Frequently Asked Questions
What if I – or my child – have never played rugby before?
Rugby requires specific skills just like any other sport. In fact, some of the best rugby players started playing other sports first and then converted to rugby. Skills acquired in any other sports will help you learn the basic rugby skills and allow you to quickly adapt to the new game.
I thought you had to be big to play rugby?
No. Rugby requires many varied body shapes and sizes to play the game. From shorter, strong front rowers to tall far reaching second rowers and the fast, nimble outside backs. There is a crucial position for everyone in rugby. Rugby is, however, a contact sport. It is therefore critical that correct tackling techniques are coached and learnt, so that all shapes and sizes coming into contact with each other can tackle in a safe and correct manner.
What gear does my child need before they play the game?
Mouth guards and football or soccer cleats are the major requirements.
What time of year is Rugby played?
Rugby is a Spring Sport, our season runs from February to May.
Is Rugby a Varsity Sport at Bishop O’Dowd?
Yes we are. The commitment required is exactly like Varsity Football and Basketball. We train 4 days per week during the season and 2 days a week during our pre season (Fall) for those kids not participating in a Fall or a Winter Sport?
My son or daughter plays soccer in the Winter can they still play rugby?
Yes they can begin training with the rugby team at the conclusion of the soccer season.
Who do we play against? Do other High Schools have Rugby?
We live in the epicenter of High School and Youth Rugby in America. There are over 100 High School and Youth Rugby Programs in Northern California. The Men play in the Top flight “Single School” Conference with the likes of Jesuit, Christian Brothers, De La Salle and Bellermine. The Women play in the “Open” competition against other Multi High School Club Teams; Alameda, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, El Dorado Hills, to name a few.
How many teams do we field?
We field 3 teams, a Men’s Varsity and JV and a Women’s Varsity.
Who can I contact with more questions?
Ray Lehner; Director of Rugby