Palatine Rugby Club
U14 Boys and U14 Girls Rugby Teams
We welcome new players at all times.
No experience is necessary.
Spring Training will be 6:00 - 7:30 pm Mon & Wed evenings beginning Mon March 12, 2018 on synthetic turf under lights at Celtic (Aspen) Park, 1351 N Rohlwing Rd, Palatine, IL 60074
After April 1, 2018, we will train at Falcon Park Recreation Center, 2195 N Hicks Rd, Palatine, IL 60074 (outdoor field).
If the Palatine Park District closes Falcon Field due to weather, we will train at either Grassy Ridge Meadow, 1280 W Central Rd, Hoffman Estates, 60192 or Busse Woods, Golf Rd Entrance, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via email (PalatineRugby@gmail.com), or by phone (call 847-660-1228 and leave a message) or text/call Coach Burton directly: 847-338-1587.
|Zach Kulig||Pioneers Head Coach|
|Matt McDermott||Pioneers Asst. Coach|
|Alan Burton||Palatine Rugby Club Head Coach|
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.
The Rugby Illinois Middle School (U14) Division plays Rugby 15s in the spring season. Rugby Illinois has not yet set the spring schedule. We expect it will look similar to this:
|Sun Apr 8||All League Scrimmage
Host: Glen Ellyn Stingers
|Sun Apr 15||League Seeding Tournament
Host: Jr. Friars Rugby (Fenwick)
|Sun Apr 22||
MS Fesitval #1
Host: South Suburban Cobras
|Sun Apr 29||MS Fesitval #2
Host: Chicago Wapiti
|Sun May 6||MS Fesitval #3
Host: Arlington Stallions
|Sat May 12||MS Fesitval #4
Host: Fox Valley Predators
|Sun May 20||MS Fesitval #5
Host: Naperville Crusaders
|Sat/Sun May 16/17||Optional League Skills Camp
Host: Montini HS (Lombarrd)
|Sat/Sun Jun 2/3
(1 day event) TBA
|State Tournament @
Morton High School
The vast majority of U14 players are boys. The league is officially coed, but most of the U14 girls will play in the weekly U14 Girls Only matches.
Our U14 Boys Pioneers will not train with our high school Barbarians. However, they will learn the same laws, calls, plays and strategies as our high school players.
We will receive our schedule in March 2018.
If we do not have a full roster of players, we will be partnered with another club in a similar situation. This partnering is allowed on the U14 Division in order to provide as positive an experience for all players as possible.
The Senior (U14) division is coed and our U14 Boys Team may play against teams with both boys and girls.
Rugby Illinois has encouraged girls to play tackle rugby and schedules at least one U14 Girls Only match at each Middle School Festival. We expect these teams to participate in U14 Girls Only matches:
Fox Valley Chiefs
Rowe Middle School Rockets
Our U14 Girls Pioneers will train with our High School Mutts occasionally for non-contact drills in order to learn the same laws, calls, plays and strategies as our high school players.
Rugby Illinois offers tackle rugby to middle school players that are not 14 by July 1, 2017. There are two divisions: Junior (U12) and Senior (U14) . We do not field a Junior team. We participate only in the Senior (U14) division.
The Senior (U14) division is coed. We prefer to field a single gender team at this level and offer separate teams for boys and girls.
The Palatine Pioneers formed in 2009 and is one of the original six teams in the Middle School League.
The league has grown dramatically since 2009 when we had six teams. We expect to have these teams participate in 2018:
Crystal Lake Lions
Elgin River Rats
Fox Valley Chiefs
Fox Valley Predators
Glen Ellyn Stingers
Jr. Friars Rugby (Fenwick)
Lake Forest Harriers
North Shore Rhinos
Northwest Side Narwhals
Rowe Middle School Rockets
South Suburban Cobras
West Suburban Barbarians
There are some law variations for this age group that are intended to allow the players to learn the sport safely. Overall however, the U14 players adhere to the same Laws of the Game as high school, college and adult players.
Some (not all) of the law variations are:
All players must wear a mouth guard.
Middle School matches are 50 minutes long (2 x 25 min halves).
Unlimited substitution is allowed. Players may return to a match.
We play 15-a-side rugby whenever possible. We will Reduce to Equate and/or allow Players on Loan when necessary.
Scrums and Line-outs are uncontested unless both coaches agree otherwise. There are some technical restrictions always.
Line-out: Incorrect throw-in (rule 19.7 (a) ) – If a throw-in is incorrect (e.g. not straight), the opposing team will attempt a throw-in. If the throw-in is again incorrect, then the original team to attempt a throw-in will get a scrum at 15 (i.e. If a Red throw-in is incorrect; then there will be a blue throw-in, if it is incorrect; there will be a red scrum).
We run our own Rugby 7s Tournament to open the Rugby Illinois Summer Olympic Rugby 7s season. The 6th annual Midsummer 7s is June 9, 2018.
Rugby Illinois has not yet set the 2018 Summer Olympic Rugby 7s season which generally runs from early June through mid July. We expect the season to look similar to this:
|Palatine Midsummer 7s||Sat Jun 9|
|Elgin 7s||Sat Jun 23|
|Great Lakes 7s||Sat Jul 7|
|Rugby IL 7s||Sat Jul 14|