who have supported our club the past three seasons.
Unfortunately, we will not be running the program for the 2016 season.
We hope your boys have gained a love of rugby that will continue for many years.
Bill and Peggy Marshall
Should your boys be interested in continuing to play,
Aspetuck Valley Rugby Club in Redding, CT
has a youth program for boys aged 8 through high school.
U12 (5th & 6th Grade)
U14 (7th & 8th Grade)
This year Ridgefield Rugby will have U12 and U14 teams that will compete in the newly formed Constitution League.
Practices will begin on Sunday, May 17th with official league matches beginning on Saturday, June 20th. The season will wrap up with a series of playoff games for the Constitution Cup being held on Saturday, July 25th. The complete season schedule is below – this schedule can also be found by choosing the team tab U12 or U14 and accessing the appropriate schedule.
For planning purposes each player must submit his availability to the practice/match schedule prior to the first practice. Advance notice of absences will be expected to allow Ridgefield Rugby to plan accordingly and ensure a positive experience for all participating players. We appreciate your cooperation.
Wooster School will continue to serve as our home base this season. All details regarding the league are described in the 2015 Constitution League Program Guide, which can be found under the League & Other Rugby Guides tab.
Don’t wait to register as we may need to restrict the number of players! See you in May!
Practice / Match
(game times are being confirmed)
Match – Away - Wethersfield
Match – Home - Fairfield
Match – Away - Cheshire
U14 Match – Home – Simsbury
Match – Home - Wethersfield
Match – Away - Fairfield
Playoffs – Home – All Clubs
Morning and Afternoon
Based on 2014-2015 school year
U12 - Grades 5th & 6th
U14 - Grades 7th & 8th
Ridgefield residency is NOT a requirement.
This is a tackle program. Proper tackling technique and other rugby fundamentals will be thoroughly coached and enforced. Players won’t be allowed to compete in a tackle match until they are deemed ready by the coaches.
RRC is a member organization of both USA Rugby (http://usarugby.org) and CT Rugby (http://www.ctrugby.org). Player insurance is provided through USA Rugby and is included in the registration fee. RRC will register all players upon receipt of registration forms.
For more information please click on "About Rangers Rugby" tab.
Rugby is a fast paced games that requires teamwork, strength and speed. Nothing demonstrates this better than a Line out.
A line-out or lineout is a means by which play is restarted after the ball has gone into touch (out of bounds). When the ball goes out of the field of play, the opposing team is normally awarded a line-out; the exception is after the ball is kicked into touch from a penalty kick, when the team that was awarded the penalty throws into the line-out.
A line-out is one of the two methods of restarting play after the ball has gone into touch, the other is the "quick throw-in" (sometimes referred to as a quick line-out). Due to the specific rules placed on quick throw-ins they are uncommon in a rugby match with the majority of restarts from touch taking the form of a line-out.
Most Rugby players enjoy a unique camaraderie with the their teammates. Especially those that make up the scrum.
A scrum (short for scrummage) is a method of restarting play in rugby. The scrum is utilized either after an accidental infringement or when the ball has gone out of play.
A scrum is formed by the players who are designated forwards binding together in three rows. The scrum then 'engages' with the opposition team so that the player's heads are interlocked with those of the other side's front row. The scrum-half from the team that did not infringe then throws the ball into the tunnel created in the space between the two sets of front rowers' legs. Both teams may then try to compete for the ball by trying to hook the ball backwards with their feet.
A scrum consists of two team's eight forwards, with each team binding in three rows. The front row is composed of the two props and the hooker. The two second row forwards (jersey numbers four and five), commonly referred to as the locks bind together and directly behind the front row with each putting their heads between the props and the hooker. Lastly the back row is made up of the two flankers and the number eight. The flankers bind on each side of the scrum — next to a lock and behind a prop.
The two forward packs form a scrum by approaching to within an arms length of each other. The referee gives the command crouch and the opposing front rows then crouch. Then the referee calls touch and props touch the opposites outside shoulder. The referee then issues the set command which indicates that the two packs may come together. When this happens both front rows thrust forward with the tighthead props' heads going between the opposing hooker and loosehead prop. The props then bind by gripping the back or side of the opposing prop's jersey. The scrum-half from the team that has possession then throws the ball in the gap formed between the two front rows. The two hookers (and sometimes the props) then compete for possession by trying to hook the ball backwards with their feet, while the entire pack tries to push the opposing pack backwards. The side that wins possession usually transfers the ball to the back of the scrum — which is done with their feet. Once at the back it is picked up either by the number 8, or by the scrum-half.