Junior league kicked off on Sunday 14th April at the Bluegoose with new trial rules at Mini Mod Level. Andy Flint, Development Manager from NZRL was on hand to oversee the new rules. “The rules have been introduced to try and encourage play makers and encourage players from a young age to use their instinct” Flint said.
Previously, in Mini Mod League (7s, 9s and 11s) there has been a two pass rule, this meant that if there isn’t two passes then there is a turn over. Now players will be given turns to wear an armband and play as a dummy half or half back. The armband will give the players an exemption from the two pass rule – which will mean that they can use their vision and if they get tackled it won’t be a turn over.
The Juniors will play another round before a two week holiday break before recommencing on May 12th. All Northland wide 13s, 15s and 18s competitions also commence on May 12th. The Mini Mod League in Kaikohe will also commence on May 12th.