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In Topic: Height of Summer Rugby?

22 July 2014 - 02:32 PM

I have underlined your last comment because I feel that is a real worry for the sport as a whole no matter what area it is being played in.
If we cannot get the players through from youth and junior to OA then we will face a huge issue if we are trying to promote, develop and see growth in the sport nationwide.

My statement is only true in a temporary sense - we'd love to have an Open Age side but not at the expense of our junior development (which has happened in some other clubs in the region).

In Topic: Height of Summer Rugby?

22 July 2014 - 01:19 PM

So its the RU Players fault?
There are not enough RL players to put out a team?
Its going to take years to pay off at OA level.
Without the RU players you are struggling to get a team, without a team you cannot fulfil fixtures and you simply have not got enough RL based players to survive without RU................so on that basis, several years down the line how will you ever reach sustainability at OA Level?

Of course it's not the RU players' fault. However several teams in the Midlands have bootstrapped themselves using RU players and are now playing full seasons - one of them will soon turn professional. Some of the RU players will convert to league if the opportunity for a full season is there but it's not always possible to gain that commitment in sufficient numbers.

We just don't have a great strength in RU locally and most of the players don't seem to want to take the risk of playing a tougher sport at a higher standard than they get week-in, week-out at low end RU.

Good question about the juniors - our approach is to try to run an U18 next season and try to bridge the gap that way. We hope that when there is a critical mass to restart Open Age the players who are currently at other clubs will return and join the next wave of juniors.

In the worst case, not having an Open Age side isn't the end of the world - the club focus has always been on juniors.

In Topic: Only 1 Touch Judge

22 July 2014 - 08:36 AM

The TJs have probably been on those all-important U15 scholarship games.

Alternatively, there just aren't enough officials. I know plenty of officials who have packed in over the last few years, me included.

In Topic: Height of Summer Rugby?

22 July 2014 - 08:34 AM

Well thats sounds like a Summer success story if ever I saw one!!!  :focus:

A story of rugby union players not wiling to commit. Unfortunately the number of "league only" players the Chargers have isn't enough to sustain a team - the junior development takes years to pay off in terms of a full Open Age side. If they did, they may well be in the Pennine League!

In Topic: Height of Summer Rugby?

21 July 2014 - 09:35 PM

Yorkshir Juniors Divisions are a bit up and down numbers wise at 15's............


Div 1 - 10 teams

Div 2 - 9 teams (1 folded from original 10)

Div 3 - 8 - teams (1 folded from original 9)

Div 4 - 7 teams

Div 5 - 8 teams


Chargers could certainly manage more fixtures at U15.