The NCYRA is committed and dedicated to player safety. As one of the primary tenets of the association, player safety is always at the forefront of our goals and initiatives. To that end we have begun to collaborate and develop relationships with the medical and safety profession. The following concussion program is currently an optional program that is being made available to the NCYRA Clubs. These programs are no guarantee for player safety but they promote an enhanced safety program and provide the knowledge, tools and resources for the NCYRA Clubs to improve player safety. Please see the following information. Several NCYRA Clubs have adopted the same or similar programs for their players. If you have any questions, please contact the NCYRA Office at 707-693-8803, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rugby is a competitive, contact sport. Consequently, injuries can occur. However, the injury rates are actually less than other similar competitive contact sports, and the vast majority of injuries are usually minor in nature. In addition, for the younger age groups, Under 12, they do not play a full rugby side of 15 players, but field either 12, 10 or 7 players on the field, without full scrummaging, and injuries are even less frequent.
Many people (particularly Americans) that are not familiar with rugby may view it as football without pads, and therefore, only crazy people must play the game. This, of course, is not true (for the most part). Many normal, well adjusted human beings play rugby around the world because of the many health benefits, the excellent physical conditioning, the competition, the camaraderie and most importantly, the fun of the sport.
For those potential players (and potentially concerned parents) that are nervous or worried about playing, please see the articles below that offer an explanation about the nature of the game.