How much rugby experience do I need to participate?
None! While we would love to have experienced players join us, many players on the club did not have any rugby experience before showing up to their first practice.
Who plays on this team? Is the club associated with UVA?
The team is made up of working professionsal from the Charlottesville community, UVA graduate students and military personnel stationed locally. While there is no 'typical' player, most members of the club are looking for a challenge, physically outgoing, and excited about being part of a team both on and off the pitch (rugby terminology for 'field').
The club is no longer associated with the University of Virginia; however, there is still a close relationship with the UVA undergraduate club team, and we have joint training sessions with the undergraduate team.
When do you practice and play?
The club participates in a spring and fall season, and based on the combined performance from both seasons, we may be eligible to play in the national playoffs.
The Fall season begins in early August and lasts into November, and the Spring season begins in February and lasts through May depending on whether the club is playoff eligible. During the season practices are held every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30.
All practices and home games are held at pitch behind the pitch at VFW Post 1827 (1170 River Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901).
What teams do you play?
We are a Division III club that plays in the Capital Rugby Union Mid-Atlantic South Division. We play against teams throughout Virginia as part of the regular season and if we qualify for the playoffs, opponents include clubs from across the country.
I'm interested and want to come out for a practice. What do I need to bring?
All you need to bring/wear is a pair of cleats, workout clothes (soccer shorts are preferable), mouth guard (optional), a bottle of water, and the desire to work hard and get muddy.
What are the rules of rugby?
In rugby we don't have rules, we have laws. There are too many laws to explain here, but here is a link to a quick tutorial to give you some of the basics. If you want to better understand the game, come out to a practice or a game!