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 2019 Spring season, please click on the link below:
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.
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:
Clinic: We have organized a free Rugby clinic (no cost for all skill levels) and ages on Sunday, March 3rd at 11am until 1pm at Staples HS, details to follow.
Why Rugby, why now? For those children looking to advance in contact sports, Rugby is a World leader in teaching safe tackling techniques. During the season, the children will learn tackling skills complimentary to Football. For some information on this, here is a New York Times article from Jan this year:
"In Texas, the Land of Football, It’s Rugby to the Rescue" Why rugby? Because its tackling techniques emphasize use of the shoulder, which increasingly appeals to football coaches leery of concussions. Even in Texas.
Another great resource to educate concerned parents on the benefits of Rugby and how the sport can crossover to a safer football experience comes from legendary Superbowl winning coach Pete Carroll
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
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
We look forward to a fantastic Spring season.
If you have any questions about the program, please email Coach Lyme at firstname.lastname@example.org
Westport PAL Rugby