The rugby ball resembles an
American Football. The oval shape is the same but it is larger
than a football and it does not have laces. The ball does come
in different sizes to make it easier for the young player to
handle. Size of ball: Size 3 for under 10, Size 4 for U11 to
U14 and Size 5 for U15 and older.
To score a goal,
which is known as a try, you have to take the ball from your side of the
field to your opponent's end zone. Any player can carry the ball and
score a try.
A try is worth 5
points and if you make the conversion kick the team is awarded another 2
points. A try plus a conversion is called a goal. The point where you
do the conversion kick depends on where the ball was grounded for the
try, so it is best to ground the ball as close to the goal posts as
possible to make it easier.
Another way to
score is a drop goal, worth 3 points, which is where a player kicks the
ball through the opposing team's goal after the ball has been dropped,
makes contact with the ground, and is then kicked.
The last way to
score is through a penalty kick, worth 3 points, which is a kick from
the site of the infraction as long as it is behind the 22 meter line.