Over 40 children ages 5-18 participated in the Kingwood Crusaders Rugby Club’s youth clinic at its field in River Grove Park Saturday morning July 10.
The clinic was conducted by club players and is part of an overall effort to grow local rugby from the ground up. Harve Hulett, the club’s president, explained the clinic introduced fundamentals and gave the kids a chance to learn some of the basic skills of the game. Both boys and girls participated. The clinic included drills in ball handling and formations unique to rugby including “rucking,” “mauling” and “scrumming,” which are terms describing the various actions players take to keep control the ball during the course of the game.
“We are looking for more players. We want to attract young adults,” Hulett said. He explained many of the current players on the club have come from the original Kingwood High School club, now renamed the Lake Houston Rugby Club. The children attending this clinic came from everywhere in the area, including Summerwood to the south and New Caney to the north.