South Suburban Rugby Club
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Established in 2014, South Suburban Rugby Club is a nonprofit organization run by volunteer coaches and parents. We are part of Rugby Illinois and USA Rugby. All coaches are certified by USA Rugby and have many years' experience playing and coaching rugby in the USA and around the world.
Our club continues to work with the New Lenox Community Park District to deliver fun & educational rugby programs to teach the fundamentals of rugby to 4th-8th graders and advanced skills to high school players. Our coaches along with Rugby Illinois have worked with PE teachers from Liberty and Martino Jr. Highs to bring rugby to their classes. We are happy to help any other local schools with lesson plans and training (let us know via email if interested). Our club has sponsored St. Baldrick's Day events and each year we march in the Manhattan Irish Fest parade.
In 2016 we hosted a Rugby Illinois Middle School Festival in New Lenox and we will do that again on May 7th 2017.
Teams playing in Spring 2017 season
Under 12s (grades 4-6, co-ed)
Under 14s (grades 7-8, co-ed)
Fresh-Soph Boys High School
Varsity Boys High School
NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED – ALL PLAYERS ARE WELCOME
Most of our players are new to the sport of rugby so we are always teaching and practicing the fundamentals of the game. We work a lot on tackling form and technique, rucking and mauling, scrums and lineouts, and the principles of attack and defense. Playing the game safely and competitively is our focus.
Most of our players live in the south suburbs of Chicago (including New Lenox, Tinley Park, Manhattan, Homer Glen, Lockport, Joliet, Mokena, Orland Park, and Frankfort).
Rugby is the fastest growing youth sport in the USA. The game is fast-paced and everyone gets involved in the action. Play is continuous and relies on decision-making and teamwork. Rugby players come in all shapes and sizes, and all players have the opportunity to contribute on attack and defense. Click on the following links to learn more about the great game of rugby...
USA Rugby Spectator’s Guide to Rugby (essential reading for all)