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Michael Clark

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Joined December 2014

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Rugby fan, occasional old boys game but my main focus is on my kids and their sport.

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The assessment process is conducted by specially trained Level 2 coaches looking at a range of factors for kids too small or too big.

Size for age: Is it fair to have an 11-year-old playing in an older league?

This is not BS nor is it about pointing out differences – it is about player safety. I would be more than happy if my child was told up an age group. It would be good for his social development and maturity mixing with older kids.
It is only in recent years that anyone has spoken about the impact of concussion. Every single contact sport globally is looking at concussion and how to improve player safety. Why should junior rugby be any different because last I checked it was a contact sport?

Size for age: Is it fair to have an 11-year-old playing in an older league?

Gatesy, you are right. This is the ideal competition for someone to bankroll outside of the ARU. There are plenty of smaller Sevens competitions but this idea requires financial backing which grassroots might not have.
The turnaround in the fortunes of Sydney’s Shute Shield in 3 short years is evidence that passion for rugby exists but the current approach at professional level isn’t working.

Can a domestic sevens competition help the cash-strapped ARU?

Rugby at the professional level is a business Noodles, and because of that focus the grassroots get neglected. What I am suggesting is a way that will provide value to the business-end of rugby AND also reward clubs building juniors, will reward refs and administrators and help grow community and family involvement. Why? Because everyone will see the clubs, players, refs, administrators and can easily and simply reach out to learn how. Everyone wins

The simple, forward-thinking way we can empower rugby's grassroots

Thanks Marko, the bones may already exist but there is nothing bringing this all together in a way which reduces administrative burden for time poor volunteers plus delivers insights and data to administrators from club to district to State to ARU level. You noted 3 links to 3 different tools. There is an opportunity to rebuild these different tools to deliver significantly more value for all involved in rugby.

The simple, forward-thinking way we can empower rugby's grassroots

I’m definitely not supporting the current ARU administration. I noted this as a potential opportunity for an incoming ARU CEO. There was minimal engagement with Sydney clubs about the Bledisloe and yet by comparison there is a grassroots fundraising opportunity with tickets to the Barbarians. It shows what is possible.

The simple, forward-thinking way we can empower rugby's grassroots