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An Opportunity for Kids to Try Youth Rugby Free!!

We offer non-contact (Rookie Rugby) and contact Rugby for boys and girls of all shapes and sizes. The kids will get fit, learn key life skills including teamwork and leadership skills.

The Winter Rugby season at the Mountain View Bobcats Youth Rugby Club will “kick off” with two free Open Days on Sunday November 11th and 18th 2012 between 2 and 4 pm at Huff Elementary School. 

This will be our biggest and best season yet, with over 130 players and 22 certified coaches and referees. 

MV Bobcats kids become part of our “Rugby Family,” form life long friends and appreciate the importance of having respect for their peers and opponents, coaches and referees.

Visit www.ayru.net or www.mvbobcats.org  for more details   

Age Groups: U8, U10, U12 and U14   

When: Nov 11th and 18th Nov   

Sunday afternoon 2:00 - 4:00 

Where : Huff Elementary School - 253 Martens Avenue  Mountain View, CA 94040  

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L.A. Chung November 09, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I have to admit I am a rugby newbie, and have never seen it played. Why is it I thought it was a really rough version of American football? Does this sport get a bad rap?
Zachary Peterson November 09, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Hello! Are you MaryRuth B.- former Castro mom & PTA President extraordinaire? If so, this is Jessica, Zachary's Mom & we are excited to try out rugby this Sunday at Open Day. Glad to hear your son enjoys rugby (Theo?)!!
Paul Lynch November 10, 2012 at 05:32 PM
The challenge for rugby coaches and administrators in the USA, is to find ways of breaking down the perceptions of the sport and to help “rugby newbies” understand the game, its ethos, its objectives, its structure and rules and to open up hearts and minds to the reality and, dare I say it, the beauty of the sport. There is evidence that rugby is becoming more popular; a study, conducted in 2010 by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) identified rugby was the third fastest growing sport in the US. Rugby is building slowly from the bottom-up. AYRU is just one of hundreds of youth rugby organization and clubs that are “popping up like mushroom” in every state. At AYRU we take a very responsible approach to introducing the game to “newbies” by offering non-contact and contact rugby forms of rugby in equal portions. (continued)
Paul Lynch November 10, 2012 at 05:35 PM
The growth of rugby is being driven from the top-down too. The recent inclusion of the rugby in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has been a significant boost for the game as has the increased coverage, by the NBC network of Rugby world Cup and Rugby Sevens. Rugby Sevens is a fast paced, high scoring form of rugby and it occurs over short seven minute durations - it requires a short attention span and allows for plenty of advertising breaks - a perfect fit for modern TV schedules! In summary, there are several significant developments that will slow and eventually reverse the build up of negativity and bias towards rugby that has accumulated over several decades here in the US. I am confident that the US will one day join the top tier of rugby nations and that many Americans will develop a better appreciation of the game and perhaps even grow to love the games that gave birth to football and basketball.
Paul Lynch November 10, 2012 at 05:36 PM
LA - Thanks for your comment on this blog - Interestingly your perception of the sport of Rugby is a “rough version of football” is very a common one in the US. Many American adults perceive rugby as a dangerous sport and I often hear rugby described as “football without the pads” What is equally interesting is that these attitudes are held by individuals who have had limited or no exposure the sport of rugby. So, when I hear people refer to rugby as “ a blood sport”, I am become fascinated and probe a little, only to discover that these beliefs are largely based on either pure ignorance or a fleeting encounter with rugby on You Tube or via a Hollywood movie! It is not surprising to me that the sport of rugby is misunderstood in the US. Although there are several “hotbeds” across the country, rugby in general is a minority of a minority sport and pales into insignificance alongside the big 5 - baseball, football, basketball, Ice Hockey and Soccer. Rugby is not part of the fabric of our educational system, particularly in colleges and it does not receive a lot of coverage on the TV networks. So the opportunities for the average American to become familiar with the sport are few and very far between.

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