Fall Rugby is Here

Wapiti will be having fall rugby this year for both Rookie & Tackle Players.

Rookie Rugby (Non-Contact) for 4-11 year old girls & boys will be on Sundays at Revere Park @ 1:00

Tackle Rugby is being offered for both Middle School (5th – 8th grade) and High Shool

Middle School will train on Wednesday Evenings (6:00 – Dusk) and occasionally on Sundays at Revere Park (1:30 – 3:00)

High School  Training is on Mondays &  Wednesday evenings (7:00 – 8:45) at Smith Park located at 2526 W Grand (occasional  additional training on Sunday afternoons at Revere Park @ 1:30)

Cost is $100

Please visit our Registration Page

Note:  Registration is now a 2-step process

Players must first register with Rugby Illinois prior to registering with CWRFC

May 1 Rugby is on

The weather is perfect for Rugby! (It always is.)
Rookie Rugby will take place from 1:00-3:00 at Revere Park. Come get your kids a run.
Middle School tackle tournament is in Crystal Lake this morning, girls HS players teaming up with the Palatine Juggernauts this morning at Busse Woods, and at 4:00 the HS boys will be playing at New Trier HS.
Go Wapiti!

Spring 2016 Rugby

Tackle squads have been training indoors & outdoors since January to prepare for the Spring Season already had their first scrimmages of the season and will begin the Spring Season soon

Week of April 4th – Outdoor Training will be at The British School

Outdoor Tackle Training (April 10 – June 19th)

Where:  Revere Park 2509 W. Irving Park Rd (just west of Western Ave)

When:   Tuesday / Thursdays (6:15 PM); will start April 12th

Basic Information on Chicago Wapiti RFC 

Hello and thank you for your interest in youth rugby.  We are pleased that you are considering supporting our efforts to advance this great game at the grass roots level in the City of Chicago.

Who: Chicago Wapiti RFC manages multiple age squads: Rookie (age 4-11), Middle School – U12 (5th / 6th grades), U14 (7th/8th grade) and High School levels. Middle School & Elementary School programs are co-ed.

What is Rookie Rugby: Rookie Rugby is a non-tackle, two hand touch program created to introduce boys and girls to rugby via age appropriate skill building drills and games.  It is comprised of U7 (The Kelly Greens), U9 (The Navy Blues) and U11 (The Maroons).  The children are grouped by age, regardless of gender, and train together.

When:  The Club Schedule can be viewed on the Calendar Section of this web page The Rookie season runs from Sunday, April 10th through  June, 19th with our end of season Father’s Day cookout. Sessions begin at 1PM and end at 2PM (U7), 2:15 (U9) and 2:30 (U11).  We do have the pitch until 3PM should sessions run over, however.

Where: With rare exception Rookie training is held at Revere Park, 2509 W. Irving Park Road (between Campbell and Rockwell).  While we have access to an indoor facility in case of emergency, rugby is a rain or shine sport.  We will only cancel if the park district rules the pitch unplayable (rarely) or if lightening is in the area.  We have an opt-in texting service as well as TeamSnap to notify parents in the event of cancellation.  Otherwise no news = game on.

Why: The directors who founded Wapiti RFC in 2010 were all former ruggers who lamented the fact that a program did not exist that would enable their children to experience what had once been of big part of their lives.  It was out of this desire to introduce Chicago area youth to the game of rugby that Wapiti was born. While some of the traditions of the game will have to wait until the children are older, developing sportsmanship, learning spatial awareness,  teamwork, confidence and fun through learning a new sport is the Wapiti Way.

Cost: $245 for Tackle Rugby and $195 for Rookie Rugby

How: You may register your child via our website.  We do require that all forms and waivers be completed prior to your child taking the pitch.  Once payment is received your child will also receive a jersey.  No special equipment is required.    If you are not certain whether or not your child would enjoy the game of rugby, we encourage you to come to Revere Park during the season and observe a session.  It is a great way to meet other parents and speak to our volunteer coaches.

Thank you again for your interest in Chicago area youth rugby.


Chicago Wapiti RFC

High School & Middle School Training

For all Wapiti tackle squad players in Middle School and High School, both boys and girls, training will begin on Sunday January 17 from 12:00-2:00 in the Excelon Gym on the campus of Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy. Register for the upcoming season, and bring your friends out. (Recruit, recruit, recruit!) Our initial training sessions will be all hands, and we will break out by age and gender in our later sessions.

Our rookie Rugby (non-contact) sessions will begin in April for our younger players and middle and high school students who are not interested in tackle rugby.