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Rugby is a contact sport and often parents, at the introductory high school level, have resistance to allow their daughters or sons to play. To overcome this opposition, here are sixteen reasons to make a case that rugby is a safe, positive experience.
1. Your size is perfect for at least three positions.
2. Playing rugby in high school increases the chances of playing the sport in college. (Almost every college in America has a rugby club for men and women.)
3. Many college programs count rugby as a bona fide extracurricular activity.
4. Rugby teaches safe tackling.
5. High school rugby allows time for a teenager’s body to grow.
6. There are significantly fewer injuries in rugby than soccer, football or lacrosse.
7. Everyone plays in a rugby game, no sitting on the bench.
8. Rugby teaches respect; respect for the game, the opponent, and one’s self.
9. You can play rugby at any level and at any age until you decide to hang up the boots. Playing days do not end after high school or college.
10. Rugby comprises a true band of brothers and sisters throughout the world. (World Rugby lists more than 95 rugby-playing nations).
11. You travel like any other high school team.
12. There’s always the possibility of an international rugby tour to other nations.
13. A team can compete in sectional, state, and national high school championships.
14. Players can be selected as local, state, and national All-Stars.
15. If you play top level rugby seven-a-side, there’s a chance to play for your country in the summer Olympics.
16. It is fun – lots of fun.