WOODLANDS YOUTH TOUCH RUGBY LEAGUE- Continues To Thrive in 2016/2017
With last season’s hugely successful participation and the return of rugby to the Olympics this summer, Woodlands Rugby continues its effort to Grow Rugby and add valuable skill building to our youth side. We continue to build on our award for Youth Development from Texas Rugby. Woodlands Youth Rugby will continue a Youth Touch Rugby League for Fall 2016. This league will run Pre-Season to the regular rugby season. This is our T2C League- Touch to Contact. By learning the basics of the game while playing non-contact, players have a better understanding once contact play begins.
Touch Rugby is the two hand tag version of tackle rugby mainly aimed at youth players. There is no tackling allowed in Youth Touch Rugby, however; since it is a running game involving two opposing teams, there is incidental contact as there would be in youth soccer or basketball. Most of the other rules of rugby will apply, so the players will get the maximum enjoyment out of this fast paced game. Youth Rugby is practically a non-stop sport.
Since Youth Rugby is non-tackle (sometimes called non-contact, but this really means non-tackle, since there is incidental contact), there is no advantage in Youth Rugby to being large or small, male or female. Smaller kids can play successfully with bigger children (we do make two age groups within the under-11 group), and girls can play successfully with and against boys. There are positions on the field and strategies that take advantage of players with and without speed.
Youth Touch Rugby involves running, passing, kicking, offense, defense, scrums, lineouts, mauls, and scoring – lots of scoring for everyone on the team! It’s soccer and football and a lot more, all wrapped into one, fast, exciting game.
You don’t need very many skills to enjoy youth rugby and coaches will help kids learn how to play and enjoy the game. Simple skills common to many sports, kicking, passing, catching and running are all that is needed. The rest you can learn by coming to practice. Many players may have other sports of interest…..football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse….rugby can help develop skills adaptable to all those games. Anyone can play, it’s easy to learn, everyone plays offense and defense, everyone can score AND EVERYONE HAS FUN!