Teams such as the Clarence Coast Magpies are preparing for the 2011 junior rugby league season.
Teams such as the Clarence Coast Magpies are preparing for the 2011 junior rugby league season.

Registration still open for juniors

LEAGUE officials say it is not too late to register for this season’s Group 1 junior rugby league competition despite the sign-on dates elapsing.

The 2011 season is about to kick off and aspiring young players in the region can sign up now to play with their local club.

Clubs from Lennox Head to Grafton are still taking registrations which will kick off with trial games at the end of March for teams in seven to 16-year-old age groups.

Group One Junior president Rick Lennon said all clubs had already received a good response from returning and new players for this season.

“Interested players can still register with their local clubs, even though the official sign-on days have come and gone,” he said.

The ARL (Australian Rugby League) make it compulsory for all referees, coaches and ground officials involved in junior rugby league to be fully trained and accredited with them.

“There’s always a lot of interest from parents and older kids wanting to know how they can get involved in coaching and refereeing and clubs can arrange for courses and official accreditation,” Lennon said.

Mini-league caters to kids from age seven to nine with games with simplified rules run on a small field concentrating on basic skills; Mod league lets 10 to 12-year-olds spread their wings a little with larger fields and more tactical concepts of the game introduced; International league for kids 13 and up puts them on a full-sized field where they display all of the skills they have learnt from their accredited coaches as well as from regular open days and skills workshops the ARL run regularly.

“It’s a safe and fun environment and gives kids the opportunity to develop their sporting skills and confidence, with an emphasis on fair play, safety and sportsmanship,” Lennon said.

For more information Google Group 1 Junior Rugby League and follow the link.

Links to individual clubs are contained on the site and they contain all the details regarding registration and training.


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