My 6 year old son plays rugby. He plays in the under 6s as its on school years (so yr 1 and younger). When he started it was for over 4 year olds (i.e. Rec and Yr 1).
Then there were parents who wanted their 4 year olds who hadn't started school yet wanted to play so they started.
Then there were parents who wanted their 3 year old not yet 4 year old to play so they started.
Today we had 2.5 year olds, because although they are not 3, they want to play.
AIBU to think: a) the parents shouldn't ask and b) the coach should refuse them?
My reasons for this is a) they don't listen and don't follow instruction b) they run any which way around the pitch c) the boys who are older (5/6 year olds) are having to dodge them whilst playing a game, which a) slows them down and b) could result in injury
dunno - DS2 was about that age when DS1 gave Rugby a try - DS1 spent his entire sessions runningthewrongway.......while DS2 knew exactly what to do and desperately wanted to join in - we'd play at home and he got it right and DS1 was hopeless (needless to say DS1 didn't last long with Rugby..........)
Am PMSL at the thought of my DS playing rugby...he can barely throw a ball and is more likely to fall over it than kick it....YANBU OP, can't be much fun for the 6yos trying to actually play a game with 2.5yos toddling around the pitch!
I can't see how they can play rugby as such at that age, but a weekly session of ball skills, throwing and kicking etc, and a good run around as a first intorduction to the sport seems like a nice idea.
YANBU it's not safe having 2 year olds running around in the middle of 6 year olds in that way - in an environment where they are trying to learn to play a game and shouldn't have to be looking out for obstacles that they might hurt!
Why can't they set up another 'game' for the under 4's next to the game for the slightly older ones?
My DS (3) does Rugbytots which is indoor and gives them the basic skills in a fun atmosphere. I wouldn't want him playing 'proper' rugby with older boys as I think it would a) be beyond him and his concentration levels and b) be greater risk of him getting hurt.
I don't see anything wrong with the younger ones having their own session learning the skills (that is quite a good idea actually) but they shouldn't be playing with 6 year olds. The size difference is far to much at that age and I can't see how that can be safe.