RWU Rugby Mom: Youth Rugby Needs You

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Mom’s here! RWU would like to welcome, Ms. Mumscrum herself, Karen Ritter. She has her own blog – Mumscrum – but will be sharing on both sites and contributing RWU exclusives. Karen was a regular American mom  until her kids started rugby… Then she became Rugby Mad – in a good way.  “I wanted a resource for parents that would help make rugby seem not so foreign.  There are many wonderful rugby resources available for coaches and players, but I was having trouble finding something for someone like me – a relative newbie parent who patted herself on the back for knowing basically how a rugby ball is moved on a field, and for figuring out what the words “knock on” meant this past season.  My hope is that Mumscrum can be a window into rugby through a parent’s eyes, and my own experiences.”

Needs you INDIANAPOLIS, IN: Rugby 7s was on NBC, I was watching snow squalls fly past my window and next to me sits steaming hot coffee. Perfect! I wished our weather matched that of Las Vegas, but I’ll settle for watching the USA Sevens Las Vegas Invitational on television. (Actually, if truth be told, I love the snow and this has been a great winter for that!) I’m passing the time waiting for the Eagles to play later, and just getting excited about watching our high school players in a few months… provided the snow melts. 🙂

During the off season, while mums and kids are making sure they’ve got the proper equipment to survive the next 3-4 months with zero unexpected trips to the sporting goods store, lots of coaches and referees are using this time to further advance their rugby education. There are coaching and refereeing classes going on in all corners of the country right now – just check out USA Rugby’s website (CoachesReferees). With all of these classes available, now is the perfect time for those of you who play/played rugby to help us expand youth programs!

In the movie Breaking Away (great movie, by the way), Cyril says “We may plead, but we would never beg.” I’m definitely pleading. And I may beg. All of us involved with rugby, whether in a parental role, player, coach, referee, administrator, etc., want to grow this sport in a proper manner. That means having coaches and referees who are certified and know the laws of rugby. The best candidates for these roles are those who are currently playing or have played in the past.

Rugby IndyIf you’ve played, you’re more familiar with rugby laws than those of us who just watch from the sidelines. We need your expertise. Our kids need your expertise. Rugby Development Officers in many states are actively working to teach rugby to kids through Rookie Rugby, Try On Rugby, Play Rugby USA and other programs. Once the kids have learned about rugby, it’s imperative that we have opportunities in place for them to pursue the sport.

It’s amazing how many people I meet who played rugby in college. They come out of the woodwork! I am thinking of at least 3 people I know just from living next door or through friends that could help by coaching or refereeing. Our future rugby coaches and refs are our friends, neighbors, co-workers and maybe even our relatives! Currently playing rugby in college or high school? Consider getting certified now to help us out in the summer or fall.

Share your love of rugby with a local program; let your heart be warmed with a child’s smile as he/she gives rugby a try. For a quick peek into how youth rugby can put smiles on kids’ faces, take a look at this video from Rugby Indiana:

These things don’t magically happen; it takes dedicated individuals to make it work. Maybe that dedicated person is YOU.

That’s it for now… feel free to comment below, look for and “Like” our Facebook Rugby Wrap Up Page. Follow me, Mumscrum on Twitter as well as the entire RWU crew @RugbyWrapUpJunoir BlaberDJ EberleNick HallJames HarringtonCody Kuxmann and Declan Yeats, respectively.

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Wife, mom and happy rugby/Colts/Indiana Hoosiers/auto racing/Indianapolis 500 fan! Introduced to rugby when my kids played, I’ve been a fan ever since. Once a rugby mom, always a rugby mom!

  • Grant A Cole

    Karen Ritter FTW! Awesome debut article!

    BTW folks, if you don’t know the flow of the game, how the Laws inter-relate with each other, or what kind of physical condition you or yours needs to be in to play rugby, obtain a free (gratis) IRB Passport at irbpassport.com and take the free courses (Rugby Ready, Laws of the Game, Strength & Conditioning, Player Welfare, Keep Rugby Clean, Coaching, Officiating, Integrity, and more to come). If you take these courses and do not know the game afterward, please become a gridiron spectator!

  • Gorgeous George

    You are an inspiration, Karen! I’ve just started helping out with admin of my club and you couldn’t be more on target!

    • Thanks! We inspire each other – thank you for helping your club!

    • MumScrum

      Thanks so much! We are inspiring each other 🙂 Thank you for helping your club!

      • Mary

        Keep it going!

        • MumScrum

          🙂 Will do!

  • Amy2ndRow

    Excellent info and I love this! Thank you!!!

    • MumScrum

      🙂 Thank you!

  • James

    Great article. Are you reading this Mr Melville?

  • How cool are you, Karen?! It’s great to see you hooked!

  • Sound the trumpets!!! We’ve finally added some flare – and nicer smelling hair – to RWU Family!!! Welcome, Karen!

    • I’m honored to be here!!!

    • MumScrum

      Thank you! It’s an honor to be here; such a great site, and such a passion for rugby shared here!

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