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Here are some frequently asked questions for Parents:

Q: I’ve heard rugby described as ‘football without pads’ – is this accurate?
A: Football is a sport that originated from the game of rugby, but it is a much different game. Rugby is a very controlled game with a lot of rules in place to keep all players safe on the field. Although rugby players do not wear pads and protection, they are taught the necessary skills to stay safe and successful on the field. 

Q: How can my son/daughter try the sport without getting thrown into a full contact game?
A: Come down for a practice!  We never place anyone into a full contact game before we (the coaches and supporting adults) feel that they are ready.  Our practices focus on safety of rugby in a fun way and can be done effectively without contact.

Q: How much will it cost for my child to play rugby?
A: Rugby is one of the lowest cost options for children in the U.S. Costs will vary across state lines and in various programs. Contact Mr. Driessen at his e-mail: jadriessen@rochester.k12.mn.us for questions about participation fees.

Q: How does USA Rugby protect its athletes?
A: USA Rugby believes in putting a player’s safety above everything else. USA Rugby requires that all rugby coaches register and complete our Level 100 Coaching Certification, which includes a Player Protection Package and a Background Check. Additionally, with every player registration USA Rugby provides Third Party Liability Insurance and Rugby Accident Insurance. We feel that providing these levels of protections keeps our athletes safe and enjoying the game. 

Q: What is my job as a rugby parent?
A: USA Rugby has put together a helpful guide of expectations for rugby parents. Check it out here! 

Want to learn more?  Check out this Rugby Sevens 101 video produced by USA Rugby!

Rugby Sevens 101

If you have any other questions for you or anyone you may know feel free to contact Mr Driessen (Club Advisor) at jadriessen@rochester.k12.mn.us

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