First of all, thanks for being a Rugby Coach! Clubs like Kinsale RFC simply wouldn't exist without your support and expertise, and we're doing what we can to support you. Kinsale Rugby Club aims to create a safe and fun environment for all players. The kids are the heartbeat of the club and Saturday mornings at Snugmore are special as families and club members mingle while their kids enjoy our game on our pristine pitches.
Below is a list of FAQs that most coaches may have. Support is always available to you should you need it. As an underage coach, your main points of contact are:
When do coaching/matches normally take place for my age grade?
Saturday mornings is are dedicated to our mini teams. The U6/7, boys and girls U8, U9 and U10s all train or play matches at 9.15. While the U11 and U12s boys and girls will train or play at 10.30. Homes matches should be arranged for these times. Some of the older mini teams (U10 upwards) may organize midweek training sessions too.
How do I organize a pitch for my training or matches?
All pitch allocations for minis will be managed through the Minis Coordinator (Pauline O’Reagan) and all youth pitch allocations will be managed through the Youths Coordinator (Eric Dolan).
The Team Manager for each team will be invited to a Whatsapp group where pitch allocations will be agreed. Regular training sessions can be accommodated with a regular pitch allocation. Matches may require more flexibility depending on pitch availability at the club.
How do I get gear (balls, cones, bibs) for my team?
Training equipment and game gear can organized through your relevant coordinator – for minis this is Pauline O’Reagan, for Youths this is Eric Dolan.
Where can I get coaching resources/drills for my age group?
Kinsale Rugby Club promotes the coaching of the “four cornerstones” of rugby: Catch, Pass, Tackle, Evade. All coaching sessions should focus on building these core skills, as well as creating a safe and fun environment for boys and girls to learn the sport of rugby.
The Munster Rugby website has a wide range of drills, advice and fun games to try out during your coaching sessions. The coaching resources page has both a “Minis Manual” and a “Youths Manual” that is very instructive. Take a look at this list of fun games for use at minis level in particular.
If you need further advice or instruction, speak to your coordinator, or Senior Coach Denis Collins who is always happy to advise and give tips for your age group.
What training am I required to undertake as a coach?
All Kinsale Rugby Club coaches are encouraged to attain an Active Coach Badge (link). It provides a very useful foundation for coaching rugby. Any fees incurred in taking this course are reimbursed by the club. Speak to your minis or youth coordinator for more information.
How can I get access to the dressing rooms or clubhouse?
The clubhouse is open every Saturday morning as most of our mini teams will be in attendance from 9am. If you require access at other times, you can speak arrange with Senior Coach Denis Collins, President Paul Kingston or Vice-Chairman Paul McCarthy.
What do I do if there is a medical emergency?
Each team should have at least one coach first aid trained to deal with minor injuries or to advise on escalation. There is a medical kit in the clubhouse, however each team should be furnished with a first aid kit. Speak to your coordinator (Pauline O’Reagan – minis and girls, Eric Dolan – youths) to find out more.
What are the child safeguarding requirements for coaches coaching mini and youth teams?
Each coach is required to be vetted via the IRFU process every two years. There is also Safeguarding Training required too.
The safety of our players is our highest priority. Maritta Buwalda is the Child Welfare Officer. We are currently building a page with extensive advice, escalation paths and tips for child welfare issues. It will be available soon.
You can view the IRFU’s safeguarding policy here.
Who is the child safeguarding point of contact for the club?
You can find many more coaching resources on the Munster Rugby website.
Maritta Buwalda is the Child Welfare Officer. We are currently building a page with extensive advice, escalation paths and tips for child welfare issues. It will be available soon.
Where can I get the rules for my age group?
The 'Munster Rugby Coaching Mini Manual' and the 'Munster Rugby Coaching Youths Manual' are both excellent resources and have age grade rules listed. You can find many more coaching resources on the Munster Rugby website.
Speak to your club coordinator to find out more about rules and regs for your age group:
For youths rugby, Eric Dolan - 0872310488
For minis rugby, Pauline O'Reagan - 0876821163
For girls rugby, Pauline O'Reagan - 0876821163
How should I communicate with my parent group?
Fixtures and training events should be communicated through the ClubZap app. Download the ClubZap app from your App store on Android or Apple and select Kinsale Rugby Club. Coaches should invite parents to their relevant chat group at the beginning of the season and all matches and training sessions can be organized from there.
If you have any questions about ClubZap, or need help coordinating your group, contact club PRO Paul McSherry.
How do I find out about fixtures for my age group?
Mini fixtures are developed and organized by the "South Munster Minis Group" internal club group (on Whatsapp or Clubzap) that is coordinated at the start of each season. Head coaches will be added to this group for help and advice on organizing fixtures.
At minis level, each team manages their own weekly matches by contactin the opponent coach and aranging a fixture. Time and venues will need to be consulted with the Minis Group to ensure no pitch clashes occur.
Youth fixtures are coordinated by Munster Rugby and head coaches will be notified of their alloted matcheds.
How do I arrange games or practice matches with other clubs?
You can reach out to other local clubs to arrange side-fixtures. If you need a contact for a particular club, speak to Denis, Eric or Pauline, your playing coordinators, for help.