The main reason to play youth rugby is because it is FUN! Running, kicking, passing, and teamwork are a few of the things your children will experience. It requires lots of energy and it teaches participants to think on their feet by playing a game that does not stop for time outs or breaks in play. Youth rugby also builds strong self-confidence and camaraderie by participating in a sport where sportsmanship is not just a word but is embraced and expected by the sport worldwide. Youth rugby develops players from kindergarten through high school ages, both boys and girls. It involves a pathway of development from small non-contact "touch" rugby for young players, through to full 15 side contact rugby for high school level teams. Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. Many people are familiar with rugby as a fringe sport, but you may be surprised to learn that it is actually the second most popular sport in the world behind soccer. In fact, in Europe, Australia and South Africa, the teams and players are elevated to a star status that exceeds that of NFL players in the United States! Many teams fill 80,000 seat stadiums for international match play.