Wapiti on Facebook: Which is right for you?


Hello Wapiti friends, family, players & coaches.

One of the most frequent confusions people have had about Wapiti RFC on Facebook is just “where should I like or join?”.  Since we do have both a “Facebook group” & “Facebook page” this question can be answered really easily by asking yourself what your connection to the team is.

First, if you are interested in the team in anyway, parent, player, former player, relative of a player, a fan of youth rugby, or you are human. Well you should like our Facebook page (click here).

Second, if you are a parent of a current player, coach, administrator, or you help out with the club in some form, you should ask to join the Facebook group (click here). If you are not one of the people in the above mentioned group, chances are your request to join will be declined, so please just like our Facebook page as that’s where we share all the info about the team.

Essentially  the group is there to discuss plans for things like bus schedules, team needs and general questions parents & coaches may have, so in the interest of our kids safety we try to limit who is in that group. Believe us, it’s not some fun place where old boys share secret rugby stories.

Please note that we do have a mailing list which will include a lot of our goings on.

However, if you believe you should be in the Facebook group, but were rejected, or haven’t been approved, please email info@chicagowapitirfc.com with your child’s name, and ask for it to be forwarded to coach Vincent Johnson.

Thank you and we look forward to see you at our fall clinics and spring season.

Rugby at Smith Park – 2526 West Grand

Schedule This Fall

Nov 1st – All Blacks vs Eagles (Soldier Field @ 2:30)
Wapiti Familes meeting at the FanFest
Nov 9th  – Wapiti Clinic (Smith Park @ 1:00) 
November 27th – Ruck N’ Gobble @ the Lakefront

Register your child now for Nov 9th Clinic and/or Spring Season using this link
2015 Registration

Rugby at Smith Park – 2526 West Grand
Nov 9th   1:00 – 2:30
Smith Park is located at 2526 West Grand Ave (1 block west of Western Ave)
Save Money by registering for Spring 2015 at 2014 rates

Thanks again to The Foundation to be Named Later  – Fall Clinics will be free to all!  

All girls and boys ages 7 and over are eligible for our fall clinics.

The U of I Men’s Rugby Alumni are hosting a charity Auction to meet Richie McCaw!

The University of Illinois Men’s Rugby Alumni have lined up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for three (3) people (and their daughters/sons) to meet the Captain of the All Blacks Richie McCaw!

Meet Richie McCaw Auction
All proceeds are to be donated equally to:
For Everyone Foundation & Chicago Wapiti RFC



The meet and greet will occur on Sunday morning, Nov 2nd in downtown Chicago (the day after the big match).  Due to Richie’s demanding schedule, the meeting will be limited to a total of 10 minutes.  While a short meeting, it is a unique private event with photo opportunities, autographs and a few questions.  We sincerely appreciate Richie taking time out of his busy schedule this weekend to raise money for charity.

Additionally, The U of I Alumni have secured an autographed All Blacks Jersey signed by Richie McCaw Dan Carter (hold title for most points scored in test matches) and Sir Graham “Ted” Henry(ABs coach that led them to their World Cup win in 2011).  This great jersey will also be included in the auction.

In order to bid on this fantastic opportunity, please click:  Meet Richie McCaw Auction
to register for the auction.  After you register you can bid and follow the auction via your mobile phone throughout the week.

Bidding will close at 8:00 PM on Saturday night, so make sure you plan accordingly.  The winners will be notified on Saturday night and will be provided with the details at that point.

The For Everyone Foundation was founded by Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Ali Williams in 2009 to help others at the grass roots, community level by providing the resources necessary to get the job done.  The trio frequently travelled around NZ with their odd-shaped ball and saw that many communities were struggling to raise funds for relatively small projects – like fixing a playground or changing shed, resurfacing a school pool or BMX track or simply adding hoops to the basketball court – which would make a huge difference to its members, encourage active participation and raise community spirit.  They fund small projects between $500 and $5000 that are often difficult to find funding for but often mean the most to the people who benefit from them. Their priority is to fund projects that can be completed in full with a grant of under $5,000.

Good luck to all the bidders and let’s raise some money for two great organizations!
The link (Meet Richie McCaw Auction) also allows for charitable donations to both organizations!
For more details – contact either:
Ron Miller:  rojomijr@yahoo.com or Rob Crisp:  rob_crisp1466@yahoo.com

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.