Rugby is a team game played with an oval ball that may be kicked, carried, and passed from hand to hand. Points are scored by grounding the ball behind the opponents’ goal line (thereby scoring a try) or by kicking it between the two posts and over the crossbar of the opponents’ goal.
The 3 key rugby rules beneficial to know when coming out to a Gainesville Rugby training or watching rugby:
- All passes are lateral or backwards. You need to be lateral or backwards from someone to receive the ball. You cannot block and after you pass, you want to get back into a position to receive the ball. Make your passes with two hands.
- Once tackled, you must release the ball. Play continues even though you release the ball and when releasing the ball, the idea is to place it backwards towards your team. Only players with the ball can get tackled.
- The ball can be kicked at any time and if you are in front of the ball when it is kicked by your teammate, you must retreat behind the the kicker or any player that was behind the kicker during the kick.
Click for the full set of the laws (rules) of rugby IRB Laws PDF
Rugby Rules for Beginners: http://www.youtube.com/watch? feature=player_embedded&v=