We regret that this morning’s clinic at Smith Park must be postponed due to standing water on the field as of 07:30 this morning. Given that this would be our first experience at Smith Park, we do not want to jeopardize our relationship by tearing up their field. We will work with the park supervisor at Smith to reschedule the clinic.
Unless iYRA indicates otherwise, this afternoon’s Girls Day of Rugby should still take place.
Happy Father’s Day to all our dads. All of our players should come to Revere Park this afternoon from 2:00-4:00 for a fun-filled afternoon of rugby, cookout, and kids vs coaches and parents action!
For those of you who have been looking to the site for updates, sorry about the hiatus. We have a parent who has volunteered to help us keep it more current.
Registration is still open for the 2013 season. Tackle practice is taking place now on Fridays and Sundays; touch season begins April 14. Register here for either program.
Welcome to the Chicago Wapiti RFC 2013 Season! Register Now.
We have a number of exciting changes for the 2013 season. See below the list for details.
- Tackle! Wapiti have entered at least one squad in the Illinois Youth Rugby Association middle school competition. Teams will consist of either 5/6 graders or 7/8 graders. We will continue our non-contact program on Sundays at Revere Park.
- Coaching: We are under more stringent guidelines. See the Coaches page for instructions. If interested in assisting the tackle squad, be sure to register for the Coaching Certification Jan. 26 in Chicago. Coaches.
- U7: We have eliminated the 30 for 30 program and are now enrolling U7 players at the same level as all other club members, wherein they will have an hour of instruction and receive a club jersey.
- Rates: The rate for 2013 is $135 per player. If you register prior to Jan. 21, you may register at the 2012 rate of $100 per player. Registration is now open.
Why Rugby? To borrow the words of the International Rugby Board when they presented their case to include Rugby as an Olympic Sport in the 2016 games as well as the Pan American Games in 2011 – “Rugby has a long-standing ethos of fair play and friendship.” It is a free-flowing game designed for players of all shapes, sizes and athletic abilities. It involves many elements that kids love such as running, passing, catching, and kicking while engaging them in decision-making and supporting teammates. Rugby has a unique spirit as a team sport which stresses agility, camaraderie, courage, grace under pressure, respect and sportsmanship. As the newest addition to the Olympic Games, the popularity of rugby is sure to grow.
Currently there is no developmental youth rugby program available within the City of Chicago for this age group of 3rd thru 8th grade boys and girls. Our program is officially underway. Please visit the Fundraising page to provide your financial support…
This idea for a Youth Development Rugby Program began several months ago when a group of fathers independently began searching out a way to bring their sons and daughters to the game of rugby. In realizing that there were no existing youth rugby programs in the City of Chicago, we began discussions on how to bring the game to our own sons and daughters. Starting a club with a dozen kids was not the answer as there would be no teams nearby to play. The natural evolution of the idea soon became to create an organization that could potentially have eight teams and close to one hundred participants so the kids could learn the game and play it in their own neighborhoods in a fun and safe environment.
When Rugby is introduced in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, we would be very proud to be part of a five-year old program that has boys and girls as old as 16 years old playing who have the necessary skills to dream of playing for in the 2020 Olympic Games and to be able to help make that a reality.