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Girls High School Tackle Rugby is for all girls, any size and skill level. NO experience necessary. The girl's team is coached by former players with years of experience. The high school girls season runs mid January through May with practices on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Beginning Thursday 3/14, we will be practicing at New Windsor Middle School (1000 Green Valley Rd, New Windsor, MD 21776) from 5:15-7:15.

Schedule for 3/18:
(10:45- Arrival for those who want to take school sport style photos)
11:00- Arrival to the pitch
11:00-12:00- Warm-up and walk through practice where we can tie up loose ends from last weekend’s match
12:00-12:15- Water break & jerseys
12:15-1:00- Positional warm-up
1:00- Kickoff
2:30 (approximately)- Social at the field. Your food/beverage assignments are below.

Our pitch is located at Peace N Plenty Road in Union Bridge, MD. Be aware the GPS may try to take you to Peace N Plenty Farm. When you find the road, drive through the small neighborhood to the pitch at the top of the hill.

We will be hosting a social after the match is complete. You are asked to bring the following:
Last names beginning with…
A-H: drinks. (water, Gatorade, etc. no soda)
L-P: sides (individual bags of chips, fruit, veggies, etc., or anything you make homemade)
R-V: dessert
As noted above, Kelly (Coach Shannon’s wife) will be at the field at 10:15, taking school sports style individual or group photos. We hope that you choose to participate. Please arrived dressed in your shorts and socks, if you have them.

While players may still register online (, we are also holding in-person registration at practices.

Practices will be held from 6:30 - 8 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Shipley Arena (706 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster, MD 21157) in January and February. Outdoor practices start in March from 5:15-7:15 at New Windsor Middle School, 1000 Green Valley Road, New Windsor, MD 21776.

1/16 First Practice
3/9 - 3/10 Mount St. Mary's Rugby Camp (funded by West Carroll)- Friday evening and all-day Saturday, optional, more info. to follow
3/11 WCM @ North Bay (B Side v. AA) 1 PM
3/18 Scrimmage Chambersburg H.S.* @ WCM 1PM
3/30-4/2 Spring Break for Carroll County (Easter)
4/8 Eleanor Roosevelt @ WCM 1PM
4/14-4/15 Ruggerfest Tournament
4/21-4/22 International Rugby Festival*
4/29 WCM @ MD Exiles
5/6 Semi-finals
5/13 Finals (dependent upon qualifying)

For more information contact Head Coach Gabby Balassone at 915-249-5833 or

Celebrating 22 years, the New Windsor Marauder’s Program began in 1995. The program’s founders were retired and current adult rugby players who felt a youth program would benefit the youth of Carroll County. The Marauders Rugby Club is sponsored by the West Carroll Recreation Council and the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks. The Club is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Union, under the direction of and governed by a division of USA Rugby.

Since it's establishment in 2003, the girls’ program has earned 13 Maryland State Championship titles and has competed in the National Invitational Tournament a total of 9 times in places like Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Portland, Maine; Salt Lake City, Utah; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Palo Alto, California. Invitations to this tournament are limited to the best sixteen teams in the U.S. and our club has finished as high as 6th in the nation.

Countless players have gone on play rugby at the collegiate, women’s club, and even international levels. Additionally, numerous players have received scholarships. Women’s rugby is now an Olympic sport and many university rugby programs are entering the NCAA division system, like Mount Saint Mary’s University did this season, or adding rugby to their athletic offerings, which creates more potential for scholarships.

Training times

  • Day: Tuesday, 06:30
  • Venue: Ag Center - Shipley Arena
  • Day: Thursday, 06:30
  • Venue: Ag Center - Shipley Arena

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