Group 16 Minor Rugby League is welcoming the Senior 18s to join their 2020 season.
After the senior rugby league season was postponed to 2021, Group 16 chairman Allan Wilton said the aim was to run an 18s competition after the minor league on Saturday afternoons.
Wilton said clubs were rounding up players for the 8-9 week competition, starting on July 18.
"At this stage we're in the process of working out which senior clubs can field under-18s teams," he said.
So far, Bega, Tathra, Moruya, Bombala, and "hopefully Batemans Bay" will field a side, Wilton says.
"If there's enough teams to run a competition, we can work with Group 16 Minor League to play our under-18s on the Saturday afternoon, after the 16s minor league comp," he said.
Wilton said it was unfortunate the seniors competition did not go ahead, and hoped younger players would keep up an interest.
"It's so important to keep the younger players playing to sustain our future competitions," he said.
Wilton said, any 16-18 year olds looking for a game, to contact their local club's Facebook page.
Both the Bay Tigers and Moruya Sharks were excited at the prospect of including 18s in the minor league season, with both clubs looking for additional players to fill out their camps.
Batemans Bay Tigers president Tony Nunn said: "We need another five or six players to make a competitive side."
"We have some 16 and 17 year old kids who have played in representative sides, as well as a couple who have had first grade experience," he said.
"Any kids who have missed out on sports this season, and want to come down for run, they're more than welcome."
The Batemans Bay Tigers' training is at McKay Park on Monday and Thursdays from 5.30pm. Training remains non-contact for now, but is expected to return to full contact from July 1 as restrictions ease further.
The Sharks have held back training until June 30, closer to when restrictions were expected to ease.
"It'll be much easier to control the kids," juniors president Ben Grant said.
Earlier this month, the Narooma Devils called the decision not participate in the 2020 competition.
Incoming president of the Minor League Ross Griffiths said NSW Rugby League is working with Narooma to try and ensure the Devils play some role in the season.
"They have 135 registered kids and they want Narooma to be able to compete in whatever format the competition takes this year.
"It looks like they'll be able to start training next week."