By Silicon Valley Rugby Football Club , 09/04/18, 4:30PM EDT
American "gridiron" football roots are from rugby.
Rugby season begins as football season wraps up. Rugby's Competitive season runs from March through May; and Fall 7s Rugby runs in Sept-Oct for those who don't play football. Youth & High School Rugby is a great way to stay fit during the off-season.
High School Rugby is played continuously for 60 minutes with few stoppages. Continuous play requires athletes to be cardio fit.
The concept of continued play asks the American football player to continue to react, scan, and process information rapidly. Adaptability to the action is key!
All rugby players are expected to carry, pass, kick, break tackles and make tackles. Even the big kids carry the ball.
Rugby teaches to safely shoulder leverage tackle in open field and close quarters.
Contact without pads encourages safe technique as well as builds courage in young players.
Gives young athletes the opportunity to play a sport abroad, rugby is truly an international sport.
American "grid-iron" football is slowly transitioning towards the safer shoulder leverage tackle, (the "rugby tackle") as seen in the Seattle Seahawks video below introducing the rugby tackle to the American public.