Youth rugby is coming to Redmond this summer

The Panthers Youth Rugby Club has partnered with Redmond Parks & Recreation to offer a Youth Rugby Summer Camp from Aug. 26-30.

The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7-15; no experience is necessary and all levels are welcome. Resident fees are $80 and non-resident fees are $96. To register, visit search Activity#14223.

Rugby USA certified coaches will share their passion for the game and teach youth rugby in a fun and safe environment. Learn how to pass and kick the ball, run as one team to attack or defend, evade and score. Coaches plan non-contact drills to teach basic individual and team skills, player positions and scoring strategies. Participants will receive a free branded T-shirt or ball.

Some rugby basics:

Each team has 15 players on the field for two 15- to 40-minute halves depending on the age group. Every player has the opportunity to run with the ball, pass the ball and score. Players score when a player places the ball on the ground over the opposition’s goal line. This gives the team five points, and they have the opportunity to kick the ball over the post, which gives an additional two points.

The four values of rugby are integrity, passion, discipline and solidarity. Rugby is complementary to football, wrestling and soccer. The nature of the game means teaching safe tackling techniques, which is imperative.

The Panthers Youth Rugby Club is affiliated with Washington Youth Rugby and is a nonprofit organization managed by people from many different countries, including Australia, France, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Teams are co-ed until sixth grade, and contact rugby starts at the fifth-grade level. Coaches are certified by Rugby USA.