The USRFF is pleased to announce the first recipients of the A Ball 4 All program. Through this first A Ball 4 All allocation, over 350 youth and high school rugby players will now have their own ball to play with at their leisure.
The goal of the A Ball 4 All program is to provide 50,000 registered youth and high school rugby players with their own rugby ball by year's end 2012. Not only will a young player's skills improve more rapidly when having his or her own ball to pass and kick around whenever they want, but they'll also be spreading the sport of rugby as others will see them playing at their local park or on the schoolyard.
The first A Ball 4 All grant recipients are: Baltimore Talent Development High School, Baltimore, MD Washington DC Youth Rugby, Washington, DC Hawaiian Gardens Youth Rugby, Hawaiian Gardens, CA Lawndale Cardinals RFC, Lawndale, CA Oakland Warthogs, Oakland, CA TC Williams High School, Washington, DC
You can help the USRFF reach its goal of providing 50,000 young rugby players with their own rugby ball by donating to the A Ball 4 All campaign. Rugby Night in America Provides Over 400 Rugby Balls to Kids
Rugby Night in America Results Over 400 young rugby players from across the country benefited from the first-ever USRFF Rugby Night in America. The fundraiser, held at various locations around the country in conjunction with the USA-Ireland Rugby World Cup match, resulted in the USRFF providing over 400 young rugby players with their own rugby ball.
The USRFF is now looking at the 2012 rugby calendar for potential dates for the next Rugby Night in America. If you have any questions about the programs offered by the USRFF or would like more information, please contact USRFF Executive Director Brian Vizard at
or at 619-233-0765.
The USA 7s team opens the New Zealand 7s with the first match of the tournament, taking on South Africa.
For captain Shalom Suniula, there’s no time to ease into the atmosphere.
“It's very important we start well,” said Suniula. But, he added, there’s always time to rescue a rough start. “More importantly we need to finish well; it gives us the confidence we need.”
It’s a new mix of players for the USA once again, as injury and illness have pulled some players out, and recovery has seen others come back. The captain told RUGBYMag.com that the camp was crucial in getting this group to play tofether.
“The guys are very focused,” Suniula said. “We’ve learned some new stuff the last few weeks, so hopefully we can string it together this week with the mix of guys we have.”
The USA takes on South Africa, England and Cook Islands on what is Friday in New Zealand, and will be, for most USA fans, Thursday here Stateside.
You have to wonder if Santa Monica Head Coach Doug Bratcher has any fingernails left, as he has watched his team win 37-34 over OMBAC in their league opener, and then tie Las Vegas 27-27, both on comebacks (the OMBAC match was initially reported by the referee as a 37-37 tie, until film review confirmed who won).
“Actually I bite my fingernails anyway, so, no, I don’t have any,” acknowledged Bratcher, who added that close games are fine, if you get something out of them.
“Last year we lost something like six games by seven or less,” Bratcher said (one was by eight, but who’s counting). “I think last year we wouldn’t have come back and tied or won those games. It’s a testament to what the guys have put into this. But at the same time, we had opportunities to score and win against Vegas and knocked the ball on – experienced guys doing that, too. So we have work to do.”
It helps that flyhalf Brian O’Shea has been outstanding with his goalkicking, and also added two drop goals in two games, including the game-tying kick against Vegas.
Santa Monica sits fourth in the Southern California DI league despite being undefeated, but Bratcher isn’t worried about that. He’s worried about the schedule.
“The cards weren’t dealt in our favor when the schedule was made, as we started with OMBAC and then Vegas, and now we have Belmont Shore,” he said. “So we’re going through the gauntlet, and we already have some injuries. But after round five, we might be looking at being in a good position.”
Helping the injury situation is a deep group of 2nd and 3rd-team players, and also some new recruits. UCLA All American Dave Martini came on as a sub at flanker for his Santa Monica debut Saturday, and played well.
Now if they can just make sure O’Shea stays healthy.
“You guys said that this is one of the most competitive leagues in the country, and no one’s been disappointed so far,” warned Bratcher. “All the teams are pretty evenly matched, so it’s going to be touch for everyone.”
Don’t expect those fingernails to grow back anytime soon.
See highlights of the 27-27 tie between Santa Monica and Las Vegas Jan 28.
Albany, NY - Rugby NY has announced its 2012 series of High School Player Development Camps.
This year Rugby NY will be hosting two camps, one in the Buffalo area and another in the Albany area. Each camp will consist of a Friday evening session and a second day-long session on Saturday. The camps will be led by USA Rugby coaches assisted by USA Rugby national team players and local senior club and college coaches.
The camps are an ideal way for high school teams to kick off their spring season. High School boys and girls of all experience levels are welcome and the program will be tailored so everyone will benefit regardless of rugby experience.
The camps are also open to coaches. USA Rugby will award coaching development CEU credits towards ongoing certification to all coaches that attend.
James Madison and UW-Whitewater will take each other on Sunday at 10:30AM ET in USA Rugby's DII 3rd/4th consolation game.The game is livestreamed below or here on RUGBYMag's YouTube channel. Read more...
The ACRA Women's DII championship game between Notre Dame College and Winona State starts Noon on Sunday, Dec 8, 2013.It will be live webstreamed below or on RUGBYMag.com's Youtube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/RUGBYMagazine1 Read more...
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