Since the inception of the MRP in 2014, the MRP has been recognised as an offical division of Rugby Australia.
This also means the rules (or laws, as they are called in rugby) and modifications to the game of rugby that is played by the MRP have been approved by Rugby Australia.
The laws of rugby are upheld and implemented by all the MRP Coaches across the 4 divisions. In each division, the rules are enforced differently to ensure that all MRP Players (neurodiverse young people) experience fun and success.
The modifications in GingerCloud's MRP has been specifically developed to consider and include:
- The 5 senses - sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell
- Social skills
- Proprioceptive and vestibular development
These modifications were developed by GingerCloud Foundation and the support of an allied health team. These modifications are personcentric and are continually being developed and improved by the multidiscplinary allied health team and GingerCloud Foundation.
The MRP has five divisions that ensure MRP Players are able to experience fun and success, they are Juniors, Colts, 7’s and 7’s+ including a NEW ‘Premier 7’s’ grade especially for MRP Players who thrive with less support from PlayerMentors (Volunteers). If you would like to learn more about what the best division is for your MRP Player email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When a new MRP Player joins the program they will be automatically assigned to a Junior or Colts team based on their age. From here they will be assessed by one of Allied Health team and GingerCloud’s Operations Staff to ensure they are in the right division.
The goal is that each MRP Player explores and improves their social skills, rugby skills, and potentially progresses through the MRP's five divisions.
7-14 years old
MRP Junior is for Players aged approximately 7-14 years old. Players in this division are supported one on one by a PlayerMentor (Volunteer) and are provided significant support in their foundational rugby skills. Field sizes and playing time are reduced for MRP Junior teams.
14-25 years old
MRP Colts is for Players aged 14-25 years old. Players in this division are supported one on one by a PlayerMentor (Volunteer) and are provided significant support in their foundational rugby skills. Field sizes and playing time are reduced for MRP Colts Teams. PlayerMentors in this division are ideally senior high school students, university students or young proffesionals which provide similar aged role models.
Intermediate skill MRP Players
MRP 7’s is for young people who have a higher rugby skill level. In this division MRP Players do not have an individual PlayerMentor (Volunteer), instead each team is made of 4 MRP Players and 3 PlayerMentors. In this division the PlayerMentors provide a different support and experience for the MRP Players as they train and play as one team working together. Teams also play on larger fields and at a higher intensity.
Advanced skill MRP Players
MRP 7’s+ is the extension of the 7’s. This division is for the most advanced MRP Players. Coaches are looking to provide increased opportunity for MRP Players to extend their rugby skills. MRP Players in this division can run faster, pass further and catch more frequently than any other division.