Parents and Players!

Hey all you rugby fans!

I know things have been a little behind on this page but we are working hard to get things back up and moving! We have some new rugby stories and words of advice from current and past Vermont players coming your way in the next week or so. We’ll also have notes from parents of current and past players about why rugby is important to them and their family, so keep a sharp eye on this page and share it with your friends and families!

Remember, we can’t do this without your support! Let’s get Vermont talking about the next big Olympic sport!



Weekend Preview: VT State Championships

802 Rugby Vermont State Youth Rugby Championship games June 1.
Photo Credit: Tiffany Renaud
The top teams in Vermont youth rugby take to the pitch for the 2014 Vermont Youth Rugby State Championship onSunday, June 1, at Tree Farm Recreational Facility in Essex Junction, Vt.
Essex, the 2013 boys state champions,  face off against South Burlington at 1 p.m., in a repeat of the 2013 finals.  In the girls finals, 2013 champions Essex face South Burlington at 3 p.m.
Essex and South Burlington girls’ and boys’ teams have played each other in the regular season, each taking away one win, making this year’s championship especially interesting. With an in-season rivalry brewing, this weekend’s games are sure to be exciting for players and fans alike.
Following the boys game, Rookie Rugby players will take the field for a short game. Rookie Rugby programs have been integrated into several local schools. This program teaches young athletes the basics of rugby while playing a structured non-contact game, setting up the building blocks for high school full-contact play. The Rookie Rugby players will showcase their abilities in between the boys and girls games.

802 Rugby and VYRA would like to thank Rugby Imports, Burlington Rugby Club and the parents and volunteers who will help make this weekend great for all.


Rookie Rugby Camp: June 30th-June 3rd at South Burlington Recreation and Parks 8:30am-12:00pm.

802 Rugby and Vermont Youth Rugby Association present a Rookie Rugby Camp, a non-contact version of rugby that involves all the skill, challenge, and fun of the fast growing game of rugby in a safe environment.  No experience is necessary and all campers need is water, a snack, cleats (if available or athletic shoes), active attire, and a good attitude.  The camp will be taught be a collegiate all-american rugby player who has recently graduated from Norwich University’s national championship winning women’s rugby team.  Take part in the game that will be returning to the Olympics in 2016! Participants will receive a VYRA Rugby t-shirt.

Questions? Check out or VYRA’s Facebook page for more information.

This weekend: Vermont High School State Championship

Ready for the Vermont State Championships this weekend? We are! This Sunday, June 1st at the Tree Farm (189 Old Colchester Road, Essex Junction Vermont) the South Burlington boys take on Essex at 1:00 pm, with the South Burlington girls challenging Essex at 3:00 pm. Join us for a fun-filled day of great rugby!

USA Rugby National Development Summit

Calling all players, coaches, referees and rugby admins of ‪#‎802Rugby‬! The USA Rugby National Development Summit ‪#‎NDS ‬is February 21-23 in Philadelphia, PA. Check out all the info you need about the conference:

National Development Summit

The 2014 National Development Summit brings best practices in rugby development for all coaches, referees, and administrators around the country. This can’t-miss event is sure to be one of the best events of the year with sessions and clinics from the country’s top experts!

Participants can expect presentations from:

  • Men’s and Women’s National Team Coaches
  • National Panel Referees
  • National Team Players
  • Top Level Administrators
  • Top Medical Professionals including National Team Doctors and USA Rugby’s Medical Services Director
  • Other Coaches, Referees, and Administrators in Rugby
  • Special Guest Keynote Speaker at the Conference Banquet

Be sure to register today to reserve your spot to network with the best of the best in rugby around the country. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!

Dates: February 21-23, 2014
Location: Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
Conference Registration:

  • Early Bird (Tuesday, January 21): $100
  • General (January 22 – February 20): $125
  • Walk-in (February 21, 22 and 23): $175


Coaches Meeting and Updated Content

A reminder to all coaches that the VYRA Coaches Meeting will be taking place this Sunday, January 12th at 2:00 pm at St. Michael’s College. We are looking forward to giving the coaches an update of what VYRA has been up to, and listening to the questions and updates from coaches.

We have also updated the coach’s content in the Coaches section of the VYRA website ( with Player/Parent Contact Sheet and Coaching Expectations. Be sure to check it out!

Rookie Rugby Clinic @ Norwich University

We’re happy to announce that a Rookie Rugby Clinic will be held this Sunday, November 3 10:00am-1:00pm at Norwich University Dog River Pitch. All ages of players, parents and friends are welcome to this free event. There will be friendly co-ed sevens matches played by Norwich men’s and women’s teams to follow, all are welcome to watch and join in the BBQ afterwards. Spread the word and join 802 Rugby!

USA Rugby State Board Conference

This weekend I was fortunate enough to be sent as the representative for the Vermont Youth Rugby Association at the USA Rugby Conference in Glendale, Colorado at Infinity Park (where the Nations Cup is being played by the USA Women’s Eagles are playing as well!)

Check back next week to read some updates, future plans or chime in on what you’d like to see from VYRA!