Thursday, January 18, 2018

Midwest Opens Opportunities with Ohio Elite Teams

The Midwest Rugby Football Union is bringing elite-level rugby opportunities to the Buckeye State. A new competition set for the upcoming Spring will pit men and women from Ohio against representatives from other states and, potentially, put them on a course for higher-level competition.

There will be two squads coming out of Ohio for the slate of Spring matches, the Ohio Men's and Women's Elite teams. Rosters will be filled after four tryouts are held in March and April. Each tryout will take place on a Sunday and be held in different locations throughout the state. The two earlier dates will be on March 18 and 25, while the later sessions will be on April 8 and 15. While the dates have been established, locations are still being finalized.

Men's and women's teams will compete in two rounds of matches: Conference Rounds and Championship Rounds. The women will complete their conference play on April 14 and 15, while the men will play on April 21 and 22. On May 5 and 6 everyone will come together for the championship deciders. Venues for matches are still being sought out by MWRFU representatives. Players selected for the Ohio teams will face competition from the Allegheny, Chicago Area, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin unions. Details regarding format of play, participation guidelines and locations are being hammered out as well.

Those who participate on the Ohio teams will do more than just travel the beautiful Midwestern landscape and play a few weekends. Participants on these sides will be evaluated for slots on the Thunderbirds Select sides as well.

Stay tuned to the MWRFU Facebook page for details as they arise.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Referee Fund Set to Send Officials Overseas

In the rugby world there are vast amounts of opportunities for players to travel abroad and seek out the highest level of training possible. Now, thanks to the Shanagher Morris Referee Fund, there is an opportunity for the game's officiants to get some schooling overseas.

The Fund, created by the USA Rugby Trust, will send one referee to Stellenbosch in South Africa to attend the South Africa Referee Academy. While at the Academy, the chosen referee will learn from and train with some of the world's most highly skilled referees in a fully immersive environment.

The fund will cover all costs associated with the trip, including travel and lodging.

Qualified applicants are referees with a C rating that are at least 20 years old and a current member of USA Rugby. The application process requires two letters of recommendation, a rugby resume and an officiating resume and essay questions.

Applications are due January 26, 2018. The recipients of the Fund will be chosen at the end of the month.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Wee Bolts Bring Rugby Opportunities to Dayton Youths

The rugby community in the Dayton area is planting the roots for the sport's future. This Spring, the Wee Bolts will have its inaugural season for players from kindergarten through the sixth grade, and registration is open now.

The Wee Bolts is open to. boys and girls in the Dayton area that are interested in taking up the sport. The groups break down along age groups, with players is kindergarten through second grade participating in co-ed flag play. Third- and fourth-grade players will have participate in co-ed flag as well. Players in the fifth and sixth grade will play in full tackle matches.

The schedule is still being fleshed out, but matches will be held at the Dayton Rugby Grounds (620 Shiloh Drive, Dayton 45415).

While not much is known about the what the Wee Bolts' teams or season will look like, what is certain is that there is a high expectation for player, coach and parent conduct. Front-and-center in the Wee Bolts' Culture Corner is a code used by the England RFU. It implores that everyone around the sport to embody values of dignity and respect, among others, to ensure that everything is enjoyable for all people involved.

For more information on the teams and the plan for the spring season, e-mail questions to the Wee Bolts' e-mail or visit the Web site.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Completing the Player Protection Packager


Coaches Training (REQUIRED) - Concussion & Safety

Click “log in.” It should be in the upper right-hand corner.

(If you do not have an World Rugby account, you can follow prompts to create one.)

Click on "Start Module."

Coaches Training (REQUIRED) - SafeSport Module - USOC SAFESPORT COURSE

Click “Sign In” in the upper right-hand corner.

Click "Register" if you are not already registered.

Click “Add to Bag” under the course description.

Click "Checkout." (The price should be $0.00.)

Click the "Activate" button.

Next click "Launch Course."

Rugby Ohio Hosts Last Level 200 Course in Northeast Ohio

Quality rugby coaches are a hot commodity, especially in Northeast Ohio. There are plenty of knowledgeable, experienced and passionate men and women around but they haven't taken the necessary steps to officially becoming a certified coach.

Well, there's one more opportunity for would-be coaches in the Cleveland area to take that last step and get their Level 200 certification. Rugby Ohio is hosting this class on February 3, 2018 at St. Edward High School in Lakewood.

Everyone interested in helping support the rugby community is encouraged to attend: coaches, parents, friends, old boys, college kids. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Registration is simple. Attendees should regsiter with USA Rugby as a coach to the team they will be helping. Next, there is a short Rugby Ready Module from World Rugby. Then, complete the Player Protection Package. After that's finished, registration for the Level 200 Coaching Class should be available.

All certificates should be emailed to

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Foundation Commits to Fostering Rugby's Growth with 50 Club

A very integral part of the rugby lifestyle is giving back to the sport and community that gives so much to its players, coaches, fans and families. Many talk about giving back and do so in small doses. The 1964 Foundation, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, is making a big move in that direction with its 50 Club.

The 50 Club is a new annual fundraiser designed after similar models used by other rugby and soccer clubs abroad. The goal of the Club is to sell at least 50 raffle tickets at $500 a piece. Once the last ticket is sold, there will be a monthly drawing where two winning numbers will be drawn. First prize is $600. Second prize is $300.  During the 12th month's drawing, the first prize gets kicked up to $1,000. Each month's drawing includes all 50 tickets that were sold - so if you win one month, your number goes back into the hopper and is eligible again.

This drawing will collect funds to fuel the Foundation's commitment to furthering the development of rugby in Northeastern Ohio in three main areas. First, the Club's money will bolster endeavors that support the usual areas of youth, high school and college rugby infrastructure in the area. The money will also support the development of well-organized and solidly-funded select side teams for men and women. The final primary use for this money will be finding land to build a rugby facility to serve all local rugby activity.

Recently, the rugby community in Northeast Ohio has came together to help the Foundation in its fundraising efforts. This generosity laid the groundwork for the 50 Club and many of the support efforts put forth by the Foundation to this point. In November of 2014, rugby in Cleveland turned 50.  The Foundation organized and hosted The Rugby Ball as a celebration of this achievement and the efforts that went into making it possible. The black-tie affair collected donations that night, which allowed the Foundation to give more than $60,000 of financial support in the following years. After seeing how much good came from that one-time support, the Foundation determined that ongoing fundraising is necessary to support growth initiatives int he area more effectively.

Tickets for the 50 Club can be bought by individuals, or people can pool their funds and come together on a ticket. To join the 50 Club, go to the 1964 Foundation Web site and click on Donate. Donations can be made with credit cards or via PayPal. Tickets may also be purchased by check, made payable to “The 1964 Rugby Foundation.” The 1964 Rugby Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Once the twelve-month period ends, the Foundation will provide a full report of its activities, along with invitations to renew ticket purchases for the next period.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

OU Women Set Stage for Spring Sevens

Winter has barely arrived but the Ohio University women's rugby team is already looking towards the Spring. On April 7, the OU women will be hosting a sevens tournament on its campus. The kicker: the competition will be a ladies only affair.

Teams and individuals are encouraged to register. Those not with a team will be assembled into motley sides and compete alongside the other groups. This event is open to senior and college level players, including recent high school graduates. The cost to register is $50 for a team and $5 for individuals.

The tournament will be April 7 at the South Green Fields. When looking up the fields, putting River Gate Apartments or 10 Rufus Street will pull up the proper area.

Interested teams and individuals can sign up by contacting the OU Match Secretary at