PAC High School Rugby: Parents
So your son came home from school today and told you that he wanted to start playing rugby- don't panic! Rugby is a great sport that builds character, brotherhood and strength. It is a worldwide sport played everywhere from England and Ireland to Australia and New Zealand. Rugby is a sport that is truly played throughout life; there are flag rugby teams for children, high school, college and men's league teams and senior clubs with "Old Boys" teams for the older players. Plenty of famous people have played rugby, even a few US Presidents like Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
The PAC Family is comprised of players, family and friends and would not be where we are today without all of their support, both on and off the field. We are thrilled to have your sons play and assist them as they become rugby players and young men. Parents are encouraged to watch the matches. The players put a lot of time and energy into becoming great rugby players so supporting your son would mean a lot to him and his teammates. Whether you're watching the game or volunteering at PAC events, it is a great place for you to enjoy the game and make great friends in the meantime!
Health & Safety:
Rugby is a full contact sport, but studies have shown that it is actually less violent than American football. In rugby, the players don't wear any protective gear (except for a mouthguard) so they will never be blind-sided by an unexpected blocker or being struck with someone else's armored helmets or pads. Dirty and dangerous play is not tolerated in the game and will get the offended player ejected from the game and possibly suspended by his club. Rugby is a sport played by gentlemen. Take a minute to read this article written by a doctor and former rugby player on the safety of playing rugby.
We understand that you want your son and his team to do the best that they can and sometimes the game can get intense. But as your sons grow into young men, we also understand that they learn from the examples that we set for them. We kindly ask that you never verbally abuse any player, coach or referee before, during or after a match. This is unacceptable behavior and it will embarrass your son and his entire team. If you feel that an opposing player or coach was inappropriate, please calmly bring it to the attention of our coaches.
Volunteers & Sponsors:
The PAC High School Rugby Team is a non-profit organization so we depend on parents and family members to help the club whenever they can. Please ask how you can get involved in fundraising, event coordination, and videotaping our games! We're a young team, so we get a lot of hand-me-downs from the men's team. We would love to start getting our own equipment and gear. If you're interesting in being a sponsor or donating items to our team, please let us know.