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Monday Mar 23, 2009 in Grassroots Rugby Youth

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March 23, 2009, Glendale, Colo. - USA Rugby, Colorado Youth Rugby (CYR) and the City of Glendale will host the ‘Try Rugby Cup’ from 5-7 p.m. on March 24, 2009.  The goal of this event is to allow all participants to experience USA Rugby’s new non-contact game, Rookie Rugby and promote the fresh, new face of the game to all attendants and members of the surrounding community. 

USA Rugby’s ‘Try Rugby Cup’ event in Glendale will not only include a Rookie Rugby competition, but also a Rookie Rugby Million Miles Challenge Run and a World Rugby Shop Challenge.

All activities will be coordinated by USA Rugby, with the City of Glendale’s Infinity Park opening up its rugby pitch, parking, restrooms, medical facilities, and concessions.  Coaches from CYR’s TRY league, Glendale and other area players will be available as volunteers. 

“As we head into a very active event season in the Denver metro area, we want to get as many people playing the game in local community as possible,” USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville said. “We saw the Rookie Rugby program introduced at our first major event, the USA Sevens, in San Diego, and it was a hit. We are now extremely excited to introduce it to USA Rugby’s home-state of Colorado.”

The USA Sevens event, which took place in February, is rugby’s largest international tournament in the U.S., with 16 international teams competing in two days of non-stop rugby sevens action. Rugby sevens is the sport that is up for inclusion in the Olympic Games in 2016 and this year’s USA Sevens event proved a huge success with nearly 35,000 fans in attendance and over 1.2 Million people tuning in to watch the USA Sevens telecast that aired on ABC.

USA Sevens not only saw great international contests, but several additional events surrounding the tournament to get people of all ages and backgrounds playing rugby. USA Rugby hosted Rookie Rugby demonstrations, several youth clinics, a Youth Day at PETCO Park, and a weekend-long Fan Festival featuring the World Rugby Shop Challenge for players of all ages. 

As with the ‘Try Rugby Cup’, USA Rugby is offering these activities so young athletes can learn the fun, non-contact game of Rookie Rugby.

International Rugby Board (IRB) Chairman Bernard Lapasset and Chief Executive Mike Miller will be present at the ‘Try Rugby Cup’ at Infinity Park, in the City of Glendale.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Registration:  4:30 – 5pm

Open to all players, parents, coaches and volunteers who will sign-up to receive a Rookie Rugby t-shirt and information packet for a $5 donation.  Additional sponsor giveaways will be provided pending available resources.     

Rookie Rugby Million Miles Challenge Run:  5 – 5:30pm
All proceeds will benefit CYR and Schoolchildren for Children’s charity.  Infinity Park will be pre-set with stations such as Sidestep Relay, Post/Pick Shuttle Run, 10 Passes, and Stuck in the Mud (games).  Players will be placed in teams (10-12) and paired with a coach.  Coaches will lead participants on the ‘Rookie Rugby Run’ while stopping at each skill station.  Once each participant has completed the skill activity, all will be seated awaiting the call from the coordinator to advance.  This segment serves as a warm-up and charitable fundraiser. 

Try Rugby Cup:  5:30 – 7:00pm
After a short break, players will choose a team name and remain in the same groups to participate in a round-robin tournament.  Colored bibs will be available at both pitches to differentiate teams.  Teams will play each other once with two (7) minute periods and a (2) minute halftime. The competition matrix is based on an estimate of 75 participants:

(5:30-6:30pm)         Pitch A          Pitch B          Pitch C
20 min.    Pool Play   Team 1v2      Team 4v5        WRS Challenge
20 min.    Pool Play   Team 2V3      Team 5v6        WRS Challenge
20 min.    Pool Play    Team 1V3      Team 4v6       WRS Challenge

20 min.   Finals      Best of Pool AB            2nd Best of Pool AB        3rd Best of Pool AB
10 min.   Awards

The World Rugby Shop Challenge (WRS) will be offered during the competition.  All can test their ability to run, kick, scrum, post and pass.  Participants try everything in exchange for a free gift.  Awards will also be presented including:

Try Rugby Cup – awarded to the winner of the final match

Good Sport Award – player that best demonstrates the core values of the Rookie Rugby Honor Code   

Go Forward Award – player who best demonstrates the principle of ‘pick up the ball and runs with it!’


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