my intro to rugby | humor
My son spent his spring with a hooker! I just about drove the car into the bike lane when my son announced he was practicing with a hooker. He explained the hooker is a position in rugby. I told him not to talk about his relationship with his hooker in public. This was my introduction to rugby and it’s new rules and terms. Rugby is growing in popularity as more kids move from American football to rugby; fewer concussion rates.
Despite being labeled as a brutal, bloody sport, rugby is safer for the head than football. “I think the biggest thing football can learn from rugby is that, no, you can’t use the head as a weapon, and football has made a lot of progress in that,” said Dr. Warren King, the Oakland Raiders team doctor who has also worked with the U.S. national rugby team. Source
My son is a tennis player: a lefty tennis player who has played competitively since age ten in intermountain tournaments. High school tennis in Colorado is in the fall. But, after the end of the high school tennis season he missed the team camaraderie of the high school tennis season.
And, he wanted the challenge that comes when a new sport. Over the winter I noticed my son watching rugby games on the rugby channel. I didn’t even know there was a rugby channel? So he checked out the sports offered at his school and was intrigued by the rugby page complete with a team photo that included boys who were a variety of shapes and sizes. With rules and terms to learn it was a learning curve for the entire family. Hookers, hooks, scrum, napping… as parents we were clueless. But this game has a way of hooking you!
How can a tennis player play rugby? Why would a tennis kid play rugby? My son has been obsessed with catching, hitting, driving, kicking, serving balls since he was two years old. He sleeps better, performs better in school and is much happier when he swings, hits, kicks, throws or catches balls! Much happier.
So I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that as a high school athlete he was curious about rugby. And, he was ready to tackle a new challenge. One of our son’s tennis coaches explained to us, his bewildered parents, how athletes love the challenge of learning an entirely new sport with new rules, equipment, plays. And, for our son rugby was a true team sport. Tennis is a very individual sport that has you competing against your peers and friends. And, at this stage he was getting antsy. His tennis coach strongly suggested we support him in this new sport and that it would subsequently keep him in great shape for summer tennis. And we did. I was a team parent for his rugby team to show he has my support. Love my scrum half and his hooker!