We are a youth rugby club based in north Phoenix and a member of Rugby Arizona – a non-profit state-based rugby organization. We have tackle and non-tackle teams at varying age levels, from U8 (under 8 years old) to U19 (high school). The league and our club officially formed in Fall 2011. North Valley just completed its third year this past March and April by winning the Spring 2014 championship in the Boys U14 Tackle division, 3rd place in the Coed U14 Touch division and runner-ups in Boys High School division 3.
We currently have coed non-contact rugby teams for elementary and middle school age levels, coed tackle teams for grades 3 to 6, and gender-specific tackle teams for middle school and high school. Non-contact 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. Flag or touch rugby 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.
Last year North Valley added a full-contact U14 boys team (middle school) as well as a high school boys team. We even had a half-dozen girls training in hopes to build a high school girls team. Our intention is to grow the girls teams at every age level. This coming year (Fall 2014/Spring 2015) the league is adding new divisions of Coed Youth Tackle (U10 & U12), Flag rugby for U8 and a new U16 high school division for freshmen and sophomores.
These are the age levels we currently have or plan to offer:
Touch or Flag Rugby Teams:
Coed U8 Flag: ages 5-7 (grades K-2)
Coed U10 Touch: ages 8-9 (grades 3-4)
Coed U12 Touch: ages 10-11 (grades 5-6)
Coed U14 Touch: ages 12-13 (grades 7-8)
Coed U16: ages 14-15 (high school, freshman/sophomore)
Full-contact Tackle Rugby Teams:
Coed U10: ages 8-9 (grades 3-4)
Coed U12: ages 10-11 (grades 5-6)
Boys U14: ages 12-13 (grades 7-8)
Boys U16: ages 14-15 (high school, freshman/sophomore)
Boys U19: ages 16-18 (high school, junior/senior)
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 $110 and $130 for middle school and high school tackle rugby. That fee is annual and covers your USA Rugby registration (CIPP), uniforms, awards, club expenses and all standard rugby events for the whole year, September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015. 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 2014/2015 season and having another great year!
Coach/President, Sam Kelly