Rugby is a sport to be enjoyed, where we can learn much about ourselves and others and develop qualities such as cooperation, teamwork, dedication and determination to succeed. This manual also aims to provide an association with the history of athletic endeavor at Jesuit High School as well as to the esteemed traditions of rugby worldwide
Jesuit High School expects high standards of conduct from its students, both in the classroom and on the athletic field. Jesuit Rugby players are required to adhere to the academic standards for athletic eligibility as required by the school. Players are also required to follow the code of behavior for on and off the field activities as defined by the Dean’s office.
In addition to the school’s standards, there are certain criteria which we will mention below that will help each player to promote our sport with his behavior.
Off the Field
Cheering and support by spectators must be positive. Taunting and degrading the opponents is not acceptable. Intimidating chants are inappropriate.
The cleaning of litter left after a game is necessary and all players should help with this.
You are expected to refrain from passing comments about refereeing decisions and/ or coaching decisions and respond courteously to instruction by the Jesuit High School Staff.
On the Field
The following is expected by Jesuit Players:
All to take pride in dress and presentation especially at the outset of the game.
All players fulfilling practice obligations will have an opportunity to play in games.
All members to play as a team giving support and encouragement to one another and acknowledging successes and achievements without showing off.
The acceptance of rulings by the referees without demonstration or back chat. The respectful request for clarification of rulings from the referee by the captain only.
The total absence of anger, temper, or deliberate intention to hurt or intimidate opponents.
The playing of hard, clean rugby through the last minutes of the second half.
Cheerful and gracious acceptance of victory and defeat.
Players to shake hands with opposing team members at the end of the game.
Players to form a tunnel through which the opposing team can walk off the field through.
The team captain to thank and shake hands of the referee and opposing coaches immediately after the game.
Waiver fully completed and signed by parent and returned
Team and CIPP dues paid
Physical completed and filed at Jesuit with Dr. Ron Nocetti, Athletic Director.
Rugby Gear and Details
Uniform-You must have proper rugby gear to apply rugby skills at practice and in games. Rugby gear is sturdy and designed for the grabbing and gripping that takes place in practices and games.
Boots-you will need rugby/football/soccer cleats with removable studs. Use aluminum 18 mm studs for forwards and 13 mm studs for backs. Molded cleats and tennis shoes will not work, particularly when the ground is wet. Protect the shoes from wetness with leather protectant on a regular basis. Use what cleats you have, if possible; i.e., soccer or football shoes, and if you are purchasing new shoes, the staff recommends low or mid-height for backs and flankers, and mid- or high-tops for tight five forwards. You can buy the aluminum studs and boots at Goal Kick.
Socks-official red/gold Jesuit hose for games can only be purchased through the team.
Shorts-New Zealand style black shorts with a pocket and drawstrings are the style that we use. We now put the “Jesuit Rugby” on the left leg and these can be purchased only through the team.
Jersey-for practice and games, the official team jersey is Jesuit red and gold four inch hoops with the Jesuit logo on the left chest and black number on the back. These are ordered through the team only. You may use alternate jerseys or your own team jersey for practice. T-shirts and sweatshirts are not appropriate; they tear and rarely make it through a practice.
Mouthpiece-mandatory and a spare is recommended.
Electrical tape-one inch wide, usually black, but red or gold is okay. Highly recommended for practice and games for everyone, but particularly for the front row, second row and # 8. It is used to hold the ears next to the head.
Vaseline-for games and practices, especially for scrum players to protect forehead, face and cheeks from abrasions.
Pads-Approved IRB shoulder pads and headgear is legal and recommended by the staff. These can be purchased from Goal Kick or Rugby Imports.
Spandex-DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!
Practice and games take place as scheduled-rain or shine. Be prepared at all times with nylon gear to repel water and running shoes for practice on blacktop for any bad weather days. Practice will never be cancelled due to weather.