Chicago Lions Youth and Community Rugby

Chicago Lions Rugby Fall 2020 Registration Process

(1) Players must first register with Rugby Illinois/USA Rugby:

  • In the “Search by Type ” Field – Select “Youth and HS”.
  • In the “Search by Region” Field – Select “Rugby Illinois”.
  • In the “Search by Club Name” Field – Select “Chicago Lions Rugby”.
  • Make sure select the register as a “High School (G9-12) or Middle School (G5-8) or Rookie Player (Pre K – G4) NON CONTACT PLAYER” for Chicago Lions Rugby:
    • You’ll be redirected to a new website Sportlomo. You may be asked to create a membership if you have never registered with USA Rugby or you may use the email previously used to register participation – membership should not be more than $26.50.

(2) You’ll then need to register with Teamsnap: This is for the registration platform for the Lions Fall 2020 Program. The cost is $150 per player. Please note that there are scholarships and multi-member family packaging available.

(3) Participants will then need to complete the COVID Awareness Certificate:

(4) Upload the Certificate to

(5) Complete symptom checker for EVERY TRAINING SESSIONS:


Rookie Rugby (Co-ed)

Pre-K to 4th Grade / Non-contact Rugby

“K” – Pre K
Saturdays 9-10am @ Hope’s Track Field
(732 S Washtenaw Ave)

“Rookies” – Grades 1-3
Saturdays 9-10am @ Hope’s Track Field
(732 S Washtenaw Ave)

Rookie Rugby Manager 
Ahn Gallagher
anneliese [dot] gallagher [at] gmail [dot] com

Middle School Rugby (Co-ed)

Middle School Juniors 5-6th Grade / Non-contact Rugby

Middle School Seniors 7-8th Grade / Non-contact Rugby

“Middle School Jr” – Grades 4-6
Tuesdays and Thursdays
5-6pm @ Lions for Hope SC (2637 W Polk)

Middle School Manager
Andres MendozaPena
andres [dot] mendozapena [at] chicagowapitirfc [dot] com

High School Rugby

High School Girls 9-12th Grade / Non-contact Rugby

High School Boys 9-12th Grade / Non-contact Rugby

“Senior Boys” – Grades 7-12
Tuesdays and Thursdays
5-6.15pm @ Lions for Hope SC (2637 W Polk)

High School Boys Manager
Clayton Miller
clayton [dot] miller [at] chicagowapitirfc [dot] com

“Senior Girls” – Grades 7-12
Tuesdays and Thursdays
5-6.15pm @ Lions for Hope SC (2637 W Polk)

High School Girls Manager
Slater Nelson
slater [at] coachslater [dot] com

History of the Lions’ Youth and Community Rugby Program

Partnership with Chicago Hope Academy 

In 2009, Chicago Hope Academy and Chicago Lions Rugby entered into a unique, mutually-beneficial partnership in ordered to further develop the sport of rugby in Chicago. This partnership has provided the Lions with a home field and clubhouse in the inner city of Chicago, while producing financial support and developing a rugby program for Hope Academy.

Lastly, the partnership has produced a safe and substantial location to develop all levels of rugby, from youth to Division 1.

Development of Lions Community Rugby

The Lions Community program is the brainchild of Lions’ Director of Rugby, Dave Clancy, and focused on using rugby as a vehicle  for youth development and social change in the North Lawndale and East Garfield Park Community. The Lions hired Andy Rose as Director of Youth and Community Rugby in May 2018 and launch its first programs – an “Introduction to Rugby” course in North Lawndale Community Academy and Morton School of Excellence, unfortunately their festival had to be cancelled due to lightning but that was the beginning.

In 2018/2019 school year, the Lions Community program ran two after school programs as well a numerous camps and clinics with community parks and other non profit in the area – all of these programs, camps and clinics focused on introducing the sport and its ethos to the community members These programs were also provide an opportunity for healthy competition against the other programs.

Merger with Chicago Wapiti RFC

In August 2019, the Chicago Lions Rugby organization, established in 1964, joined forces to expand the Chicago Lions Youth Rugby Program to include middle school and rookie rugby. The merger is mutually beneficial and a pooling of resources will allow a complete pathway for its players focused on development and growth.

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