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Class groups are based on Japanese academic year

Shibuya International Rugby Club classes are based on Japanese academic year, so we are able to play games with local Japanese teams. 

Japanese academic year starts in April and ends in March of the following year. 

To be precise, children who were born between 2nd April and 1st April of the following year are placed in the same grade. This is also in accordance with guidelines set by the Japan Rugby Football Union.

Therefore, some continuing members will move up the class age group from April. Applicable members will be notified in March.

Class groups for 2022

ClassAge GroupsRegular Class Time
Tag Rugby ClassSuper NinjaMinimum age 4 years old, up to born before 2 April 2016.9:00-10:00 am
Ninja Born between 2 April 2015 and 1 April 2016.9:00-10:30 am
ShurikenBorn between 2 April 2014 and 1 April 2015.

Born between 2 April 2010 and 1 April 2014, but those who wish to play non-contact Tag Rugby after reaching the age for Junior Samurai.
9:00-10:30 am
Rugby ClassReds (Girls Class)Born between 2 April 2010 and 1 April 2014 (new class)9:00-10:30 am
Junior SamuraiBorn between 2 April 2012 and 1 April 2014.9:00-10:30 am
Samurai Born between 2 April 2010 and 1 April 2012.10:30-12:00 pm
ShogunBorn between 2 April 2007 and 1 April 2010.10:30-12:00 pm
ColtsBorn between 2 April 2004 and 1 April 2007.TBA
ClassPracticeProtective Equipments
Super NinjaFun exercises using rugby balls. Fun games with groups of a small number of children.Mandatory by JRFU to wear headgear.
NinjaFun exercises using rugby balls. We also introduce tag Rugby with groups of a small number of children.

Please see the rules of Tag Rugby by Japan Rugby Football Union in Japanese.
ShurikenFun exercises using rugby balls. We also introduce tag Rugby with groups of a small number of children.

Please see the rules of Tag Rugby by Japan Rugby Football Union in Japanese.
Reds (Girls Class)A new girls’ rugby class will be opened  from April 2022.

Girl players in the U9 to U12 age groups are also able to attend Junior Samurai/ Samurai class at the same time if they so wish, with different training times (no additional membership fee required).
Mandatory by JRFU to wear headgear.

Mouthguards are required by club regulation, for the preventions injuries such as tooth loss, injuries in oral cavity and around the lips, jaw fractures, and for relief of concussion.
Junior SamuraiBorn between 2nd April 2011 and 1st April 2013.
Play Mini Rugby (nine-a-side) designated by Japan Rugby Football Union.
All players should wear headgear and have a mouth guard during classes and games under JRFU regulations.
Please see the rules of Mini Rugby by Japan Rugby Football Union in Japanese.
Samurai Play Mini Rugby (nine-a-side) designated by Japan Rugby Football Union.

Please see the rules of Mini Rugby by Japan Rugby Football Union in Japanese.
ShogunPlay Junior Rugby (twelve-a-side) designated by Japan Rugby Football Union.

Please see the rules of Junior Rugby by Japan Rugby Football Union in Japanese.
Colts (U18)Play fifteen-a-side under U19 Laws of the Game.

Please see the rules for U19 provided by Japan Rugby Football Union in Japanese.

A new operation system will start in April 2022 which will be informed to each member.
Last update: 2022-06-21 (protective equipements)

Things to bring

  • Protective equipments, as per outlined above.
  • Shoes (running shoes, training shoes, rugby/football boots)
    • For Samurai and below (sho-gaku-sei), as per safety regulation by JRFU, only resin-made-studs boots are allowed. Boots with metal or replaceable studs are not allowed.
  • Drinking water
  • Team kit

See also Rugby Supplies page.

Notices for Class Day

Campus map of Showa Women’s University. Note the locations of BST Leo and South grounds, Showa PS ground, bicycle parking area, toilet, and the main gate.

Parking

There is no parking so please use the coin parking outside campus when traveling by car.

Bicycles

Your bike should be left on bicycle parking in the school. Do not park your bicycle in other locations including the street outside. Please don’t ride, once you are inside of the campus.

Cancel of Classes

If we need to cancel our classes, such as due to bad weather, we will announce it on this website, our official Facebook, Twitter, and by email as soon as possible (hopefully 2 hours before the beginning of the classes).

Rugby Boots

JRFU (Japan Rugby Football Union) Regulation for Mini-Rugby requires both players and coaches to wear rugby boots with non-metal fixed studs or blades. Metal replaceable studs are not allowed to wear for Mini Rugby for safety reasons.

Other Notices

  • Please notice that we take photos and videos of children to post on our facebook or website for promotional purposes.
  • If you have any further inquiry, please contact us at Support Desk