FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Q. I want to start a team, who do I speak to?
A. Please contact our league manger Andy Moore.
Q. I want to play for a team, who do I speak to?
A. If you know which team you want to play contact them directly, if you're not sure which is your nearest team please contact our player registrations secretary Glenn Tyreman.
Q. What age groups does HYRLA cater for?
A. The project started with u12s in 2014, then u12s & u13's in 2015. So that's kids in school years 6, 7 and 8.
Q. I have a group of potential players but they aren't the right age for HYRLA what are our options?
A. Please contact Glenn Tyreman who will advise you depending on the age and location of the team/players.
Q. When does the season start?
A. The season starts in May running through to the end of July.
Q. When should I start training sessions for my team?
A. You can start training as soon as your club is registered to HYRLA.
Q. Do we need a rugby kit to play in?
A. Ideally yes but matching t-shirts and shorts would be enough to get you started.
Q. Where is my nearest club?
A. Take a look at the clubs list for details.
Q. Does HYRLA have adequate insurance?
A. Yes, HYRLA is insurred through the Rugby Football League. This covers all coaching activities undertaken by our staff either on or off our Station Road site, including member clubs.
Q. Does my club or team need insurance?
A. Yes, all clubs and teams must have their own insurance. please contact the RFL for deails: RFL club insurance
Q. Can I start a team if I'm not a qualified Rugby League coach?
A. Ideally no, each team requires a qualified Level 2 coach. HYRLA can advise you of the right qualification, course dates and costs. It may be possible to subsidise the cost of a course in some cases. Please ask.
Q. I'm happy to fund my own coaching course do I need HYRLA's permission and how do I book?
A. Coachwise deliver courses on behalf of The RFL. Courses are open to anyone and can be booked online: Book a course
Q. Where can I get more information about the courses before I book?
A. Visit www.therfl.co.uk for course details.
Q. What safeguarding proceedures are in place?
A. All team coaches must be RFL qualified, this includes DBS checks (formerly CRB). HYRLA have the ability to process DBS checks on behalf of member clubs so that all club volunteers can undergo this important check. Beyond this HYRLA have a growing network of qualified volunteers who ensure child welfare through adequate first aid, touchline management and site safety.
Q. Do I need a rugby pitch or ground to start a team?
A. No, you can train almost anywhere, some teams use public parks, schools or football grounds. However, if you intend to host games/fixture festivals then you will need a suitable ground with changing rooms and rugby posts.
Q. Why are all the fixtures arranged into festivals?
A. One venue means one set of volunteers are required on match day. Only one match official is needed and there is just one facility cost.
Q. How much rugby will my team play at each festival?
A. Junior teams can play up to 60 minutes of game time on match-day. A festival of 4 teams will give each player three games lasting 20 minutes each.
Q. Will HYRL always be based on a centralised fixture format or will there be home and away games?
A. No, in 2014 all games were held at Southampton Spitfires ground to help the league establish itself. From 2015 the league fixture festivals will be spread out amongst those member clubs that have adequate facilities. In time we hope to move to a home & away format but this is at least two years away and entirely dependant on the success of the league and the strength of each individual club.
Q. How many players does each team need?
A. Rugby League is a 13-a-side game but HYRLA have adopted a 9-a-side format. This means you only need 9 players to get started but we adivse a squad of 15-20 players per team.
Q. What is the link between HYRLA and Southampton Spitfires?
A. HYRLA is a rugby league development project lead by the same people that started Southampton Spitfires RLFC. The two organisations are strongly linked but have seperate constitutions and seperate bank accounts. HYRLA was set up to address the lack of junior rugby league in and around Hampshire and to help support all of the region's clubs, not just the Spitfires.
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