10/6 Clinic Postponed! Girls Day of Rugby still at Olympic Park in Schaumburg.

We regret that this morning’s clinic at Smith Park must be postponed due to standing water on the field as of 07:30 this morning.  Given that this would be our first experience at Smith Park, we do not want to jeopardize our relationship by tearing up their field.  We will work with the park supervisor at Smith to reschedule the clinic.

Unless iYRA indicates otherwise, this afternoon’s Girls Day of Rugby should still take place.

Welcome to the 2013 Season

Welcome to the 2013 Wapiti Rugby Football Club

By way of introduction, I am Coach Hays, father to three Wapiti, Wapiti RFC board vice president, and head coach of this year’s inaugural tackle program. I will have several coaches assisting me, including Coach Palmer, a former USA Rugby Super League and Midwest Select Side player and Wapiti coach of our first two seasons, Coach Wilcox, new to Wapiti but with collegiate and women’s club rugby coaching experience, and Coach Daley, a current USA Eagle and North Shore Women’s RFC player and collegiate coach. Our objective is to have your player fall in love with rugby and have fun, while teaching them the game in a safe environment.
Important Information:
  • Parent’s Meeting was Monday, March 11, 7:30 PM inside Revere Park, 2509 West Irving Park Rd.. Here is what was presented: Parent’s Meeting
  • Practices will be Fridays from 4:30-6:30 PM and Sundays 2:00-4:00 at 600 West Montrose Drive (Montrose and Simonds near the beach house) beginning March 15. Please let me know if your player cannot make these practices, as we will only have eight practices before our first game. Depending on the availability of the other coaches, we may have an additional practice either Tuesday or Wednesday in the same location.
  • Players will need:
    • Mouthguards formed to their mouths
    • Water
    • To dress for the weather (in layers!)
    • Cleats (soccer, not baseball or football, which have a cleat at the toe which is not allowed) or running shoes
    • To be prepared for contact. We will work on this extensively leading up to our first match, as for some of our athletes, this will be their first contact sport experience
  • Matches:
    • The calendar is on the Wapiti web page. There is a Google calendar that you can add to your calendar or to Outlook (HTMLICAL, XML) which has the dates and locations for the season, but not the times, yet.
    • Middle School rugby (7/8 and 5/6 grade) is played in Festival Format. This means that this year Wapiti will travel for all of our games, and next year, unless they change the format, we will only host one day.
    • The festival format allows all teams to converge on a given host field with their team, even if they have insufficient players for a full side. They would merge with or borrow excess players from another side in order to fill out a side (which is also why we do not know times, yet).
    • Matches are 15 a side rugby, not the 7s Wapiti players have been experiencing our first two seasons. Matches will consist of two 25 min halves, with free substitutions.
    • Wapiti are looking into the possibility of getting a charter bus service to pick up and drop off all of our players at Revere Park. This would allow us to travel as a team, be less of a burden for our parents, and be an opportunity for our players to engage the rest of the non contact players back at Revere Sunday afternoon upon returning from the festival.
  • We could use more players. If you know of any of your kid’s friends that might like to give rugby a try, send them our way.
  • Finally, if there is anything we are missing, any information you are seeking on the web site that isn’t here, please let us know. Thank you.
Thank you for your questions last Monday. Any additional questions you may have you may either send to me directly or reach out to any other officer or coach.
In Rugby,
Coach Hays

Make Your “Bacon Number” 1

Get up close and personal with… Bacon!

Beer & Bacon Tasting Fundraiser: Paddy Long’s – 1028 W Diversey

On Sunday, October 21, from 6 – 9 PM, Paddy Long’s is hosting a beer and bacon tasting to benefit youth rugby.

For only $40 Wapiti’s own Coach Pat Berger will be pairing five gourmet cuts of bacon with five beers for an evening of gastronomic bliss. Click here to register: Wapiti Fundraiser

Love Bacon?

Who doesn’t?!

Beer & Bacon Tasting Fundraiser: Paddy Long’s – 1028 W Diversey

On Sunday, October 21, from 6 – 9 PM, Paddy Long’s is hosting a beer and bacon tasting to benefit youth rugby.

For only $40 Wapiti’s own Coach Pat Berger will be pairing five gourmet cuts of bacon with five beers for an evening of gastronomic bliss. Click here to register: Wapiti Fundraiser

Only 1 Week Until First Summer Clinic

Hosted by the Chicago Griffins RFC, Sunday, August 12, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, at Revere Park

The first of four monthly clinics sponsored by the Chicago Wapiti RFC is only a week away. The cost for registration is a one-time fee of $10, which covers all four scheduled clinic sessions. It’s not too late to register. Click here: Register

2012 Summer/Fall Clinics

The Chicago Wapiti RFC will be sponsoring four youth touch rugby clinics on the following Sundays from 1:00pm – 3:00pm: August 12, September 23, October 21, and November 11. The clinics will be lead by local men’s and women’s rugby teams each month (the dates are on the Calendar page, which can be added to your personal calendar). The location of the first clinic will be at Revere Park. Kids who are between the ages of 4 and 14 are invited to sign up. Registration is $10 for all four clinics. After submission you will be asked to make a payment by clicking the payment link. Contact the Wapiti at info@chicagowapitirfc.com with any questions.

Click the link to register: Registration

Equipment Distribution April 1st

The start of the season (Sunday, April 15th) is less than three weeks away.

USA Rugby requires every child participating to fill out the attached waiver and questionnaire. Both forms must be submitted before your child receives their rugby kit.  USA Rugby will not allow a child to participate this season until the waiver and the medical questionnaire have been submitted.

This Sunday, April 1st we will be distributing Kits and collecting forms.

We will be at Revere Park (2509 W Irving Park Rd) between 1:00 – 3:00 this Sunday, April 1st to distribute kits and collect forms.  We are staggering times by age group, however, it is more important than you come to drop off forms and pick up your kit than to come at the slotted time.

1:00 – 1:30         U-7           Form Drop Off Only
1:30 – 2:00         U-9           Form Drop Off & Kit Distribution
2:00 – 2:30         U-11          Form Drop Off & Kit Distribution
2:30 – 3:00         U-15          Form Drop Off & Kit Distribution

If possible, please bring your child with you to ensure proper fit for their jersey.

Minor Waiver

USARFU Medical History Questionnaire

Maybe Next Year

The Chicago Wapiti RFC has prided itself on maintaining focus on what will help us to bring rugby to our sons and daughters. When the opportunity (finally) presented itself to participate in one of the city’s two St. Patrick’s Day Parades, we thought it might be a good opportunity to let people who haven’t heard of the Wapiti know that there is Youth Rugby in Chicago. Unfortunately, the lead time we have been given prior to the parade on March 11th hasn’t given us sufficient time to “rally the troops”. Therefore we will be declining this year’s parade invitation, and hopefully will be able to put next year’s parade on our calendars early. Thank you to those of you who voted in our poll. You may see the results of voting below.