Alright. So for a bit of backstory I am 16 and until this point in my life I have been a rugby player in the UK, and honestly a very good one. I truly believe I had a shot at a professional career, and was lined up for some scholarships. However a recent seizure led to me being taken to a hospital where it was discovered I had a partially inoperable benign brain tumour. It is above the brain mass that controls movement on the left side of my body and as I am left handed they want to avoid surgery at all costs unless my seizures become more frequent, so basically it stays and I take pills forever. At my age even if I did get surgery (which they don’t want) it would be a minimum of 2 years before I’d be allowed to play rugby again. That basically means I’ve missed my shot and I won’t get another, pro rugby is done for me.
- The rules/laws and regulations you’ll be playing under. This gives you a sense of the structure behind the game, and for example, why it’s being kicked in from there instead of here, or why that player got a card when this one isn’t, and an idea of what you can or can’t do, when and where.
Full rules/laws can usually be found on official international governing body websites, with national and local changes often on their respective association websites.
- Basic skills. How to move in possession, how to pass, how to receive, how to shoot, how to dispossess opponents, how to block shots.
- Basic tactics. These can vary by code and by team structure, but some universals include switching play, counter attack, offside trap, set-play positioning and motive.