Welcome to Rugby Michigan, an organization committed to developing youth and high school rugby in the state of Michigan. Also known as Michigan Youth Rugby Association (MYRA), Rugby Michigan is an emerging State Based Rugby Organization (SBRO) under USA Rugby, the national governing body for rugby in America. SBRO is the umbrella organization that will help develop youth and high school rugby in Michigan. For more information, check out USA Rugby’s SBRO 101 document.
High School Rugby
High School Rugby is played in the Spring, usually beginning in early April, and culminate in the State Championships at the end of May. There are both boys and girls high school rugby teams. Some teams are single school high school teams, and others are U-19 clubs where players from multiple schools form a single rugby team, such as Washtenaw Boys Rugby Football Club or Livingston County Girls Rugby Club.
There are 31 boys high school rugby teams in Michigan. The boys high school competition is divided into two leagues, the East and West. Both leagues are split into three divisions: I, II, and III. Rugby has become so popular at some schools that several clubs can field multiple sides, such as the West Ottawa and Grandville boys clubs that have an A, B, and C side competing in Division I, II, and III, respectively.
There are 9 girls high school rugby teams in Michigan. The teams play against each other during the league season, each team plays 6 matches during the regular season. This means some teams might not play each other until the State Playoffs. Girls rugby is growing in Michigan, every year there seems to be interest in developing new teams around the state.
Rookie Rugby (Youth)