Monday, October 31, 2016

What is Rugby??

Rugby is a team sport where 15 players on either side work to advance the ball (with no forward passing) and score a Try in the opposing team's Try Zone.

Where did it come from?  Rugby is believed to have began in 1823 when William Webb Ellis was playing soccer and he picked up the ball and ran with it.  Someone was probably unhappy about that decision and "tackled" him.  While there is no concrete evidence to support this story, it is so widely accepted that the World Cup trohpy is offically named the "William Webb Ellis Trophy".

Rugby is played in over 100 countries around the world, and across six continents.  There are even 7 countries where rugby is their national sport.  There has even been rugby games played in Antartica by American and New Zealander researchers!
Image result for rugby game in antarctica

Some rugby terms, rules and positions:

The ball can only be passed lateral or backwards, never forwards.  It can however, be kicked forward at any time.

Try: When the ball is placed on the ground in the Try Zone.  If it not placed on the ground under control it does not count. It is a literal touchdown, unlike American Football where it merely has to cross the line.  A Try is worth 5 points.  The kick after is worth 2 points, 7 points in total.
Image result for rugby try

Scrum: After certain infractions the game is re-started with a scrum.  The team who is awarded the scrum will feed the ball into the scrum giving their team and advantage to maintain possesion.  It consists of the forward pack of 8 players against the other team's forward pack.  With the Scrum Half (#9) rolling the ball in.

Lineout: When the ball is carried or kick out of bounds the game is re-started with a Lineout.  It is like a jump ball, a cheerleading lift and soccer throw-in all mixed into one.

Ruck: Rugby is a continuous game, much like soccer.  When a player gets tackeled the play does not stop there, like it does in American Football.  There is a contest for posession of the ball, called a ruck.  There are many rules surronding the ruck to keep the game moving along, as well as keep it safe.

Tackle: When a player is taken down to the ground by an opponent.  Both the ball carrier and the tackler must the release the ball, and the tackler the ball carrier. A ruck is formed.  Both players must attempt to get out the way so that the ball can be played.

Positions: There are 15 positions on the field.  The forwards make up the first 8 positions.  With the backs making up the remaining 7 positions.  While the positions do have some specific roles, the game of rugby is open and flowing.  Each player must pass, catch, run, tackle and ruck.  The number of the jersey corresponds with the position.
1. Loose Head Prop
2. Hooker
3. Tight Head Prop
4. Locke
5. Locke
6. Flanker
7. Flanker
8. 8 Man
9. Scrum Half
10. Fly Half
11. Wing
12. Inside Centre
13. Outside Centre
14. Wing
15. Fullback

Go search "Rugby" on YouTube and start watching!! Men's and women's rugby is played exactly the same, so it does not matter who you watch!  

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Men’s, H.S. Boys & H.S. Girls
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  So here are a few thousands “words” to convince you that you should play rugby too. :)




Plus, we have the cutest, craziest, most mean-mugging, new to the world, amazing kiddos there are! We have an amazing Rugby family!


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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Check out World Rugby Shop for awesome Vacaville Rugby gear, including those black rugby shorts you need!! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

** In case you missed the meeting today here is all the information we went over! If you are interested in playing and weren't there today please email your coach!
** Also the Player Info. Packet link is on the blog so you can print it and bring it to practice!!
Vacaville Blackdog Rugby Club
2016-2017 High School Season Information Packet

Team Communication:
  • Must have an email address that is checked regularly - either you or your parents.
  • Text messaging - coaches will communicate via text and group chats can be set up by the players within the team.
  • Social media - Instagram (@vacaville_rugby_club), Facebook (Vacaville Rugby Club) and Snapchat (vacavillerugby) - please READ the information on those sites.  DO NOT JUST “LIKE” THEM.
  • Website - - will have a calendar with events and times, player paperwork can be printed from there as well.

Practice Time/Locations:
  • First practice will be on Thursday, December 1st
  • December practices will most likely be at Vacaville Christian School on the football field. 1117 Davis St. Vacaville, CA 95687
  • Time is TBD - probably 7:00-9:00pm

Season Schedule:
  • Game schedule is being released on Dec. 1st.
  • League games start in Feb. and finish in April
  • Boys typically play games Friday nights
  • Girls typically play games on Saturdays
  • Both are subject to change due to field availability/weather!

Kickoff Tournaments:
  • Saturday January 14th - Girl’s KOT in Sacramento Area
  • Sat. and Sun. January 21-22 - Sac Valley KOT (boys and girls)

Player Cost and Dues:
  • Total dues = $200, cost breakdown is below
    • USA Rugby CIPP registration is $95 - this is REQUIRED to play and must be paid prior to the first game.
    • Team dues are $105 - these help us pay for fields, referees, and equipment.
      • Payment Methods:
      • Check - made out to Vacaville Blackdog Rugby Club
      • Cash - in an envelope, clearly labeled with your name, date, and amount paid.
  • If there are financial issues please talk with your coach ASAP so we can help.  There are ways in which the club can assist those who need it.
  • Mouthguard - required at practice and games.
  • Black rugby shorts - $35 at the Coliseum Soccer Store (1595 Holiday Ln. Fairfield, CA 94534) or online at
  • Cleats - soccer or rugby only, softball/football not allowed.

  • Away games include Sacramento Area, Chico/Gridley, and the Bay Area
  • CARPOOL! You are responsible for getting to and from away games.  Coaches can usually take a few people with them to most games as well.  Communicate early and often to get rides sorted out.

* FITNESS IS YOUR FRIEND! Rugby is not enjoyable if you are unfit - so come to the first practice ready to go so it can always be fun!
* Rugby is an ACCEPTING, INCLUSIVE, AMAZING sport and culture.  Anyone and everyone is always welcomed to the family, no one is too big, too small, too fast, too slow, too tall or too short to play this sport.  RESPECT and TEAMWORK are a must at all times for our club to be successful.

Coach Contact Info:

  • Brett Fortney - Boy’s Head Coach -
  • Samantha Miller - Girl’s Head Coach -