Alexandria Rugby tag is a coed program for children starting in last year of preschool through fourth grade.
*Unfortunately due to COVID, we are not currently offering tag programs at the preschool or kindergarten age-grade. We hope that will change soon and will update our information accordingly.
Tag rugby is a great introduction to the basics of rugby. Each age level adds skills, starting with passing behind you, staying behind the ball carrier, building to uncontested scrums and line-outs.
The tag game is based on Rugby 7s – 7 players on the field that focuses on passing and speed to be successful. It is a great way to learn the fundamentals of the sport before graduating on to tackle rugby.
We are part of Rugby Virginia and you can find additional information on the specific laws (rules) of tag rugby there.
Alexandria Rugby takes exceptional pride in being an inclusive organization that wants children to have fun, participate in physical activity, learn to be respectful and be part of a team.
There are no tryouts or elite teams; everybody plays and we have learned that we can have better competition and more fun by mixing different levels of experience and talent on a team.
We have a modest fee that covers field rental, equipment, and uniforms (that the kids get to keep) and are firmly committed to the idea that high registration fees should never be a reason a child does not come out and have fun.
There are three seasons of tag Rugby within the 12-month registration cycle ranging from September to the end of August.
Fall Fun League: A great way to come and try out the game and meet the other families and see how much fun the kids and parents have at Alexandria Rugby events. Fall Fun practices are Sunday afternoon from middle of September to middle of November. We will usually get together for an afternoon or two with other local clubs to have some fun scrimmages.
Spring Fun League: Like the Fall Fun League, Spring is Sunday afternoon fun sessions to come and test out the great game of rugby. It runs from early April to the end of May when the summer season starts. We will usually get together for an afternoon or two with other local clubs to have some fun scrimmages.
Summer Season: This is the primary season of tag rugby, which runs from June till late July. There are two practices a week on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00-7:00/7:30 and games on Saturday.
We play teams from Richmond, Culpeper, Loudon, Vienna, Great Falls, and Springfield. Clubs share hosting responsibilities so there is travel to games, but is usually no more than 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
- Pre-K/K = Final year of preschool and current Kindergartners; due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements we are not offering rugby at this age group.
- 1/2’s = Grades 1 and 2
- 3/4’s = Grades 3 and 4
Registration fee for 2020-2021 season is $200. This covers your mandatory registration with USA Rugby and Rugby Virginia and you get several pieces of AR gear to keep. You get to play as much rugby as you like from September to August.