Why Join Eastside Lions?

Why Rugby and Why Eastside Lions?

In case you have not heard of rugby: It is the fastest growing sport in the USA, and Eastside Lions is the home of youth rugby on Seattle Eastside.

Rugby is played throughout the world by men, women, boys and girls. There are over 6.6 million players across 120 countries participating in rugby on a regular basis. Even Pete Carroll of the Seahawks trains defensive tackling based on rugby fundamentals – watch it for yourself here.


A game of character

Players are attracted to Rugby because of its unique character-building values. Our sport is built upon the principles of camaraderie, fair play, respect and teamwork. Every player knows these principles are more important than winning or losing. From the earliest steps in our sport, players are taught the basics of playing fair, enjoying the game and respecting the officials and opponents alike. It's also the only sport in the world were all body types and skills are required to make a truly successful team.

Rugby is a game where passion, courage and above all - teamwork - will deliver a victory against the odds. Sounds a lot like life? Exactly!



Our Mission at Eastside Lions

Thats why our mission at the Eastside Lions Rugby Club is to mentor and develop character, sportsmanship and teamwork in young athletes through the wonderful game of rugby, and to help them become healthy, responsible young leaders.

Our coaches are all volunteers and are USA Rugby Certified. Many hail from some of the most respected rugby-playing nations across the world where they played and coached rugby at all levels. We take our mission seriously, and so you'll see our coaches spend many long hours on a dark rainy night passionately imparting their knowledge to unlock the potential in each and every boy or girl.

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Regardless of prior experience, players will learn the fundamentals of passing, catching, running, kicking, and tackling. The fundamentals of rugby are terrific supplements to other sports and to the development of a players physical abilities.


The physical demands of rugby are a great addition to any athlete looking to advance their overall athleticism. Running, tackling, evading, kicking, passing, and catching are the essential motor skills rugby players strive to develop.


The Eastside Lions Family prides itself on the level of fun players have on the pitch. Unique games, drills, and activities keep players working hard in a fun environment while building team camaraderie. Off-the-field team-building events are an integral part of our program. The post-game social get-together with opposing teams is core component of how we develop sportsmanship in our players, and it's why rugby is known as "A "Gentleman's Game".

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