Girls’ Rugby Clinic Set for Aug. 3

Courtesy Paul Rudman, &nbsp&nbap Above, members of college rugby teams compete at a very high level. Locals can learn the sport of rugby at a clinic hosted by the Alameda Riptide Aug. 3.

Girls’ Rugby Clinic Set for Aug. 3

An Alameda-based rugby team will be holding a girls’ rugby clinic Saturday, Aug. 3, at Rittler Park.

Alameda Riptide, an under-19 girls’ rugby club, will present the free clinic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The clinic is open to all girls who will be entering grades nine to 12 this fall. The clinic will introduce participants to basic rugby skills. No experience is necessary to attend the clinic. Participants will learn rudimentary rugby skills such as ball handling, tackling, rucking and team ethos.

“Because rugby is a relatively new sport in the U.S., we have a culture that embraces newcomers,” Co-coach Cassie Castrejon explained. “Every team any of us has ever played on always welcomes new players every season. It’s just part of rugby.”

Rugby, one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, offers unique opportunities for girls to be assertive and aggressive in a healthy manner. “With 15 players on each side,” said Co-coach Laura Renner, “there is a position for every body type.”

Alameda Riptide is a part of Rugby NorCal, one of the largest youth leagues in the United States. Practices start in November while the season runs from mid-January through early April. Players can also participate in summer tournaments and camps.

Lunch will be provided. Rittler Park is located at 1400 Otis Dr. RSVP at To learn more about the club, visit