U18 Boys Division
If you’ve previously been involved in this game at all, then you’ll know that this is easily the best sport there is. Yes, it’s a physical contact sport, but it is the quintessential team-game with an important role for everyone, of all builds and sizes.
To the novice, the game may seem brutal, but learning the proper skills and techniques is key to making the game safe and fun for all. That’s what we hope to achieve as the coaches – to develop the players and the game through participation and learning in a safe and fun environment. Yes we want to win, but that is not our main goal – much more important is the feeling of achievement, improvement and knowing that you and your team have all played-well given their best-performance.
The U18 Boys rugby program builds on the skills developed in the earlier age-grades. Plus we welcome players new to rugby who will find that, within a few weeks, they are able to fully participate in the training program, scrimmages, games and tournaments.
At the Under 18’s, our group of experienced coaches build on the goals from all the preceding age groups, plus have our own prime-objectives:
– Increase Player Knowledge and Ability – through skills advancement and set & open-play techniques
– Improve Game Flow – through play-cycle continuity via teamwork and communications
– Generate Strategy and Awareness – through game vision and ‘on-the-fly’ decision-making
– Positive Attitude – by working hard to have fun
In addition to the structured training / practice sessions, the Under 18’s teams will compete in the Toronto Rugby Union and Niagara Rugby Union U18 divisions. Games are full contact, played for 60 minutes, mostly scheduled for Wednesday-evenings or Saturday-mornings.
In addition to the League games, Crusaders also play games against several touring teams, as well as a number of play-off tournaments.