Join the Seattle Quake. You can play rugby!
Are you interested in playing a fun and exciting sport with an amazing team? The Seattle Quake Rugby Football Club is always looking for new interested players of all skill levels. Twice a year we have a New Player Orientation for interested rookies but you are welcome to join the Quake at any time. If you have any questions or want to get on our email lists please email our membership chair.
So, what’s rugby all about?
Rugby is a fast paced, exciting game–if you haven’t seen a match or played before, download our Rookie Primer (300KB, Adobe Acrobat Reader required).
What should I expect?
Your New Player Orientation experience will involve plenty of ball-handling, running, kicking, and drills aimed at developing power, maneuverability, and speed. We’ll also learn about scrums and lineouts, the set pieces that are unique to rugby and that seem so odd to the uninitiated. At NPO you will not be tackled, shoved, pushed, tripped, gouged with cleats, or otherwise molested…at least not right off the bat! That comes later. 🙂
Seattle Quake weekday practices run one and a half hours, 6:30-8:00pm. Saturday practice is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Our coordinating coach determines what each particular session will entail, and you can expect a consistent routine from week to week.
What should I wear?
Most of us wear shorts regardless of the cold, but sweatpants are an acceptable option, too. Add running shoes (or if you have cleats, please bring them!) and a t-shirt or sweatshirt, depending on the temperature, and you’re ready to go! A tracksuit is also a good option, to tackling the wind. Please don’t wear anything that you wouldn’t want grass-stained or splattered with mud. Once you become a member of the team, you can build your own “kit”, including rugby boots, black rugby shorts, and a mouth guard. The club supplies players with game jerseys, and players get in on equipment orders (social jerseys, socks, t-shirts, sweatshirts/hoodies, etc.) in Quake colors and designs.
Social Aspects of Rugby
You may have noticed that we refer to our Seattle Quake Rugby team as a ‘club’. That’s because, besides being a traditional designation, it is a club, complete with all the social activity that the term implies. After every match, the opposing teams meet for a ‘drinkup’, with food, beer, songs, and laughter.
We also sponsor several non-match social events throughout each year. These include both fundraisers and informal get-togethers. Our club includes members who are players and who are supporters. Some members have never stepped onto a rugby pitch (except to cheer on their favorite team!), members who volunteer their services in a variety of ways, and people who just love the sport of rugby and want to be part of a fantastic team! No other team sport has quite the same spirit of camaraderie as rugby!
Club membership requirements and cost.
If you are coming to NPO or your first practice you don’t need to worry about fees and dues right away, not until you play your first match, but before you can be a playing member of the Quake you need to meet the requirements of a union player. A Union Player is defined as a player who will practice with the club and play in any of the Union Matches. Union Matches include all Friendly and Division Matches under PNRFU (the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union) and USA Rugby, IGRAB matches, as well as any national or international tournaments, including Bingham Cup, Magnitude 15’s, and/or Summer 7’s.
Union Players are required to:
- be current with dues payment
- be a member in good standing according to club bylaws
- have a signed waiver on file with the club
- have current health insurance
- be registered with USA Rugby through the CIPP Process
Dues for Union Players may be paid through subscription at PayPal. Club dues support the necessary operating expenses of the organization. The club pays for practice fields, match pitches, referees, practice and game equipment, as well as membership recruitment activities. To help keep the cost of dues low we also raise money through business sponsorships and multiple fundraising events throughout the year to help further cover our operating expenses. For those in financial circumstances that make paying yearly dues difficult, the Board of Directors can approve abatement of dues on a case-by-case basis. We want everyone who’s interested to join us in having a great time playing rugby!
USA Rugby Registration
In the United States, the sport of rugby union football is overseen by USARugby. To play competitively with any local rugby union (that is, in a league) you must be a member of USARugby. In addition, all members who take part in practices and games are required to show proof of health insurance coverage.
USARugby registration is not included in club dues. We separated the USA Rugby Registration fee from the dues to be able to take into consideration our members who are social rugby players and supporters. USARugby CIPP registration is completed directly through the USARugby website.