is a sport that people throughout the world play from grade
school age to adulthood. It is a form of football that is
played on a field known as a pitch with an oval ball. It is a
fast paced, team-oriented game that is very physical. You can
not throw or pass the ball forward so the ball is advanced by
running, lateral passing or kicking. A tackle does not end the
play, it continues and the teams form a compacted line of
scrimmage to try to drive each other off the ball.
Type of Play
Players under the age of 12
play Touch Rugby, which is a two hand tag version of tackle
rugby. There is no tackling allowed, contact is minimal
and pushing is regulated. The contact should be in the
range of what you see in soccer or basketball. A player is
considered tackled when a member of the opposing team touches
him/her with both hands. After 12 years old tackling is
permitted by the play is closely monitored for anything
resembling dangerous play.
Youth Rugby is one of the fastest
growing sports in the United States today. It is played by athletes 14
and under. Children are divided into age appropriate groups. Boys
and girls interested in trying a fast-paced, team-oriented sport should
consider participating in rugby. Most clubs will accept new
players throughout the season.
These programs are designed to
introduce children to the skills and concepts of rugby. It is the
process of developing young rugby players, both boys and girls, from
non-contact touch rugby to a full 15 side high school level team.
Emphasis is placed on safety, good
sportsmanship, building confidence and fair play. If your child is
inexperienced do not let that stop them from joining the Rugby team. It
does not require a specific skill set like many other sports. Despite
your child's size, shape, or weight there is a place for them on the
rugby team. Coaches need players with a wide range of abilities to fill
all of the positions, and they will focus on building the skills and
knowledge needed to succeed.
Younger kids start with playing Touch
Rugby which is a two hand touch game. The play, for older kids, advances
to Tackle Rugby which is a contact sport played under close supervision
of qualified referees.
You may find co-ed teams during the
younger years when children are playing touch rugby but once they get
older female ruby athletes have their own teams and practice and compete
separately from their male counterparts. Game rules are the same for
both teams so the girls, tackle and get tackled during play. Women's
rugby is a very popular club on American college campuses.
High School Rugby
Once they hit the high school age
there are many schools that have rugby programs for both boys are girls.
You will find however, that in many locations it is a recognized school
clubs. This means that the school district does not offer financial
support but allows the team to use school facilities for games and
practices. Players are permitted to have rugby listed on their
high school transcript and can receive "letters" for participating.
However since they do not get school funding the teams must use dues and
fundraising to support their activities, liability insurance and medical