Every weekend, thousands of kids take to ovals around the country to play sport, but spare a thought for the disabled children who can find joining a team daunting and overwhelming.
In Queensland, a modified version of rugby union is going from strength to strength, with more than 250 kids with learning and perceptual disabilities playing around the state.
For 13-year-old Charlie Bragg, playing modified rugby in Toowoomba on a Saturday morning is the highlight of his week.
"The best thing is scoring tries, team work and the beauty of hanging out with friends," Charlie says.
Charlie's mother, Carmel, never thought she would see her son, who has cerebral palsy, don a jersey and play in a team.
"He gets to play the sport he loves, he gets to learn new skills," she said.
"It's very good physically for him as well as socially."
Modified form touching lives
The Modified Rugby Program (MRP) was founded in 2014 by Brisbane-based GingerCloud Foundation.
It is a form of touch rugby with shorter games and little tackling.
Thirteen-year-old autistic boy Ned Pitts sums up how special the program is for him.
"For me at a young age, I was quite unfit but ever since doing this I've gotten fitter, getting out and about more … I'm happier," Ned said.
MRP pairs players with mentors who support the boys and girls on the field, giving them tips on where to throw and run.
James Ahern is one of the mentors and a student at Toowoomba Grammar School.
"I love the sport — I've been doing it my whole life," he said.
"I just love seeing other kids love it like I did."
Attention to detail makes all the difference
MRP's Project Lead, Gareth Smith, says the rules of rugby have been adjusted to suit the needs of kids with disabilities, who until now found playing rugby too hard.
"We think about lights, we think about background noise, we think about grass, whistles," Mr Smith said.
"For many kids with autism it's difficult to have that processing when you're on the field and when you add the chaos of a game to it, it can be completely overwhelming."
Mr Smith says he'd too never thought he would see the day his kids played sport.
"As a parent of an autistic child, sometimes you think you're never going to see them run around in a jersey," he said.
"That first moment you see them in the team, you see that celebration and that acceptance, it's very heart warming."
Last year, Rugby Australia endorsed the MRP as a new division of rugby in Australia.
The program is currently run in Brisbane, Toowoomba and Townsville with plans to roll it out in Canberra next year.