2020 Season FAQ
Always refer to weekly Team Snap emails for the most up-to-date practice and game information.
The following descriptions are for general information only.
When is the season?
Pre-season: High School will have some practices starting in October.
Regular Season: Practices begin early December.
Check the calendar tab for a general overview. Once you have registered you will receive weekly updates via Team Snap from the coach or team representative. No practice during Holiday break.
Practices resume again in January after the break. High School season will run through the end of April with Spring Break March 27th - April 6th. We follow the Acalanes Union School District calendar.
Youth practices and games run through March, with the exception of U14, which will run through April.
What if I missed the Parent/Player meeting?
Please contact the Head Coach or team representative by email for an overview.
What are the 2020 season Registration Fees?
High School - $495
Middle School - $375
U12 - $300
U10 - $300
U8 - $250
*The city of Orinda field costs have gone up. If needed, we can work with you on a payment plan or even partial scholarship. Contact Doug Pearson firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Where are the practices and games?
We are very excited to have access to the Wilder fields off of Hwy 24. These fields are lighted at night, and have all-weather turf for winter play. Additional practice and game fields are: Campolindo Football Field, Lower Campolindo Soccer Field; St. Mary's Rugby Field; Miramonte Football Field. Directions to these fields can be found on our website under the Home tab, Field Directions. Games will also be hosted by other rugby clubs, and these field directions will be included in an email communications via Team Snap. Youth teams will most likely play games only in the Bay Area, with a tournament in Sacramento. High School teams may travel as far as LA and San Diego for tournaments, and out of state depending on league standings at the end of the season.
How does a player register?
All registration is done through our online system accessed via "ACCOUNT LOGIN", which can be found under the "Registration" tab at the top of the page. New players should have your medical insurance and doctor contact information ready. Please enter the parents' emails and phone numbers as well as player emails and cell phone number (if High School player) when registering. You may use a credit card (preferred) or send a check via the instructions online. All players must be registered before practicing on the field for insurance reasons. There is a 30 day refund on the fees. Technical problems with the registration system should be reported to Joe Rosenbaum at email@example.com.
All players at all age groups must provide the following:
A head and shoulder photo
In addition, 7th, 8th and High School players must provide:
Proof of enrollment
Instructions can be found on the registration page.
How will the team communicate with me?
Please enter the player’s email and cell phone number along with the parents’ emails and cell number when registering. All player and parent emails and cell phones entered during registration are automatically entered into the appropriate team database. Players may be moved up or down a team age group at the coach's discretion (size and safety are usually the factors). In December, we will be sending out a Team Snap (teamsnap.com) email with your team information. Team Snap is a software program for managing sports teams. We have found this is the best way to communicate to teams. You will be able to enter additional emails as desired and edit your profile at any time. We will use Team Snap emails and/or text messages to send out team announcements (games, practice updates, etc.).
Parents and especially players, please check your emails regularly.
After registration, you will automatically be signed for general club announcements. You will have the ability to add additional emails. Please do not email coaches to update your email or cell phone information.
What Equipment is required?
All players must have proper equipment (cleats, rugby shorts/socks, team jersey, mouth-guard) in order to play. High School players need not purchase a club jersey as they will be required to purchase a less expensive Training Jersey which will be available at the Player and Parent meeting. Warm-ups and wool caps are suggested for wet weather. Under Armour or compression shorts are useful. We play rain or shine.
Buy extra mouth-guards!!! No mouth-guard = no play!
COACHING STAFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MOVE A PLAYER UP OR DOWN
AN AGE GROUP FOR SAFETY REASONS.
What is U8?
8 and Under. Player may not have reached the age of 8 by 9/1 preceding the start of the season. Mainly consists of 1st and 2nd graders. U8 is non-contact ("touch" or "flag") rugby. U8 typically practices on Wednesday and plays games one day only, typically Sunday, for 1.5 hours.
What is U10?
10 and Under. Player may not have reached the age of 10 by 9/1 preceding the start of the season. Mainly consists of 3rd and 4th graders. U10 will start as non-contact rugby and transition to tackle rugby during the season. U10 typically practices on Wednesday for 1.5 hours and most games are on Sunday.
What is U12?
12 and Under. Player may not have reached the age of 12 by 9/1 preceding the start of the season. U12 is tackle rugby. Mainly consists of 5th and 6th graders. U12 teams typically practice Monday and Wednesday for 1.5 hours, and typically play games on Sunday.
What is Middle School?
Player must be in 6th, 7th or 8th Grade. Mainly consists of 7th and 8th graders as most 6th graders are U12. Practices are usually Monday and Wednesday for 1.5 hours and games are typically on Sunday.
What is Junior Varsity?
Players are typically Freshmen or Sophomores in High School, and may not have reached the age of 17 by 9/1 preceding the start of the season. Practices are typically held on Tuesday and Thursday. Games are on the weekend at Wilder field, our home field, typically Saturday. This team may travel as far as Sacramento and Palo Alto.
What is Varsity?
Players may not have reached the age of 19 by 9/1 preceding the start of the season and must be currently enrolled in High School or the equivalent independent or home school. Practices are typically Tuesday and Thursday evenings for two hours. Games are typically held on the weekend at Wilder fields. This team will travel.
What about Concussions?
Concussions have been in the news a lot lately and some parents are concerned about their son or daughter playing a contact sport. This is a very important sports issue today and we are actively working to make sure we protect our players health. The club has a formal policy dealing with concussions and is working closely with Walnut Creek Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and our certified Athletic Trainer to make sure we provide the best for our players. Take a look at our Player Wellbeing page for more information.
What’s the clubs refund policy?
We understand that players can change their minds or other sports get in the way of playing rugby, so refunds can be processed if a player drops out before a certain point in the season. That point is December 31 for Youth Players and January 31st for High School Players. As the club would have already paid USA and NCYRA dues to register the player, $90 will be deducted before sending you a refund check. No refunds will be processed after January 1st for Youth players and February 1st for High School players. Refund requests should be sent to Joe Rosenbaum at firstname.lastname@example.org