Rugby Football is the epitome of a team sport. It is the father of American football and basketball. The game originated at Rugby School, which is one of the oldest and most prominent liberal arts schools in England. The School codified the rules of the game to develop a competitive activity that would encourage Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selflessness, Honor, Integrity and Perseverance on a field of play.
Today, Rugby is seeing a major resurgence in the United States. Though the U.S.A. won the 1929 and 1924 Olympic Gold Medal in Rugby, Yale University was forced to do something to continue playing the game because the Yale and Harvard boys could not abide by the “Gentleman Code” of the game back in the early 1900s—too many fist fights and no referee. Instead of agreeing to follow the “Gentleman Code” of Rugby, Yale believed Harvard could not be trusted, so Yale’s Athletic Director, Walter Camp, augmented the rules of Rugby Football to slow it down to attempt to stop the fist fights and focus more on individual specialization.
Well, Rugby began its revival in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s, as many colleges started club rugby teams. In 1975, USA Rugby, the official governing body of the sport, was formed, and in 1987 the United States participated in its first Rugby World Cup. Now, on the international level the United States is ranked number 12 out of 102 rugby playing nations.
Rugby Football is played at Western Academy for the reasons Rugby School developed it. Western Academy competes within the newly formed Houston Schools Rugby Conference. Because there are a growing number schools playing the sport along with a growing number youth rugby clubs in the greater Houston Area Western Academy offers this camp to develop understanding of the game, a variety of skills, and to have collaborative fun with other participants.
The facilitators of this camp are the Western Academy head coach who is also a certified Rugby Referee, several Western Academy Alumni who are playing for local high schools, and a number of professional players from the Houston SaberCats.
June 3 – 7 (9:00 – 12:00 p.m.)
Boys age 7 – 14
Larry Monks, Greg Henderson