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

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 of our Westport 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 (both 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 start TUESDAY 5th March, and will be each Tuesday and Thursday at 5pm
    • Games will be:
      • Saturday mornings for U10 Flag from 6th  or 14th April until 15th June
      • Sundays for U12/14 from April 14th until June 16th

Clinic: We have organized a free Rugby clinic (no cost for all skill levels) and ages on TBD at Staples HS, details to follow.
 

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 at 5 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 at 5 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 at 5 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
  • Pre-season information meeting: We will have an information sharing meeting on Thursday 28th February at 7pm for Parents and Children at Saugatuck Elementary School cafeteria to discuss the program, make suggestions and to field questions about the season including the game, social media,
  • 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
  • Touch Rugby Prior to season: Optional pick up games will be arranged. We expect this will take place on Saturdays at 4pm at PJ Romano field until the season starts.  Just show up from 26 January.  We will announce via PAL communication and on Facebook page when we are playing.

 

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