Touch vs Tackle

Safety is our #1 priority

Youth rugby is played under two sets of rules – touch rugby and tackle rugby.
  • Touch rugby is available to boys and girls in the K- 2nd grade co-ed touch and 3rd-7th + grade co-ed touch age groups
    • Touch rugby used to be called non-contact rugby to distinguish it from tackle rugby. We simply call it touch rugby now to recognize that the players do bump into each other and fall to the ground, but the emphasis is on the two-hand tag (replacing the tackle) and purposeful collisions between players are against the rules. Injuries are no more common than in any other youth sport (eg, soccer). Touch Rugby: Abbreviated Rules
  • Tackle rugby is available to boys and girls in the U10 (3rd/4th grade),  U12 (5th/6th grade) and U14 (7th/8th grade) age groups.
    • Tackle rugby is played under rule modifications designed to promote safety in consideration of the player’s age, size, and physical and mental maturity. Both tacklers and ball carriers are taught how to tackle and be tackled safely. In particular, rugby tackles are quite different from football tackles. Like touch rugby, as paradoxical as it no doubt sounds to those new to rugby, tackle rugby is safe, even to the point of a lower injury rate than other sports. Both coaches and referees emphasize safe play during practices and games.