2017 MILPITAS PAL

GIRLS FLAG RUGBY

SUMMER ACADEMY

The Milpitas Police Activities League announces the birth of organized rugby in Milpitas. Milpitas PAL is currently working with USA Rugby and NorCal Rugby to create a Milpitas PAL Rugby Club for middle school and high school boys and girls. Milpitas PAL plans to field four teams this fall, a boys’ and girls’ team at each level. The teams will play other Bay Area, Sacramento Valley, and the Tri-Valley clubs. The Milpitas PAL girls’ teams are the first and only girls’ teams available in the South Bay since USA Rugby and NorCal Youth Rugby prohibited any coed play at or above the middle school level in 2016. With the increased popularity of rugby nationwide, coupled with an increased number of rugby college scholarships, Milpitas PAL hopes to bridge the gap in allowing young people in our area to play the sport. We also hope to create opportunity for players to further themselves physically, in character, and in the pursuit of higher education.
Summer Girls Flag Rugby Academy
Milpitas PAL will start its rugby program with a Girls’ Flag Rugby Summer Academy starting on June 24, 2017. The academy will consist of six two-hour Saturday morning sessions between June 24 and July 29, 2017. Middle school and high school girls will learn the basic skills and laws of the game in a non-competitive setting leading up to flag rugby scrimmages. Participants will also explore USA Rugby’s A Girl’s Guide To Life curriculum addressing confidence and self-esteem, body image, diversity and respect, bullying, leadership, and understanding identities. Registration for the academy is open through June 3, 2017. Nine members from the San Jose Seahawks Rugby Club men’s and women’s teams will assist Milpitas PAL with coaching at the academy. A registration pamphlet is available on the Milpitas Police Department website or may be requested from Officer Mark Doyle at mdoyle@ci.milpitas.ca.gov.
The Future
The tackle rugby teams for boys and girls will be formed in the fall and play a season extending until March 2018. Milpitas business anchors, including Milpitas Materials, Piercy Toyota, Preston Pipelines, Devcon Construction, Service King Collision Repair Center, Stuart Event Rentals, Snap-On Tools, and US Bank have already pledged their support and granted donations for the club. Rugby fans and businesses who would like to make a tax-deductible donation to Milpitas PAL or become an official sponsor of our league may do so by contacting Officer Mark Doyle at mdoyle@ci.milpitas.ca.gov.

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