What Is try league?
Try League is a competitive rugby league run in conjunction with Rugby Colorado, which means your child will be competing with Glendale against some of the 22 other Try Clubs in Colorado. But more than that, it means that your child will be joining a program designed with a carefully-structured balance of learning the sport, learning to play safely, and having tons of fun.
where should your child start?
Try Leagues are structured by age but also with consideration for a child’s size. We all know that every child grows at their own pace.
So please note, there are waivers that allow children to play up or down these levels for safety or experience reasons beyond these guidelines. We will always make sure that your child is where they are supposed to be!
Ages: 5 – 7 (by May 1st for Spring and Sept 1 for Fall)
Weight: 35-75 pounds
U8 play is co-ed and doesn’t involve tackling or kicking.
There are no scrums or stiff-arms and restarting play means both teams are allowed to fully reset before play commences.
All play is flag rugby, which means if a player’s flag is pulled off they are considered “out” of the game until their flag is re-attached. The ball carrier can hand off the ball to another player to keep the game going.
The skills we look to develop at U8 are running and evasion as well as passing and catching the ball. Fun is always a priority.
Photo by Seth McConnell
Photo by Seth McConnell
Weight: 50-100 pounds
U10 is also co-ed, and though this is where we start to introduce one-on-one tackles, flag rugby is still available. Remember, the most important thing in tackle safely is to learn to tackle correctly. Glendale is staffed with world-class coaches who are members of the MLR, WPL, D1, and World Rugby. They will teach your child to tackle correctly.
U10 is also where we start to introduce players to 3 vs 3 scrums, but the skill focus is still on evasion, pass-catch, running and, of course, now tackling.
Weight: 65-130 pounds
Two big new inclusions at this level: kicking and rucking. Play now begins with a kick off and drop kicks are also introduced.
Players learn rucking with one player from each side of the ball. The tackler must roll away from their opponent and then reset as the defender. The defending player is not allowed to counter or attack the ruck.
Teams are still co-ed and the tackling is strictly one on one.
Photo by Seth McConnell
Photo by Seth McConnell
Ages: 12 – 14
Weight: Lite* and Open Division*
Lite Division – 6th grade and 7th grade <140lbs
Open Division – 7th and 8th grade
Once again, new additions: first is positional awareness, knowing where your teammates are on the field and where they will be, which is a crucial stage for a rugby player.
Second is the Maul. And Mauls are just fun for everyone.
At this level the game starts looking more like traditional rugby: we teach line outs, scrums can max out at eight players and speedy restarts are now a part of the game.
With rules closer to traditional rugby comes the introduction of yellow and red penalty cards.
*Players are able to submit a waiver to compete either up or down a division.
putting it all together
When considering safety, it’s important to remember that the safest thing you can do for a child is to train them properly. At Glendale, your child will learn at a facility that trains world-class and professional athletes from the MLR, USA and World Rugby; your child will train with professional coaches who are members of the WPL, D1, and USA National Teams and some of whom are themselves world-class athletes.
Try League is focused on building a positive culture both on and off the field, and while many leagues focus on players who already have strong skills, Glendale’s focus is on fostering a player’s love of the game and a sense of community among other players. The best way to do this is to teach the kids properly and then to let them have fun.
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2022 fees include USA Rugby membership and liability insurance, as well as Rugby Colorado membership. Jerseys are a separate cost. See details below.
- U8: $175
- U10-U12: $210
- Middle School Boys: $210
- Middle School Girls: $210
USA Rugby and Rugby Colorado Registration
The 2022 Glendale registration fees include your USA Rugby and Rugby Colorado Try League dues.
USA Rugby Dues are $10 for Flag and $25 for tackle and are only paid once annually. USA Rugby membership will be valid through 8/31/2022.
Rugby Colorado 2022 Try League Dues are paid per season of participation and are $55 for U8 and $70 for U10-U15.
Each player will need to purchase a 2022 Try League jersey separate from the registration costs. Players will also need red socks and black shorts, which can be purchased from GYR.
Once a player has their jersey, they will not need to purchase another one until they outgrow it or move up from Flag to Tackle. Jerseys are yours to keep.
- Tackle Jersey: $45
- Flag Jersey: $25
- Shorts: $15 & Socks: $5
Socks and shorts are available for purchase or you can use any red athletic socks and black rugby shorts.
RULES BY AGE GROUP
Rules of Try League:
Practice time/days: 5/2-6/22/2022
- 5-7 year olds practice Mon/Wed 5:00-6:15pm
- 8-15 year olds practice Mon/Wed 5:00-6:30pm
Practice location: Glendale Infinity Park
Games: TBD by Rugby Colorado
- May 21, 2022 - City Park, Denver - WEEK B
- May 28, 2022 - Goose Gossage Park, Colorado Springs - WEEK A
- June 4, 2022 - Turner Middle School, Berthoud, CO- WEEK B
- June 11, 2022 - Marshdale Fields, Evergreen, CO - WEEK A
- June 18, 2022 - Goose Gossage Park, Colorado Springs - WEEK B
- June 25, 2022 - Pleasantview, Boulder - WEEK A
- WEEK A:
- U8 Coed Kickoff: 9am
- U10 Coed Kickoff: 10am
- U12 Coed Kickoff: 11am
- Middle School Divisions: 12pm
- WEEK B:
- Middle School Divisions: 9am
- U12 Coed Kickoff: 10am
- U10 Coed Kickoff: 11am
- U8 Coed Kickoff: 12pm
Please note: 5 year olds must have participated in 2021’s Fall After-School Rugby and/or 2022’s Spring After-School Rugby, be enrolled in Kindergarten, and be 5 on May 1, 2022.
- U8 coed flag – ages 5-7
- U10 coed tackle – ages 8, 9
- U12 coed tackle – ages 10, 11
- Middle School girls tackle – ages 12, 13 and 14
- Middle School boys tackle - Open and Light Division
Glendale Youth Rugby will be implementing Covid-19 monitoring and mitigation as part of our program risk protocols. That will consist of daily staff and participant temperature check, symptom checker, and on-site Athletic Trainer who will be helping manage. There will also be regular sanitizing of equipment, hand-washing stations, and other mitigation strategies. Program size will be limited based on recommended guidelines.
All families will need to sign a Covid-19 waiver as part of the registration process.
Glendale Youth Rugby operate under the allowable Arapahoe County guidelines and restrictions and Rugby Colorado Return to Play Guidelines.
Per Rugby Colorado Guidelines, it is recommended that all participants have one parent/guardian who has completed the World Rugby Covid-19 Player training (https://playerwelfare.worldrugby.org/covid-19-courses) prior to participation. )