FAQs

What Teams do the Stallions Field

The Stallions field five boys sides; High School Varsity, High School Junior Varsity, High School Frosh/Soph, Middle School Seniors (7th/8th grade) and Middle School Juniors (4th-6th grades).

When is the Competitive Season

The primary competitive season for all 15-a-side squads is in the spring.  7-a-side (Olympic) rugby is played in June and July.  At the high school level, FallBall is offered for high school players who do not play another fall sport.  FallBall is developmental and non-competitive.

When and Where are Practice Sessions

Winter, pre-season indoor training takes place on Sunday evenings at the Mount Prospect Park District RecPlex.  March training takes place at Olympic Park in Schaumburg on Monday and Thursday afternoons.  April and May training takes place at Patriot Park in Arlington Heights.The HIGH SCHOOL side practices on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00 to 5:30.  The MIDDLE SCHOOL side practices on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30.  Practice will periodically be canceled (or moved to Busse Woods) depending on the match schedule.  FallBall training takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays at Patriot Park from 4:00 to 5:30.

What is the Club Dues Structure

High school Spring dues will be $215, middle school dues will be $115.  7-a-side fees are $20/event.  Fallball dues are $105 ($55 for players who only play for the Stallions in the Fall).  All players must be USA Rugby members, which charges a $46.50 fee.  Shorts, socks and a club tee-shirt are provided to players each year in the Spring.

What about Coaching Staff Qualifications

Biographical information for each coach is listed under the About Us tab on this website.  All coaches have rugby playing experience and are certified by the USA Rugby Coach Certification program.  All coaches serve voluntarily and are committed to a positive, player-centered teaching style.

Medical/Safety Coverage

The local rugby governing body, Rugby Illinois, requires a licensed athletic trainer or equivalent medical personnel to be present at all rugby matches.  Since the club's founding in 2005, the Stallions have had a sponsorship relationship with Athletico, who provides ATCs for all Stallions home games and the home games for a majority of our opponents.  Dr. Brian Moss of Orthopedic Associates in Arlington Heights provides timely coverage of any onthopedic injuries which may occur. 

How do I Communicate with the Stallions

To get Stallions News, you can always check the front page of the website.  

The club just started with a new and more efficient messaging system.  It is called REMIND.  (Some of the local schools already use it,) In order to use this system most effectively, please go to Remind.com and start an account and create a password.  There is no charge and no individual younger than 13 can create an account.  Also, please download the Remind APP onto your cell phone.  Once in Remind, the code for the class you need to join is @asrcclub.   This is important as only the members can change a cell number or email address in the Remind program.  With a Remind account and once on the APP, members are able to communicate with each other individually or as a goup.  (Please be aware that Remind is for the communication of club business only.)

If you have a question, you can still go to the Contact Us tab on the website and then click on the Send us an email icon.

Is There Rugby After High School

YES!  Many Stallions Alumni have carried on with the sport in colleges such as Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State, Purdue, St. Mary's (CA), Colorado, Xavier, Dayton, Davenport, Western Illinois, Illinois State and Northern Illinois.  Some of our graduates have played for local men's clubs such as the Northwest Woodsmen, Chicago Lions and Chicago Griffins.

How do I Sign Up

The Spring Sign-Up Day is December 3rd from 9:00 AM to Noon at Camelot Park in Arlington Heights.  If you are a high school player that wants to play FallBall, send us an email or call Coach Bergman.  If you miss sign-up day and still want to play, it's never too late.  Just give us a call.

How Safe is Rugby Tackling

Rugby tackling is characterized by head to the side and lead with the shoulder technique that takes the head out of play.  All certified coaches are required to pass teaching demonstrations as a component their USA Rugby certification.  Please search Seattle Seahawks, Rugby Tackling on YouTube to view a video of how this professional football team has taken a rugby technique to improve the execution and safety of their tackling. 

What About Other Sports

The Stallions have no regulations restricting players from playing other sports, in or out of the competitive rugby season.  Reasonable consistency in practice attendance is expected and we have had a number of players that have successfully played rugby and another sport in the same season.  

Our coaches, former players and their parents are nearly unanimous in the belief that there are multiple aspects of the rugby experience (teamwork, sportsmanship, conditioning, evasive running, ball-handling and open-field tackling) that have significant benefits for other team sports such as football, basketball and wrestling.

Unfortunately, not all mainstream, school sports coaches are as open minded about rugby as we would like them to be.  Some will actualy discourage their athletes from playing rugby in the Spring.  Please be aware that IHSA regulations prohibit requiring an athlete to do a certain activity as a condition of membership on a team that is not in season.

What is the Stallions Leadership Academy

The Stallions coaching staff developed the Leadership Academy for serious high school players in 2013.  It is open to any high school player and his parents who wish to attend meetings, which take place two to three times each year.  The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to provide the serious player and his family the motivation and mental/social coaching to advance the player's and Stallions' performance to the highest possible level of achievement.  Meetings have taken place with the former USA Eagles Manager, a former USA Eagles Captain and a New Zealand provincial side head coach.

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