Welcome to Our Rugby Family
We are excited that you are learning more about our rugby program and hope to welcome you soon to the Carmel Youth Rugby family.
Affiliated with the Carmel Dads Club, Rugby Indiana and USA Rugby, we provide opportunities for boys and girls in grades 2-8 to play flag and tackle rugby in a fun environment focused on safety, skill development, teamwork and participation, directed by experienced and USA Rugby certified coaches.
Many people in the United States aren't overly familiar with rugby, but it's the fastest growing team sport in the country, played by 9.1 million people worldwide in 2017, including 2.4 million women and girls. During a time when some youth sports are declining, our program grew by 38% in 2018.
Rugby also rejoined the Olympics in 2016 in Rio with both a men's and women's 7’s tournament. And, in 2018, the United States hosted the Rugby 7’s World Cup for the first time, where more than 100,000 fans packed into AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Rugby is a unique sport because it allows the PLAYERS to make real-time decisions. The game of rugby includes preparation, training and coaching, but the non-stop action puts the strategy and game into the players hands. No other sport is quite like rugby – combining skills from football, soccer, track, basketball and wrestling all in one!
All players can pass, catch, kick and score and all play both defense and offense at any given time during a game. There is a position on the field for everyone who wants to play – short or tall, big or small, boys and girls. Our flag and 5/6 grade coed tackle teams led the Indianapolis area in girls participation in 2018 and, for 2019, we are on track to field a 7/8 grade girls tackle team for the first time in several years.
Above all, rugby is a social sport with strong values that cultivate camaraderie and competition while also demanding respect and good sportsmanship. Our club’s mantra, #FIRSTonthepitch, is a constant reminder to focus on Friendship, Integrity, Responsibility, Sportsmanship and Teamwork.
CDC Youth Rugby Commissioner & father of three ruggers