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Welcome MHC Rugby Rookies!

"Because I’ll try new things...
And you’ll try new things..."


Clearly you've realized that rugby is the coolest thing to do at Mount Holyoke College. Whether you're looking for a new way to get in shape or you want to play a competitive club sport, MHC Rugby wants you!

Our rookies bring a variety of skills and backgrounds to the club. Many participated in athletics in high school, while others have never played a sport before rugby. Either way, we will teach you everything you need to know about this beautiful, crazy game we play. To get a better idea of what will be expected of you as a playing member no matter what year you are, check out the player contract below!

Below is a collection of sites (they all open in a new window) for you to explore from the comfort of your own computer. Any questions? Feel free to contact any of the officers listed on the board page and we'd be more than happy to talk to you about rugby and the MHCRFC experience. Enjoy!

Rookie Primer (from Radcliffe)

For your reading pleasure, the lovely ladies at Radcliffe have posted their rookie primer, a short and amusing read regarding the basics of rugby. Written for the novice, enjoyed by all.

Rugby Position Guide

Even though this site makes the henious error of referring to all the players on the field as "men," this site provides an excellent interactive guide to the positions of Rugby Union (which is the version that we play).

Rugby 101 Video

An awesome Youtube movie for the visual learner!

Why Play Rugby?

An excellent essay from an MIT player


Mount Holyoke College Rugby Player Contract

Members of the MHC Rugby team are expected to attend five (5) practices a week if they want a guaranteed spot on the starting line-up for the game that week. If three (3) or more practices are attended (at least two (2) being with the head coach), the player will be eligible to be on the week’s roster. If a player attends fewer than three (3) practices or fewer than two (2) practices with the head coach, they may still be called upon under the circumstance that there are not enough eligible players to field a full side.
Acceptable reasons to miss a practice include: class, work, professor meetings, medical appointments, and meetings of other clubs. A practice missed for one of these reasons can be made up for with a two-hour workout to maintain eligibility for that week.

The MHC Rugby team asks that players follow a 12-24 hour rule with regard to alcohol consumption. This means that a player is not to ingest alcohol within twelve (12) hours prior to a rugby practice or within twenty-four (24) hours prior to a rugby game. If any player is found by a board member to be visibly drunk within these time periods, then that player’s eligibility for the week is to be revoked.

Practice Attire
All players are expected to wear rugby shorts, spandex shorts, a sports bra, a sturdy shirt, and cleats to each on-field practice. Mouth guards must be worn at all times during. The head coach has reserved the right to require the whole team to complete sprints if any one player is not properly equipped. This penalty can be adjusted at any time without notice to the players.
In the case that any player does not own rugby shorts they may speak to the equipment manager and request to borrow a pair of shorts for the season.

Game Protocol
During the week before each game the Match and Field Secretary (MFS) will send out an email requesting availability for the week’s game. If a player wishes to play in the game they must respond by Wednesday at midnight. Players responding after that time will be considered for subs or for starting positions only if more players are needed to form a complete side.
On the day of an away game players are expected to show up at the time given by the MFS (this will be sent out no later than two (2) days before the game). If a player does not arrive within fifteen (15) minutes of the expected time, the team may leave without them.
On the day of a home game players are expected to arrive at the field no later than one-and-a-half (1.5) hours before kick-off time to set up the field and begin warm-ups. Any player who shows up less than one (1) hour before kick-off time may be removed from the roster. If, for any reason, a player knows ahead of time that they will be late they must email and text their conflict to the captains.

Mount Holyoke Rugby players are expected to exemplify excellent sportsmanship at all times. This includes being respectful to other players on the team, to board members and coaches, and, especially, to players, coaches, and fans of other teams.