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 has established teams in Albany, Renssealer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Kingston, and Berkshire. Along with other youth rugby programs across the state, CDYR recently became part of RugbyNY, a USA Rugby recognized State Based Rugby Organization (SBRO). Through this affiliation, CDYR organizes spring season schedules and player development clinics, participates in NYS High School Championships, and sends players to state All-Star Competitions. CDYR has also developed a "Rookie Rugby" program. For children in grades 1-8, Rookie Rugby is a fun, easy to play, non-contact rugby game that is designed as an introduction to teach the basics.
In addition, many of the Knickerbocker club members are active in youth rugby through coaching and officiating. If you are interested in becoming involved, please visit the CDYR website or contact Rob Sliwinski.