Youth Rugby in New York State has grown exponentially in recent years. Capital District Youth Rugby (CDYR) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes rugby development, team play, and sportsmanship for high school students and had established teams in Albany, Renssealer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Kingston, and Berkshire. Along with other youth rugby programs across the state, CDYR was part of RugbyNY, a USA Rugby recognized State Based Rugby Organization (SBRO). Through this affiliation, CDYR organized spring season schedules and player development clinics, participated in NYS High School Championships, and sent players to state All-Star Competitions. CDYR also developed a "Rookie Rugby" program for children in grades 2-8. Rookie Rugby is a fun, easy to play, non-contact rugby game that is designed as an introduction to teach the basics. In 2018, the Albany Knicks took in CDYR to help build the program.
Many of the Knickerbocker senior club members are active in the youth rugby through coaching and officiating. If you are interested in becoming involved, please Rob Sliwinski.