The Bard Rugby Football Club maintains a storied tradition at Bard, having been founded in 1995 followed by the women’s team beginning play in 2005. The club welcomes new and experienced players, playing 7s games in the fall and spring.
During the 2018-19 season, Bard Rugby shifted its focus from Rugby Union, which has 15 players per team, to Rugby Sevens, played with seven per side. Sevens rugby, which was reincorporated into the Olympics in 2016, is fast-paced and exciting to watch, with two action-packed 7-minute halves. Bard’s 2018-19 season was highlighted by a tournament they hosted, defeating Drew University and Manhattanville teams at Ferrari North!
Why play rugby?
– Players of all shapes, sizes and athletic backgrounds are needed.
– No experience required and no tryouts.
– Make friends and be a part of a team—Bard Women’s & Men’s Rugby.
– Receive support during and after your time at Bard from the Rugby Alumni.
– Challenge yourself physically and mentally while learning a new sport.
Bard Men’s Rugby
The Bard Men’s Rugby team plays in the Tri State Rugby Conference in a division with Drew University, Hartwick College and SUNY-Oneonta. During the spring 2019 season, Bard also played Vassar College, SUNY-New Paltz, Molloy College, and Marist College, participating in multiple tournaments in the Hudson Valley.
Bard Women’s Rugby
The Bard Women’s Rugby team plays in the Tri State Rugby Conference in a division with Drew University, Fordham University, Montclair State and Manhattanville College. During the spring 2019 season, Bard also played SUNY-New Paltz, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Marist College, participating in multiple tournaments in the Hudson Valley.
Bard hosts games and tournaments on its home field, Ferrari North, and practices on Ferrari North or the Seth Goldfine Memorial Rugby Field. There is one game/tournament per weekend during the fall and spring seasons, and practices take place from 5-7 pm on Mondays and Thursdays. There are no tryouts—everyone is welcome to join and most players have never played rugby prior to joining Bard’s team!
Monday 5 – 7 PM
Thursday 5 – 7 PM
Tuesday 5 – 7 PM
Friday 5 – 7 PM
Where: North Athletic Field or Seth Goldfine Memorial Rugby Field
Bard Rugby has an active and engaged alumni contingent and the club hosts an alumni game every spring on Commencement/Alumni Weekend. The alumni are eager to engage with the undergraduate team and provide career mentoring and networking.