Touch rugby is a fast paced, fun, field game. All you need is a ball, a field and some friends. The game is played with 6 players from each side on the field at a time. But with very frequent substitutions, teams usually consist of 12 to 14 players. There are no forward passes, kicking, tackling or blocking and the game is minimal contact. Any touch using above minimal force is not allowed.
The object of the game is to advance the ball (slightly larger but same shape as a football) downfield (kind of like a football field) by passing the ball sideways or backwards between teammates who attempt to evade opposition defenders and score touchdowns by touching the ball to the ground on or over the goal line. Each touchdown is worth 1 point if scored by a male player, 2 points if scored by a female player. The defenders attempt to stop the attacking team by touching the body, clothing or hair of the player with the ball. After 6 touches, the defenders get the ball and the attackers become defenders. Simple right? The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
We will be adding video clips and photos soon! In the mean time, you can click this link to see some great clips on youtube.com: Touch Rugby Video Links
Touch rugby began in Australia in the 1960’s as a social game and training for a game called rugby league but has expanded throughout the world such that the Touch World Cup now attracts up to 20 nations including the USA. The United States holds its own National Championship tournament yearly. The next one is this November in Phoenix, Arizona.
Touch Rugby is suitable for both beginners and experienced players. You can play in either men's, women's or mixed divisions.
Touch Rugby is a minimal contact recreational sport that is about playing the game on the field and also the social atmosphere afterwards.
Touch Rugby is a fun game for the local park or even the beach, it is easy to learn and a great way to get in shape.
Touch Rugby can also be used for simple dodging, chasing and warm-up activities.