Prospective Rugby Players
Rugby is often tied to the misnomer that you have to be big or you have to have had experience playing football to play the game. This couldn’t be further from the truth. All you need is the desire to have fun, to hit someone, and to socialize afterwards. Rugby utilizes men of all sizes and we will be sure to find a place for you. Read The Rules of Rugby to get an idea for the game.
About the Organization
Camelback Rugby is a non-profit organization and part of the Arizona Rugby Union’s Division III. We have 40 players currently on our roster. Along with our significant others, families, and friends, we are a close-knit community and we welcome all newcomers.
Expectations for Your Participation
We have rugby practice twice a week from 6-8PM with games every one to two weeks (typically early Saturday afternoons). A lot of people do not give it a chance because of the commitment of time. Everyone who is a part of the Camelback Rugby Club is an adult with jobs, family, etc. We all understand this and that you won’t be able to be at every practice, every game, and every function. We only ask that you do attend when you are able.
Gear and Equipment
With the tag “all the fun without any protection,” when compared to football, the game of rugby is minimalist as far as what’s required. You will need a mouth guard, cleats (aka boots), and a pair of rugby shorts. Molded soccer cleats are what’s used most often playing rugby in Arizona due to the hard ground. If you already have football cleats, you can use those too – you will have to cut off or remove the front toe cleat come game time. Camelback Rugby Club provides jerseys on game day.
Camelback Rugby is not a traveling team. We play 80-90% of our games within the Phoenix Metro area. We do make a trip out to Flagstaff or Tucson once or twice a year but that is generally it. Depending on the season and qualification for the national tournament, travel outside of the state of Arizona is possible.
There are club dues as well as a membership fee that must be paid to USA Rugby (see CIPP below). The club does have expenses it must cover (fields, lights, social events, etc). However, we will not ask for money right when you show up. You can come out and give the game and our club a chance for a few weeks before you are required to pay. For more information on club dues, contact Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a player to be able to participate in a sanctioned rugby match, they must be CIPPed (Club and Individual Participation Program) with USA Rugby. There are a few member benefits that you can take advantage of through USA Rugby but the most important one is that you get to play in a rugby match. Go to USA Rugby and get CIPPed.