Rugby 101

All Ages. All Sizes. All Levels. All Inclusive.

More questions? Check out our FAQ. And remember, we practice every Tuesday and Thursday during the season.


Our spring season begins February 26. Want in?

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PLAYER MEMBERSHIP

Player dues for each season are $135.00, and full time students pay $75 each season. These can be paid online through PayPal or in person by check, cash, or debit/credit card. Please make checks payable to “Chicago Dragons RFC”.

Player Membership Dues

SOCIAL MEMBERSHIP

Are you interested in hanging out with the Dragons, but have no interest in playing a rough and tumble sport like rugby? You’re in luck! We offer Social Memberships to the club for a mere $50 per season. Your generous contribution gets you into our post-match Third Halfs and assorted parties throughout the season, complete with beverages (hard and soft) and food at no charge to you. You’ll also receive a sweet, sweet piece of Dragons’ merch.

Not to mention you’ll be helping our club afford tournament registration, pitch fees, paying referees, and all the other costs inherent in playing a club sport. Oh and you’ll win the affection and gratitude of an entire rugby team—not a bad thing to have going for you.

Social dues can be paid online through PayPal or in person by check, cash, or debit/credit card. Please make checks payable to “Chicago Dragons RFC”.


I need to register with USA Rugby.

To play in official, sanctioned rugby matches, you must register your team affiliation with USA Rugby. You can do so here, and registration is good for a year.


I have questions.

WHY RUGBY?

Rugby is exhilarating.  When you first watch rugby, it may look like organized chaos.  Don’t let that intimidate you.  Join us, and you’ll quickly realize that rugby is more than a sport; it’s a challenge you issue to yourself and — no matter what kind of athlete you are or think you are — once you start playing, you will be hooked.

Rugby is a game like no other.  It requires strength and conditioning you’ll never know you had, and because it’s so demanding, you’ll come off the pitch feeling on top of the world.  One of the great things about rugby is that there’s a place for players of all shapes and sizes.  Look at our team lineup and you’ll see everything from 5'5'' to 6'7'' with lots of variations in between.

What separates rugby from most other team sports is its spirit of brotherhood.  You will play your heart out on the pitch and then celebrate with the other team after the match.  The Chicago Dragons’ “third half” socials are infamous as some of the best fun you will ever have.  The intensity and demands may be intimidating, but they lead to deep loyalties and friendships among teammates.  You may come to the Chicago Dragons for the fun of the game, but you’re likely to find a family.

QUESTIONS?

If you’ve made it this far, the next step is for you to contact us at recruiting@chicagodragons.org. We’ll get in touch with you right away about upcoming events and practice schedules. Even if you’re not sure what your interest level is, come meet us. We just may be the lunatics you’re looking for!

If you’re ready to boot up and join, we’ll see you at practice. It’s that simple. Again, if you’re new to the sport please register for one of our Rugby 101 Boot Camp events but begin attending practice as soon as possible.

WHY PLAY RUGBY WITH THE DRAGONS?

There is a place for everyone with the Chicago Dragons: our training is designed to meet the goals of high-level competition and full participation for all players.  We serve the demands of all levels of athlete. Experienced players come to the Chicago Dragons because we offer the chance to step in and play intense rugby in a fun yet competitive environment.

The Chicago Dragons’ coaching staff is certified by USA Rugby.  Whether you’ve been recently playing high level club or college rugby, or haven’t played in years, the Chicago Dragons are a great place to begin, extend or advance your rugby career.

Experienced competitive athletes find that the Chicago Dragons offer the challenge of a thrilling new sport which combines a social and competitive atmosphere.  You’ll get plenty of playing time early on even as you learn the game from our coaching staff.

Less experienced athletes enjoy the Chicago Dragons because they find like-minded teammates who also came to the game with little or no experience in team sports, but were quickly sold on the thrill and camaraderie of the game. You will learn the game of rugby while realizing athletic abilities you never knew you had.

Finally, there are team members who love rugby but don’t participate on the pitch.  We offer everyone a chance to be a part of the Chicago Dragons as a social member.

Contact us at recruiting@chicagodragons.org.  We’ll get in touch with you right away about upcoming events and practice schedules.  Even if you’re not sure what your interest level is, come meet us.