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South Suburban Rugby Club
SSRC STATE CHAMPIONSHIP ACHIEVEMENTS
2019 HS Boys Varsity 7s State Champions
HS Boys Varsity 15s D2 2nd Place
HS Boys Varsity 15s D3 2nd Place
U12 15s 2nd Place
2018 HS Boys Varsity 7s 3rd Place
HS Boys Varsity 15s D1 4th Place
U12 15s 2nd Place
2017 HS Boys Varsity 15s D2 2nd Place
U14 15s 4th Place
U12 15s 4th Place
2016 U12 15s 2nd Place
2015 U14 15s 2nd Place
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. We have quickly established a culture of success based on teamwork, hard work, and having fun.
Community Involvement and Charitable Activities
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 1st-8th graders. Our coaches have worked with local PE teachers to bring rugby to their classes. As a club, we understand the importance of giving back to the community and to charitable causes - each year we are involved in community service and raise money for charity. We've hosted St. Baldrick's events and donated to the New Lenox Township Food Pantry. Each year we march in the Manhattan or Tinley Park Irish Fest parade and host a Rugby Illinois Middle School Festival.
SSRC Teams playing in Spring 2021 season
Middle School Juniors (U13, grades 4-6, co-ed)
Middle School Seniors (U15, grades 7-8, co-ed)
Girls High School
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...
BBC Sport - Rugby Union Laws & Equipment (rugby basics, positions, & penalties)
USA Rugby Spectator’s Guide to Rugby (essential reading for all)
Rugby is a great sport for Wrestlers and Football Players
Rugby requires many of the same skills and techniques used in wrestling and football. The ‘rugby tackle’ is very similar to a double-leg takedown in wrestling and is also being used in football as a way to take the head out of the tackle. Rugby tackling is even being used as the model for some NFL teams. Rugby players work to develop their footwork, agility, fitness, strength, and use of body positioning, leverage, and angles in play. Rugby is an excellent spring sport for football players and wrestlers.