Any 7th or 8th grade girl (as of the 2018-2019 school year) in the Hamilton School District. Any interested 6th graders at Templeton may join, but they should be aware that they are going to be playing in the 7th and 8th grade division.
The Wisconsin Tag Rugby League was created in 2010 to safely introduce rugby to kids from 1st to 8th grade. It is a co-ed non-contact league that is similar to flag football in that it replaces tackling by having kids pull Velcro “flags” off their opponent’s belt. Hamilton RFC tag players will play against teams from all over Wisconsin like Waukesha, Menomonee Falls, and Oshkosh. More information about the league’s rules can be found here.
Practices will be held on the field behind Templeton.
The four tournaments we attend will take place at different locations: Milwaukee, Fond Du Lac, Green Bay, and Wauwatosa. While participants will be asked to attend as many practices/tournaments as possible, nothing is mandatory. Coaches understand that some players may miss games/practices because of other summer vacations/camps.
Practices will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 7:45pm, starting on May 29th. There will be no practice on July 3rd. Games will be held from 9am-3pm (depending on how far the team advances at the tournament) on 6/29, 7/13, 7/20, and 7/27.
Hamilton RFC is looking to provide empowering opportunities for girls to play on a sports team with a positive culture that looks to develop the girls into strong women on the field and in their community. Playing tag rugby will help girls build the skills they need to be successful at the high school level and to earn college scholarships at the end of their high school career. They will also work directly with our high school players, helping incoming freshmen build a network of supportive friends before they officially walk through the halls as a student of Hamilton High School.
The team will be coached by Hannah Pfersch, junior, and Alex Werra, senior, with support from coaches at the high school level. Both players coached tag rugby for Menomonee Falls before Hamilton had a team, and they both have impressive rugby resumes. Pfersch is/was the team captain (2017-pres), an All-State team honoree (2018 & 2019), a WI All-Star JV player in 2018, the team’s most valuable forward (2018 & 2019), and the team’s 15s career try leader (8). Werra led the team in scoring in 2018 and 2019 and is the team’s 15s career leader in points (58).
Practices: 5/29, 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31.
Games: 6/29 Lakefront 7s,7/13 Fond Du Lac, 7/20 Green Bay, and 7/27 Wauwatosa
- If the league is co-ed, why is Hamilton RFC only offering this opportunity to girls?
- Because this is our first season and we already have a lot of interest from middle school girls, we have decided to only allow 7th and 8th grade girls to play in order to make our first season manageable. We will definitely consider adding boys and 1st-6th graders in future seasons when we are more established. In the meantime, we recommend that boys and younger players consider joining either the Waukesha or Menomonee Falls team.
- Will players take a bus to the tournaments?
- Because of the high cost of busing, we will ask that parents take their children to and from the tournaments in order to keep this opportunity affordable for kids from all backgrounds.
- How much will it cost for my daughter to play?
- The team dues are $70. Unlike other teams, we do not charge additional fees to attend tournaments, which means our dues are less than most in the area. All players will be issued a team “jersey” that will be modeled off of our high school jerseys. Players will have the option to order official team socks and shorts (the same used by our high school team and embroidered with our team logo) for $25. These are not mandatory. All checks should be made out to Hamilton RFC. Because the school’s rugby team has limited school funding and is mostly self-funded, we do not have the flexibility to offer refunds or discounts to players who miss tournaments once dues are paid.
- How are the fees spent?
- Most of the team dues go to paying the high school players who serve as the team’s coaches, providing our high school players with work experience and a chance to earn money for college. The rest goes to paying for equipment (balls and flags), tournament fees, and shirts for every player.
- Why didn’t Hamilton RFC start a middle school tackle rugby team?
- The Hamilton RFC coaching staff agrees that, for the safety of players, tackling teams should be coached by experienced adults and not high school players. At this moment, we do not have an experienced adult willing to run a team like this. If you have a son or daughter interested in middle school tackle rugby, contact Coach Holloway, and he can get you connected with a local team.
- Why are there practices after the last tournament?
- All levels of Hamilton RFC like to hold practices after the season to recap the season, celebrate the team’s success, and have a little fun.
- How is the middle school tag team affiliated with the high school team?
- The middle school program will be supported by coaches and players from the high school level, allowing players to seamlessly transfer to the high school program when they graduate from Templeton.
- How “serious” is this team?
- We are serious about developing players and making sure the kids have fun. While winning is great, it is more important to the program and the players that they get playing time and that they grow as a player within the sport. We hope that parents, other family members, and fans understand that when they come and watch our games. Our players will need all the patience and positivity they can get as they grow into the rugby stars of tomorrow!