Q. How and where do I get started?
Pick your place – a patch of grass, a playground, a sports hall, an empty car park, a beach – you get the message, you can play touch rugby pretty much anywhere. The rules are simple and the game is perfect for men, women and children. Clubs up and down the country are becoming O2 Touch Centres – just enter your postcode in the rugby club finder to find your local O2 Touch Centre.
Q. How is this different to the rugby I’ve seen on TV?
Touch doesn’t have the big hits, the scrums, the lineouts, rucks or mauls, making it a quicker, simpler and more accessible game. The tackle is replaced by a minimal contact touch but rugby’s principals of attack, defence, passing and evasive running remain. This makes it a perfect introduction or route back into rugby. Find out more about the game in the Why Play Touch section.
Q. How many people are required to play?
You only need a handful of people to have a throw around and a bit of fun with touch. You can play with anything from three-a-side to 15-a-side. Fully trained O2 Touch operators will be present at each O2 Touch Centre to ensure that a session will happen with whatever numbers are available. Most organised games are six-a-side. Read up on the rules of touch here.
Q. What commitment do I need to make?
There are three types of O2 Touch events to suit varying levels of commitment:
- TouchBase - TouchBase is aimed at those who can’t commit to regular activity. You can turn up on your own or with a group of mates. A session will typically last one hour with some warm up and fitness games before about 30 minutes of game play.
- TouchBase+ - If you want to add a more competitive element then TouchBase+ offers the chance to play competitive games of touch without the commitment of playing in a formal league.
- TouchLeague - A structured, formal league played over a set number of weeks, with the same teams playing each week. Teams enter for the period of the league and so players need to commit to taking part in the whole competition.
Q. How big is the pitch?
At a TouchBase session the playing space will largely be determined by the number of players. As a guide you need to have about two metres width for each person playing – a full size touch pitch will be up to 70 metres in length by 50 metres wide. You can fit two touch pitches on a normal rugby pitch with the touchlines of the pitch becoming the try lines.
Q. Should I have special equipment to play?
Each O2 Touch Centre will have all the kit and equipment needed to play touch. Consider the weather then just bring along the sort of kit you might wear to the gym or if you were going out for a run.
Q. What are the rules?
At each O2 Touch Centre the O2 Touch Operator will be fully trained in the rules of touch. If you want to do some homework first then check out these videos that explain the rules of touch.
Q. Do I need to be super fit to play? No, you should be in reasonably good health, but in the process of playing touch you’ll also get fitter. Read the stories of some people who are already getting fit and finding friends through touch.
Q. How long will I be running around for? A TouchBase session lasts for about an hour. Find a TouchBase or a TouchLeague in your area.