Link to Seattle Seahawks rugby tackling video:
Rugby: Fastest growing sport in the USA:
'Can I touch it?' Will the U.S. learn to love rugby?
Although rugby is a competitive contact sport, it is a safe sport. If you have any concern about your child playing this sport without helmets and pads, you should be aware that initially we will be focusing on the rules of the game and what better way to learn than by playing Rookie Rugby
Rookie Rugby, (touch rugby), is USA Rugby's brand of flag rugby! It is designed to give players a fun, safe, and exciting rugby experience. The rules are simple, the game is easy to learn and minimal equipment is needed!
Rookie Rugby is the non-contact version of rugby that has been developed for schools and communities to introduce their young athletes to a fun sport! Play is free-flowing and continuous, with running, passing, and scoring!
Flag or two hand touch may be used, Rookie Rugby is designed for boys of all ages, and curriculums have been created for different age groups.
Rookie Rugby promotes TEAMWORK, HEALTH and FITNESS, excellent SKILL, and FUN!!
Athlete Benefits of Rookie Rugby:
- Emphasis on continuous activity
- Promotes health and wellness
- teaches respect for self and others
- Enhances motor skill development
- Encourages good sportsmanship
All players, coaches, officials, parents and fans are encouraged to remember that rugby holds a unique place in American sport. It is an international fraternal sport that is based on hard but fair competition, and camaraderie. The International Rugby Board (IRB), the governing body for rugby around the world, Charter states: “Rugby owes much of its appeal to the fact that it is played both to the letter and within the spirit of the Laws. The responsibility for ensuring this practice lies not with one individual -- it involves coaches, captains, players and referees. It is through discipline, control and mutual respect that the spirit of the game flourishes and, in the context of a game as physically challenging as rugby, these are the qualities that forge the fellowship and sense of fair play so essential to the game’s ongoing success and survival. Rugby is valued as a sport as it builds teamwork, understanding, co-operation and respect for fellow athletes... It is because of, not despite, rugby’s intensely physical and athletic characteristics that such great camaraderie exists before and after matches."