Join The Crusade
So you're interested in playing for the Crusaders? Fantastic! We love new players no matter their experience in rugby. The best way to find out if rugby is for you is to attend a few practices. Learn the basics and meet the team. If you have questions, feel free to head over to our Rugby 101 and FAQ for more information. You can also check out these three articles for reasons why rugby could be a great decision: "5 Reasons Gay and Bisexual Men Should Play Rugby," "Are Transgender Individuals Allowed To Play Rugby?," and "Rugby Is For Every Body."
Practices and game days
In-season practices are typically held on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 12-2 p.m. in Forest Park at the field behind the tennis courts. The only reason we will cancel practice is for severe weather like lightening or dangerous roads. Make sure to check our Facebook or Twitter for up-to-date information.
As the saying goes, "Saturday is a Rugby Day" so the majority of our games will be held on Saturdays with kickoff being around 1 p.m. There are some times where we might play on Sundays or at a different time on Saturdays since we host various teams from out-of-state. Make sure to check our match schedule.
Our competitive fall season runs from approximately August to November with around 5-6 matches. Our spring season runs from March to May with a similar amount of matches. During the winter, we are in our off-season but will still get together occasionally for team workouts at a local indoor place.
Registrations and Dues
Players are required to register annually with USA Rugby. Registration expires at the end of August and must be renewed each year. The fee for USA Rugby registration helps support the national organization and includes a basic level of insurance for participants. You can find more about it here.
There is a $100 club due that can be paid either annually or per season. You can also work with our President or Treasurer to work out a payment plan. These dues help cover the cost of running the club since we are a nonprofit organization. Don't let money stop you from joining, though. We are happy to work with you because we don't want it to be the reason you don't join.