We are a youth rugby club in north Phoenix and member of Rugby Arizona – a non-profit state rugby organization. Rugby Arizona is a member of USA Rugby – the national governing body for youth rugby, collegiate rugby and the USA Eagles national rugby team. Our club officially formed in Fall 2011. Spring 2015 was our 4th year as a club. Each year, one or more of our teams has 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 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. After a season or two, or once they are familiar with the pace and style of the game they can choose to play tackle rugby.
In 2014 North Valley added a tackle Under 14 boys team (middle school) as well as a high school boys team. Both were successful in their first year. Our U14 won the league final and our high school team made it to, but lost in the division 3 final. We also have a few girls training in hopes to build a high school girls team soon. Our goal is to add girls teams at every age level. For the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 seasons the league added new divisions of Coed Youth Tackle (Under 10 & Under 12) and a Boys 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 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.
Fees range from $60 for youth non-tackle rugby to $130 for high school rugby. That fee is annual and includes your USA Rugby registration (CIPP), uniform, awards, most club expenses and standard rugby events for the season (runs from September 1 to August 31 of the following year. 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