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  1. Rugby Highlights

  2. Parent’s Presentation Introduction to Rugby

  3. AmericanRugbyTradition Returns to the Olympics in Rio 2016 (Both Women and Men)

  4. The 10 Most Demanding Extreme Sports You do not play sports if you do not want to sweat, but everyone can agree that badminton and rugby are two different…ballgames.  Rugby Wrestling Ultra-Marathon Water Polo Soccer Wind Surfing Mountaineering Cross-Country Skiing Cycling Roller Derby

  5. I Play Rugby

  6. Present day one of the World’s most popular sports • High School Rugby Governed by USA Rugby A study conducted in 2010 by America’s Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) found that rugby is now the third fastest growing sport in the United States, following softball and ice hockey. In a previous study, which used data collected between 2007 and 2009, the SGMA had also revealed that rugby was actually the fastest growing team sport in the country. The game, is now played by more than 750,000 Americans – a 20% increase on the number of participants playing in 2007.

  7. Rugby Overview

  8. Rugby Positions 7 Backs(Scrum Half 9; Fly Half 10; Centres 12,13; Wings 11,14; Fullback 15) 8 Forwards (Props 1,3; Hooker 2; Locks 4,5; Flankers 6,7; Number 8)

  9. Game Duration • 2 halves of 30 minutes • Clock only stopped for substitutions & injuries • Game continues at end of a half until ball is dead, not when tackled

  10. Safety Injuries per 1,000 athlete exposures (games and practices combined) • NCAA football – 54.8 injuries (Includes both Spring and Fall Football) • Collegiate Women’s Rugby – 11.2 injuries • Collegiate Men’s Rugby – 22.2 injuries • NCAA Women’s Soccer – 23.7 injuries • NCAA Men’s Soccer – 26.8 injuries • Concussion Rate in Women’s Soccer 9.2% of injuries; 7.4% in Football; 5.5% in Men’s Soccer; 2.2% Men’s Rugby; 1.6% Women’s Rugby *NCAA injury rates are from the NCAA website and the Rugby injury rates are from British Journal of Sports Medicine article written by Dr. Lyle Micheli “Collegiate Rugby Union Injury Patterns in New England”

  11. Collisions California Study found that the impact force in football was 3 times greater than in rugby (4800 pounds to 1600 pounds). Rugby Football • Tackles must show an attempt to wrap-up player • Wrestle player to the ground • Not allowed to tackle in the air • Contact time is longer • Blocking is prohibited • Wraps arms around player & take to ground • Tend to cause greater injury • Blind sided possible • Players moving at a greater speed • Impact knock-downs

  12. Education in Safety & Proper Technique • USA Rugby mandated coaching licensing and certification • Improvements to players’ safety in games • Improved coaches training programs Ruck

  13. Why did the whistle blow? Penalty Kick Free Kick

  14. Why did the whistle blow? Try Scored Advantage

  15. Why did the whistle blow? Advantage: • When an infringement occurs, if the referee thinks the non-offending team might benefit by continuing play • How much territory or opportunity is needed before advantage is gained depends on the nature of the offense • Applies to minor infringements or penalties • If no advantage occurs, the referee blows whistle and brings play back to the place of the infringement

  16. Why did the whistle blow? Obstruction Offside

  17. Why did the whistle blow? Offside: • Ball establishes offside line, which is continually moving • Players are not permitted to participate in play if on the opposing team’s side of the ball • Simply being offside is not a penalty, must attempt to participate from an offside position to be offside

  18. Why did the whistle blow? Knock-on Forward Pass

  19. Why did the whistle blow? Knock-on: • When a player mishandles the ball; drops or allows ball to rebound off a hand or arm and the ball travels forward • Punishable by a scrum to the opposition

  20. Why did the whistle blow? Scrum Awarded Forming Scrum

  21. Why did the whistle blow? Not Releasing Ball Tackler Not Releasing

  22. What Next for your son or daughter? Vermont has a current High School All-American, a Junior All-American, and a Collegiate All-American. Plus there are many former Vermont high school rugby players that are playing In college or have graduated and are playing for a club team. • Tryout for the Vermont Select Side (Look for info in May from your coach) • Tryout for the High School All-Americans (Vermont Select Sides (M/F) • To become a HSAA, athletes need to be selected for their state all-star team. State All-Star teams then compete in one or more of the seven Regional All-Star Tournaments (RASTs) throughout the country. HSAA scouts attend the RASTs to make selections for the HSAA squad. • New England RAST is in Devens, MA, June 27 - 29 • Attend a rugby camp over the summer. • Use rugby to attend a college of their choice – Varsity vs. Club Sports • Play rugby in college • Tryout for the College All-Americans or the Junior (U20) All-Americans

  23. USA Rugby “Work For It”

  24. Questions ? Additional Info: (VYRA Website) Spectator’s Guide to Rugby: USA Rugby Intro to Rugby: IRB’s Guide to Rugby: