Unfamiliar and new to most people, touch rugby is one of the few team sports that men and women can play together. Simply put, touch rugby is strategic, skill-based and a sport of speed, so its smooth rhythm and wonderful game experience are sure to delight participants.
Touch rugby dates back to Australia in the 1860s, when the fierce tackling of rugby was replaced by a more subtle touch. Touch rugby is easy to learn. In a game, the defense only needs to touch any part of the player who is holding the ball’s body with their hand.
Compared to rugby league and rugby union, which are constantly physically combative, touch rugby is a game of teamwork and discipline. It is a sport that requires team spirit, with the characteristics of convenience, ease of learning, wonderful game play, safety and fun.
In recent years, touch rugby has shown a good momentum of rapid development in China. Professional associations and clubs are emerging, providing a strong platform for sports and personal development for a large number of young people, athletes and citizens.
At present, there are about 20,000 young people and adults involved in touch rugby in the country. With the development of youth training, adult training and large-scale events, the number of participants continues to rise.
A standard touch rugby field is 70 meters by 50 meters (excluding the touchdown area), with a 10-meter line, 5-meter line, touchdown line, dead ball line and edge at both ends from the mid-line. Each team consists of six players, in the positions of Wing, Link or Middle. The winger is on the far side, with two midfielders in the middle and the left and right link between the winger and midfielder. A touch rugby follows the “654321” principle.
6: Each team consists of six players. The offensive side has six chances to attack, and they need a successful touchdown before they are touched six times, otherwise the ball possession will be given to the opponent.
5: In the defensive round, after each touch, all the defenders need to step back five meters before they can start moving forward for the next round of defense.
4: Remember the four field lines: the mid-line, the 10-meter line, the 5-meter line, the touchdown line.
3: The movement of the ball between three players is the main offensive tactic of touch rugby.
2: Win the game easily by creating a chance for two players to attack one player.
1: Touchdown to get a point.
In addition, there is a very important principle: the ball cannot be passed forward. The player with the ball should stand at the front of the team (equivalent to the closest distance to the touchdown line). The player can only pass the ball to a teammate behind them or on the same horizontal line as themselves.
In order to perfect an effective attack, one can learn the relevant techniques and rules through the trial session.
Date: Saturday, April 24
Adidas Football Park, next to the Shanghai Indoor Stadium
858 Ling Ling Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
5-minute walk from Shanghai Indoor Stadium Station of Metro Line 1 and Line 4. Nearest exit is Exit 2 of Line 4.
4-4.30pm Touch Rugby 101
4.30-6pm Touch Rugby basic skills training
6-7pm Touch rugby game
Trial session: RMB169/person
Early Bird (until April 18): RMB149/person
Group of 6 People: RMB129/person
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About Adriana Sports
Founded in 2017, Adriana Women’s Sports is a Shanghai-based organization that keenly understands the standards for athletic performance, with a focus on empowering women and girls to move beyond social constraints. They aim to support communities by providing access to sports and the development of a healthy and active lifestyle.
Cultivating sporting platforms for women and girls all over the world, Adriana Sports strives for their participants to succeed in a supporting environment through connection and education. Most importantly, Adriana Sports allows women who love sports to shine.
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Want to intern with Adriana Sports?
At the end of last year, an intern officially joined the team, which gave them more time and opportunity to implement the projects and events Adriana Sports have always wanted to do. But at the same time, their workload remains heavy. So the idea to recruit short-term interns came to them.
In the four years that they have been around, they have received enquiries from people about getting involved in what they do. Some of them are current university students, while the rest are working professionals.
If you can start interning in the near future, love sports and basketball and are willing to make a contribution to women and girls' sports, they invite you to apply for their program.
Different from the year-long internship program, they cannot guarantee that you will have the chance to intern in various roles; but they can assure you that you will certainly learn a lot from the experience.
Candidates should be:
Based in Shanghai
Current university student, passionate about sports and have interest in learning more
Fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese
Excellent communication skills with positive attitude
Available during game days, reliable
Responsible, passionate, and is a team player
Ability focus on the job during working hours
Kind-hearted, ready to help others, looking to make a contribution in women's sports
Working Days and Compensation:
Decided based on the company's projects and the availability of the candidate
About the Role
Operations and Project Management
Organize pick-up basketball sessions on-site;
Event promotion support;
Collaborate on the collection and collation of market information;
Event execution support.
Able to do video filming and editing (Candidates with filming equipment will be given preference);
Manage the company's online basketball community groups;
Preference given to candidates who are interested to learn about creating WeChat posts or familiar with the use of Xiumi;
Support and execute live broadcast of events.
Able to do market research independently;
Support the team to create basketball learning materials.
Basic knowledge of the official basketball rules;
Excellent time management skills, able to complete assigned tasks within deadlines;
Excellent communication, coordination, and organizational skills. (Prior experience as team captain or a management team member in a club will be given preference);
Preference will be given to candidates who are familiar with Shanghai or interested to familiarize self with the city.
For more information and how to apply, click here.
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