On 22 November 2014, Great Falls Rugby hosted its first Annual Medstar National Rehab Hospital tournament in Great Falls village.

This project was hastily put together by coach Gary Coetzee in an effort to honor the wonderful people at NRH and the hard work they perform to improve the quality of the lives of their patients. Gary himself is a patient at NRH following a neck injury and is able to walk again after being quadriplegic. Much of the credit goes to the therapists.

The tournament is used to raise awareness of the programs at NRH and benefits the Medstar Adaptive Sports Programs. More info can be found here: www.medstarnrh.org/our-services/adaptive-sports-fitness/

Tournament 2019: MedStar Benefit Tournament (7-a-side)

This year Old Glory Rugby will be onsite and will have live ticket sales as well as 20% vouchers off of Old Glory gear for everyone that comes to the booth.

Level of play: TAG, Youth Boys, Middle School Boys, and High School Boys (JV&V). If there is interest and field space/time, we can consider girls.
Date: Sunday 17 November 2019
Time: TBC (approx. 8:30/9:00-4:00pm)
Location: Great Falls (Main field and initial meeting place: behind library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA 22066
Cost: $200/team TACKLE and $100/team TAG (discount for multiple teams)
Directions, map, Emergency Plan: HERE (Tag @ Village Field, Tackle @ Leo & Grange)
Event Flyer for more info: Go HERE
Tean registration: Old school: fill out the form below and email me. I will send you an invoice. Individuals who want to play, just let me know and we will find you a team.

Team Name:
PreK/K TAG teams/players:
Grade TAG 1/2 teams/players:
Grade TAG 3/4 teams/players:
Grade 5/6 tackle teams/players:
Grade 7/8 tackle teams/players:
HS JV teams/players:
HS Varsity teams/players:

Copy-paste the above; complete details and email to me at gary@greatfallsrugby.com

Any questions, call or email me
Gary Coetzee

Previous Years:

Tournament 2014 debuts strong

In all, in our first year, $1570.02 was raised and all proceeds will support the National Rehab Hospital Spinal Cord Program. See the note from NRH here. Thank you to all the contributors for the wonderful generosity!

Great Falls Rugby is excited that Rugby Virginia has agreed to calendar the tournament as an annual event. The Tournament saw teams of all age groups from DC, Maryland as well as Virginia. These included both club rugby organizations and schools. Significantly, the tournament saw the first competitive Fall rugby competition between the younger tag/touch kids (U11, U9, U7). It was a successful day and fun was had by all. We look forward to 2015! The event was covered by both print and television news media. Gary agreed to a NBC news spot. A link to that coverage appears here. Unfortunately all the good rugby bits about encouraging people to come out got cut! A Connection article can be seen here.

  • Read The Connection 2014 pre-tournament article here.
  • See the 2014 Medstar Tournament photo album here
  • Read The Connection 2014 article here

  • Tournament 2015 was bigger and better!

    With teams from Gonzaga, Roosevelt, St John's, Heights, Rochambeaux (French School) and DeMatha. Rugby VA and Great Falls will complete the round-up. We also had Middle School teams, as well as TAG teams.

  • Read our report here
  • The 2015 MedStar Tournament pictures can be viewed here
  • Read The Connection 2015 article here

  • Tournament 2016 created a lot of activity in village!

    With rugby running on 3 fields at the same time, our goals were met: a meaningful donation for MedStar, lot's of rugby played, and raised awareness for the sport and MedStar.

  • Read our report here
  • The 2016 MedStar Tournament pictures can be viewed here for TAG and here for TACKLE
  • Read The Connection 2016 article here

  • Tournament 2017 brings out the numbers!

    A meaningful donation and raised awareness for the sport and MedStar Adaptive Sports Program. Thanks to all who made the tournament a success. It was again a cold windy day but the boys and girls were eager to play! Thanks to the big group of referees who came out to help. A lot of people got involved to make this work well, thank you.

  • The 2016 MedStar Tournament pictures can be viewed here for TAG and here for TACKLE
  • Read The Connection 2017 article here

  • Important dates & news

    GFYR has set up a Paypal fundraising program (no paypal account needed/tax-deductible/501(c)3 non-profit). We need money PRIOR to the season starting to ensure that we have the full set of kit and equipment BEFORE the first practices and matches start!    READ MORE HERE

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    REGISTRATION FOR 2018-2019: OPEN   Players for 2018-2019 cycle needed NOW! Grades 5 and above for Tackle (contact) teams. Grades 4 and below for Touch (tag) teams.

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