Johnson City Rugby

Johnson City Rugby Academy is hosting FREE Flag Camps for boys and girls ages 10-13. 
First camp is September 11. Click here to sign your kid up!

Johnson City Rugby Academy

Our Rugby Academy is a youth rugby program in the Tri-Cities that focuses on the development of rugby fundamentals. These are skills that also translate to other sports including footwork, visual awareness, catching /passing and safety – as well as teamwork, communication, and responsibility!

Our non-contact rugby camps are a great, safe option to introduce kids to a new sport that promotes teamwork, health, fitness and fun!

  • Non-contact and safe (we use flags)
  • Simple rules and easy to learn
  • Co-ed for boys and girls ages 8-11
  • Kids enjoy learning a new sport
  • Fun games and drills to keep kids active
  • It’s fun and healthy for kids!

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Free Middle School Camp

A co-ed camp for kids in ages 10 – 13.

Free fall camps - sign up today!

About Our Academy

Our Academy was founded in 2022. It’s goal was to provide youth an outlet through the sport of rugby. We have held single day camps which has hosted over 100 young individuals in our first year, which shows that there is an interest in rugby in the greater Johnson City, TN area. We are excited about our U12U14, and High School Programs!

Our club is made up of a diverse group of players and coaches who are passionate about the sport of rugby. Our program is catered towards players of all skill levels, from beginners to experienced veterans. Our coaching staff is experienced, with over 20 years of coaching knowledge. They work tirelessly to help our players improve their skills and reach their full potential, on and off the field.

We place a strong emphasis on Community, Camaraderie, and Teamwork. We are actively involved in the community through volunteering for events hosted by the city.

If you are interested in learning more about our team, please feel free to get in touch with us directly. We are always happy to hear from potential players, sponsors, and supporters, and look forward to sharing our love of rugby with you.

We expect players to attend as many practices and games as available. Players should respect all members of our organization. They should also communicate with coaching staff to ensure all needs are met.

Practice Equipment: athletic clothing. Mouthguard and cleats are recommended.

Game Equipment: We provide jerseys and shorts on match day. Bring yourself, cleats, and a mouthguard. We provide flags for age appropriate games.

Coaching Staff

At Johnson City Rugby, our success lies in the hands of our dedicated and experienced coaches. With a deep-rooted love for the sport and a commitment to fostering growth, they are the backbone of our team. Allow us to introduce the remarkable individuals who guide, inspire, and mentor our players at every step of their rugby journey.

Ryan Owens

Academy Coach

Certifications: USA Rugby Level 200, Rugby Safety, World Rugby Level 1 Referee, Rugby Ready, Concussion Management. Experience: Played since 2016, Coached since 2021.

How to Join

We have made becoming a member extremely easy. Our dues cover only the essentials to ensure there is plenty of training, games, and fun! If you’re unsure, just come to a practice and try us out!


No person shall be denied membership due to color, creed, physical ability, race, religion, or sex. Membership is awarded to individuals who are active, dues paying members.


Dues help us pay for the cost of a season. Each season we must rent practice space and account for game day expenses: field rental, referee, training staff, and post match social. When determining this cost, we want to keep it as affordable as possible. Our goal is to be able to afford the above expenses with the cost of dues.

Our Academy Dues are still in discussion (Apr 2023). Our goal is to provide an age appropriate cost that rivals many other youth sports in our area!

We do not want cost to be a factor for anyone. Ask about our financial services.