If you do not have a youth rugby club near you, it is always possible to form a new club with the help of Rugby Illinois and following the guidelines setup by USA Rugby.
Here you can find information and resources to get you started. If you have questions or need additional information, please email us.
If you're interested in starting a non-contact flag rugby club or league, see our Rookie Rugby page.
Reserve a meeting room and publish the announcement in the Pioneer Press (free) or another local paper. Plan three meetings. The first meeting should be informational. Play a video and give basic information. The second meeting should be the sign-up and the third meeting an educational session. Players will start recruiting friends.
Schedule a meeting at the School. Have a power point presentation or YouTube open with the 20 greatest trys playing as they walk into the room; let them watch it for a while, stop it and give a 15 minute spiel, then return to the video and explain it. Hold an indoor six week “skills and drills” session through the park district. Hold a parents meeting where you can recruit drivers and food organizers for game days.
Meet with the parents to go over costs, CIPP, expectations and talk about volunteering for post match gatherings and fund raising. Keep the parents involved.
Tell your players to keep recruiting all the time.
Equipment you will need to run a practice:
Make sure that about a week before any home match, that you confirm directions to the pitch with the visiting team and the referee.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided below and elsewhere on the Rugby Illinois website is not intended to be and should not be construed as legal advice or tax advice. It is general information intended to help youth rugby clubs get started by sharing resources and the process followed by other teams. This is not an exhaustive list of requirements or concerns that may apply to your club. If you have any questions specific to the facts of your organization, you should consult your own attorney or professional tax advisor.