SoCal Youth Rugby
State Youth Rugby Organization for Southern California with member clubs and high schools spanning ten counties.
Clubs and High Schools Offering Youth Rugby
Rugby is the World’s Fastest Growing Sport
- The United States was selected by World Rugby to host the 2031 and 2033 Rugby World Cups.
- Rugby 7s is an Olympic sport and will be a top feature at the LA28 Summer Games.
- SoCal is home to a Major League Rugby team — San Diego Legion.
- Rugby is a sport for all ages, genders, shapes, and sizes.
The Renowned Rugby Culture
- The respect rugby players have for each other is unmatched by other youth sporting contemporaries.
- Lifetime friendships are built between teammates and opponents.
- When the final whistle is blown, no matter what has just happened, players shake hands and commend one another.
- The community and respectful nature of rugby athletes creates a social aspect unique to a major team sport.
Unrivaled Conditioning for Other Sports
- Rugby’s movements are natural body actions and do not place stresses on the body’s joints or ligaments as other sports do.
- Rugby builds peak physical shape and functional muscle mass that does not hinder the player’s stamina.
Safer Tackling and Player Welfare
- Rugby has been at the forefront of combatting and decreasing youth head injuries.
- Rugby stresses a “clear-the-head” approach when making tackles. This means the player making a tackle is taught to move their head to the outside of the attacking player before initiating contact. This keeps the tackling player from absorbing impact to the head, face, or neck region and redirects it to the shoulders where impact can be better handled.
- NFL teams have researched rugby’s tackling techniques to learn safer avenues.
- SoCal Youth Rugby allocates Athletic Trainers to matches.
- SoCal Youth Rugby coaches are background screened as well as Safesport and Concussion Management certified.