Now in our SIXTH year, the SYA Youth Rugby Program (with over 100 kids!) offers both non-contact and tackle versions of the sport across three seasons. Our spring season offer “Intro to Rugby” weekend-only clinics for interested boys and girls. The competitive summer season provides fast-paced excitement during the summer months as our tackle & tag teams prepare for the Rugby Virginia State Tournament. Our “Fall Fun League” features Sunday-only play as our fall season with a fun end-of-the season tournament.
SYA is the only non-profit, youth organization offering to SYA and CYA families in Centreville, Chantilly, and Clifton. Needs-based scholarships are available. Registration is open for kids that were in kindergarten and 6th grade this past school year.
1st-2nd Grade “Tag”
Co-ed teams are formed for two-hand touch games that introduce the game of rugby using a number of fun, age-appropriate games and activities. The biggest challenge at this grade group has been eye-hand-coordination (catching) and avoiding the “swarm” mentality (you’ll know it when you see it!).
Something interesting? Girls will outplay the boys at this level.
3rd-4th Grade “Tag”
These teams are still co-ed, two-hand touch games but start to be more competitive as kids have developed better coordination, body control and the mentality of team-based sports. The biggest challenge at this grade group is spatial awareness (field IQ) and communication (teamwork). This is where rugby starts to excel in youth development as these are focuses on the game.
SYA dipped our toes in the tackle rugby pool for the first time last summer and we’re excited to grow our program for boys at the 5th-6th and 7th-8th grade levels. The focus of early season practices are safely initiating contact and letting players become comfortable and gain the confidence required in playing a tackle sport. Fall sports benefit tremendously from players that participate each summer.
The two-hand touch variety of the game, called “Tag”, is sevens-style rugby for boys and girls in elementary school. Two-hand touch 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.
Is the next Big Thing already here? 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: 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