We are a youth rugby club based in north Phoenix and a member of Rugby Arizona – a non-profit state rugby organization. The league and our club have been official since Fall 2011. We completed our second year last March by winning the Spring 2013 championship at the U14 level.
We have three non-tackle (touch rugby) age levels: U8, U11 & U14 (middle school and younger). Touch rugby provides a safe and fun way to introduce kids to rugby. They learn how to run with and without the ball, pass and play defense. The game is about as physical as flag football, has a similar pace as basketball and soccer, and the ball gets around to every player just like basketball and soccer. Rugby is the perfect team sport, great for fitness and kids learn quick.
This year we added full-contact U14 boys rugby (6th, 7th & 8th grade boys), as well as a high school boys team and a girls team. A few high school boys played last season by supporting the Flagstaff U19 club and joining Rugby 7s tournaments over the summer, so our numbers and experience are already in motion. We also had a few high school girls practicing last April and May. So we are actually off to a good start before we even get going this year.
These are the levels we have or are currently building:
Touch Rugby Teams:
Coed U8: ages 7 or younger (grades K-2)
Coed U11: ages 8-10 (grades 3-5)
Coed U14: ages 11-13 (grades 6-8)
Full-contact Rugby Teams:
Boys U14: ages 11-13 (grades 6-8)
Boys U19: ages 14-18 (high school)
Girls U19: ages 14-18 (high school)
We are looking for boys and girls in high school, middle school or elementary school who want to be a part of a rapidly-growing sport that was recently added to the upcoming 2016 Olympics; No experience necessary.
Fees range from $60 for youth touch rugby to $100 and $120 for middle school and high school full-contact rugby. Those fees cover uniforms, awards and all standard rugby events for the whole year, September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014. If your child is interested in playing rugby or if you want to see our fee schedule, go to our registration page or click here to contact me for more information. We look forward to seeing you on the rugby pitch for the 2013/2014 season and having another great year!
Coach/President, Sam Kelly