2018 dues and registration

Registration this year will be handled directly on the Rugby Illinois website. In addition to the $40 registration fee that covers USA Rugby and Rugby Illinois, club dues are $125 and are payable to the Northwest Side Narwhals Rugby Club.

Please register online, but if you need assistance registering, want to register and pay your dues at the same time, or just want to meet the coaches, the Narwhals will offer in-person registration at Brooks Park from 10am to 12pm on Saturday, January 6.

March in the Edison Park St. Patrick’s Day parade

The Narwhals will be marching in the Northwest Side St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday. We will meet at 6634 Raven in front of Onahan School at 11.00 am. We will be number 46 in the parade . Coach Dylan will bring the jerseys for the kids to wear. All are invited to walk in the parade. This is a great way to promote the club and should be a fun day. We hope to see you all there.

Practice schedule through April 14

With the unexpected warm weather, the Narwhals will be moving outside for training for the remainder of the season. Here’s the lowdown:

High school

Mandatory practices:
Tuesdays from 4-6 at Taft High School with Taft Rugby.
Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 at Plunkett Park in Elmhurst

Optional practices:
Monday’ in Elmhurst from 6:30-8:00
Thursday at Taft from 4:00-6:00

Coach Dylan is happy to give rides to practice for players who need it.

Middle school

Middle schoolers will practice on Mondays and Thursdays at Caldwell Woods, located at the northeast corner of Devon and Milwaukee. Practices will run from 4:30pm-6:00pm

All players at all levels should wear boots and have both a mouthpiece and water bottle. In case of inclement weather, Coach Dylan will notify parents via e-mail, Remind, and Facebook.

First scrimmage for the high schoolers is March 19 vs. the Chicago Wapiti and West Suburban Bulls at Montini High School. Middle schoolers will scrimmage the Wapiti on March 26, also at Altgeld Park.

Indoor practice schedule

Narwhals U12 team during the 2016 season.

Practice begins this week for all three Narwhals squads. Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday night, 6:00pm-8:00pm: Frosh/soph (U17) team at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5650 N. Canfield Road, Chicago.

Thursday night, 7:00pm-9:00pm: Middle school (U12 and U14) teams at Brooks Park Field House, 7100 N. Harlem Ave., Chicago.

Saturday morning, 10:00am-11:00am: All players at Flahive Training, 6283 W. Howard St.. Niles. There’s a $7 fee for each practice, and the first session at Flahive will be on Saturday, February 4.

Remember—keep recruiting, as it’s never too late to register.

2017 registration and indoor training

The U12s rushing the kicker on a Crystal Lake conversion. (Photo: Dawn Timm)

The U12s in action during the 2016 season (Photo: Dawn Timm)

Are you ready for some rugby? After a debut season that saw the U14 team win the Rugby Illinois State Sevens Championship and the U12 finish second at the state 15s finals, the Northwest Side Narwhals are back and ready for more.

Registration will take place at Brooks Park (7100 N. Harlem Ave. in Chicago) on Saturday, January 21, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. First practice is January 26 at the Brooks Park fieldhouse from 7pm to 9pm. Indoor training will take place at Brooks Park on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 and on Saturday mornings at 10am at Flahive’s F.A.S.T. Gym located at 6283 Howard St, Niles, IL.

The Narwhals will be fielding three teams during the Rugby Illinois 15s season:

  • U12 (5th and 6th grade). Registration fee $125
  • U14 (7th and 8th grade). Registration fee $125
  • U17 (9th and 10th grade). Registration fee $225

New this year, all players will need to register separately with USA Rugby and Rugby Illinois via the Rugby Illinois website. The fee for middle school players is $35 while the fee for high school players is $45. Visit http://www.rugbyillinois.us/registration/#reg-mem for more details.

Please download, fill out, and bring the following forms to registration:

The U12 and U14 sides will play on Sundays beginning April 2, with Saturday matches scheduled April 15 and May 13.

For more information, please contact Coach Dylan Farmer at dylan@narwhalrugby.org or at (773) 983-2753 or Coach Pat Hulne at hulne@patchlandscaping.com.

