Welcome to Old Ruts Girls Rugby Season 2018/19!
The Old Ruts philosophy centres on fun, encouragement and participation for all. We value enthusiasm, effort and teamwork much more than outright victory. We welcome all players of any ability and take a thoroughly inclusive approach with all involved.
As a family friendly club we run an active social programme for parents as well as kids, and this includes an end of season tour, cheese and wine tasting evenings, curry nights, quiz nights, BBQs, music festivals and of course bacon sandwiches and burgers available every Sunday morning after training!
Training starts on Sunday 16th September and runs to the end of April 2019.
Sessions take place every Sunday from 10am to 12 noon.
Ruts Girls Ruby is the perfect group for girls in Years 1-6 to play tag rugby with other girls.
If you're interested in joining us or would just like to try rugby for the first time, please do come along. New starters are offered two weeks' free trial sessions with no pressure to join afterwards (although we're confident you'll have fun!).
Please contact Girls' Tag Team Manager, Karen for more info (contact details at the top right of this page).
As well as home training sessions we also hold joint training with other local clubs and take part in tournaments throughout the season. Details of all our upcoming training, festivals etc can be found on our Minis Fixtures page.
When we’re training at home we’ll usually have a BBQ offering bacon butties, hot dogs, etc which is a great way to enjoy Sunday morning brunch. The BBQ is run by parents on a rota basis, so please be prepared to volunteer for half an hour or so when it’s our age group’s turn (and remember…it’s always warm and dry by the BBQ!).
Look forward to seeing you on the pitch soon! It's absolutely free for the first 3 weeks you attend - so you have nothing to lose.
Rules of tag
It's a good idea that parents should have a grasp of the rules of tag rugby. Click here to download the rules.
2017-2018 Season Highlights
18th February England vs Wales
Wow what a day. We were honoured and privileged to welcome both Old Penarthians and Battersea Ironsides girls’ tag teams. Old Penarthians made the 150-mile journey to arrive at the club just pas 11am and we got stuck into the games straight away. With four pitches and six rounds of tag, we managed to get 24 games under our belts. After 2 hours our girls were exhausted, but were still having fun. We were hugely impressed by Old Pens athleticism, running in straight lines and fabulous off-loads. All the girls were excellent.
Food and refreshments swiftly followed the full-time whistle. And then we were entertained by the Old Pens girls singing. What a magical experience. Renditions of Calon Lan and Land of my fathers got the bar to its feet. Brilliant. And then we sang our guests home with Max Boyce’s Hymns and Arias.
A massive thanks to Karen and Simon for organising such an amazing day. We are going to mark this as the first international between girls playing tag in under 9s and under 11s. Who knows this might be known as a historic day.
Today we welcomed Battersea Ironsides girls to Old Ruts - we had a record 60 girls playing tag rugby. After British Bulldogs and a variety of other games, we organised the girls into 8 teams on four different pitches. It was amazing. We thank Crawford and the Ironside parents for bringing so many girls to the club. It was a very proud moment for all of us and we look forward to a return fixture.
A big shout out to all the mums and dads who helped at the BBQ today. In particular, a huge thanks to Patricia. You're all stars.
Checkout some of this week's videos
"SkilzFest" - The entire Minis section got involved with our annual Skilzfest day. This saw all age groups trying out 4 new games: 2 based on evasion and 2 based on attacking.
The kids were brilliant and seemed to have the whole thing sussed out, whilst the coaches were still scratching their heads trying to work out what they were supposed to be doing.
We attempted just two of the games: Jail break and Rugby Netball. I was particularly pleased with Elsa's group who planned how they were going to break out of the jail. Communication, planning and execution are vital ingredients of well-functioning Rugby team.
Today was "bring a friend day" which was a great success, we had 9 new players, which swelled our numbers to 30 girls. This is a first for the club and we are very proud of the parents and girls for such a tremendous effort. We practised some of the basics, passing the ball behind and off-loading after being tagged. The games were a bit hectic as the numbers were large.
Key areas to practice next week are positioning on the field. Teams that hold their positions on the field tend to do better...
A big thanks to all the parents who help at the BBQ - you know who you are!
2016-17 Season highlights
In preparation for Old Ruts Girls Tag very first appearance at a festival, we have penned a song. We hope it will inspire and create a fantastic team spirit.
Girls rugby are we
Running and throwing
Now pass it to me.Making new friendsAs part of a teamWe have lots of funJust living the dream.Old Ruts Girls Here We come!"
Today was another brilliant day. We played lots of tag rugby. The girls are still getting to grips with positions and we added substitutions into the mix. This meant the girls coming off have to tell the girls coming on which position they are. We then played the boys U7 team - the girls were brilliant. We lost 5-7, but played extremely well.
Another first for Girls' Tag - we had our first training session at the School - much more space, but no bar (for after-training refreshment)
The group was divided into two: those girls who were focusing on passing behind and those who were going to learn about positional play.
Both groups achieved a lot during the session. Finally we merged both groups together for a massive game of tag rugby. My favourite moment was Josephine scoring the last try.
Oh and a big thank you to Patricia for FREE hot dogs for everyone...
First session after 2 weeks of frozen pitches. We had a great turn out. Organised a Boys v Girls session. This was our girls' first taste of competitive tag rugby. They played extremely well - the end score was 9-7 to the boys. Very, very proud of the girls...
Great session of tag rugby - we learnt about passing the ball on being tagged. But best of all Santa came with boxes of chocolate for all the girls!
We welcome three new coaches: Dave, Simon and Darren. This week we will be concentrating on being tagged. In fact, I'm calling this session: "There's no shame in being tagged". The emphasis will be on getting tagged and off-loading.
Also I would urge parents to try and get more girls to enjoy our sessions.
Girls Tag is cancelled - the weather is rubbish and there's a lot of illness about. See you next week.
Girls' Tag Rugby first session
Thank you to everyone who turned up to our first session of Girls' Tag. We had 20 girls playing in the first session - which was beyond our expectations.
We started with simple passing exercises, and with the girls telling us their names. Then a session of British Bull Dogs which is the essence of tag Rugby - the catchers hone their tagging skills and the bull dogs their "evasion skills". Lastly, we practised our passing the ball backwards - a fundamental aspect of Rugby.
What a morning.
The girls were brilliant - attentive, hard working and enthusiastic. They were rewarded with free chips, which Patricia Jordan, the catering manager, generously donated to the inaugural day of Girls' Tag.
James Robertson, Head Coach, 18th September 2016
Girl's Tag Rugby starts on 18th September 2016