Age Grade Rugby

Youth rugby begins at U9s and ends at U18s. For safety, and to allow young players to develop in the best environment within clubs and schools, Scottish Rugby has a number of Age Grade policies and procedures.

Age Banding Policy

All players under the age of 18, and all clubs, schools and teams participating at age grade levels, must follow Scottish Rugby’s Age Banding Policies. Please select the relevant age banding box below for further information.

Click here for an Age Grade Calculator for the boys’ game.

Click here for an Age Grade Calculator for the girls’ game.

Age Grade Law Variations

To aid enjoyment and development, there are Age Grade Law Variations (AGLVs) in place for the mini and youth game in Scotland. For more information, please click here.

Age Grade Game-Time Policy

The maximum game time for all age grade rugby players U9 – U18 should not exceed 90 minutes in a 48-hour period. The Age Grade Game-Time Policy applies to all schools and youth fixtures; national competitions, regional/local competitions and friendlies. Watch our video on the Age Grade Game Time Policy here.

Player Registration on SCRUMS

As part of the player registration process, players are required to register on Scottish Rugby’s SCRUMS system. This allows us to maintain details of the player and enables the club to add the player to a match team sheet. For younger players a parent or guardian’s input is required as part of the registration process.

Download guidance for parents on registering a youth player

Contact details

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for or have a specific query in relation to Age Banding or related matters please contact us at [email protected]

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