GLENDALE, Colo., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Standing in the gymnasium of the Glendale Event Center early Sunday morning, a chorus of laughter reverberated off the walls as the squeaks of hurried athletic shoes echoed throughout the room.
Without looking, the casual passerby would have thought they were overhearing a raucous game of pickup basketball, a herd of pre-teens running rampant, crying out to their teammates to pass them the ball: "I'm open! Over here!"
Sudden silence fell over the room as the neon yellow and blue World Rugby Shop ball soared through the air, hitting the hands of the waiting receiver, who gripped the ball with two hands before hurriedly diving over the makeshift try line painted across the wooden tiles.
Cheers rang out, ushering in a wave of high fives and fist pumps before a shrill whistle cut the celebration to an abrupt halt.
"Remember instructors, we want to do our best to discourage diving over the try-line when playing Rookie Rugby indoors. We want to prevent injuries in any way possible and gym floors are not the most forgiving. Make sure to tell them to simply touch the ball down across the line with both hands. OK, let's go again," said USA Rugby Youth Manager Katie Wurst, before giving a quick blow of the whistle to resume play.
Upon further inspection, this was not the average weekend play date at the community gym, but rather day two of the Rookie Rugby Trainer Accreditation process, which was just one part of the action-packed 2008 Youth Conference on the Game agenda, held December 5-7 at Infinity Park.
Over the course of the three-day conference, more than 100 youth and high
school coaches and administrators gathered among their peers to take in a
series of presentations ranging in subject matter from State-Based Rugby
Organizations (SBROs) to safety in the scrum and tackle to developing all-star
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