Spring Middle School Tackle

NEW SPRING TACKLE RUGBY
Our coaches have been busy arranging a new and exciting spring rugby opportunity for our players interested in tackle.  This spring we will organize two boys tackle teams which will be playing in the Rugby Virginia middle school league.  The games will be on Saturdays, possibly an occasional Sunday, and run from March to May and will be played in Northern Virginia or at home.  We are also expecting to play against a touring English school team in March!

PAC Player making a run

When Do We Start?  Soon!  
We anticipate having a few practices beginning in December to shake off the cobwebs, keep kids moving, enjoy hot chocolate afterwards, and most importantly, introduce new players and families to the game.  We are working on securing field space and possibly some indoor practice space for the cold days.
Practices will be twice per week, with a few extra sessions on free weekends.  Practice location is TBC, but it is expected to be in Forest Glen, Kensington or the Bethesda/Chevy Chase areas.
What do We Need to Do?  Renew your USA Rugby membership!  
As you know, your player’s USA Rugby membership is a critical part of our program and the sport overall.   Renewed memberships will last through August 31, 2017.  U13/U15 TACKLE players should register with “Potomac Athletic Club Youth Tackle” as a “youth player”.   (This will cover any tag rugby activities as well.)
Online registration is available at:  https://webpoint.usarugby.org/
Use the search box to find the correct membership group in the state of Maryland:
Potomac Athletic Club Youth Tackle (U13/U15 TACKLE)
Complete or renew your registration as directed on the USA Web site.

Renew your PAC club registration
We will be posting and emailing information on PAC registration for the spring 2017 season soon. Look for information to follow.

What Else Can We Do?  Spread the word!  
We need more players!  The Spring season is based on full 15-players per side games.  We recognize some players may elect to participate in two sports during the spring season.  Therefore, the teams will need plenty of players for throughout the season.  Invite your friends and other families – players from DC, Montgomery and PG County are welcome!

What Does My Player Need to Get Started?  
Cleats and a mouthpiece are the two most important pieces.  Players are expected to get sox and shorts too.  The club will supply game jerseys.

Can My Player Also Play Another Sport in the Spring?
Yes!  We recognize that some of our athletes are multi-sport kids!  We just ask for a commitment to come to as many practices and games as you can and let coaches know ahead of time if there are conflicts.  Safety and successful training is important, so players will be expected to demonstrate key contact skills in practices to ensure safety in contact before playing in games.  Of course, we hope that rugby will become your player’s favorite sport in every season!