Rugby 2021 season - No club fees - Free ball for new players - Free kit for 2020 players

Practices have now started which gives players the chance to work on fitness, mental attitude, and rugby skills. New players are very much welcome. Please turn up to the next training session (details on the home page) for your age group in outdoor fitness gear to find out more.

Coaches have been working hard on making it safe to return to play with a plan to ensure practice meets COVID-19 protocols. This includes wearing masks at all times, temperature checks when players arrive at the beginning of practice, and sanitiser for hands at breaks. It will be important that parents and players read and understand these requirements carefully before starting practice as well as follow them during practice. Please read the Lions COVID-19 protocol, then sign both the COVID-19 release and the USA Rugby release online before your first practice. Sorry but no player will be allowed to practice without these signed forms.

The last part of registration is to register at USA Rugby.

New Registration for 2021

Registration is a little different this year. You will need to register with USA Rugby using a new tool called SportLomo.

A $25 USA Rugby fee is payable now. This is the only fee necessary as for the 2021 season club fees are free

You will need to sign up for a new SportLomo account in order to register with USA Rugby. You can find a short video here on how to register.

Select the Eastside Lions club when prompted.

Register as a “High School Player (Training)” or “Youth Player (Training)”.

Your coach will also invite you to Teamsnap where you can find practice details. 

No club fees - Free ball for new players - Free kit for returning 2020 players

We understand many families are struggling and Eastside Lions Youth Rugby board is in a unique position this year to remove all club dues. The minimum is for all players to be registered with USA Rugby ($20 for U10-U8 and $25 for others) . In past years the normal club fee would be between $190 and $440 per player + USA Rugby membership.

In addition this year the club will provide:

All new players with a free ball: for each of the players to train at home.

New players kit at cost: New players who want training kit will be able to order it on our new online store at cost. You can find the link here.

Free kit for those who registered last year: the club will be providing free kit as this is covered by your dues paid from last year. Anybody needing kit please go in and submit sizes within Teamsnap (if you go under your player’s profile and hit “Edit” button and scroll down you will see the fields for entering details for sizes for Shirt/Shorts/Socks). You can use the size guides on our online store (see link above). Any questions or problems accessing, please drop an email to

Our goal is to get kids outside, active and playing rugby in whatever form it takes this year and strive to navigate or remove any barriers to attain that goal.

The Club Shop

We have both off field and on field kit available for all youth sides and club supporters. This includes casual wear, sportswear and team kit for youth and high school players. Parents can also show their support with a range of off field clothing. Their is no financial reward for the club however visibility of The Lion's is important to generate awareness and demonstrate our community.  The Club Shop is managed by World Rugby Shop.

Eastside Lions hoodie
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Youth kit 2021

New to Rugby? Try it for free. 

If you have not played rugby previously that is absolutely fine. We welcome everyone and our coaches will bring you up to a standard where you feel confident. Simply turn up to a training sessions to give rugby a try for free. See the schedules on the home page for times and locations.  If you are not quite sure if rugby is for you then attend one of our trainings for free to find out more. You can find out more information lower down the page.

If this is your first time then just come dressed ready to run around outdoors. Our practice sessions involve plenty of running so having an outer layer initially that can be removed for after warm up. Secondly if you have cleats (see below) then please bring otherwise initially just use sneakers. If you find you want to continue then you will need to invest in a pair of cleats.

Mouth Guard: A mouth guard will be required for any contact drills and we encourage all ages to bring and wear a mouth guard through the entire practice. This is most important at the younger ages as inadvertent collisions can occur and we want the kids to get used to wearing a mouth guard. Mouth guards must not extend outside of  the mouth (blinky style is not allowed and any strap must be cut or removed).

Cleats: Cleats must not have a single toe cleat common to football cleats, no baseball cleats, molded rubber soccer style cleats are the best as a start.

Dress for the weather: No hoods, however beanies can be worn.  Younger kids can wear football receiver style gloves. Dress for the weather in layers, as we get into the colder months undergarments that cover the legs are allowed in practice.

Eastside Lions kit: If you are entirely new to the club but have decided you want to play this season you will be able to buy a kit that includes shirt, shorts, and socks. A rugby ball is provided free.

Bring a COVID-19 mask and a sports bottle for water.


Parents please sign the following:

Financial Assistance

We never turn away a young person who wants to play rugby. We  welcome all and support those in need  of assistance. We are both flexible and confidential in working with any individual or family.

The club needs your help

This year more than ever the club will need help from parents to get the kids out practicing. For each team we will require covid checks (temp checks on arrival, sanitizing equipment etc) each week. For those able to help, please sign up using the button below.

What does each team need help with?

Player Recruitment
Field set up
Post Match break down and clean up
Feed coordinator
Cook/BBQ for feeds
Team parent
Team parent coordinator (system wide)
Kit wash
The club would welcome volunteers which would count to volunteer hours:

Auction Committee
Player Recruitment
Player kit fitting
End of season BBQ
Coordinate hosts homes for visiting national tour team
Volunteer Coordinator
Social media
Parent 101 committee
Community out-reach
Certified medical trainer
Matching - Eastside Lions Youth Rugby is registered with company matching schemes in the region. Please do match your volunteer hours as our club relies on matching funds to support the mission and vision of the club.