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Columbus Youth Rugby

What is Rugby 7s?

Rugby 7s is the 7-on-7 version of rugby that was played during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Kids will learn teamwork, develop discipline, utilize communication skills and become mentally tough in a great team sport for all sizes. Regardless of your child's age and size there is a position for all in rugby, and all positions get a chance to carry the ball, play defense and score.

Click here for the rules of the game

*Rookie Rugby players may play a modified version of the game.

What You Need

The U14 (7/8th grade) Tackle Rugby League will require each player to supply their own mouth guard, cleats and water bottle. A team jersey and a pair of rugby shorts will be supplied to each player.

The U12 (5/6th grade) Tackle and Flag Rugby League will require that each player supply their own mouth guard, cleats, water bottle, and a pair of black athletic shorts. A team T-shirt will be supplied to each player. U12 Tackle currently operating in Dublin, U12 Flag currently operating in Pataskala (Watkins).

The Dublin Rookie Rugby Program (Grades K-4) will require that each player supply their own mouth guard, cleats, water bottle, and a pair of athletic shorts. A team T-shirt will be supplied to each player.

***All cleats must have molded spikes. Soccer and football spikes are fine as long as they are molded. You do NOT need to go out and buy new rugby cleats. (No Player is allowed to wear metal spikes)***

Program Fees

Pricing varies by age group due to insurances, referees, trainer fees and equipment. Please refer to one of the programs we offer to determine individual player costs.

Game Times

U14 (7/8 Grade) matches begin at 10:00 AM. U12 (5/6 Grade) Tackle matches begin at 12:00 PM.  Each team will play a minimum of two matches per week but no more than three. And each team will have at least a 15 minute break in between their first and second match.

The Rookie Rugby Program in Dublin will start at 9am

Interested in coaching? Click on the link below to submit your information.

(Coaches earn a discounted rate for their son or daughter)

Top College and NFL Coaches are teaching rugby tackling techniques

From the Seattle Seahawks:

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has released an instructional video showing the way his coaching staff teaches tackling.

“Our tackling system features shoulder tackling and a renewed emphasis on taking the head out of tackling. We’ve found our style to be successful in the NFL and in college, and we believe it can be employed at all levels,” Carroll said.

“We have found that we can practice and drill our tackling without pads or a helmet,” Carroll said. “This system of tackling was recently inspired by those who play rugby around the world. Rugby players have truly taken the head out of the game and truly exemplify shoulder tackling.”

Carroll says in the video that “we are a shoulder-tackling team.” Goodell wants the NFL to have 32 shoulder-tackling teams. “Rugby players take the head out of the game,” Carroll told reporters at the Super Bowl in February. “We practice this without helmets, without pads.”

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From the OSU Buckeyes:

Ohio State defensive co-coordinator Chris Ash discovered a new tackling method.

He came upon a 15-minute instructional video on the internet, experienced a flash of inspiration, and proposed to a staff of veteran coaches that they do more than just forget everything they had ever learned about tackling. He wanted to teach another sport.

A year later, the Buckeyes are not only practiced rugby tacklers. They may be the best tackling team in college football.

Ash transformed an area of weakness in 2013 into a pillar of a championship season. By Meyer’s count, the Buckeyes missed the fewest tackles in the nation last season.

Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs called the new style a “game-changer.”

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From the MSU Spartans:

Michigan State University head football coach Mark Dantonio thus far has only joked about traveling to faraway lands to recruit rugby players to his Michigan State football team.

But Dantonio is damn serious about infusing rugby into his program — specifically tackling techniques.

Inspired by the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and a rugby-tackling techniques video assembled by Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll, Dantonio is part of a growing but small group of college football coaches who’ve turned to rugby to teach the art of tackling.

The reasons are both competitive and important. First, to improve their teams’ ability to tackle in space. And, perhaps with larger and lasting ramifications, to take the head out of these collisions.

The NFL’s emphasis on tackling with the shoulders, instead of the head, isn’t just about player safety. According to the coach of the best defense in football, it’s also the most effective way to bring a ball carrier down.

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