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YOUTH RUGBY FAQ'S

What is Youth Rugby and where is it played?
Youth Rugby is rugby played by athletes, ages 14 and under. In most areas, Youth Rugby is played with a two-hand tap replacing the tackle. Scrums are uncontested and lineout is contested. A loose ball on the ground is contested. Many countries around the world have used variations of this program starting ages of five years old and up. Australia and New Zealand have adult leagues using a variation of Youth Rugby, since without tackling; women can play on a competitive level with men.

How do you play Youth Rugby and how is it similar to other sports?
The rugby ball is shaped like a football. Teammates will run with the ball in their hands, passing the ball among them, looking to run between or around the opposition to score in the end zone. The skills learned are similar to soccer, lacrosse, and basketball, only you don’t dribble with the feet or your hands or carry the ball with a stick. This allows you to work on space (spreading out the offense) and pace (controlling your speed to provide good support, then bursting to score).

Is Youth Rugby played under the same rules and laws?
No. Youth rugby laws are amended to provide a fun safe opportunity for youths to learn the sport.

Is there kicking in Youth Rugby?
Positional kicking allows you to kick the ball behind the defense to continue the attack. It also allows the defense to get themselves out of situations when their back is against the wall. You’ll learn a range of kicks during this program.

I’ve seen Rugby on the television. How is Youth Rugby different?
Luckily, there’s been Rugby Union shown on the International Channel. That’s the type of rugby that Youth Rugby is based on. There is a different type of rugby shown at times called Rugby League. In that game when a ball carrier is tackled, play stops like in football. In Youth Rugby, play does not stop if you’re tagged or tackled. The ball changes sides when the offense makes a mistake. Sometimes, on TV, you’ll see teams playing “crash ball”, driving into the opposition. In Youth Rugby, you’ll learn how to attack space. Coaching and training will involve passing and running with the ball to go between or around the defense, or kick past them.

Are there special skills necessary to start playing Youth Rugby?
No special skills are necessary to begin. If you can pass a little bit and catch a ball while running, you’ll be a star. Remember, tackling will be replaced with the two-hand tag. You will concentrate on the skills of passing, running, kicking and positional play.

Will Youth Rugby help me in my other sports?
Rugby is excellent preparation for any team sport. The game will get you in excellent shape. You’ll improve your ability to read defenses. Your passing will be vastly improved in your other sports, whether it’s with a tick in lacrosse, your feet in soccer, or yours hands in basketball.

In some sports I play now, I hardly touch the ball. Will that happen in Youth Rugby?
No! Because there are no downs, the ball keeps moving around the field. Everyone touches the ball! Everyone runs with the ball! Everyone passes the ball!

2017 Trustee Meetings

April 22, 2017 | Comments Off on 2017 Trustee Meetings

Trustee Meeting Dates for 2017- (Every other month is a conference call) Sunday, April 30th @ Dover Moose Sunday, May 21st (conference call) Sunday, June 25th @ Dover Moose Sunday, July 30th (conference call) Sunday, August 27th @ Dover Moose Sunday, Sept. 24th (conference call) Sunday, Oct. 29th @ Dover Moose Sunday, Nov. 19th (conference call) Sunday, Dec.…

Morris HS Girls April 29th Fundraiser

April 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Morris HS Girls April 29th Fundraiser

HS Girls Team will be having a fundraiser on April 29th from 11 am to 1 am.  All funds raised will be utilized to get the team to the High School National Invitational Tournament. Click Here To Print Tickets

Sinners Dinner 2017

April 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Sinners Dinner 2017

The umpty-sixth Morris Rugby Sinners dinner was celebrated as tradition would want, on Good Friday.  This year’s commemoration fell on April 14.  Scores, no, verily approximately 1.5 MILLion were in attendance on the 2nd Floor of the renowned steakhouse Arthurs Tavern.  The turnout was YUGE!!!.  In fairness, it must be noted that the Morris County…

Travelogue: Waikiki Beach vs. Randall’s Island

April 7, 2017 | Comments Off on Travelogue: Waikiki Beach vs. Randall’s Island

Some may have been to Honolulu and spent some time on Waikiki Beach.  Others may have been to New York City and spent some time on Randall’s Island.  Only the luckiest of us have been to both.  As a public service, I offer this travelogue for you to decide where your next vacation destination should…

U18 Boys were away at Highlander’s (West Milford) on 4/2/17

April 3, 2017 | Comments Off on U18 Boys were away at Highlander’s (West Milford) on 4/2/17

It all came down to a last minute conversion at the end of a hard fought game. With less than a minute to go the fifth try for Morris made the score, Highlanders 26 – Morris Lions 25. With the ball a yard from the touchline making it a difficult kick the wind took the…