So, you’re going to give rugby a try. This post is intended to answer many of most common questions we get from new recruits. It’s not all inclusive, and details change from time to time. If you still have questions after reading this info, please contact your team captain or coordinator HERE.
The men have two sides (or teams), one in division 3 and the other in division 4. We all practice both with and against each other. While both sides are competitive, one is dedicated as more of a developmental side. Selections are made weekly and you are not limited to playing D4. Some guys play almost exclusively on one side or the other. Others play a little on both. The ladies have one side that competes in division 2.
Most in season practices are Tue and Thu evenings at Dayton Rugby Grounds. Times vary with the season but generally training is between 6:00 and 8:00PM. Spring practice usually starts around early March and Fall usually starts early August. Additional training sessions will be announced as they are scheduled.
Bring cheap soccer or football cleats for starters. Proper rugby boots are mostly only available online, and you may want to get some later on. Get a mouthpiece and mold it a day or two ahead of practice if possible. A $10-$15 Shock Doctor from Dick’s more than adequate. Dress for the weather. Unless there is lightning, we’ll be training. Wear clothes you won’t mind getting ruined. A proper (cheap) rugby training jersey is highly recommended, and ultimately required if you decide to stick around. Rugby shorts too, but we’ll give you a pair when you pay dues.
The dues structure and payments are HERE. As a dues paying member, you get club voting rights, club uniform shorts and socks and best of all, free food and drinks after matches.
Matches are generally at 1:00PM on Saturdays. This is subject to change depending on how many matches are to be played at a given location. Home matches are at Dayton Rugby Grounds. Away matches range from Youngstown and Canton to the northeast to Louisville and Lexington to the south. Most are in Cincinnati and Columbus. Teammates usually meet at a rally point to carpool.