FREE JACKS ACADEMY
the official pathway to Major League Rugby in New England, providing girls and boys regular development, identification and competition to progress locally and to international and professional opportunities.
Regional Training Groups
The Free Jacks Academy includes 13 Regional Training Groups (RTGs) to better connect athletes and coaches at the local level through a series of tracking days, clinics, 365 virtual skill and fitness programming, and identification opportunities to play into the Junior Jacks Academy squads or the Independents Senior Development squads.
Free Jacks Regional Training Groups in the short-term will compete with each other through fitness testing and skill competitions. In time the RTGs will compete on the field in out-of-regular-season competitions as the volume of qualified athletes increases in each region and at each age group (U16, U18, U20, senior).
In 2021 the more advanced high school boys and girls players will play their way into the Junior Jacks Red (north) or Blue (south) team at the U16 and U18 age groups once safe to do so. The best of this group at the U18 level (high school varsity) will compete against other MLR academy level teams through a touring and hosting model to be played in the high school club off-season.