The Chillicothe Maulers are a co-ed middle school rugby team for students in grades 5-8.
Middle school rugby is very popular in the Chicago area and is spreading to central Illinois. There are two divisions, grades 5-6 ("Juniors") and grades 7-8 ("Seniors"), with age-appropriate rules variations that increase in complexity at each level below high school.
Middle school rugby is played at central festival locations, typically on Sundays in the Chicago area, although 2-3 times each year matches will be in Chillicothe on a weekend.
Boys and girls compete on the same teams, and there is also an open match every week for girls to play in a girls-only match with players from multiple teams combining to form sides each week. Girls-only teams are starting to form, and we would love to be one of those pioneers. Teams with fewer than 15 players combine on match days to compete so that everyone gets a chance to play.
The competitive season is in April and May, with the state championships on the Sunday following Memorial Day weekend.