Eastside Rugby is always looking for new players of all skill levels. We regularly get both experienced and first time players to our club and both are equally welcome. We’d love to have you show up at any of our training sessions for an introduction to rugby. Our training location and schedule can be found on the Schedule tab.
If you’d like to hear a little more about rugby before coming out please reach out to us using our Contacts page or visit us on Facebook. And sign up for our club email list by clicking on this link (Eastside Axemen List Serve) and filling out the form.
What should You expect?
Your first rugby experience will involve plenty of ball-handling, running, kicking, and drills aimed at developing power, maneuverability, and speed. You’ll also learn about scrums and line-outs, the set pieces that are unique to rugby and that seem so odd to the uninitiated. At your first rugby practice you only need to be involved in a level of full contact that you’re first comfortable with.
What should You wear?
Most of us wear shorts regardless of the cold, but sweatpants are fine too. Running shoes will work at first but if you have cleats of any kind they are much better.Don’t wear anything that you wouldn’t want grass-stained or splattered with mud. Once you become a member of the team, you can build your own “kit”, including rugby boots, black rugby shorts, and a mouth guard.
Social Aspects of Rugby
Eastside Rugby is as much of a ‘club’ as we are a sports team. After every match, the opposing teams meet for a ‘drinkup’, with with plenty of food and beer and plenty of our players will keep that party going throughout the night.
We also sponsor several non-match social events throughout each year. These include both fundraisers and informal get-togethers. Our club includes members who are players and who are supporters. No other team sport has quite the same spirit of camaraderie as rugby!
Club membership requirements and cost
If you are coming to your first practice you don’t need to worry about fees and dues right away, not until you play your first match, but before you can be a playing member of the Eastside Rugby you need to meet the requirements of a union player. A Union Player is defined as a player who will practice with the club and play in any of the Union Matches. Union Matches include all Friendly and Division Matches under PNRFU (the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union) and USA Rugby, as well as any summer 7s tournaments.
Member Player requirements
- Be current with dues payment
- Be a member in good standing according to club bylaws
- Have a signed waiver on file with the club
- Be registered with USA Rugby through the CIPP Process
- Dues for Union Players may be paid through subscription at PayPal.For those in financial circumstances that make paying yearly dues difficult, the Board of Directors can approve abatement of dues on a case-by-case basis. We want everyone who’s interested to join us in having a great time playing rugby!
USA Rugby Registration
In the United States, the sport of rugby union football is overseen by USARugby. To play competitively with any local rugby union you must be a member of USARugby.
USARugby registration is not included in club dues. We separated the USA Rugby Registration fee from the dues to be able to take into consideration our members who are social rugby players and supporters. USARugby CIPP registration is completed directly through the USARugby website. Included with USARugby CIPP you will receive health insurance that is good for any injuries incurred during any practice or USARugby sanctioned event.