FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated 10/22/13
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 have an exemption signed by a parent or legal guardian.
How do I register (formerly known as CIPP)?
If you decide you like it and you want to participate in a USA Rugby match or tournament with the Birmingham Men's Club, you must be Registered with USA Rugby via http://usarugby.org. To do that you must either 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. To make a long story short, don't worry about the age requirement. If you want to give it a try, just show up to practice and see what you think.
Where is Krebs Field at Ramsay Park?
The words 'Krebs Field at Ramsay Park' on the Home Page are a link to a map of where the park is located.
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.
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.
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 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.
You can make a tax deductible donation to the club. Our address for checks is listed on our home 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.
See our "Sponsors / Links" page
Want more information? Click Here to view the current Birmingham Rugby Manual