Springdale youth rugby signups set

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

SPRINGDALE — Springdale Parks and Re­cre­ation will hold signups Mon­day and Wednes­day for a new youth rugby league.

All kids in fourth through 12th grades can sign up from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on those two days at Randall Tyson Park, 4303 Watkins Ave. in Springdale.

Teams will be or­ga­nized for 12 and younger and for play­ers be­tween ages 13 and 18, said Chris Gwin, ath­letic di­rec­tor for Parks and Re­cre­ation.

Boys and girls are in­vited to play, said Ja­son Ayers, who will or­ga­nize, coach and ref­eree youth matches. Ayers coaches the semi-pro men’s rugby club the Ar­kan­sas Gryphons, which is based in Fayet­teville.

Youth rugby is played with seven-mem­ber teams in­stead of the nor­mal 15 play­ers.

Prac­tices and games for play­ers 12 and younger will be no- con­tact and akin to flag foot­ball. Games and prac­tices for teens, which will be bro­ken up into mid­dle school and high school di­vi­sions, will be con­tact, Gwin said.

Prac­tices will be held at 6 p. m. Mon­day and Wednes­day at Randall Tyson Park through­out March. Games will be played on Satur­days through­out April, Gwin said.

Ev­ery­one who signs up must pay a one- time $ 50 sea­son fee.

“With that $50, they’ll get a jersey, (and) it will pay for their prac­tice field space and the equip­ment we need for train­ing,” Gwin said.

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