Wapiti Looking for 200 Level Rugby Coach

Wapiti rugby football club cookout

Wapiti RFC are looking for a 200 level coach, primarily for our middle school tackle program. This position is accompanied by a stipend and incentives for the 2015 spring season. The ideal candidate will have experience working with youth rugby players and embody the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance, have the ability to put together and disseminate training plans from introductory principles to game strategies and positional play, be a positive role model for our young athletes, be able to interact with the board of directors to whom they would be reporting, and attend training at various locations within the city of Chicago.

Coaching CVs may be directed to info@chicagowapitirfc.com. Candidates will be expected to attend and contribute to one of the fall clinic dates scheduled this fall (see our calendar here). The primary function of our organization is to introduce kids from the ages of 4 to 14 to rugby – the ability to do so in an entertaining manner is paramount. There is a USA Rugby 200 level certification at Luther North High School on Aug 23. Wapiti will pay the registration fee of a desirable applicant who lacks the 200 level certification and all previously CIPP’ed Wapiti Rookie Rugby Coaches.

Women’s Eagle’s World Cup Squad Announced

The Women’s Eagles have been selected for the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014. In total, 26 players will have the chance to represent the U.S.A. in Paris for the prestigious tournament.

2012 Chicago Wapiti Coach Kate Daley is playing in the Women’s World Cup next month.  Kate coached our two tackle squads last year. We wish them all the best and look forward to success in Paris.


Fall rugby clinics, dates set

Dates have been set for fall rugby clinics.
They are the following Sundays (locations tbd):

Sept 14th
Sept 28th
Oct 19th
November 9th

Fall Clinics are included when registering for the Spring 2015 season.

Also, please mark your calender for rugby events on:  10/25 & 10/26 (Eagles vs All Blacks tie in); and


The fall clinics are a great way for your child to introduce the game to their friends.  These clinics provide a wonderful introduction for new players to the game of rugby, prepare 5th grade (and older) players for their first season of tackle, or simply continue enjoying playing Rookie Rugby prior to the Spring season.

Wapiti Take 2nd Place at Middle School State Championships

Wapiti Seniors Place 2nd at State Championship

Wapiti Seniors (7th & 8th grade side) placed second in the Illinois Youth Rugby Association’s Middle School State Championship in Rockford, on June 1st in Rockford. They fell to Chicago’s KIPP Ascend, a team they had beaten at the iYRA Middle School Fest on May 18th.


The Wapiti Senior side in action vs. KIPP Ascend at the iYRA Middle School Rugby Fest, May 18th, 2014.

The Wapiti Juniors (5th & 6th grade side) had a successful championship weekend as well, as they went undefeated in the tournament. While the junior side tournament includes some of the top teams in the state, no places are awarded at that level of play.


Photos from the High School & Middle School State Championships can be found here on the iYRA’s Facebook page.

Wapiti Open Meeting

Dear Wapiti Community,

We are having a club meeting on:

Date: Thursday, June 26th

Time:  8:00 PM

Location: Kaiser Tiger, 1415 W Randolph St.

This meeting is for all parents, coaches, volunteers, and potential volunteers.


In order for the club to continue to grow, we need your help.  For everyone that has ever wondered what they can do to assist or get more involved  , this is the meeting to attend

Please join us! 

Please RSVP to al.geiser(at)chicagowapitirfc.com if you will be joining so that we can get a head count.

Raise Money For USA Rugby Just By Working Out

Mountain Dew’s Plus 3 Network Donating Cash To USA Rugby

If you are a rugby player, or parent of a player, or just an everyday fan of the sport in America, you know you have to be on constant cheerleading duty for the game. Which is why it would be awesome if you could just do the things you do everyday and raise money for USA Rugby.

Do you drink five glasses of water a day?
Brush Your Teeth?
Run a few Miles?

Well if you do you could have raised 20¢, 30¢, even 75 cents for USA Rugby and helped support the Eagles. The USA Rugby Trust has teamed up with Mountain Dew through the Plus 3 Network and made supporting the team easy & fun.

Just follow this link below and make sure your profile is linked to USA Rugby Trust and you will have already donated about 30 cents.


Each activity has a number of “Kudos points” you get and each point is worth a penny. Brush your teeth, 3 cents is donated. Run a trail for 30 minutes, 55cents is donated. Be sure to log activities like running & biking as they tend to earn the most Kudos. You can even use an iOS, Android, or Garmin device to track & log workouts directly.

So far this year the USA Rugby Trust has earned almost $1,500 from the short time they have been involved. They also have a giveaway each month. Last month’s winner received a signed Men’s National Team Jersey.


Play Rugby This Summer, North Shore Rugby Academy

North Shore Rugby Academy Summer Sessions Start June 16th

Are your kids ready for rugby to be over this season? Of course not. If your rugby player is looking for even more rugby action this year, North Shore Rugby Academy has summer sessions starting soon.

North Shore Rugby Academy Summer sessions;

  • Mondays from 4-6pm
  • Townley Field, Kenilworth
  • Girls & Boys
  • ages 4-14
  • touch rugby only
  • sessions go till late August

In an effort to grow the program, NSRA Director, Thys Wallace, has offered half off of registration for any Wapiti kids who sign up.

More information can be found on their web site.



North Shore Rugby Academy – Summer Session 2014 PDF Flyer 


Wapiti Rugby End of Season Cookout June 15th

Lots To Do At Practice This Weekend

Wapiti rugby football club cookout

Take a knee players, coaches and parents. It’s been a great season for Wapiti Rugby and to celebrate our last full session (rookie rugby through tackle) we’ve got several things planned, including an earlier start time of 1pm.

Practice on this last full Sunday of our season (June 15th) will start at 1pm and go till 3pm and what better a way to spend Father’s Day than playing rugby and having a cookout in the park.

Please, check with your coaches to make doubly sure before thinking this is your last Wapiti event this season. There are some tackle sides & 7’s events on the Wapiti calendar this summer.

Cookout In the Park

After practice is over all parents & players are invited to join in the cookout.

Want to help out? We can always use these things.

  1. Coolers of ice
  2. tables
  3. tents

Wapiti Photo Day Part II

Did your child miss photo day last weekend, or did they forget their jersey? Have no fear. U-7 coach (and photographer) Vincent Johnson, will be back taking photos again. You can view photos from last week here, but make sure to check your email in box for details, as the gallery is password protected.  He’s even designed a special faux magazine cover so you can add your own child’s photo.

rugby magazine cover


Parents vs. Kids Match

Parents, don’t eat to much, as it wouldn’t be a Wapiti season ending cookout without a scrimmage between the parents & players.


Three cheers for everyone who has given their support to the club & its players this season.

Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray!


Players selected for tryouts

Update: Players highlighted in “Red” made the Illinois Select Squad.

The following tackle players have been invited to try out for a spot on either the MS Jr. or Sr. iYRA Select Side, the Squalls or Hurricanes.

Hurricanes Squalls
Alex Ellis
Campbell Finn
Jaziel Frankie
Maura Jake
Nico Keith
Peter Roisin


Middle School Select Sides


The official name of the Illinois All State team for middle school players is the Hurricanes. While this natural occurrence is not found in our state, our younger players have shown that they can grow into powerful athletes in much the same way that a hurricane grows from a rainstorm.


The official name of the Illinois All State team for players not yet in 7th grade is the Squalls. These players fit the description of this weather phenomenon well: a small but relatively powerful storm.