ILLIANA MISFITS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB PROVIDING NORTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTH CHICAGO WITH THE GREAT SPORT OF RUGBY SINCE 2003
The goal of the Illiana Misfits Rugby Club is to grow the sport of rugby in Northwest Indiana (NWI) and the South Suburban Chicago area. Founded in 2003 by a bunch of gung-ho Marines, as a Division 3 USA Rugby Club, the team was formed to create a competitive, social atmosphere for both experienced ruggers and those who have never played before. Our home field is located at Riverside Park in Hammond, Indiana.
New players are always welcome, and no prior rugby experience is required! We have both men's and women's clubs for ages 17+, and many of our players come from other athletic backgrounds, such as football, soccer, and wrestling, and we introduce them to the great sport of rugby.
Winter Training will begin Sunday, January 11th from 10am - Noon at Dyer Indoor Soccer Arena (14914 101st Ave, Dyer, IN 46311). It will continue for 10 weeks every Sunday from there after, except for January 18th (day after the banquet). When the weather is decent enough, we will move practice back to our pitch at Riverside Park Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm. All are welcome, no matter your experience level! Winter sessions will focus first on fitness and basic rugby play, and then advance from there, so it's the perfect time to get started.
There will be a $5 fee to attend the 2-hour winter training sessions to partially offset the facility cost. However, your first practice is free!
For more information, contact Matthew Tyrrell at (716) 799-3077, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the "Contact Us" form below.
This season we are starting up a women's rugby team in the region! If you are interested, we are in the process of recruiting female players. Come on out to winter indoor practices and be a part of building the only women's club in NWI! Contact Jaime Walker at 219-776-1019 for more information or use the "Contact Us" form below.
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"In our country, true teams rarely exist... social barriers and personal ambitions have reduced athletes to dissolute cliques or individuals thrown together for mutual profit... Yet these rugby players with their muddied, cracked bodies, are struggling to hold onto a sense of humanity that we in America have lost and are unlikely to regain. The game may only be to move a ball forward on a dirt field, but the task can be accomplished with an unshackled joy and its memories will be a permanent delight. The men who play on that rugby field are more alive than too many of us will ever be. The foolish emptiness we think we perceive in their existence is only our own." --Victor Cahn