It’s rugby sevens time

Rugby sevens practice will be on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00pm at Brooks Park. There are currently three tournaments scheduled: The first tournament will be the Palatine Midsummer Sevens at the Ron Gbur Sports Fields at the Tom T. Hamilton Reservoir in, you guessed it, Palatine. The Chicago Wapiti are hosting a tournament on June 18, and the state tournament will take place on July 9.

Don’t forget about the end-of-season banquet at Nonno Pino’s in Edison Park on June 26. We’ll start at 4:30pm and cost will be $20 per person.

If your player is playing with the select side, practices will be at Newton Park in Glen Ellyn from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on the following dates:

  • June 6
  • June 15
  • June 20
  • June 22

The select side teams will play Indiana’s select side on June 25 or 26 in Rockford.

Congratulations to both the U12 and U14 clubs for an amazing first season of Narwhal rugby. The U14s tied Elgin 15-15 to finish the season tied for 5th place in U14 Division 1. The U12s defeated Crystal Lake 35-0 in the semifinals only to lose in the championship game to Glen Ellyn 26-0. Will Stansic was the man of the match for the U14s while Ryan Leyden and Mason Stern were MOTM for the two U12 games.

Don’t forget about Narwhals rugby camp: June 27-July 1!

Thanks to all of the players, coaches, and parents who made our first season possible!

State finals

The U12s rushing the kicker on a Crystal Lake conversion. (Photo: Dawn Timm)

The U12s rushing the kicker on a Crystal Lake conversion. (Photo: Dawn Timm)

This past Sunday saw the final action of the regular season, with the U14s going down 29-19 to the Fox Valley Predators and the U12s deadlocked with the Crystal Lake Lions at 7-7 when the whistle for full-time sounded.

Final middle school standings

U12 Division 1          W	L	T	BONUS	PTS
 Glen Ellyn Stingers	5	0	0	5	30
 Northwest Narwhals	3	1	1	3	22
 Crystal Lake Lions	2	1	2	3	20
 Chicago Wapiti 	2	3	0	1	14
 Fox Valley Chiefs      1	3	1	2	13 
 Naperville Crusaders	0	5	0	3	 8
U14 Division 1	        W	L	T	BONUS	PTS
 Fox Valley Chiefs	4	1	0	6	27
 Glen Ellyn Stingers A	4	1	0	4	25
 Fox Valley Predators	3	2	0	3	20
 KIPP Mountain Lions	2	3	0	1	14
 Lk Forest/Elgin/Rock.	1	4	0	2	11
 Northwest Narwhals	1	4	0	0	 9

State championship schedule

The state championships are being held at Sportscore Two in Loves Park, Illinois. The U14s will play at 11:00am against the combined Lake Forest/Elgin/Rockford side, which they defeated 10-7 in week one. The U12s will match up against Crystal Lake for the second consecutive week in the Division 1 semifinal as the #2 seed with a 1:00pm kickoff. They will play again at 3:00pm, hopefully for the championship. As always, please have your players there an hour before kickoff for warmups.

There’s a bit of construction at Sportscore, which means you may need to hoof it a bit from your car to the gate. Admission charges will be $10 per adult, $5 per child under 10 years of age and $25 for a family of two adults and any number of children.

It’s been a fantastic journey from inception to state finals in just about a year. Thank you to all of the players, coaches, and parents for their support throughout the inaugural Narwhals season.

Rugby sevens

Although the regular season is coming to an end on Sunday, the Narwhals will be fielding a team in the first two rugby sevens tournaments of the year. Rugby sevens is an Olympic sport and is played on the same size pitch, but with just seven players per side. Games are 14 minutes long, with two seven-minute halves, and each team will play at least three pool games at each tournament.

The first tournament will be the Palatine Midsummer Sevens at the Ron Gbur Sports Fields at the Tom T. Hamilton Reservoir in, you guessed it, Palatine. The Chicago Wapiti are hosting a tournament on June 18; details to come.

The Narwhals will field U12 and U14 sevens teams, and practice will be held on Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 7:00pm at Brooks Park.

Don’t forget the end-of-season banquet

We will celebrate a great first year of rugby for the Narwhals on June 26 with a banquet at Nonno Pino’s in Edison Park. We’ll start at 4:30pm and cost will be $20 per person.