Published on November 13th, 2011.
Teaching children how to play rugby is not very difficult, however it is good to make it a step by step process. The first thing that they need to understand are the rules. They must know that only passing back is allowed, and that forward passes are illegal. This may seem like a bizarre concept, but they will get used to it in time. They will understand how the tactics work and how running with the ball is more important than looking for a 50 yard pass, such as in American football.
The best thing to do is to play touch rugby at first. It may be a good idea to play it with belts that are used for sports such as capture the flag. This way, instead of tackling someone, all you have to do is take off their belt and you get possession of the ball. It is not as fun, but it is definitely very safe. This way, the kids can get in the momentum of rugby, and develop a good understanding of the game before going into the tackling mode.
Teaching tackling is the hardest part, but a few demonstrations and practice sessions are usually enough to get kids tackling well. Then, you can slowly ease tackles into games.
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