Tag rugby season is almost upon is and when that grand stretch in the evening gets even grander, Kilkenny Rugby Club and Carlow Rugby Club will be awash with tag teams on the competitive and social sides.
Kilkenny’s tag season gets underway next week and with registrations having taken place over the past few weeks, the club have announced there’s only a few places left for those interested in taking part across May and June. Prospetive captains and players are being asked to nominate a referee from your team as well when registering – entry forms available by contacting the club here.
The final registration night will be this coming Wednesday 11 May with first games underway the following evening at Kilkenny Rugby Club in Foulkstown.
It’s a similar situation in Carlow where registrations have also been taking place over the past few weeks.
The start date for Carlow is a little later with tag season kicking off on June 9. €40 a player is the fee in Carlow and there’s a few practice matches lined up on Thursday nights at Oak Park in the run in to June.
More information for Carlow and online registration is available via Facebook.
Wait… what’s tag rugby?
Not sure what we’re talking about? We checked in with TagRugby.ie for the lowdown.
Tag is a brilliant Mixed Social Sport, suitable for all shapes, sizes, ages and sporting abilities, where guys and girls play together in a competitive environment.
Games are 7 a side where you must have at least 3 girls on the pitch at all times. You can have up to an additional 7 subs on the sideline (so maximum squads of 14) and can swap them on and off as many times as you like over the course of a normal 40 minute game (2 x 20 min halves).
You don’t need any rugby experience as the game is all about running and passing where agility, speed and hand-eye co-ordination are the key skills. It is a soft contact sport, similar to basketball – so intentional impact, diving tackles and deliberate contact are forbidden and strictly penalised by our officials. Tag compliments a wide range of other sports, from soccer to Gaelic football and from hockey to tennis.
Each year, we have over 10,000 tag players in our leagues in 20+ venues all around the country with our Spring (usually 6 weeks from March to May) and Summer Leagues (usually 9 weeks from May to July) the most popular.
So, will you be playing tag this summer?