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Firebirds Youth Rugby

2017-2018 season:

Boys and Girls tackle rugby for High School, U16, U14

Co-ed tackle rugby for U12, U10

Co-ed TOUCH rugby for U16, U14, U12, U10, U8



Latest News (8/20/17):  Upcoming Events


Touch Social & Potluck with Mens Club - Sunday August 27

When:  Sunday, August 27th
Where: Salvation Army Kroc Center
            1375 E Broadway Rd Phoenix, AZ 85040

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Event Schedule: 
9:00-10:00am -  Free youth touch clinic to community  (see flyer above for info and spread the word!)
10:00-11:00am - Men's/High School/Alumni Touch Game on Main Field, Youth touch on small field.
11:00-noon - Potluck BBQ  (click here for signup genius link)

After we hold a youth touch clinic the men's, high school and alumni team will play a touch game on the main football field and the Youth will play touch on the small field. We will have a potluck following the game.  


Referee Certification Course - Sunday Sept 3

Interested in becoming a referee?  And for the HS kids, interested in earning some money refereeing youth rugby matches?   Then attend the Level 1 Referee Course, run by USA Rugby (local educator is Coach Rob).  Email Coach Rob for more info if you're interested.
<Click here for more info and to sign up>


Firebirds Pre-season Meeting - Sunday Sept 10

For all the coaches, volunteers, potential volunteers and interested parents.  We'll have a chat to go over our plans for the upcoming season.  Hosted at Coach Rob's house, starting at 2pm.


31st Annual Phoenix Rugby Golf Tournament - Saturday Sept 16

The golf tournament is the Club's big fundraiser for the year.  It is always a fun time and a great chance to socialize with other members of the Mens Club as well as the Firebirds.  We're looking for hole sponsors so contact Coach Rob if you know of a potential sponsor.  This year we are supporting St Vincent De Paul so bring canned food or clothing to the course for our SVDP dropoff.

<Click here for more golf info and to sign up>


Looking ahead to the 2017-2018 season

All age-grades and both touch and tackle players all practice together at the same time. The plan to kick off next season is:

  • Wed Oct 4:  Free Rookie Intro/Skills camp - all are welcome
  • Wed Oct 11:  Free Rookie Intro/Skills camp - all are welcome
  • Sunday Oct 15:  Registration & Uniform Pickup afternoon (Coach Rob's house)
  • Mon Oct 16:  Start regular practice Mondays and Wednesdays for all age grades.  Youth practice 6-7.30pm, HS/U16 practice 6-8pm.

Scroll down for the full season calendar highlights.


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2017-2018 Season Calendar


Fall 7s Season for Youth and HS Boys & HS Girls

  • Fall 7s season:  Nov 4, Nov 11, Nov 18.
    • Nov 4 and Nov 18 - Saturday evenings at Benedict Park.
    • Nov 11 – Saturday daytime at Kino Sports Complex, Tucson, with Pac7s tournament.
  • Dec 3: Arizona Rugby Festival (run by ARU + RAZ) 7s Tournament.  7s Brackets for HS, U16, U14 and trophies awarded.  7s matches for U8, U10, U12 in tackle & touch.


Spring 7s Season for Youth & HS Girls (7 weeks total)

  • Jan 13 – Feb 24: League Season
    • 5 weeks of home and away
    • Semi Finals on Feb 17
    • Finals on Feb 24


Spring 15s Season for HS & U16 Boys (15 calendar weeks total)

  • Jan 13: Mixed scrimmage in Phoenix at WSC
  • Jan 20 – April 21: League season.
    • 8 matches over 10 weeks of home and away (Jan 20-Apr 7).
    • Mar 3 - bye for Las Vegas 7s
    • Mar 31 – bye for Easter weekend
    • Semi Finals on April 14 for HS and U16.
    • HS Finals on April 21
  • April 28:  North vs South All-Stars match
    • Rotating up to Phoenix (hosted by ASU or GCU, tbd)


Bobcats All-Stars Program Highlights

  • EIRA Camp in Phoenix:  Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 19, Dec 10.   $120 participation cost.
  • Bobcats Winter Camp in Phoenix:  Dec 9, Dec 16.
  • 7s:  Las Vegas LVI = March 1-3, 2018
  • 7s:  Albuquerque Celtic – late May
  • 15s: Denver RCT - mid June
  • 7s:  Potentially California State Games, NAI 7s (Utah) or Victoria 7s (B.C. Canada) over July-Aug


Education/Certification Dates

  • Level 1 Referee Clinics - Sept 3 at ASU; Oct 6 at Flagstaff.
  • Level 200 Coaching Clinic – Nov/Dec TBD
  • Level 300 Coaching Clinic potentially in Jan/Feb.
  • Strength & Conditioning Course – Oct 1 in Phoenix


In order to grow our numbers to fill out these teams we need help from all current players to bring their friends out to give rugby a try!

Come and join a practice and see what rugby is all about!  It is free to come to a practice and check it out.

Also, we are a co-ed squad so bring out the girls as well as the boys!  Girls rugby is also a fast growing sport (check it out at the Olympics!) and the Firebirds encourage girls to come out and give rugby a try.  

REMEMBER:  It is never too late to get started with rugby.  If you have kids that are interested and want to give it a shot, bring them out to practice and we'll get them involved!

Practice Location & Schedule

Location:  Biltmore Preparatory Academy.  4601 N. 34th Street, Phoenix AZ 85018.

Practice is on Mondays and Wednesdays during the season.

6:00 pm to 7.30 pm for Youth and 6.00 pm to 8:00 pm for High School & U16.

General practice reminder:  always have your mouthguard and be dressed appropriately for running and tackling!  If you can't make it, please advise your coach.

Phoenix Rugby Club Sponsors

These fine organizations make what we do possible. Please show your support to these amazing sponsors and thank them for their commitment to our organization. 

Sponsored by The Attic Ale House

The Attic Ale House

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The Attic Ale House:  Craft beer + divine dining + Camelback view.

42nd St & Indian School Rd.

Proud sponsors of the Firebirds Youth Club.

Sponsored by Arcadia Tavern

Arcadia Tavern

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Great food and drinks in a relaxed neighborhood setting.

48th St & Indian School Rd.

Proud sponsors of the Mens Club.

Sponsored by Moto Sushi

Moto Sushi

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Moto  Sushi:  Sushi + Spirits + Sustenance.  Pan-Asian inspired cuisine.

16th St & Glendale Ave.

Proud sponsors of the Firebirds Youth Club.