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Rugby Details: Field, Ball and Scoring

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The Rugby field is called a pitch and it is wider than an American football field.  As with other sports youth games are usually played on smaller fields.  Rugby players (ruggers) ages 10 and under usually play on fields about half the size of a normal pitch which is less than 50 meters in length and 30 meters wide.  The 12 -14 age group will normally play on a field that is shortened 10 to 20 meters.  High School age and beyond play on the standard size field. 

The standard field is a grass field that is no longer than100 meters long and not wider than 70 meters, with a marker that divides the field in half, and goal posts on each end.  This field size indicates the measurements that the field can not exceed.  The sidelines of a rugby field are called touchlines.  There are two touchlines in the goal area, which has to be between 10 to 22 meters deep, marking the try line in the front and dead ball line at the back.  The goalposts are placed at the goal line (try line) and not at the back of the end zone like in American football.  Other line markings include a dashed 10 meter line at each side of the halfway line to mark the distance that a kickoff must travel, and a 22 meter line measured from the try line.  Goal posts are the same dimensions as NFL football.


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.