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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!

The 12 Days of Covfefe

June 13, 2017 | Comments Off on The 12 Days of Covfefe

Morris County was the center of the US Rugby universe in early June.  Leading up to the US/Ireland match on 06/10, Team USA trained at Drew University (the preeminent small liberal arts university in NJ).  Then on Saturday, Denville was host to a miniature tournament featuring a NJ Select Side, NY Upstate Selects, and NY…

MORRIS MEN CAP SEASON WITH TOP 6 NATIONAL FINISH

June 9, 2017 | Comments Off on MORRIS MEN CAP SEASON WITH TOP 6 NATIONAL FINISH

On the heels of a hard-nosed, gritty 15-7 Atlantic-North Conference Championship win over Mystic River, the Morris Men got back to work in preparation of their National Quarterfinals clash against Southern Conference Champions Life University.  Following two weeks of training, the men headed to Pittsburgh, PA focused and prepared for the much-anticipated match-up which was…

JOIN MORRIS RUGBY FOR OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY FAMILY ‘POT LUCK’ PICNIC

June 7, 2017 | Comments Off on JOIN MORRIS RUGBY FOR OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY FAMILY ‘POT LUCK’ PICNIC

  JOIN MORRIS RUGBY FOR OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY FAMILY ‘POT LUCK’ PICNIC DATE: AUGUST 5TH 2017 (RAIN or SHINE)   LOCATION: HIGHLANDS RIDGE PARK COMMUNITY BARN IN CHESTER N.J.   Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, yard games, pot luck item and beverages (adult beverages are permitted). Hot dogs and burgers will be provided.   Click…

2017 First Annual Rugby Flocking Fundraiser

June 6, 2017 | Comments Off on 2017 First Annual Rugby Flocking Fundraiser

Give a fun-loving friend a A yard full of flamingos! * A letter accompanies our Feathered Friends explaining their arrival. * Your friend can have them removed early for a $10.00 donation. * The Flock will migrate after 48 hours. * Flocks of fun! * Delivery in July 2017 RESERVE IN JUNE FOR JULY Click…

USA Eagles Meet & Greet Tuesday June 6, 2017 6:30

May 31, 2017 | Comments Off on USA Eagles Meet & Greet Tuesday June 6, 2017 6:30

The USA Eagles are taking a few hours out of the training schedule  for the USA vs Ireland Game to meet their fans. Join Rugby NJ for the Meet & Greet on Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 6:30 – 9pm at the Morris Plains VFW at 45 Tabor Rd in Morris Plains. Adult Beverages, Soft…