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High School and U19 Club Top 800

Tuesday Jun 23, 2009 in Grassroots Rugby High School

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Words and photo by Ed Hagerty

 

A census conducted by ERugbyNews and Rugby Magazine over the past couple of months indicates that there are now 811 Boys and Girls High School / U-19 rugby clubs operating in the US. This is an increase of 254 (+46%) over the 557 clubs that were listed in Rugby Magazine’s April 2004 National Directory issue.

Our survey indicates that there are now 606 Boys’ HS/U-19 clubs, an increase of 170 (+39%) over the 436 that existed in 2004. The total number of Girls clubs is now 205, an increase of 84 (+69%) over the 121 that we had contacts for in 2004.

Of the 811 clubs, 305 (38%) are single-school, 471 (58%) are multi-school teams, while 35 (4%) were not characterized.



 

2009

2004

Gain #

Gain%

Boys Clubs

606

436

170

39%

Girls Clubs

205

121

84

69%

Total Clubs

811

557

254

46%



Largest Regions

The Eastern Pennsylvania RFU has the largest number (65), followed by Ohio (45), Northern California and Wisconsin, with 44 apiece.

Eastern Penn also has the largest number of Boys’ Clubs (42), followed by Northern California (38), Ohio (33) and
Illinois (31).

Among Boys’ single-school teams,
Wisconsin has 25, followed by Tennessee (23) and East Penn (20).

East Penn also has the largest number of Girls’ Clubs (23), followed by
Minnesota (15) and Wisconsin (14). With 10 clubs, Tennessee has the largest number of single-school girls teams.

From the information we gathered it appears that there are HS / U-19 rugby clubs in 42 of the 50 states. We were unable to find information on clubs in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada or Wyoming.


Rankings by Category

Total Clubs

LAU / SBO                                            #         

1) Eastern Pennsylvania                         65

2) Ohio                                                 45

3) Northern California                             44

    Wisconsin                                         44

5) Tennessee                                         41

6) Michigan                                           40

7) Illinois                                               37

8) Indiana                                              34

9) Oregon                                             31

10) Minnesota                                       30        

 

Boys’ Clubs - Total

1) Eastern Pennsylvania                         42

2) Northern California                             38

3) Ohio                                                 33

4) Illinois                                               31

5) Wisconsin                                         30

6) Michigan                                           28

    Tennessee                                        28

8) Potomac                                           22

9) Indiana                                              21

    Texas                                               21

 

Boys’ Clubs - Single School

1) Wisconsin                                         25

2) Tennessee                                         23

3) Eastern Pennsylvania                         20

4) Potomac                                           15

5) New England                                     14

 

Girls’ Clubs – Total

1) Eastern Pennsylvania                         23

2) Minnesota                                         15

3) Wisconsin                                         14

4) Indiana                                              13

   Tennessee                                         13

6) Michigan                                           12

    Ohio                                                 12

    Oregon                                             12

9) Southern California                            9

 

Girls’ Clubs - Single School

1) Tennessee                                         10

2) Eastern Pennsylvania                         7

3) Minnesota                                         6

   Ohio                                                  6

5) Wisconsin                                         5

                                                           

 

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