FAQ 2016-17 Season (Includes 7’s Season)

Q. How much must does it cost?
A. U-8 through U-12: $235 (early bird discount $20.00 until November 1st)
Middle School: $255 (early bird discount $20.00 until November 1st)
High School (playing with Los Gatos) $275 (early bird discount $20.00 until November 1st) The Fee also includes Summer 7’s rugby as well which is typically Saturday tournaments.

Q. What do I need to buy for the season …..what does the club provide?
A. Players need to purchase mouth guard and cleats. T-shirts, shorts and socks can be purchased on the online store. (not part of registration fee). There will be an online store on the club website and possibly an in person rugby vendor selling gear at games.

Q. Why don’t rugby players wear padding and helmets
A. Rugby is a fast moving game. Pads and helmets slow down gameplay by encouraging the “Superman effect” that encourages players to take bigger chances and make bigger hits.
Instead, rugby players are trained in precision tackles which “wrap up” an opponent, rather than knock them to the ground.

Q. How long does the season run?
A. Orientation is in late November. Practice runs throughout December. Matches start in January. And the NorCal Championships are held in the second week of March. Registration Fees also include Summer 7’s. Note: We may start playing games in December, 2016 thereby starting early….

Q. How often will my  child have to train?
A. One day to three days per week. Usually at Calabazas Park in Cupertino. Games are always typically in one location on a Saturday.

Q. Is there a lot of travel to away games?
A. No. Nearly all games are played locally from 11AM–3PM on Saturdays, usually at Leland HS or Boynton HS.

Q. I’ve heard that rugby caters for all size and shapes…is this true?
A. Yes. In fact, there are also weight-restricted age groups for U-10, U-12 and U-14. Smaller children can play against kids their own size.  In our league, we do not allow bigger kids to play against smaller kids unless agreed upon by competing teams.

Q. What type of tournaments will there be?
A. NorCal Championship, first ever State Youth Championship (Fresno/Tulare), 7’s tournaments. We also run our own domestic championship in age age and weight groups.

Q. What type of training do coaches get?
A. All head coaches are certified through Rugby NorCal and in addition at least 12 coaches successfully completed the Positive Coaching Alliance certificate in 2015.