Browsing Archive: August, 2012

Weekly Update

Posted by Your Coach on Monday, August 27, 2012,
Due to Dwenger not having school on Wed., Practice has been moved to Thursday at 3:30. 

Please get the word out. Also we still need some player to register on

Also, I am going to move the parent meeting to another date and location. I will let you know when. 

Please be sure your son has an updated physical turned in to the school. Physicals go by academic year, not insurance year. The physical you get this fall will carry over into the spring season. (I have attached the 2012 IH...

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Fall Practice and Parent Meeting

Posted by Your Coach on Thursday, August 23, 2012,
We had 19 at practice last night. Good Numbers, I'd like to see around 22.

Please be sure you get a new physical turned in to the school for this current academic year. You can't practice til you have a physical. 

We will be having a parent informational meeting next week at 5:30 after practice. 

coach's email is for questions. 

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Fall Rugby Begins this week

Posted by Coach on Tuesday, August 21, 2012,
Our first practice for fall rugby is tomorrow, Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 across the street from Dwenger. 

Registration is open at

and the schedule is posted on the schedule page. 

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"In spite of having very sore feet and tight hamstrings, I have a warm glow about the game of rugby today. 

I have just finished two days of refereeing at the UK National Schools Sevens in London.

Normally I only get to referee my own team, which, like most coaches, I hate. But the event has been running for 71 years and is the world's largest rugby tournament. So instead I felt honoured to be asked. 

It's certainly a feast of sevens action, involving more than 600 teams, overseen by some 180 volunteer officials and helpers - including this year, yours truly. 

I had a wonderful time. The standard of rugby was excellent, with some close games and no lack of endeavour. 

In these days of cynical play and aggressive touchline comments, I can safely say I witnessed none of it. 

The sidelines were universally well behaved and players were responsive to the referee's decisions. 

For me, only one player questioned a decision and he quickly apologised. I had one coach, very politely, ask me about a decision of mine which went against his team. 

On reflection, his view was correct, and if I had not been told, then I might have let it go in later games. 

At one stage, a 13 year old took a drop kick for a conversion from near the touchline. It dipped as it reached the crossbar so I wasn't sure if it had gone over. 

As I considered my decision, he turned to me to say it was short. 

All these factors prove to me that tournaments can be hard fought and yet well behaved. 

Yes, players and coaches are disappointed by losing or not going through. But I heard plenty of coaches saying as the day wore on: "Well done guys, much better than the start of the day". 

Quite simply, after a tough few weeks coaching at the semi-pro level, refereeing those boys and girls at the Schools Sevens was the perfect reminder of why I love rugby." 

written by, Dan Cottrell
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