PAL Rugby



Season 4

Westport PAL Rugby is back and growing. All are welcomed! 

 

Rugby has always been about inclusion and we are proud to extend the invitation to all our community’s youth as we implement the girls rugby program. To register for the 2020 Spring season, please click on the link below:

Registration NOW OPEN

Dave Lyme, Staples Head Coach, will once again lead the coaching team.  Coach Lyme has an outstanding record developing the Staples High School Rugby program, and we are happy to once again have Coach Lyme as the coaching director and President of Westport's PAL Youth Rugby program.

  • In the U10 flag program, we see this as consistent with all the teams from other towns. Both boys and girls will be teamed together
  • In the U12/U14 where there is contact, girls will have the option to play as other towns continue to field mixed gender teams for youth rugby.
  • Staples High School Rugby is gearing up for the launch of a women’s rugby program and we feel our middle school program will be excellent preparation as a feeder for that program. 
  • As we welcome our new female players into our rugby program. we are sensitive to the fact that this is their introductory year and we therefore extend the option for these new participants to decline full contact games on a mixed team and instead play in a weekly touch game based on minimum players required
  • If you have questions, Coach Lyme's email will be at the end of this note and he will be happy to field those
  • We will field a minimum of three teams and increase number of teams depending on registrations:

U10 (flag program) U12, U14 (contact)

To help with your planning, below is some color on the outline for the season, subject to change:

  • Our league has expanded and some new opponents have been added, including:
    • Greenwich, Fairfield, Aspetuck, Ridgefield, Cheshire, and Rye NY
  • The schedule for the season is still being finalized:
    • Practices for all 3 age groups starts in March, and will be each Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6 pm
    • Games will be:
      • Saturday mornings for U10
      • Sundays for U12/14

Clinics: We have organized a free Rugby clinic (no cost for all skill levels and ages) on January 19th from 3-4 pm at the SONO field house in Norwalk.  Go to www.westportpal.org to register.
 

Below is more information on our three programs

U10 (those turning 9 or 10 between 1/1/2019 to 12/31/2019.)  Generally for children that are in Grades 3 & 4.  If your child is an older Grade 4, register here, and Coach Lyme will assess with you if your child should play in the U12s

  • Non-tackle program
  • Practice on Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6 pm
  • U10 will scrimmage each Saturday morning in Fairfield against other teams (Veterans Park, Reef Road) on the same field
  • Aim will be to develop skills and enjoyment of the game, with match situations, but non-tackle
  • Boys and Girls
  • Cost $300
  • U12 (those turning 11 and 12 between 1/1/2019 to 12/31/2019.) Generally for children that are in Grades 5 & 6.  If your child is an older Grade 6, register here, and Coach Lyme will assess with you if your child should play in the U14s
  • Tackle program
  • Practice on Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6 pm
  • Matches against other towns on Sundays
  • Boys and Girls
  • Cost $400

U14 (those turning 13 and 14 between 1/1/2019 to 12/31/2019.) Generally for children that are in Grades 7 & 8.  If your child is a younger/smaller Grade 7, register here, and Coach Lyme will assess with you if your child should play in the U12s or 14s

  • Tackle program
  • Practice on Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6 pm
  • Matches against other towns on Sundays
  • Boys and Girls
  • Cost $400

Additional information:

  • Safety: Headgear ("Scrum caps") and mouth guards will be compulsory for all players.  You can see examples of scrum caps on Amazon if you search for "Rugby Head Gear" or "Rugby Scrum Caps" and the brands are Barnett, Elite Tek, Cantebury amongst others
  • USA Rugby: After signing up, parents will need to register their children with USA Rugby (CIPP fees for insurance) ,the governing body of rugby in the USA.  This is $25 for the U12/U14 children ("Youth Player"), and $5 for the U10s and below ("Rookie Rugby"). 
  • Social Media: We have a set up a Facebook group “Westport PAL Rugby” and suggest joining for all those who would like to follow and participate
 

We look forward to a fantastic Spring season.

 

If you have any questions about the program, please email Coach Lyme at davehlyme@gmail.com

 

Thank you

Westport PAL Rugby