Why would we go and say something like that? Well, because it has proved true for many of us. Obviously we have not all tried every single sport that exists, but there are so many unique and wonderful aspects to Rugby that it is hard to imagine a replacement. Rugby is a game that anyone, any size, speed or strength can enjoy and contribute to. It makes it a very open and welcoming community.
How is Rugby Played?
You start with two teams (“sides”) on a field (“the pitch”) and play for two 40 minute halves. The object of the game is to run the ball into the opposite “try zone” (like the end zone in football) and score 5 points by touching the ball down — an actual “touch down” ha! Now, this is super tricky, because you can’t pass the ball forward, and whoever has the ball is fair game to be tackled. Once on the ground, they have to release the ball — easy to lose possession if you’ve got no help (“support”)! Every player on the field plays offense, defense, can pass, receive, catch, kick, tackle…
Rugby is a fun-filled, fast paced sport. Playing rugby can lead to all kinds of health benefits like cardiovascular fitness and endurance, strength in upper and lower body, agility, speed, ball handling/ kicking skills, weight loss, improved self-confidence, mental health, and lots more.
There is more to it, obviously, but that paints a picture. If you are interested in learning more details, check out our Rookie Primer!
What’s so special about Rugby?
When we play Rugby, more than any other game I know, we play as a TEAM. There are countless instances during any given match where together we can accomplish something no one individual could do on their own. The scrum comes to mind (think of it like an 8-person version of a basketball tip-off) where 8 of us may defeat the other forwards, but I myself, no matter how strong or how hard I try, would be crushed.
We learn to trust each other. We learn to pass the ball and trust our teammate will be there to receive it. A side-effect is that we learn to be trustworthy and dependable, to be there for each other on and off the pitch. We also learn to trust ourselves, our own strength and character and begin to understand how far these really go. It’s like pushing a muscle to its limit and watching it rebuild itself stronger the next time.