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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!

Annual General Meeting 2018

November 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Annual General Meeting 2018

Our annual general meeting is scheduled for February 11th at 10 am. Location is  the Dover Moose 21 Sammis Ave Dover, NJ 07801  

By the Power Vested in Me

November 19, 2017 | Comments Off on By the Power Vested in Me

All week long, the weather was ominous.  The forecast for Monday through Friday and for Sunday would change like your underwear, but Saturday remained constant:  rain and temperatures in the mid-40’s.  And I did not mention that the game would be played in Bayonne, which would guarantee winds whipping in off of Newark Bay.  As…

Interest in a bus for the Gala?

November 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Interest in a bus for the Gala?

IF there is enough interest, Lakeland Bus Lines, the official motorcoach carrier of Morris Rugby, can make a bus available to drive attendees from the Hampton Inn to the Mountain Lakes Club and return.  Did I mention IF there is enough interest?  Here is the suggested itinerary:   5:30  pickup at Thatchers 5:45  pickup at…

Base Camp Participates in NEW Tournament!

November 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Base Camp Participates in NEW Tournament!

South Jersey Flag Rugby Tournament Base Camp Participates in NEW Tournament! November 4, 2017   Jurie Swart  of the Marlton Rugby Football Club had a vision to hold a flag rugby tournament in South Jersey in November of 2018. After much success with 2 clinic type sessions, his players were ready to play games. So…

High School Boys Fall Games and Strength & Conditioning Training

November 11, 2017 | Comments Off on High School Boys Fall Games and Strength & Conditioning Training

Morris Lions High School Boys came away from Ridge with a 44-5 victory in the latest Fall scrimmage. With a team made up a mix of U18 and U16 boys, experienced players, recent graduates of the U14 program, new players and complete novices it was an impressive performance. Limited opportunity at practices to work with…