Get off the Bench and Get in the GAME!
Welcome to WestHartfordRugby.com home of the Black Hearts U-19 rugby club. The club is open to high school boys ages 14 to 19. No experience is necessary. We play other high schools from around the state in a season that begins in early March and culminates with the CT High School Rugby Championship in June.
We encourage anyone who might be interested to come to a practice or game to check it out without any obligation.
Our mission is to provide high school youth of West Hartford with the opportunity to:
• Develop an understanding of the game of rugby through active participation
• Develop the skills to continue play beyond the high school age level
• Develop life skills such as: teamwork, leadership and accountability
• Learn and compete in a safe and fun environment
The club is run by trained coaches who receive certification through USA Rugby. Practices are normally held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:45pm at Sterling Field, located on Flatbush Avenue in West Hartford.
Earlier in the season we will practice at different times
subject to the availability of gym space and turf fields in town. Games are typically played on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Certified Referees and Trainers monitor all games.
Running shoes, cleats, mouthpiece, water
Running shoes, cleats, mouthpiece, water
Come cheer us on at our home field. Stay after the game for our victory celebration!
Our fans are a real part of our team. Send us a message to cheer us on, or ask us a question about our training. We look forward to hearing from you, and we will get back to you soon.
Sterling Field, West Hartford, Connecticut 06110, United States
This list of items must be completed prior to the first practice:
For New Players select Join USA Rugby and follow instructions
For Returning Players select Login - have your username and password ready
The following equipment is required, please bring these items to each practice:
We look forward to seeing you on the pitch!
The West Hartford Black Hearts Rugby Club was formed in the fall of 2010. A presentation was made to the Town of West Hartford All Sports Council, planting the seed to form a U-19 youth rugby team. A follow-up presentation resulted in an unanimous vote to include rugby for West Hartford’s youth.
In the Spring of 2011 two parent/player informational meetings were held to promote interest in the club. Despite the fact that fields were not yet available nine prospective players showed up to the first ever Black Hearts practice.
After a few false starts due to inclement weather, rain and snow, in April 2011 the team was able to practice on the pitch for the first time.
The focus of those early practice sessions was to learn the fundamentals of rugby with a goal of playing a regular high school spring rugby schedule. In June 2011, the Black Hearts played their inaugural match against Simsbury.
During the Spring of 2012 the Black Hearts accomplished their goal, playing a regular high school rugby schedule, finishing the season with a record of 3-3-1. On May 27, 2012 the Black Hearts competed, for the first time, in the Connecticut State High School rugby tournament, held at the Surf Club in Madison, CT.
Further club history was made on June 5, 2012 when the Black Hearts hosted Simsbury B in their first ever home match. Over 150 spectators showed up to see both teams leave it all on the pitch, as the Black Hearts scored a hard fought 39 to 17 victory.
For more information about rugby or to learn some of the basics of the game, please visit the following links:
Interested in Black Hearts team merchandise or other rugby equipment:
Ages 6 - 13 Boys and Girls Flag Rugby
Connecticut’s Premier over 35’s Rugby Club
Hartford Connecticut Men’s Club
Hartford Connecticut Women's Club
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