Welcome to the Mini Section at Ballymena RFC
Ballymena Mini’s adhere to the IRFU Long Term Player Development model. The LTPD model is intended to provide a common reference point for all participants in Irish Rugby with the aim of ensuring a more enjoyable and productive experience for all (players, coaches, parents, spectators, referees & officials).
The three key principles underlying the IRFU LTPD are:
The model is Player-centred – all aspects of the model are appropriate to the capacities of participants at each stage.
These capacities are: Lifestyle, Physical, Tactical, Mental and Technical.
The model is Long-term – the reality is there are no short-cuts in developing competencies to levels of excellence.
A widely accepted belief is that it takes ten years of proper coaching to produce a world-class athlete or player.
Collective alignment – between relevant people & structures throughout a players rugby playing experience is the final principle behind the LTPD. This requires all participants who contribute to the development and experience of players to co-operate ensuring that all aspects of the LTPD are aligned,(players, coaches, parents, spectators, referees & officials).
We train at the club on a Saturday morning starting at 9:15am for around 90 minutes. From P4 onwards we train on a Wednesday evening. The focus of training is the development of skills, fitness and most of all fun.
We have a large number of coaches and certified first aiders for our set up but we actively encourage parents to get involved, and support those who want to take qualifications. We aim to always have a player to coach ratio of 8:1.
Joining the Mini Section
For details on joining please look at the Registration Page.
If you have any specific questions around joining the Mini Section please contact the Mini Rugby convener – Elizabeth Wilson
|Elizabeth Wilson||Mini Rugby Convenorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Alastair Maybin||Rascals Head Coach||07801066627|
|Dermot Gardiner||P3 Head Coach||07739837372||Dermot.email@example.com|
|Ryan McAuley||P4 Head Coachfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cormac McCamphill||P5 Head Coachemail@example.com|
|Gareth Shaw||P6 Head Coach||07761025723|
|Alvin McCready||P7 Head Coachfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Keith Foster||U12 Head Coach|
All children must wear a mouth guard for training and matches. The IRFU has banned players from wearing boots with metal blade type studs, zipped clothing and hooded tops during training or matches as these increase the risk of injury. Parents are asked to ensure that children have the proper boots and wear appropriate clothing.
Aims for the Season
We aim to develop the core skills of every player, increase their fitness and instill the core values of teamwork, friendship and fun. Mini rugby is when players learn to pass, to run and to believe in themselves and each other.