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Club Rugby

Club Rugby Overview

The Club competition is organized by age, beginning with the Under-8  non-contact division.  Contact (tackling) is introduced carefully and safely at the U10 level and continues up through the U18s.  U8 through U12 rugby is coed, while older ages are separated by gender.  All matches are scheduled for Saturday mornings before 11am whenever possible.

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Club Rugby Structure

The co-ed U8, U10 and U12 ages and the Boys U14s compete from January to March.  The U8s and U10s from several clubs (usually three) will be scheduled at one site, while U12 and BU14 head-to-head matches will be paired together.  Whenever possible, all four ages will be scheduled at the same location.  In our Tri-Counties region, clubs will continue to schedule matches for the entire club (all ages) against an opponent on the same day.

The U8 & U10 ages introduce rugby and begin the process of developing skill and game knowledge, including an emphasis on safety in contact (U10). Scores are not tracked and standings are not kept.  The emphasis is on giving kids (and parents!) a very positive experience and nurturing their new love for the game and its unique culture.  Both ages play small-sided (from 7 to 10 athletes), shorter duration (30-40 minute games in 2 halves), smaller field games. 

The Coed U12s and U14 Boys, while still emphasizing safety, development of basic skills and love of the game, also introduce strategies and tactics and start to focus a little bit more on competition.  The U12s play 12-a-side in two 20-minute halves, while the BU14s play 15-a-side and two 25-minute halves. 

The Girls competition is organized into U15 &  U18 age levels, with the competitive season running from March to May.  U15 will be 7's. U18 offers a 7's and a 15's division. 

Our Boys U16 and U18 ages also run from March to May and are each organized into Green and Gold Divisions playing 15-a-side rugby.  Teams must meet the specified requirements by the listed deadlines in order to qualify to compete in the Gold Division.