KYR Mission

Mission Statement: 

The Kentucky Youth Rugby Association (KYRA) is a non-profit organization recognized as the State Based Rugby Organization for Kentucky by rugby’s national governing body USA Rugby that seeks to provide an opportunity for every Kentucky child between the age of 8 and 19 to receive proper instruction, education and training so that they may participate in the life-long, positive character building sport of rugby in a safe and rewarding environment. KYRA seeks to present youth rugby programs that promote a lifetime of health, fitness, teamwork, self-discipline and respect.

Objectives:

1.) Promoting health and physical fitness for Kentucky boys and girls,
2.) Promoting teamwork and cooperation through a team sport,
3.) Promoting self-discipline and self-respect through setting and accomplishing goals,
4.) Promoting sportsmanship, respect and acceptance of teammates and opponents, the rules of the game and the structure of competitive athletics,
5.) Providing an opportunity for young people to travel regionally, nationally and internationally, to meet new people of many divergent backgrounds, to form new personal bonds and to expand their experiential horizons.

Vision:

Kentucky Youth Rugby Association is committed to fostering and sustaining the growth of Rugby programs for the youth of Kentucky.

Goals:

  • Grow high school and multi-school clubs and teams (U-19) in metropolitan Louisville to 7 by 2012,
  • Add at least 1 high school girls team in metropolitan Louisville by 2012,
  • Field a high school All Star side to play the Indianapolis, Nashville and Cincinnati All Stars in 2012,
  • Develop and grow youth level (U-10, U-12, and U-14) to four (4) school based programs in metropolitan Louisville by 2013,
  • Develop and grow youth level (U-10, U-12, and U-14) to four (4) school based programs in Lexington and greater Kentucky by 2013,
  • Add 3 high school and multi-school clubs and teams (U-19) in Lexington and greater Kentucky by 2013,
  • Hold a 12 team Kentucky state tournament for high school boys and a 4 team Kentucky state tournament for high school girls by 2014.

KYRA Letter to Parents: 

On behalf of the Kentucky Youth Rugby Association and USA Rugby, allow me to thank you for the encouragement, support and time you have invested in your sons and daughters and for your willingness to embrace the old, but locally little known, sport of rugby. Rugby began at the Rugby School in England in 1823 when an inept soccer player picked up the ball and ran with it. The incensed opponents promptly tackled him and rugby was born. Long known as ‘the ruffians game played by gentlemen’ rugby quickly developed a unique ethos as a players game where opponents were bashed on the field and welcomed as friends off it. Respect for the Law and your opponent was and is a primary tenet of the game and trash talking and intimidation is not accepted. As an intensely physical game it emphasizes fitness, correct form and tactics and knowledge of the Law. Rugby is the forerunner of league rugby (rugby with downs), American football and, by some reports, basketball.

While starting as an Anglophile sport, rugby is now played across the globe and the Rugby World Cup, just held in New Zealand, is the third most viewed sporting event in the world. In the United States, rugby is one of the fastest growing sports at the youth and high school level and is played by both men and women at most colleges and universities across the nation. A great many continue to play as adults, even on ‘old boys’ and ‘old girls’ sides well into their later years. Rugby, both nationally and internationally, is a fraternity in the best sense of the word. Identification as a ‘rugger’ earns one an immediate acceptance from other devotees around the globe.

Regionally, high school and youth rugby is growing. Greater Indianapolis boasts 25 boys and 12 girl’s sides, while Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Nashville and Knoxville support equivalent numbers of high school teams. From this a structure of playoffs, local and regional All Star teams have developed where the ultimate aspiration is selection to the U19 National Eagles and the opportunity to represent the USA against other nations.  Already our fledging Louisville program has one athlete identified to the selection pool for the National team.

Through the games you are now watching we hope to promote greater health and physical fitness, teamwork and cooperation, self-discipline and sportsmanship, respect and acceptance of teammates and opponents and to provide your children with opportunities to travel, to meet new people of divergent backgrounds, to form new personal bonds and to expand their horizons. If you have any interest to help or support KYRA, either with your time or financial contributions, please contact your team representative.

With you in rugby,

Duane Schrader
President, KYRA Board

 

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