Each spring, SYA holds a number of Tag & Tackle clinics to introduce the game. Sessions are sporadically scheduled in such a way that kids can play their primary sport yet come out and try rugby. The purpose of the clinics are two fold: (1) introduce the game to new players without significant time or cost commitment (they are FREE) and (2) provide returning players a head start on summer play. No experience required!
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We’ll follow the same successful model used in the fall. Sessions will be held every other Sunday afternoon for elementary-aged boys and girls, players will be divided by grade groups. As some FCPS schools have started rugby in PE, there’s a lot of interest from new players anxious to play.
The focus of tackle rugby clinics will be the emphasis of safely initiating contact and more importantly, become comfortable and gain confidence in playing a tackle sport. Sessions will be offered every other Saturday afternoon and will better prepare players for a competitive summer season of rugby or a fall season of football, assist kids in learning safe techniques, and building confidence.
Looking to gain an edge on the competition during the offseason? We welcome SYA football and flag-football players and coaches this spring for our first “Intro to Tackle”. Players from both sports will be instructed on using heads-up, shoulder-leverage tackling techniques.
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