SYA Tackle Rugby: Emphasizing Safety, Technique, and Teamwork

2nd Place - State Championship Tournament, Summer 2021

2nd Place - CocoRico Sevens Summer Invitational 2021

1st Place - CocoRico Sevens Fall Invitational 2021

1st Place - Great Falls MedStar Fall Classic 2021

YOUTH (5th-6th) & MIDDLE SCHOOL (7th-8th grade) RUGBY is designed to introduce the contact game of rugby in a safe and enjoyable environment.  Our experienced and licensed coaches introduce the sport and the techniques to safely play tackle rugby.

Player safety is of utmost importance. Both tacklers and ball carriers are taught how to tackle and be tackled safely. In particular, rugby tackles are quite different from football tackles.  During practices and games, proper technique and safe play are emphasized by coaches and referees.

As in past seasons, we plan to partner with our amazing friends at Great Falls Youth Rugby and Western Suburbs Youth Rugby to create the best environment possible for training, education and skill, combining the expertise of all three sets of coaches and players.

Have a young lady interested in playing tackle?  SYA has several experienced female coaches that will serve as excellent role models and we’d love to start a girl’s team as there are several in the area ready.  Girls are invited to participate in the Spring tackle and encouraged to bring friends to give the sport a try.  We have standing agreements with several teams in the area to place our girls' tackle players on their teams if there are not enough numbers to field a full team.  We have done this the past few seasons with great success!

Spring Season Registration:

  • Boys and Girls TACKLE rugby is offered for boys and girls currently in 5th through 9th grades.  Teams will be co-ed at the 5th/6th grade level, and separated at the 7th grade onwards.   
  • Spring tackle will be played in the 15s format (15 players on the field for each team at the same time vs. 7-a-side during the summer).  Unlike in the summer, where multiple games are played throughout the day, with games only being 14 minutes long, 15s games will be 80 minutes long and will only be one game.  With tournaments, games might be condensed to 40 minutes (20 minute halves) to allow for multiple games.
  • More serious tackle players at the 7th grade and above will also get the opportunity to travel to top-tier weekend tournaments throughout the country such as Charlotte, NC Ruggerfest (March 5th and 6th, 2022), and Tampa, FL, Tropical Sevens (April 15th/16th 2022) where hundreds of teams converge for a weekend to play multiple matches and compete for championships.

Practices during the Spring season:

  • Location: Poplar Tree Park
  • Date/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:45-7:00pm
    • Conditioning begins January 11th for Tackle (5th-8th grade tag players are welcome to join)
  • Who’s it for: tag rugby (current grades K-8) and tackle (current grades 5-9)
  • Description: This is for boys and girls alike and we encourage everyone to bring friends to try it out!


Summer Season Registration (more info to come in Feb or March 2022)

  • When? 
    • Season runs June through July
    • Practices typically Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm
    • Games on Saturday morning



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5950 Centreville Crest Lane
Centreville, VA 20121
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Centreville, VA 20122
Phone: (703) 815-3362
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