MALDEN, MA – For the past three years Mystic River has run a Summer Youth Rugby Program. The program is primarily aimed at introducing local children to rugby, and to provide them and their parents a greater understanding of the sport. A non-contact version of the game called American Flag Rugby is played which is similar to Flag Football.
This version of rugby is designed specifically for the American child; no experience necessary, fully inclusive, and with a level of structure and discipline that Americans have come to expect from recreational sports. In this game, kids play a version of rugby where the defense removes the ball carrier’s Velcro flag instead of creating a tackle situation.
Coaches are required to complete the Rookie Rugby certification program provided by USA Rugby. We plan to have a ratio of at least 1 coach per 8 kids. The children range in age from 6-14, and the program is open to both boys and girls. Each participant will receive a Mystic Youth Rugby jersey.
This is all about children having fun and running with a ball. The major reason for local program success to date is that it’s fun! Unlike some sports that kids participate in, American Flag Rugby gets every child actively involved. This is wildly attractive to kids who previously spent long days in an outfield or goal box. Everyone touches the ball in rugby and everyone can score points, kids of all ages can play together and skills required are inclusive of a wide range of athletic abilities.
**Sign ups and parent informational meeting will be held at 7pm June 16 at Pine Banks Park. Please contact us with any questions.
Click the links below for this years program information: