About The Team

The Washington Scandals Rugby Football Club was originally founded in the spring of 2013 to foster community and athleticism for gay men in the DC metropolitan area. The organization currently works to promote diversity and an inclusive environment for all athletes regardless of sexual orientation, race, age, religion, or fitness level through learning and playing the dynamic sport of rugby.

The Scandals are a team and a family both on and off the pitch. We are dedicated to succeeding and growing as a team and as individuals. Additionally, we strive to cultivate brotherhood amongst athletes of all different sexual orientations.

Rugby is a game for everyone, regardless of size or athletic ability. It’s also an incredible growing experience, an outlet, and a fun time for everyone involved! Come check us out – learn a new sport, get in shape, make friends, and create memories you’ll never forget.


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Match Schedule

The Spring 2017 match schedule is as follows:

  • MAR 25 - AWAY v. Baltimore Flamingos
  • APR 1 - HOME v. Columbus Kodiaks
  • APR 15 - AWAY Charleston Round Robin (Charleston Blockade & Baltimore Flamingos)
  • APR 22 - HOME v. Columbus Coyotes
  • MAY 6 - HOME v. Pax River
  • MAY 19-20 - AWAY Colonial Cup in Philadelphia, PA

All HOME matches start at 2 PM at Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center - 2450 Lyttonsville Rd, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.


Practice Info

Practice is held on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:45pm to 9:00pm at King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N St SW Washington, DC 20024). Please check our social media posts for any changes.

The sport of rugby is played with hardly any equipment making it very accessible to new players. However, we strongly encourage both new and experienced players to bring a few items to practice:

  • Rugby Ball: We will have used balls at practice for new players, but new rugby balls can be purchased for $10.
  • Cleats: Rugby boots, soccer cleats, and in many cases football cleats can be worn.
  • Clothing: Weather appropriate clothing suitable for physical activity and strong physical contact; rugby shorts encouraged.
  • Mouthguard: A strapless mouthguard. Top half only.
  • Water/Food: Hydrate leading up to and following each practice; bring protein bars or shakes for post practice nutrition.
  • Towel/Trash Bag: Rugby is played in adverse weather conditions, so these are good to have when it's wet.
  • Athletic Tape/Brace: In case you've had a past injury; braces must be soft and cannot have hard plastic or metal.
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