The Boston Irish Wolfhounds Youth Rugby Football Club was established in 2002 to encourage kids to become involved at an early age in the world's greatest sport. The "Hounds" have a proud tradition of rugby that emphasizes camaraderie and building a love for the game.
Everyone! Both boys and girls play rugby. Rugby is a great sport for all kids - no matter the body type or whether fast or slow, there is a place for everyone on a rugby team! The camaraderie of rugby is an aspect of the sport that sets it apart from others. Kids age 6 through high school can play in the Hounds Youth Rugby program. Kids generally play in age groups of 6-9 (U9), 10-12 (U12), 13-15 (U15), and high school.
Rugby was first played at the Rugby School in Warwickshire, England in 1823. It's now played by millions of people worldwide. Rugby, which pre-dates American football, is a fast paced game with far fewer stoppages than football. The ball is larger than an American football and has no laces. The rugby field is called the "pitch." "Trys" are scored by touching the ball down to the ground beyond the goal line in the try zone and are worth 5 points. Conversion kicks through the goal posts after a try are worth 2 points. Penalty kicks are worth 3 points. Goal kicks are also worth 3 points.
Rugby has many variations. It can be played with 7 (referred to as "7s"), 10 ("10s"), or 15 players per side and can be played with no contact or with contact depending on age and experience level. The Wolfhounds Youth U9 and U12 teams play with no contact flag rugby while the U15 team adds more complex techniques and some limited contact to what they previously learned. The high school team plays tackle rugby.
The Wolfhounds play the type of rugby that is known as "Rugby Union" which the most popular type of rugby in the world. "Rugby League" rugby follows a different set of rules, scores differently than Rugby Union, and has a different number of players on the field. "Gaelic Football" and "Australian Rules Football" have some similarities to rugby but are totally different sports!
For parents: Rugby develops:
- respect for self and others
- teamwork & camaraderie
- focus & concentration
- strength & coordination
- confidence & character
through practice and competition.
For kids: It's just a really fun sport!
- "Duckie", U12 player