Rugby 101: Intro to Rugby
SVRFC's High School Rugby 101: Intro to Rugby
Silicon Valley Rugby Football Club will be hosting another High School/Middle School Rugby 101: Intro to Rugby in December. Invite a few friends and come out to learn about the fastest growing youth sport in the USA. Winter practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in December 5th, 2017. Come out and give rugby a try!
According to the International Rugby Board's figures, rugby union is played in over 100 countries spanning six continents by men and women of all ages. Rugby is now the fastest growing sport in the United States. Bloomberg recently published their findings on youth sports, and said that participation in youth rugby increased 81% from 2008-2013. The premier Rugby competition in the world is the Rugby World Cup which is played every four years. It will be held in London in September of 2015; a faster version of rugby, Rugby 7s will premier as an Olympic sport in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
If you would like to come out and learn about the game of rugby, please print, and fill out the USA Rugby Waiver form, bring it to a SVRFC Coach at the next SVRFC practice.
See you on the pitch!
High school rugby players are attractive candidates for colleges. Many schools look for good athletes who will perform well in the classroom and add to the campus community through participation in sports:
- Time management. High school rugby players learn to fit practice, school, social obligations and even part-time work into their schedules.
- Teamwork = team work. Rugby players are used to doing their best for the group. Getting along with roommates, taking part in group study sessions, and working with lab partners are natural for them.
- Commitment. Continued participation in high school rugby indicates a student’s willingness to persist in a demanding regimen. A student’s commitment to something outside himself/herself shows maturity. College look for students who performed well and stuck with a sport, who will play their hearts out and stay on a team, as this is an indicator for retention in college.
- Good sports make good schools. Rugby is a game of respect, we respect our opponents, our referees, our coaches and our supporters. Creating a respectful, hardworking, hard-hitting, physical team, creates a winning environment. Winning sports programs build pride and tradition in an institution, and that benefits all students.
- Diversity university. On the playing field, students from various backgrounds meet as equals and become friends. Players do not have to like each other, but they do need to accept each other and spend a lot of time together, which cuts away initial cultural barriers and preconceptions and often leads to friendship.
- Homesick cure. Most first-year students miss family, friends and home comforts. But participating in rugby keeps the players busy and fills their time.
- Stress less. Academic and social tensions sometimes run high at college, and physical activity is a great release.