We are a youth rugby club in north Phoenix and member of Rugby Arizona – the state rugby organization. Rugby Arizona is a member of USA Rugby – the national governing body for youth rugby, college rugby and the USA national rugby team. Our club officially formed in Fall 2011. The 2015-16 season marks our 5th year as a club. We have been a reasonably successful club in just a short time. Each year one or more of our youth or high school teams has either won or been runner-up of a division or tournament championship.
Rugby Arizona offers coed non-tackle rugby for elementary and middle school ages, coed tackle for players under 12, and gender-specific tackle for middle school and high school. Non-tackle rugby (flag or touch) provides a safe and fun way to introduce kids to rugby and is about as physical as flag football. They learn how to run with and without the ball, pass and play defense. It has a similar pace as basketball or soccer, and the ball gets around to every player just like basketball or soccer. Rugby is the perfect team sport, great for fitness and kids learn quick. After a season or two, or once they are familiar with the pace and style of the game they can choose to advance to tackle rugby.
In 2014 North Valley added an Under 14 boys tackle team (middle school) as well as a high school boys team. Both were successful in their first year. Our U14 boys won the league final and our high school boys team made it to, but lost, the Division 3 final. In 2015 we added coed youth tackle teams and our high school boys advanced even further to the Division 2 final featured at ASU‘s Rugby Bowl. Although we lost that match, we surpassed expectations for a new team. We have made big strides every year at one or more of our age levels. We also have several girls in training and expect to have a high school girls team. Our ultimate goal is to have girls and boys teams at every age level.
Age levels we currently offer:
Touch or Flag Rugby Teams:
Coed Under 8 Flag: ages 5-7 (grades K-2)
Coed Under 10 Touch: ages 8-9 (grades 3-4)
Coed Under 12 Touch: ages 10-11 (grades 5-6)
Coed Under 14 Touch: ages 12-13 (grades 7-8)
Coed Under 16: ages 14-15 (high school, freshman/sophomore)
Full-contact Tackle Rugby Teams:
Coed Under 10: ages 8-9 (grades 3-4)
Coed Under 12: ages 10-11 (grades 5-6)
Boys Under 14: ages 12-13 (grades 7-8)
Boys Under 16: ages 14-15 (high school, freshman/sophomore)
Boys Under 19: ages 16-18 (high school, junior/senior)
Girls Under 14: ages 12-13 (grades 7-8)
Girls Under 19: 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.
Annual player fees range from $100 for youth non-tackle to $175 for high school. That includes Fall & Spring club dues plus your USA Rugby membership, and covers uniforms, awards, club expenses and standard rugby events for the season (Sept 1 to Aug 31 of the following year).
If your child is interested in playing rugby or you want to see our fee schedule, please go to our registration page or click here to contact someone on our club for more information. We look forward to seeing you on the rugby pitch for the 2015/2016 season and having another great year!
Coach/President, Sam Kelly