Although rugby is played without pads or helmet it has proven to be a safer game than football. This is due to several differences between the games. There is no blocking in rugby so only the ball carrier will be in contact. Furthermore, because the ball is passed rapidly from player to player most tackles are one on one, not gang tackles. Because there is no forward passing players don't get blindsided as they turn looking back for the ball.
There are also some important restrictions on tackling. There can be no contact above the shoulders. A tackled player must not be lifted and brought down so their head strikes the ground first. A player in the air catching a ball must not be tackled. Tacklers must grasp the runner, they can't just shoulder charge. Violation of these restrictions can be cause for ejection from the game. Even with these restrictions rugby is a vigorous, physical, rough and tumble game that every football loving kid will enjoy.
We employ International Rugby Board methods of progressive teaching techniques when coaching tackling. These methods are designed to train players to be both safe and effective tacklers. Football players will frequently claim that after a season of rugby they are better tacklers.
All of our coaches are trained and certified by USA Rugby trainers at coaching courses conducted to International Rugby Board standards.