We have moved from soccer to rubgy and now on to American football. Preschool and Younger Kids are learning the basic skills like kicking, running and throwing used in the various codes of football. Middle and Older Kids have been learning about how and why rules changed for enjoyment, excitement, fairness, and, yes, safety.
People think of rugby and American football as rough, physical sports. They always have been, and at older and higher levels of play, they certainly are. Here at Rivendell, though, safety is paramount, so we play flag versions of both sports. Players are downed by having their flag belt pulled, and opponents must stay on their feet and use care when tackling (running into, pushing or grabbing a player while trying to pull a flag is a penalty).
Dodging and weaving skills are important for all kinds of sports and activities, not just physical agility but vision and awareness of space to avoid collisions. All classes from preschool up get practice with this, starting with basic tag games and progressing to the flag football and flag rugby enjoyed by the Older and Middle Kids.
The objective is to learn the skills, rules, and history of the games—some of the most popular sports in the world—in a safe and fun way.