FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated 5/19/14

What is the minimum age to play for Birmingham?

For info about Youth Rugby, click the link to the left labeled, "Youth Rugby."

As far as the men's club, you must be 18 or older or we can get an exemption from USA Rugby, as long as you and/or a parent or legal guardian signs some paperwork and so on and so forth.

 

How do I register with USA Rugby to be eligible to play (formerly known as CIPP)?

Feel free to come watch any practice or match with no commitment, but to be eligible to play you must be registered with USA Rugby. Click here for instructions on registering for the Birmingham Vulcans (age 18 and up). For information about registering for youth or high school Rugby, click the link to the left labeled, "Youth Rugby."

 

Where and when are practices and matches?

Our home pitch is 'Krebs Field at Ramsay Park.' Our home page includes a link to a map. Unless there is an exception noted on our calendar/schedule page or message board, all practices for the men's club will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at Krebs Field at 6:30pm. Home matches are usually at Krebs Field on Saturdays around 1 or 2PM but check the calendar/schedule for up to date info.

 

Phone List

The phone list is on the "Players Only" page. You must know the password for that one.

 

When you say that "No experience is necessary!", do you really mean that?

Yes, we really mean NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.  Of course it would be helpful if you would take a look around the internet to at least get an idea of what is going on, but you're more than welcome to come out and learn with us even if you know nothing about rugby.

 

Do I need to wear cleats?  What kind of shorts should I wear?  Will I need a mouthpiece?

Rugby is similar to to other outdoor sports played on grass in that it is much easier to move about if you're wearing cleats (NO toe cleats, this means that one lone cleat that is usually at the front of a pair of American football cleats).  It is ok to wear any type of shorts until you're sure this is the sport for you.  If you decide that it is, we can point you to any number of places where you may purchase rugby shorts.  Wearing a mouthpiece is optional.  If you care about your teeth, wear one.  If you don't, don't.

 

Dues:

Fall Season = $100 for veterans and $60 for first time players and full time students working on their high school diploma or bachelor's degree. If you have been working on your bachelor's degree for decades, that's fine, but you do not get the discount. Discounts are available if you bring out a new player who sticks around for a certain amount of time and pays dues. See an officer for details. This money is due for each season. For example, if a veteran plays Spring and Fall, he will have paid $200 in dues that year.

Spring Season = same as the fall + $25. Also there is a credit system for the fall. See the "Birmingham Rugby Manual" link below for up to date details.

Summer Season = Pay your fair share for each tournament you plan to participate in. Specifics will be discussed at practice, on the message board, etc. 

Elections:

We hold annual elections for officers. They are President, Vice President of Operations, Vice President of General Affairs, Treasurer, and Match Secretary. The current names are on our Contacts page.

 

Awards:

Awards are presented at our annual banquets and are based on a 12 month period, not just a single season. You must be current on your dues to receive an award, with the possible exception of the "Ed Krebs Rusty Hammer" (Old Boy of the Year) award. We greatly appreciate when Old Boys pay social dues or make donations as well.

 

Donations:

You can make a tax deductible donation to the club. Check and PayPal options are listed on our "Donations / Payments" page. If you have any other questions, talk to an officer. Trust me, if you are interested in donating, we will be more than happy to help you. Many of you work for companies who require or highly recommend that you deduct a certain amount of each paycheck to go to a United Way approved 501(c)(3) organization. The "Birmingham Rugby Club & Foundation" does qualify as one of those organizations. Depending on where you work, you may have to add it to the list for your company contributions. Also, keep in mind that your company might match your donations.

 

Sponsorships:

See our "Sponsors / Links" page

 

More Info:

Want more information? Click Here to view the current Birmingham Rugby Manual