The local youth rugby season is about to start, and there are still scholarships available to cover registration fees, according to Paul Lynch of the American Youth Rugby Union based in Mountain View and Los Altos. The non-contact rugby league, which holds practices at Landels School, has teams for kids ranging in age from 15 to under 7 years old.
The $80 registration fee can be a stumbling block, so the group offers 20 scholarships each season, Lynch said.
"We deliberately made it the lowest cost rugby program in the Bay Area, but prior experience suggests that even this level is beyond the reach of many families," he said.
Like soccer, rugby's equipment needs are minimal, he said. Kids who sign up get a uniform and rugby ball, and are coached by former players. "They also get an opportunity to be ball runners for (the) Stanford and San Jose University rugby teams," Lynch said.
The season starts Jan. 18 and ends March 15. For information, contact Paul Lynch at 650-776-1599.