The Fog is hosting a five-week series of training practices for new players to learn the fundamentals of rugby. Here's what you'll learn:
Passing & Catching
Offensive Positioning and Support
A Full Review of Rugby Fundamentals*
* Starting with our Tackling practice, you will need a mouthguard. We recommend something simple to start — you can find a cheap strapless mouthguard for $5-10 on Amazon or in any sporting goods store.
What to Bring
Yourself, and maybe a friend!
Workout clothes — sneakers, gym shorts, an old t-shirt — that you won't mind getting roughed up/torn
A water bottle
A mouthguard (required for the last 3 practices)
Also nice: a sweatshirt (the Fog practices in the Fog, and it can get chilly)
You do not need rugby-specific clothing (shorts, jerseys, rugby pads) or rugby boots (cleats). Sneakers with good traction and gym clothes are perfect.
You are welcome to wear supportive joint wraps if you need them, so long as they are fully soft (neoprene or cloth) — no hard supports or plastic buckles!
A note about rugby boots... don't buy rugby boots or cleats until you're sure you enjoy the sport. You do not need rugby-specific footwear to play rugby. If you have cleats from a similar sport (soccer, football, lacrosse), you're welcome to wear those and they will work well. You may not wear baseball-style cleats (flat metal blades). If you're looking to buy some cheap cleats for practice or matches, check out Ross/Marshalls/TJ Maxx or similar — they regularly have football or soccer cleats for $20 or so.
For more info on the do's and dont's of rugby gear, here's a guide from USA Rugby.
When and Where
Practices are scheduled from 8PM-10PM on Thursday nights at:
Crocker Amazon Soccer Fields
1555 Geneva Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112
Practices will start promptly at 8PM, so arrive a bit early to give yourself time to get ready. We may not use the full time, but expect to be there until 10. Parking, restrooms, and water are available at the field.
Live Match — Gameplay & Positions
Our second Pathway to Rugby training session for Fog Rugby rookies will take them to watch a live game, All Blues vs Glendale, at Ray Sheeran Fields on Treasure Island. This session will be held on Saturday, September 7th from noon to 2PM. (Ths is the only session of the program not being held at the standard time and location.) While watching the game, rookies will learn about the duties of different positions that they may potentially play in live games.
Saturday September 7th 2019, 12–2PM
Ray Sheeran Field (on Treasure Island)
725 California Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94130