CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–May 23, 2017. It’s time to *ruck and roll this Memorial Day weekend. In the last decade, rugby has grown immensely in Illinois and the Chicagoland Area. Rugby Illinois teams will gather Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 for the State Championship games. Games will have ten games between six tiers, Girls High School, Boys High School D1, Boys High School D2, Boys High School D3, Boys JV, and Boys Freshman-Sophomore. In addition to championship games, players will be awarded Top All State Player Awards, for outstanding playing throughout the season.
Time Stadium Field 1 Field 2
10:00 D3 Championship D3 – 3rd Place Frosh Soph Championship
NOON D2 Championship Girls 3rd Place D2 3d Place
14:00 Girls Championship JV Championship D1 3rd Place
16:00 Tier D 1 Championship
June 4th, 2017, Rugby Illinois Hosts the Middle School Championship, with U14 and U12 teams *try-ing their way to a win. There will be championship matches as well as exhibition matches, including Select Side “Illinois Tornadoes” players from the North and South All-Star game at noon.
Games for both dates will be held at Morton West High School’s, Carper Field, located on Harlem Ave. between 26th and 24th Street, Berwyn, IL 60402, at their newly renovated stadium, and playing fields. High School games will take play among three fields, middle school will use four fields. Rugby is the fastest growing sport in the United States, and Chicago has hosted three international matches at Soldier Field, the most recent with a sold out crowd, and a historical result.
Rugby is the predecessor to modern American Football. It is played with 15 people per side, games are 80 minutes long. The ball can be thrown sideways or backwards, or it can be kicked in any direction, but never passed forwards. If tackled, teammates *ruck over the down play to protect the ball, and continue play. To score a *try (worth 5 points), the player must simply place the ball on the ground with downward pressure in the in-goal area – the zone behind the goalposts, between the try line and the dead ball line. If a team scores a Try, they are awarded a place kick that allows them to convert it into an extra two points if it sails between the posts and above the crossbar. A conversion can be taken from any distance in line with the spot where the try was scored.
About Rugby Illinois:
Rugby Illinois is the governing body for Rugby Union in the state of Illinois at the high school and younger level under the national jurisdiction of USA Rugby and the global jurisdiction of World Rugby.
Rugby Illinois is organized exclusively for fostering national and international amateur rugby competition, combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency and contributing to the health of the youth of Illinois through sponsoring and conducting programs dedicated to the promotion of physical activity and fitness purposes.
Source: Rugby Illinois