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Spring Tackle and FIT Touch Rugby

By Admin, 12/06/23, 3:00PM EST

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Registration Process

  1. Retrieve your USA Rugby Member ID from https://xplorer.rugby/west-end-syc-rugby/. If you didn't already register with USA Rugby for the Rugby Year that began 1 Sep 2023, you must do so at USA Rugby in order to complete West End/SYC Rugby registration. Our club is listed as West End-SYC. You will upload the USA Rugby Member ID during West End/SYC Rugby registration. USA Rugby has a 2-step process: register for an account and receive a member number; then, continue through the system to pay for the registration.
  2. Tackle players, be prepared to upload age proof (driver's license, birth certificate, or passport) during registration.
  3. Click the REGISTER HERE button at the bottom of this page.
  4. As always, all players will be provided a Spirit Wear shirt to show off to their friends and new players will receive a rugby ball for practicing at home. These items are included with your registration fee.

There will be a mandatory Family Meeting 12 Feb 24 from 715 to 8 pm in Barker Hall at Irving MS.  All players plus at least one parent must attend.

We will answer your registration questions anytime at rugby@sycva.com

Season Dates

Regular weekday practices begin in January for U16 and 18U boys, February for U14, U16, and 18U girls, and March for all others (weather dependent). 
 

Scrimmages begin on Saturdays in February for U16 and 18U Boys and U14, U16, and 18U Girls. 16 Mar is the first Saturday for all others.  Matches and practices will continue until 11 May. After that, Rugby Virginia will offer the Performance Program (aka all-stars).

We will answer your questions during our Family Meeting: 12 Feb, 715 to 8pm at  Irving MS! This is a mandatory event for all players plus at least one parent.

Inspired by the new year to improve fitness and skills? Check out the fitness page here.

Need some motivation? Read about the Rugby Mindset here.

Age Groups

Ages as of September 1, 2023
 
  • Coed Tag/FIT Touch: U6, U8, U10, U12, U14
    • Register for Rookie Rugby with USA Rugby
  • Coed Tackle: U12, U14
    • Register for Youth Rugby with USA Rugby
  • Girls' Tackle U12, U14
    • Register for Youth Rugby with USA Rugby
  • Boys' Tackle U16, 18U
    • Register for High School Rugby with USA Rugby
  • Girls' Tackle U16, 18U
    • Register for High School Rugby with USA Rugby

Days/Times

Please note that TYPICAL TIMING is for planning. Practice times are dependent on our county permit which will be received in February.

Start dates for weekday practices are weather and age dependent.

Coed Tag/FIT TOUCH U6 & U8:  Practices typically on Thurs from March 14 through May 9. Typical timing is 6:30PM - 7:30PM. First scrimmage on March 16 and then matches usually on Saturdays beginning after FCPS Spring Break until State Championships on May 11.

Coed Tag/FIT TOUCH, U10, U12 & U14:  Practices typically on Tues and Thurs from March 12 through May 9. Typical timing is 6:30PM - 7:30PM. First scrimmage on March 16 and then matches usually on Saturdays beginning after FCPS Spring Break until State Championships on May 11.

Coed U12 Tackle:  Practices typically on Tues and Thurs from March 5 through May 9. Typical timing is 6:30PM - 8:00PM. First scrimmage on March 16 and then matches usually on Saturdays beginning after FCPS Spring Break until State Championships on May 11.

Coed U14 Tackle:  Practices typically on Mon and Wed from March 4 through May 8. Typical timing is 6:30PM - 8:00PM. First scrimmage on March 16 and then matches usually on Saturdays beginning after FCPS Spring Break until State Championships on May 11.

Girls U12 & U14 Tackle:  Starting in March, practices typically on Tues and Thurs through May 12. Typical timing is 6:00PM - 8:00PM. Matches usually on Saturdays until Chesapeake Conference Championships on May 12.

Girls U16 & 18U Tackle:  February practices on Tues at Lewis HS and Thurs at Rolling Valley West Park. Starting in March, practices typically on Tues and Thurs through May 8. Typical timing is 6:00PM - 8:00PM. First scrimmage on March 2 and then matches usually on Saturdays until Chesapeake Conference Championships on May 12.

Boys U16 & 18U Tackle: January and  February practices on Tues at Lewis HS and Thurs at Rolling Valley West Park.  Staring in March, practices typically on Tues and Thurs through May 8. Typical timing is 6:00PM - 8:00PM. First scrimmage on February 17 and then matches usually on Saturdays until State Championships on May 11.

Practice Location

Off-season training and weekday practices in January and February will be held at Lewis HS and Rolling Valley West Park. March practices will be held at a location in the Springfield area (to be assigned by the county and announced at a later date). April and May practices will be held at Grove Point Park, 6400 Bowie Dr, Springfield.

Registration Fee

early, Thru 15 Jan

  • Coed Tag/FIT Touch: U6, U8, U10, U12, U14: $90
  • Coed Tackle: U12, U14: $129
  • Girls' Tackle U12, U14: $129
  • Boys' Tackle U16, 18U: $149
  • Girls' Tackle U16, 18U: $149

REgular, 16 Jan Thru 15 FEB

 
  • Coed Tag/FIT Touch: U6, U8, U10, U12, U14: $110
  • Coed Tackle: U12, U14:  $169
  • Girls' Tackle U12, U14: $169
  • Boys' Tackle U16, 18U: $199
  • Girls' Tackle U16, 18U: $199

LATE, STARTS 16 FEB

 
  • Coed Tag/FIT Touch U6, U8, U10, U12, U14:  $130
  • Coed Tackle: U12, U14: $189
  • Girls' Tackle U12, U14: $189
  • Boys' Tackle U16, 18U: $219
  • Girls' Tackle U16, 18U: $219
$20 discount for second player from same family.
$40 discount for third player from same family.
$60 discount for fourth and more players from same family.

Gear and Equipment

Equipment/Uniform Provided by SYC Required?
Cleats No Yes
Mouth Guard No Yes
Rugby Spirit Wear Shirt, for players to keep Yes Yes
Rugby Shorts, for players to keep Yes Yes
Rugby Socks, for players to keep No Yes
Team Jersey, for use during season. Yes Yes
Rugby Ball, for NEW players to keep Yes No

In our ongoing effort to keep rugby as affordable as possible, we've altered the gear process.

You can buy socks during registration. Socks are now a purchase item and shorts will be provided. We have eliminated practice jerseys.

We're also offering an optional winter pom hat during registration.

  • Logo winter pom hat: $28
  • Orange and blue stripe socks: $18
  • Purchase as package:  $42

Per rugby tradition, we will continue provide the match-day jerseys for all teams.

Spring 2024 Coaches

Coed U12: Darryl Cross

Coed U14: Mo McInerney, Dan McCullough

Boys U16 & 18U: Squirrel Birashk, Reagan Douglas, Justin Smith

Girls U12, U14, U16, 18U: Sarah Emory, Abby Tobias, Phil Parks, Brian Johnson, Pat Morin

Coed Tag/FIT Touch: Walt Archambo, Matt Canny, Jim Canny, Stephanie Brown, John Bellamy, Chris Roark, Jonathan Latigona

More volunteer coaches will be announced soon.

NOTE: coach assignments are subject to change.

Please Note: Information is Subject to Change.

Dan Twomey Jr

Dan Twomey Jr

Rugby Commissioner