Alexandria Rugby offers tackle rugby in the spring and summer for boys in grades 4 through 8.
For girls, until we have enough local interest, we are referring all 5th-8th graders to our neighbor club to the south, Ft. Hunt Girls Rugby. Ft. Hunt has a well established club with an excellent girls high school program and a budding middle school program. They have terrific coaches and their home base is just south of the beltway which makes them an ideal club with which to partner. For more information about Ft. Hunt Girls Rugby contact their head coach, Katherine Aversano at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the first few weeks of spring training we will meet on Tues & Thurs evenings from 7:00 - 8:30pm at West Potomac High School (6500 Quander Road, Alexandria, 22307). From March 7 on we will train at George Washington Middle School (1005 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria 22301) on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 500 pm to 630 pm.
The first matches are held in mid-March with the season running through mid-May.
Summer trainings will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings - 6:00-8:00pm. Matches will be held on Saturdays beginning in early June and ending at the state tournament in late July. Matches are typically on Saturdays and will vary from morning to evening depending on the opponent.
Trainings and home matches are held at GW Middle School, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave in Alexandria. The season schedule will be posted as soon as it is made available each season. Away matches occur throughout northern Virginia with the possibility of a match as far away as Richmond.
$100 for each player.
Registration fee includes training uniforms, city participation and field use fees, Rugby Virginia and USA Rugby membership/CIPP fee. Financial assistance is available, please contact us
for more details.
Age & Grade Range (2016 Season)
Youth Boys (YB)
- 5th & 6th Grades. 4th graders are eligible to play tackle on the 5th/6th team if both coaches and parents deem appropriate.
Middle School Boys (MSB)
- 7th & 8th Grades.
As of the Spring 2016 season, Rugby Virginia has set a player's grade as the determing factor for team assignments and eligibility. While players are able to play up to the next level, they are not permitted to play down to a lower level.
USA Rugby and Rugby Virginia PROHIBITS
any 8th Grader from playing at any
high school level or any child enrolled in high school to play at the Middle School level, regardless of age.
All players will recieve a jersey, game shorts and socks with their registration. Players are expected to purchase their own mouth guards, boots (cleats) and proper training clothing (rugby shorts, sturdy shirts/jerseys) which is required for all trainings.
The health and safety of all participants is our foremost priority. All coaches receive concussion awareness training and all players will undergo standard concussion screening protocol in all cases of head injury at trainings or in matches by properly trained Alexandria Rugby staff.
All players are also expected to receive a pre-season sports physical from a qualified medical professional. Parents are expected to share the results of the physical with the coaches and administrators of the team.
For additional information contact AR's youth tackle rugby coordinator, Owen Malone
Youth Rugby in Virginia:
Spring is the primary season for tackle rugby in Virginia and summer the primary season for tag rugby. Tag is played by boys and girls ages 5 to 13 with coed teams. Tackle is played gender specific starting with the 3rd grade level (ages 8 & 9).
Alexandria Rugby has teams at all levels of tag (U7, U9,U11, U13) and boys-only tackle teams at 5th/6th grade and 7th /8th grade. Both the tackle and tag programs compete in the Rugby Virginia youth league against teams from throughout Virginia. In the summer we field both tag and tackle teams. Spring and fall we hold weekly "Fun League" sessions to allow the kids to stay involved with the game as they also play other sports.
We start the youngest children off with tag rugby, a seven-a-side version of the sport that focuses on fun, fitness, and skill building while promoting the concepts of teamwork and sportsmanship. The tackle rugby program is a modified version of the full contact game that structures the game in a safe fashion to promote fun, skill building and inclusion.
All of our coaches are Rugby Virginia and USA Rugby certified and registered. The safety and well-being of the child is always our primary concern, then we stress the fun - because rugby is first and foremost a game.
We are always looking for volunteers to help organize, coach and ref matches, especially the tag version (which is a pretty simple game so no rugby experience is necessary to help). Please consider giving some time - the kids really appreciate it!
Registration can be done on AR's online registration site.
For additional information contact AR's youth rugby coordinator, Owen Malone .
Youth rugby is a fun and safe way of introducing our youth to the sport. More information about youth rugby can be found on the USA Rugby website, the governing body for the sport in the United States.