Do players need experience to play rugby in high school?
No, not at all. Most players will be starting rugby as a first year player on the high school team. The coaches have developed a rugby training program for all first year players. The program consists of in person sessions and videos. Your child will learn how to play rugby.
When is the rugby season?
The high school rugby season is the spring season. The formal season will begin in March and run through early June. There is also a summer season for any rugby players who are interested.
Is there any type of pre-season training?
Yes, pre-season training will begin in December. It is just some simple and easy prep for players. Any player not in a winter sport is expected to attend. If your son/daughter is participating in a winter sport, then they are not expected to join in unless they choose.
What is the difference between 15s Rugby and 7s Rugby?
In high school, the spring season is 15s Rugby. This means there are 15 players on the field. In the summer season, players play 7s rugby. This means there are 7 players on the field. Some key differences between 15s and 7s rugby are:
What does my son/daughter need to play rugby?
Your child needs a mouth guard, cleats, and a water bottle. The cleats should be soccer or football. For certain positions, “rugby cleats” can be helpful. The coach will inform those players. No baseball cleats allowed.
When will practices be in the spring?
Expect practices to be Monday-Thursday, from 5:30-7:30pm. Games are typically played on Friday nights or the weekends.
What are the registration fees/dues for players?
The registration fees are set for $165 for the spring season. You can pay the registration fee online at: https://trumbulleaglesrugby.com/store/ols/categories/season-participation
How can I receive updates/information on the Trumbull Eagles Rugby Team?
You can fill out the Player Interest Form on the Home page of the website. This will provide us with your contact information. In addition, we have a Facebook page here and an Instagram page here. Follow these social media accounts for updates.
How can parents get involved to support the program?
The Trumbull Eagles Rugby Booster Club is dedicated to growing and sustaining the sport of rugby at Trumbull High School. 100% of all booster club membership dues and donations collected are invested back into the program to offset the costs of items such as uniforms, equipment, buses, etc.. Membership information and application can be found on the Trumbull Eagles Rugby Booster Club page.
There are many opportunities to volunteer during the season. Parent support is needed with:
Personal and corporate donations will be crucial to help support and grow the team. If you know of potential corporate donors that may be interested in supporting the team and want us to contact them, please let us know and we will reach out.
How is rugby different from other sports?
There is a role for every body type. While there are positions and roles, the free-flow continuous nature of the game means that any player (big or small) is capable of picking up the ball and scoring.
Hospitality. The game of rugby has a tradition of home teams hosting after-game social events. This allows players and parents alike to get to know each other and network off the field. The rugby culture builds lifelong relationships and encourages mutual respect for opponents. You never know when your rugby opponent may become your teammate on a future club team. Rugby players leave any ill-will for their opponents on the field.
Respect. In rugby, the referee is respected, even if you do not agree with their decisions; opponents are fought with a fury but treated with respect; fans cheer good rugby and are respectful of the opposing team; coaches prepare the team as best they can and then let them play the game. When addressing referees, it is customary for players and coaches to use “Yes, sir/ma’am” and “Thank you, sir / ma’am” for every call whether agreed with or not.