HOW DO I JOIN THE TEAM?
It’s extremely simple, just walk in to practice at your earliest convenience and give it a try! There are no tryouts or tests whatsoever, all players – new to the game and experienced – are welcome to come. If walking down to a pitch where you know no one feels awkward, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll arrange to meet you 10-15 minutes before practice.
ARE THERE ANY EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS?
No. Many new players join the team each year, most of which have never tried rugby before. Every fall we play an A and a B side each week, so all players should have an opportunity to play. Just come down to practice at the earliest of your convenience and we’ll get you up to speed!
WHAT'S THE SCHEDULE?
During the season (spring: March-May; fall: September-November) we practice twice a week and play a game on the weekends. Practice times are announced on the homepage but do check in advance. Unless otherwise said, practice will be in Briggs Field (the grass rugby pitch in Vassar St, just across Simmons Hall).
I WANT TO GIVE IT A TRY, WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED FOR PRACTICE?
The optimal would be to have: cleats (soccer/football are fine), high socks, mouth guard, rugby shorts and jersey. This might be a lot to have if you just want to try the sport. Bring whatever you have or can borrow. In any case, a pair of old sneakers, sport shorts and a T-Shirt you are not in love with will be enough for the first couple of practices. When you decide to come frequently, you will need to purchase all the gear.
OK, I AM COMMITTED TO COMING. WHERE CAN I BUY ALL THE GEAR?
Internet is always a good resource, but there are multiple options in Boston we recommend you explore:
If you need to buy all or most of the above, we recommend you consider buying the player pack most of us have. It includes one practice jersey, practice shorts/socks, gym top, match shorts/socks and a club gear bag. Just ask for it at practice!
HOW DO I KEEP INFORMED ABOUT TEAM PRACTICES?
The best way to be informed is registering on the team’s website. This will automatically sign you up to a mailing list (although you have to approve this yourself through an email you’ll get) where we talk about the public matters of the team.
Private team information is distributed through the website’s private forum, which you’ll be able to access after your registration is approved. For this to happen, you need to have shown some degree of commitment to the team, which generally means showing up to practice recurrently and making sure the coaches and team know who you are.
WHAT IS THE USUAL TIME COMMITMENT FOR THE CLUB?
Playing rugby involves coming to practice twice a week during weekdays and playing one game per weekend, from September to late October/November. Attendance to practice and games is highly encouraged, as it will directly affect your chances of being selected for the games.
Having said that, we all have personal and academic commitments we cannot ignore and may prevent us from coming to practice/ games. Should this happen, please let other people in the team know in advance. Don’t just disappear without notice!
WHAT ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS DO I NEED TO TAKE CARE OF AFTER JOINING?
Once you have come down to practice recurrently and the rest of the team knows you, you will get full access to the team’s website. Now it’s time to go through all the administrative process: