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Practice-Game Info

When does practice start?
    Practice will start in late May, usually the Tuesday before Memorial Day.  

What days/times are practice?
    Practices are usually held twice on weekdays, usually Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:30 until 8:30 pm, and on Saturday from 9:00 am until noon.  On weekdays, there is plenty of daylight at this time of year, so we can start late enough that parents can get home from work without having to rush.  Specific days/times will be announced by the commissioner shortly before the season starts.

When is the first game?
    The first game is normally scheduled for the last Saturday in June.

What days/times are games played?
    Games are normally played on Saturday mornings between 9 and 12.  In July, we also schedule Thursday evening games instead of practice.

How long is the season?
    The summer rugby season last from 6-8 weeks depending on when practice starts and when the last game is held. 

Who will we be playing against?
    We will be playing against other youth rugby clubs in northern Virginia.   There are about 10 youth rugby clubs in northern Virginia - MYA (McLean), VYI (Vienna/Oakton), CYA (Chantilly), SYA (Centreville, Clifton), FPYC (Fairfax), BRYC (Burke), SYC (Springfield), FHYAA (Fort Hunt/Mount Vernon), Alexandria (city), and Winchester.  None of these are very far away especially on a Saturday morning, and we can play against most of them on a Thursday evening.
    In years past, it was common to play against a few teams from Maryland, and depending on how each team does with their registrations, we may have to schedule one or two of the nearby Maryland teams (Bowie, Silver Spring, Burtonsville).

When does the season end?
    The season ends for most clubs with the Potomac Rugby Union Youth League tournament on the first weekend in August.

Since we play against other clubs, isn’t this like a travel team?
    We don’t think of it like that since we are not selecting a group of players based on ability.  Our playing other clubs is necessitated by the fact that few of us have enough players to have a completely in-house league.

Do the players play equal time in a game, or do some players play "second string"?
    The Potomac Rugby Union Youth League encourages all coaches to give as nearly equal time to all players.  Each youth club may have their own rules in this regard.  The coaching philosophy of the Positive Coaching Alliance, of which some coaches are members, also encourages equal time for all players.