Introduction – We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with Girls Rugby to bring flag-rugby, coupled with a positive core values and life skills curriculum, to girls grades 2 – 8.  The announcement below describes what the program is about, includes several links to additional information, and provides a registration link for the Fall, 2021 Girls ‘Flag’ Rugby program in Derry Township.    Pictured above, the introductory clinic was offered to 22 girls on August 1st at Palmdale Park, Hershey.

Who – Open to girls in grades 2nd-8th (1st graders permitted on a case by case basis).

What – Instructional & recreational flag-rugby, coupled with a positive core values and life skills curriculum.  All Girls Rugby activity is non-contact using flag belts to replace tackling.  Additional information about the basics of the game, as well as the leadership and values-based curriculum, follow below.

Watch a video introduction to the sport from Girls Rugby’s co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Erin Kennedy.

For a description of Girls Rugby Basics, Practices and Games and Coaches and Referees, hit the button below.

To learn more about the positive core values and life skills curriculum, please click the button below.

When & Where – Beginning September 14 – and running through October 31st there will be a full season at Palmdale Park, which includes 3 away games in Highspire.  The schedule and locations are as follows:

Practices & Game Dates

September 14th – Palmdale Park – 5:00pm – 6:00pm
September 19th – Palmdale Park – 2:00pm – 4:00pm
September 21st – Palmdale Park – 5:00pm – 6:00pm

September 26th – Highspire – 2:00 pm – 4:00pm
September 28th –  Palmdale Park – 5:00pm – 6:00pm
October 3rd –  Palmdale Park – 2:00pm – 4:00pm
October 5th –  Palmdale Park – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

October 10th – Highspire – 2:00pm – 4:00pm
October 12th –  Palmdale Park – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
October 17th – Palmdale Park – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
October 19th –  Palmdale Park – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

October 24th – Highspire – 2:00pm – 4:00pm
October 26th –  Palmdale Park – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
October 31st – Palmdale Park – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Family-Daughter Day)

Why – The data is clear, girls who participate in sports have higher self-esteem and confidence than girls who don’t. Yet, there are 4 million less girls participating in sports compared to boys in the United States.  We want to provide opportunities for more girls to get involved with sports.

How – Girls Rugby has recruited and trained an outstanding group of program coordinators, community champions, and volunteers to help them  deliver exceptional programming.  All coaches and officials are trained and certified in accord with USA Youth & High School Rugby practices and standards.  Girls Rugby will also be seeking Derry Township volunteers to to be trained and serve as coaches and officials.  If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a flag rugby coach and/or official, please click here.

Registration – You can register for the fall season below.

Derry Township Fall Program

Costs – $155

Registration deadline is September 3, 3021

Registration is $100, and each participant will need to purchase a player ‘kit’ @ $55, which includes:

         -Girls Rugby size 3 or 4 rugby ball based on age

         -two (2) jerseys, navy and white

         -one (1) pair of navy shorts

         -one (1) pair of Girls Rugby socks

DISCOUNT

for

First 20 Registrants for the Fall, 2021 Derry Township Program

JSF will cover the costs ($55) to purchase player ‘kits’ for first twenty (20) registrants.

To register for the Fall, 2021 Derry Township Program, please click the button below.

Scholarship Awards

Both Girls Rugby and JSF will make scholarship $$$ available for participants whose families are eligible for school-based free/reduced lunch programs or otherwise experiencing financial hardship.