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SYA Rugby – A fun, positive sports experience for boys & girls

Now in our fifth year, the SYA Youth Rugby Program (with over 100 kids!) offers both non-contact and tackle versions of the sport. 


  • The two-hand touch variety, called “Tag”, is sevens-style rugby for boys and girls in elementary school.  Two-hand touch Rugby is a fun and exciting form of non-contact rugby that requires no prior knowledge of the game – just a willingness to learn and have fun! Making its debut in the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rugby Seven’s is a high-scoring game that emphasizes teamwork, communication and mutual support.
  • The tackle rugby program is for boys currently in 5th-8th grade who are ready for the more physical, traditional form of the game.  At SYA, we teach the “shoulder leverage tackle” method, which takes the head out of the tackle and is rapidly being adopted by football programs to teach better tackling and help avoid injury.  (Learn more…)


This is an exciting opportunity for boys and girls to get outside and stay active, safely be exposed to a seriously fun sport in a competitive environment, develop abilities that will carry over to other sports, and develop positive character attributes. Compared to other sports, rugby emphasizes technique and teamwork over power and individual abilities.

Is the next Big Thing already here?  FCPS - PE Teacher Resources In preparation for the 2017-2018 school year, approximately 100 FCPS PE teachers participated in rugby-based training to bring the great sport to their classrooms.  The PE teachers, representing elementary, middle, high school and special needs schools across the county, went through a series of fun, rugby-based activities that showed the progression of skills development and gave them an idea of which activities to incorporate in their curriculum.  (Learn More…)

Brace yourselves, #RugbyIsComing

SYA Welcomes CYA Families:CYA Chantilly Logo In a bit of a departure from traditional rivalries, SYA and CYA have formed a joint sports venture to enable families in Centreville, Clifton, and Chantilly to participate in the game of rugby.  CYA hasn’t had a rugby program in a couple of years yet many kids have expressed an interest in playing.  Our family-friendly program works for each community as practices are conveniently located on fields between Centreville & Chantilly.  Bonus for families with multiple children: all practices are held at the same time/location.

Be on the leading edge of the fastest-growing team sport in the US over the last five years, try rugby, and bring it back to CYA!  #GrowingTheGame

Button-Like-Us-FacebookFor questions about the game and to learn more, please email  Click to like us on facebook/SYARugby or follow us on Twitter @SYARugby  Throughout the year, we’re look for players, volunteers, coaches of all ages, and sponsors looking to give back to the community.  Ask about youth referee training!


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SYA Office Location: 5950 Centreville Crest Lane, Centreville, VA 20121 | SYA Mailing Address: Southwestern Youth Association, P.O. Box 471, Centreville, VA 20122 Phone: (703) 815-3362 | Fax: (703) 815-2180 | E-mail: | Designed by GroupNet Solutions