Touch Rugby is a fast moving, minimal contact game played in mixed teams. It evolved in Australia, beginning life as a warm up activity for contact teams, and it maintains the principles of rugby minus tackling, scrumming, rucking, mauling, line outs and kicking.
Not only is touch great fun, it also rapidly improves your running, handling, evasion and support play whilst developing basis principles of attack and defence, so it’s perfect for both contact and non-contact players. Touch rugby is played in teams of six by men, women, beginners, professionals, on the beach, on artificial turf and pretty much anywhere else.
The object of the game is for each team to score touchdowns and to prevent the opposition from scoring. The ball may be passed, knocked or handed between onside players of the attacking team who may in turn run or otherwise move with the ball in an attempt to gain territorial advantage and score. Defending players prevent the attacking team from gaining a territorial advantage by touching the ball carrier. Either defending or attacking players may initiate the touch.
A touchdown (worth 1 point) is awarded when an attacking player places the ball on the ground, on or over the defending teams score line; after a team scores, the play begins again with a tap in the middle of the field by the non scoring team. The person who takes the role of dummy half can cross the try-line but not score.
For more information on touch rugby and for details of the rules and regulations, visit http://www.touchrugby.com
Mixed touch rugby is played on Saturdays out at Chaoyang Park. Based on numbers available a small contribution to pitch fees will be payable on the day.
To keep track of when touch will be played you can join the Facebook or Weibo groups below:
Beijing Touch Rugby