Chicago Riot Rugby is actively seeking players for the Fall and Spring rugby seasons.  Players of all experience levels are welcome. For information on playing for the Chicago Riot, visit the page entitled Join the Riot. When you’re ready to learn about the sport of rugby, simply come to one of our practices and introduce yourself.

Why Should I Join The Chicago Riot?

Everyone’s heard of rugby, yet no one really knows anything about it. Most guys have seen commercials on Fox Sports or seen some reference to rugby in movies like Tommy Boy and more recently Invictus. Rugby is a sport about intensity, determination, and drive. Every guy playing is tired and hurting five minutes into the game, but the key is who can get up off the ground and take it to his opponent time and time again. Regardless of whether or not you think you have that sort of fight inside you the fact remains that every guy should play rugby. Sound crazy? Read on and you’ll find out why!

Reason #1
You will be in incredible physical shape. Once a lot of people quit playing competitive sports in high school or college they lose the urge to work out and therefore start to gain weight. To play rugby and survive (not even play well), you have to be in decent shape. The game itself is so much fun (along with so many other things) that you will have no problem doing what it takes to be able to physically play for years to come.

Reason #2
Anyone can play. It does not matter if you’re old or young, fat or skinny, muscle-bound or a stick figure. There are several competitive levels ranging from various youth leagues to college along with division I, II, III, and Super League for adults. The bond that forms between not only teammates, but rugby teammates can’t be compared to anything else.

Reason #3

No one on earth parties like a rugby team. After a match the home team hosts a social (party). Both teams attend and drink and eat to their heart’s content, all while socializing with the opponent as much as their teammates. Rugby teams always take it to another level when they party. Many a drinking competition will occur from boat races to beer pong to any number of chug competitions. Hilarity ensues whenever a gullible rookie tries to ‘represent’ in a ‘special’ competition (initiation). After a game you feel like you deserve this party more than anyone else does, and you will treat it accordingly.

Reason #4
There is a mystique that comes with playing rugby in this country. People hear that you play(ed) football, baseball, or basketball and they give you a polite ‘that’s nice.’ However, mention that you play rugby and people will pause, take another look at you, and say “ooh, I hear that’s tough.” Immediately they look at you in a different light. They know enough about the game to understand that it takes a special kind of person to play not to mention the partying.

So basically if you want a great reason to get in shape or stay in shape, want to party so hard that rock stars will be jealous, and have people look at you like the badass that you are then give the game of rugby a try.