To develop people through the enjoyment of the game in order to create a club that has solid values.
We want to make sure that our players understand that the immediate objective of the team is not to win, but to play well. By doing this, not only are we achieving our main goal, to enjoy the sport, but we also teach our athletes to aspire to be superior to their adversaries which will result in victory.
Our Mission as a Rugby Club
As a rugby club, we want to instill the spirit of the sport to the youth divisions and aspire to transfer those values into our athletes’ daily lives, to become better citizens. We teach our athletes, beginning with the first practice, that rugby is more than a sport, it is fundamentally a school of life, and a way of life.
The Club’s Philosophy
As a sport, rugby has qualities that separate it from the rest; there are particular expectations, rules, and regulations that we cannot deviate from. Rugby is a way of life, it forms and improves the individual, and this is believed regardless of where it is played. Rugby is a dynamic game, therefore as learners of the sport in the Miami Rugby Youth Divisions we must be aware that it is ever evolving and that we are expected to learn and develop our skills as we play.
Also, we must be aware that there is no excuse to withhold the basic principles which make rugby what it is. If we had to define the philosophy and spirit or rugby, the most accurate statement is that rugby is a game of respect. It is a game that constantly confronts adversity and tries to overcome it with a huge amount of effort and extreme loyalty.
As directors, collaborators, and coaches of the Miami Rugby Youth Division we must instill respect without excuses, for the rules and spirit of the game. This respect will be instilled knowing that winning or losing will depend on factors that we may or may not be able to control. However playing a clean game and being respectful are factors that our athletes can control.
This definition shows us that although the technical aspect of the game is very important, it is neither the only aspect nor the most important one. What is most important in the game is respect, education, self-control, to teach our athletes a basic understanding of the game, and to enjoy the game.
In order to expect all of this from our players, it is important that we lead by example by respecting: our athletes, the rules, the referees, and the opponents. Everything is respected, and we teach our athletes that they must respect everything. Between a dirty and clean game, rudeness and respect there is a fine line that we all are aware of, regardless of whether there will be sanctions or not. This line must never be crossed and we must train our players not to do so, because the courage to overcome adversity in a game must continue to be the pride that defines a rugby player.
We seek that our players love a clean game and despise an unfair game, therefore those of us who teach our athletes must not only be good at playing the game, but we must first and foremost be good teachers of the privilege that it is to play rugby. This is because rugby is more than a game; it is fundamentally a school of life, a way of life.
One way or another, what teams do in the field is a reflection of what they hear and learn from their elders. We have the responsibility to shape men and women, not only rugby players, and this is a huge responsibly that obligates us to not transgress the rules, spirit, or philosophy of rugby, with our acts or our messages.
Our players will be thankful for the example we give them because they have chosen rugby since it is different than other sports and need us to set that example.
Finally, we commit and dedicate ourselves to be completely subordinate to rugby, which is to say we are subordinate to the spirit of rugby; otherwise we are violating the actual sport we claim to belong to. .
Rules to Follow:
The Miami Rugby Youth Division has to respect all the game’s participants, and as a result:
- Do not speak to the opponents’ bench
- Do not give your opinion in reference to the referee’s faults or line judges
- Do not criticize your teammates errors
- Do not speak to your opponents
We applaud the skills and successes of our players. Therefore, we must never forget that:
- The game belongs to the players, whom have no obligation towards the institution other than the respect of the values that it represents.
- The immediate objective of our teams is not to win, but to play well. By doing this they will enjoy the sport, and overcome their opponents which will lead to wins.
- To sum up, more than to wish victory for our teams we hope to deserve a victory.