History


The Rockford Ravens Rugby Football Club was established in 1976 and has a fine tradition of excellence on the field and fraternity off the field. While the Raven's were a men's only team, the club has expanded and now fields youth and adult teams for both men and women. The teams operate under the governance of The Forest City Rugby Union, a 501c3 not for profit organization. 

Rockford plays in the Midwest Union and the Chicago Area Rugby Football Union (CARFU) sub union. The men's first side plays at the Division III level. The women's first side plays at the Division II level. There are U19 (high school) teams competing in girls D1 and boys D3 levels. Rockford fields an old boy's side, The Old Kishwaukeeans, which play approximately 2-3 games per year and allows players older than 35 to continue to play rugby regardless of their age at a casual but still competitive level.

Rockford's greatest strength is the camaraderie that develops from our close knit and very social club. All teams support each other. Picnics, parties, banquets, breakfasts, and support of local charitable activities, brings everybody into the social circle. Our club has a rich history and does not lose its people the day they hang up their boots.  Much like teams in the UK, our club officers are by and large not active players.  This allows the younger active players to concentrate on winning and the more mature officers to direct the club.  Social and Old Boy members are not only encouraged to help, but are needed.  This keeps older members active and gives everyone a feeling of importance - whether it's scoring a try or hanging a poster in the bar. Another strength of our club are the pitches on which we play and our facilities.  We play home games at a number of locations.  All of our fields offers excellent grass and facilities.  VASA Park has 1 field and plays host to our annual “Luck of the Draw” unique tournament, held every year on Father’s Day weekend.  Mercy Health Sportscore 2 has over 20 regulation fields, has hosted Superleague, Division 1, 2, and 3 USARFU national championships, and also has inside bar, bathrooms, and stadium facilities.  It also has four indoor fields designed in part for rugby. Those indoor fields feature 90 foot ceilings and allow the club to host winter tournaments. Blackhawk Field has 1 field and served as our main field for years and still provides an option for us when the Sportscore fields are not game ready.

As a dues and donation supported agency (all tax deductable as a 501c3) we encourage any level of membership and involvement. Likewise, players are free to play the game at a competitive level they choose. Club bylaws ensure those that practice will play.  Those that do not practice are encouraged to show up on game day and every effort is made to get them a few minutes on the field.  We welcome both experienced and new players to our club. We love to teach the game and watch someone grow to love it the same that we do. If you live within an hour’s drive of Rockford, consider adopting us as your club.  We offer immediate acceptance into one of the best clubs around.  

ROCKFORD RAVENS RUGBY
​FOOTBALL CLUB

Member of The Chicago Area Rugby Football Union

Officers

Updated June 27, 2017


Board of Directors



PresidentRich Fosterpresident@rockfordravens.com
Vice President
Will Deuerlingvicepresident@rockfordravens.com

Secretary
Nicole Lowdensecretary@rockfordravens.com

Pitchmaster
Jorge Puentepitchmaster@rockfordravens.com

Treasurer
Anthony Canciamille
treasurer@rockfordravens.com

Publicity

publicity@rockfordravens.com
Team Officers



Women's Captain

Hannah Cornelius



Men's CaptainTaylor Seitz

Men's Head CoachPaul Jentz

Women's Head CoachDave Carter

Men's Match Secretary
Taylor Seitzmatchsecretary@rockfordravens.com

Women's Match SecretaryKatelyn Jones

Men's Social Jon Walkersocial@rockfordravens.com
Women's SocialSam Symonds

U19 Chair


U14 Chair