Rugby Games for Kids

Think rugby games are too rough for kids?

Rugby is such a fun and fast-moving game. It's great for getting kids moving and getting their hearts pumping!

However, when played all-out, it's a pretty rough game with the potential for injury. But, don't worry...

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By modifying some of the rugby rules, rugby equipment, and rugby ball, you can create a game of rugby that anyone can play!

If you're new to the game, check out the basic rugby rules to get an idea of what the game is all about.

Then, take a look below at the some of the changes you can make.

And it doesn't have to stop here. There are plenty of other ideas you can probably come up with to create new rugby games of your own!

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Depending on the number of players, skill level, available rugby equipment, or the size of your playing area, you can modify the basic rugby rules to fit your needs. Think about the needs of your specific players and adapt the rules to help them be successful and have fun in a safe way.

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Here are some modifications you can make:

  • Reduce the size and type of the playing field.
  • Reduce the number of players on each team.
  • Use another type of ball like a nerf ball, football, playground ball, beach ball, glow-in-the-dark ball, etc.
  • Use a different type of rugby ball like a sponge rugby ball or mini size.
  • Instead of tackling, have players 2-hand touch the ball carriers or pull their flag like in flag football.
  • Instead of a scrum, have 1 player from each team line up a few feet apart and toss the rugby ball in the air between them to see who gets possession.
  • Award a certain number of points if the ball is kicked through the bottom of the goalposts like a soccer goal.
  • Allow the ball to be thrown over the goal posts to score points.
  • If you don't have rugby goal posts, tie a rope between 2 poles or trees and make it as high or low as needed.
  • Allow teams to pass the rugby ball forward.

These are just a few easy ways to change up the rugby rules to fit your needs. Hopefully, they'll give you some ideas for adapting the game for your group.

Check out the rest of our fun kids sports activities that include other team ball games!

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