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2016 Alameda Islanders Rugby Schedule

Game times TBD, all home matches will be held at Godfrey Park in Alameda. Away match locations will be updated the week of each match–check back for more updates.

Jan 17 10’s Tournament (tbd) Santa Rosa
Jan 23 @ South Valley (Friendly) San Jose
Jan 30 Minicamp Home

League Matches:
Feb 6 @ Santa Rosa Santa Rosa
Feb 13 Montgomery Home
Feb 20 @ De La Salle Concord
Feb 27 @ Elsie Allen Santa Rosa
March 5 Napa Home
March 12 Marin Home
March 19 Bye
March 26 Berkeley Home
April 2 Quarter finals TBD
April 9 Semi-finals TBD
April 16 Championships TBD


Thanks for checking out our schedule! There will be updates the week of matches to provide more details, such as kick-off times and locations for matches. All home matches will take place at Godfrey Park, in Alameda. All matches, except on Friday 4/1/16, are held on Saturdays.

1/16/16 Kick-off tournament–games start at 9a, Riptides’ schedule for day TBD. Location: Bartholomew Sports Park, 10150 Franklin High Rd, Elk Grove, CA 95624

1/23/16 AWAY vs. Clayton Valley
Canceled due weather/field closure–make-up game to be scheduled (date for make-up game to be determined)

1/30/16 BYE

2/6/16 Away vs. Berkeley/Marin W 40-5

2/13/16 No games—president’s day weekend

2/20/16 BYE

2/27/16 Away vs. Danville L 12-73

3/5/16 Away vs. Crusaders (Rio Linda)
Players: meet at Starbucks, South Shore Center (Alameda) at 8 am,
Kickoff at 11 am. Location: 6308 10th Street, Rio Linda, CA 95673

3/12/16 Away vs. Berkeley

3/19/16 Home vs. Mother Lode
Kickoff 2:30PM, Godfrey Park in Alameda, CA

3/26/16 Away vs. Pleasanton

4/1/16 Friday night match, Away vs. Clayton Valley

4/9/16 Playoffs

4/16/16 Championships

Girls’ first practice tonight!


Alameda Riptide has their first practice of Fall 2015 tonight, Monday 10/26/15, from 5pm-7pm.  Practice will be held in same location as the boys’ practice, at Woodstock Field in Alameda.

Both girls and boys teams will continue practicing at this location every Monday and Wednesday, 5pm-7pm, through mid-December.  Check back for more updates, hope to see you there!

Boys’ first practice tonight!


Alameda Islanders are back in action with their first practice of Fall 2015 kicking off tonight, Wednesday 10/21/15 at 5pm!  Coaches and veteran players will be there to welcome newcomers and resume developing skills in preparation for the competitive season in Spring 2016.

After tonight’s practice, training will continue every Monday and Wednesday from 5pm-7pm at Woodstock Field in Alameda, CA until mid-December.  Come join us and see why rugby is the fastest growing sport in America.

What to bring/wear to your first practice

Want to try rugby?  Great!

Not sure what to bring/wear to practice?  Keep reading…

What to Bring/Wear on the First Day:

  • Shorts: If you don’t have actual rugby shorts, any sort of athletic shorts will do. Avoid wearing shorts with buttons, zippers, large pockets, etc. Those garments can injure other players, and are easy to tear.  Athletic pants without zippers/buttons are also recommended if it’s a chilly day/evening practice.
  • Shirt and Sweatshirt: If you don’t have a jersey yet, any t-shirt that can get dirty and/or be ripped will work. It’s handy to have at least two, one light and one dark, in case the team gets broken up to scrimmage. Having two shirts is also helpful in case one shirt rips, which is a common scenario.  Bring an old sweatshirt or long-sleeve shirt too, in case the temperature changes.  During the first practice you will likely need to observe contact drills, and wait to get waivers signed before jumping in, so having some sweats to throw on and stay warm is a good idea.
  • Cleats and normal shoes: Most ruggers wear soccer cleats (baseball or football cleats often do not meet regulations for rugby due to a cleat right under top of toes that can be dangerous while playing rugby).  Show up in athletic shoes or sandals and change into your cleats once you get on the field. If you don’t have cleats, don’t let that stop you from coming to your first practice! Just wear a pair of running shoes until you can buy cleats.  Some teams do their conditioning exercises on a track (when available), so you may be expected to bring running shoes anyway.
  • Water: Drinking water during practice is crucial for being able to survive an entire practice. Bring a reusable bottle, there are usually water fountains at the field, but it’s best to bring a full bottle and refill as needed at the water fountain.
  • Mouthguard: Even if you don’t expect to be doing any physical contact drills, you should have and wear your mouthguard during every practice. You should form your mouthguard to fit your upper jaw beforehand (instructions should be on the packaging), but even an unformed mouthguard is better than nothing. Getting in the habit of wearing your mouthguard at all times is just a good idea, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.  We usually have extra to give out so you can take it home and fit it to your mouth before next practice!
  • Towel: This is the only item that can be considered optional, but is extremely handy to have if you get dirty and need to clean up a bit before heading home.

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