U12 Coed, U14 Boys & U14 Girls Sides
Training continues 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Tue and Thu at Celtic (Aspen) Field, for High School Boys, High School Girls and U14 Girls through the end of March. On Monday April 3, 2017, all training schedules change.
Beginning Mon Apr 3 and continuing through Fri Jun 2, U14 Boys and U12 Boys & Girls training begins: 6:00 - 7:30 pm Mon, Wed and Fri at Falcon Recreation Center, 2195 N Hicks Rd, Palatine, IL 60074
Beginning Mon Apr 3 and continuing through Wed May 24, U14 Girls and High School Girls training changes to 6:00 - 7:30 pm Mon, Wed and Fri at Falcon Recreation Center, 2195 N Hicks Rd, Palatine, IL 60074
Players must be in Elementary or Middle (Junior High) School (or home school equivalent).
The age cut-off is July 1, 2016 for the U12 and U14 divisions.
All Pioneers league matches will be played at Festivals where the entire league plays at one venue. Matches are usually on Sundays except for Easter and Mother’s Day.
|Sun Apr 9||League Seeding Tournament||Away @ Elgin River Rats|
|Sat Apr 15||League Friendly Festival||Away @ Fox Valley Chiefs / Blaze Facility|
|Sun Apr 23||League Festival #1||Away @ Glen Ellyn Stingers|
|Sat Apr 29||
Away at Chillicothe
|Sun Apr 30||League Festival #2||Away @ Arlington Stallions / Busse Woods|
|Sun May 7||League Festival #3||Away @ South Suburban Cobras|
|Sat May 13||League Festival #4||Away @ Fox Valley Predators|
|Sun May 21||League Festival #5||
Away @ Naperville Crusaders
|Sun Jun 4||State Tournament||Away @ Morton Mustangs|
The Rugby Illinois Middle School Rugby Program is now based on age (as of July 1, 2015). Players are segregated into U12 Coed, U14 Boys and U14 Girls teams.
At least one match at each Festival will be for U14 Girls players. Players will be combined from multiple clubs when necessary to create teams in order to ensure that every U14 Girl gets to play.
We welcome new players at all times.
No experience is necessary.
|Alan Burton||Coach - All Teams|
|Margie Musary||Coach - All Teams|
|John Norenberg||Coach - HS Boys|
|Grant Rudolph||Coach - HS Girls & U14 Girls|
|Zach Kulig||Coach - U12 Coed & U14 Boys|
|Scott Cruse||Assistant Coach - All Teams|
|Brian Burton||Assistant Coach - All Teams|
Interested players and parents are encouraged to observe a training session to meet the coaches & players.
Try Rugby! It is a challenging team sport that rewards individual creativity and demands strong teamwork.
Sun Apr 24 Pioneers 10 vs Barbarians 14 Match MVP: Malik Rasheed
Sun May 1 Pioneers 12 vs Lions 21 Match MVP: Matteo Berenger
Sat May 7 Pioneers 44 vs Cobras 10 Match MVP: Brody Roth
Sun May 15 Pioneers 38 vs Wapiti 10 Match MVP: Michael Mondus
Sun May 22 Pioneers 31 vs Stallions 29 Match MVP: Matt Snell
State Tournament Matches:
Sat May 29 Pioneers 27 vs Lions 25 Match MVP: Brody Roth
Sat May 29 Pioneers 19 vs Barbarians 24 Match MVP: Malik Rasheed
Special MVP: Dan O'Grady
Matches are played in a Festival Format with all clubs coming to the same venue on these days:
April 2, 9, 15, 23, 30; May 7, 13, 21
Note: All are Sundays except Apr 15 and May 13 which are Saturdays due to Easter & Mother's Day.
The State Championship Tournament is on the Sunday after Memorial Day Weekend (Sunday June 4, 2017).
Match times will be advised weekly during the season.
2016 Tournament Schedule
|Training Begins (Tu-Th)||Jun 6|
|Palatine Midsummer 7s||Jun 10|
|Great Lakes 7s||Jul 1|
All dates & events are subject to change with or without notice.
The Palatine Pioneers do not play in the fall.
Many of our rugby players also play football for the Palatine Amateur Football Association (PAFA) – the Panthers.
We are proud that so many PAFA Football players are also Palatine Pioneers Rugby Players!