Welcome to Rugby

 

Why Rugby?

 

  • Rugby is full of continuous, aerobic play – keeping kids active.

  • Rugby is fun!!

  • Rugby is inclusive – Everyone plays.

  • Rugby encompasses power, agility, strength, and speed.

  • Rugby is an international sport played all over the world.

  • Rugby is an Olympic sport!

 

Athletes all over the world play this game. In fact, rugby is often seen as a "game for life." Players may continue to participate long after their school athletic career has come to a close.

Players may continue to play rugby for years to come by joining local collegiate and adult clubs. 

 

Rugby features elements of physical contact, but is no more intense than other popular sports. In comparison to gird iron football, some experts even consider it a safer game. This logic is justified by several reasons including the fact that rugby allows neither blocking nor rigid protective equipment. Players are also instructed on how to receive a tackle

 

Some Key elements to safety:

  • Players must wrap their arms around an opponent while tackling (no shoulder charges)

  • No tackling above the shoulders

  • No tackling while players are in the air

  • No pile driving

  • Tacklers are taught to tackle with shoulders and arms and not their heads

 

Any of the above is subject to a penalty or ejection from the game.

Here are some other reasons rugby is appealing:

  • Rugby is a game of possession, not yardage. Coaching technique emphasizes passing before being tackled and other skills aimed at retaining possession. This is in place of struggling to gain yards while opponents attempt to stop players at all costs

  • Evasion: The myth that rugby is less safe because it does not include blocking is simply untrue. As mentioned, players are less likely to fall victim to unexpected defensive hits. In other sports, space is created by brute force. Rugby encourages the use of evasion and misdirection which creates opportunities to run plays and score points. Nearly all collisions can be anticipated, allowing athletes to better prepare for contact situations.

  • Rugby has continuous play for extended periods of time.

Rugby players are all unique individuals who are unafraid of taking on a new challenge. 

POSITIVE PARENTS RESOURCES

http://www.positivecoach.org/parents/

 

The Power of Parents

"Many hands make for small work" is absolutely true in rugby! As coaches, we would like nothing better than to “just coach"; however, there is so much to do. We need help to put a successful team on the pitch every week! Can you donate time to help with the following important tasks this upcoming season?

THINGS TO BE DONE:

1. Coordinate a parents meeting before the season starts, to organize and recruit help

2. Be an advocate for rugby with the school administration and the powers that be

3. Create/maintain a website for the team/club

4. Compile a broadcast email list of parents / players

5. Organize, collect, distribute and maintain data

6. Manage the financials for the club

7. Wash jerseys every week

8. Identify sponsors who will support the club with water, $, food, jerseys, etc…

9. Fundraising: Bake sales, selling t - shirts, concessions

10. Become certified as a coach and help coach!

11. Coordinate travel logistics for away games

12. Form a Parent Booster Club

13. Line the fields and put up goal posts for home matches

14. Replenish the Med Kit with necessary supplies

15. Contact your local media to get coverage on TV, radio and newspapers

16. Be a positive influence on the sidelines during matches - DO NOT let other parents badger, taunt or belittle referees.

17. Volunteer to be the equipment manager for the club

18. Coordinate water / refreshments / snacks for game days

 

VOLUNTEER ARE WELCOMED!