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SYC Rugby

SYC offers tag & tackle rugby for boys and girls ages 6-18, with tag rugby during the summer season, and tackle rugby during both the spring and summer seasons.


    Summer 2017 Rugby Season

    The Summer 2017 rugby season is right around the corner, and registration is now open! Save money with the Early Bird if you sign up by April 30.  

    Summer season teams include:

    • Coed K-2nd grade tag team -- for boys & girls in grades K-2
    • Coed 3rd/4th grade tag team -- for boys & girls in grades 3-4
    • Girls middle school/youth tackle team -- for girls in grades 5-8
    • Boys 7th/8th grade tackle team -- for boys in grades 7-8
    • Boys 5th/6th grade tackle team -- for boys in grades 5-6
    • Boys high school tackle team -- for boys in grades 9-12
    • Girls high school tackle team -- for girls in grades 9-12
    • All grades as of 2016-17 school year

    Weeknight practices will start in early June, Saturday games will start in mid-June, and the season will culminate in the Rugby Virginia summer tournament held in late July. 


    Summer 2017 Practice Details

    SYC Rugby's Summer 2017 season is underway.  Tackle teams start practice the week of May 29, and tag teams start the week of June 5.  Team practices run as follows: 

    • Coed Tag K-2, head coach Justin Smith: Practice Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm at Franconia Park.
    • Coed Tag 3-4, head coach Mitch Reed: Practice Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm at Franconia Park.
    • Girls HS & MS tackle, head coach Matt Estes:  Practice Mondays & Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm at Franconia Park.
    • Boys MS & Youth tackle, head coach Dan Twomey: Practice Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm at Franconia Park.
    • Boys HS tackle, head coach Jeff Rupp: Practice Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm at Franconia Park.

    Game schedules will be posted once made available by Rugby Virginia. 


    Rugby Coaches Always Wanted!

    SYC Rugby always seeks good coaches, with or without rugby experience. Please be sure to specify rugby when registering.

    Any questions, please contact SYC Rugby Director/Commissioner Jeff Rupp.


    Rugby Program Summary

    Springfield/South County Youth Club offers both spring and summer rugby seasons for boys and girls from ages 6 to 18.

    The spring season typically runs February through late May, and offers tackle rugby for boys and girls in grades 5-12.

    The summer season runs from early June to late July, and offers tag rugby for boys and girls in grades K-4, and tackle rugby for boys and girls in grades 5-12.

    Rugby is a fun, fast, high scoring game for girls and boys of all ages. The emphasis is on FUN... running with the ball, running in support, passing, kicking, scoring! No matter their position, all players have a chance to run the ball. They will tag or tackle, and get tagged or tackled. And they will learn about fitness, teamwork, quick decision-making, and sportsmanship.

    Rugby at SYC is a great way to stay active and fit to be ready for fall sports, as well as to be prepared for playing rugby in high school and beyond. It's also a wonderful opportunity to make new friends.

    For information about our spring season teams, see the West End pages.

    For additional information, please see the Rugby Program Guide.


    SYC Rugby's "West End" Girls HS Team Wins Summer 2016 State Championship!

    July 23-24, 2016 -- The West End "Ruckettes" Girls HS team—part of the SYC Rugby program—won the 2016 Rugby Virginia Summer Championship at the season-ending state tournament this past July 23. Congratulations to our Ruckettes!

    Congratulations also to SYC Rugby players Rachel Hollway and A.C. Ross. Rachel was named MVP of the Middle School Girls division, and A.C. was MVP of the Coed Tag 3rd/4th grader division. 

    SYC Rugby teams played in various other divisions and finished in their divisions as follows:

    • Tag 1st/2nd Grade team -- Cup finalists / 2nd place finish. Head coached by Justin Smith.
    • Tag 3rd/4th Grade team -- Bowl finalists / 6th place finish. Head coached by Mitch Reed & Sarah Emory.
    • Tag 5th/6th Grade team -- Plate finalists / 4th place finish. Head coached by Mitch Reed.
    • Boys 5th/6th Grade Tackle team -- Plate champions / 3rd place finish. Head coached by Jeff Rupp & Gareth Taylor.
    • Boys 7th/8th Grade Tackle team -- Bowl champions / 5th place finish. Head coached by Jeff Rupp & Gareth Taylor.
    • Girls HS Varsity team -- Cup champions / 1st place finish. Head coached by Matt Estes.
    • Boys HS Varsity team #1 -- Cup finalists / 2nd place finish. Head coached by Steve Israel & Jim Adase.
    • Boys HS Varsity team #2 -- Shield champions / 7th place finish. Head coached by Steve Israel & Jim Adase.

    Congratulations to all our SYC Rugby players on a fine season.  Hope to see you on the rugby pitch next year! 


    Get Your Rugby License Plate!

    Help Rugby Virginia in its quest to have a RUGBY license plate created by the Virginia DMV. Fill out the application form below and submit it with a check for $25 per car to Rugby Virginia official Stuart Willis. His address is listed within the application file. 

    We need 450 to start this program, so please help!




    Inclement Weather & Field Closures

    Fairfax County fields hotline: 703-324-5264 or visit hotline website. We typically use fields at Franconia Park (#3 grass, #4 turf, #5 grass). Also see SYC Rugby policy & back-up plan.



    West End Rugby

    SYC Rugby's spring season teams are nicknamed "West End." Click on West End Rugby for more info about the spring season.