups our girls spend the first 3 months of the season taking part in the Girls Youth Development program run by HKRU. This is then followed by National Age Grade trials. However, despite this busy period we always make sure the girls train together away from HKRU programs so that they get a sense of belonging and bond well as a club team. Every year we have a significant number of girls have been selected for the National Age Grade program.
Our girls are introduced to the basic concepts of youth rugby. They are also introduced to basic tactical play and understanding of positions, pitch zones and set piece concepts. During this time, the girls can explore different positions within their units allowing them to finally settle in a position they can play and contribute the most to the team. This a steep learning period for our young athletes but we have great coaches who will guide them through the journey
Our girls begin to understand and apply position-specific skills, decision-making within pitch zones and get a progression on basic set piece scenarios. Players are challenged to think and solve problems under pressure. Coaching and games are modified to allow differential learning. This age groups allows for mental development through problem-solving and decision-making games. This age group is the crucial steppingstone to senior rugby. Players develop form U14 learning basic concepts, to young players adapting to skills and mindset to progressively better players and athlete. Our U16 age groups always produce competitive players, who enjoy playing rugby.
At this stage girls train in line with HKRU senior women’s standards. The DB program at this stage is challenging but rewarding to players. Players are developed to be exemplary on and off the field. The girls are developed to play the game tactically whilst using decision-making as a key factor during the game. The U19 girls are also taught to be role models to the younger age groups. Last year every U19 player was selected for the U19 NAG girls’ squad, whilst 2 players were selected for HK national 7s team. The U19 program, combined with the U16 and U14 programs, creates a pathway for any girls to graduate from minis to youth,. This enables them to play senior women’s rugby in the HK premiership, maybe apply for rugby scholarships at university, an opportunity to trial for HK women’s national teams and best of all, to be a great ambassador for DB Pirates girls rugby.
So if you are a returning player or looking to try the greatest game in the world for the first time and are aged between 12 and 18 years old, DB Pirates is the right club for you.
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LIAM HERBERT JOINS OUR YOUTH COACHING TEAM
We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Liam Herbert as our Head Coach of U13 Boys for the upcoming season. Liam comes to us off of the back of completing the Olympic qualifiers for Rugby 7's in Monaco. Not only will he be responsible for coaching this season's U13 boys team, he will also be responsible for our mini to youth transition programme. Please join me in welcoming Liam into the Pirates family.
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