Rugby Info - Practice, Schedule, etc.

Gentlemen,

With the new year upon us it's time to get our season started in earnest. With the addition of the Midlothian kids as well as the former Canterbury kids who now go to Bishop Dunne getting everyone together to practice will be a bit of a challenge at times but me and Mr. Kelly have a few ideas to help with that.

Practice

As in the past the youth will share the field for no cost at Mike Lewis Park in Grand Prairie to practice on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7:00PM to 9:00PM. There will also be practices on Wednesday's after school from 4:30PM to Dark on the open field on the West side Don Floyd Stadium across the street from Midlothian HS.

The Men resume practice in Grand Prairie on January 4th and the Midlothian practices will start up again on January 5th. We understand with the logistics getting everyone together on a regular basis can be tough so we have scheduled a few Saturday's to get everyone together to practice and get to know each other.

Currently have two scheduled for January 15th and January 29th at 11:00AM at our match pitch, Prairie Park in Grand Prairie. After the Jan 15th practice we'll head a few miles west down Main Street to New York Joe's Pizza and following the 29th practice we'll cook out at the field and the boys can stick around if they want to watch the Men's match against Denton at 2:00PM.

As far as combined practices we'll look to have a few other Saturday's or get to match's a bit early to have mini practices like we did when we combined with Allen who was thin on numbers as well.

Camps
There are two available the month of January. One is a two day camp at OU in Norman, OK and the other is in Farmers Branch and will be run be former New Zealand All Black, Scott "Razor" Robertson. Flyers for both are attached.
OU Rugby Camp Press Release
USA Rugby Minor Waiver

Dues
Cost is $75 which covers required registration with USA Rugby (a.k.a. CIPP) and Rugby Texas which is $55. Most youth programs in the DFW area charge between $200 and $300 a season but we are fortunate to have the Men cover the field cost which enables us to keep our cost low. Everyone will need to be CIPP'd prior to the first match. More details to follow.

Schedule
Mr. Kelly has gotten the schedule finalized and which is included below along with the combined practice dates and camps. If you have any questions please let me know and feel free to pass this along to anyone else you know that wants to play as well as your parents.

Look forward to seeing you all next week.

John Kurylas
Grand Prairie Mavericks High School RFC

Date Time Event Location
1/8/2011 9:00AM OU Youth Rugby Camp Norman, OK
1/15/2011 11:00AM Practice Praire Park
1/22/2011 1:00PM Rugby Texas Youth Camp Farmers Branch
1/29/2011 11:00AM Practice Praire Park
2/5/2011 11:30AM Match - Jesuit Praire Park
2/12/2011 12:00PM Match - Plano Plano
2/19/2011 12:00PM Match - Plano Praire Park
2/26/2011 12:00PM Match - Allen Praire Park
3/26/2011 12:00PM Match - Plano Plano
4/2/2011 11:00AM Match - Alliance Keller or Fort Worth
4/9/2011 All Day Gareth Jones Tournament Texas A&M
4/10/2011 All Day Texas All Star Tryouts Texas A&M
4/16/2011 1:00PM Match - Coppell Praire Park
4/23/2011 1:00PM Match - Coppell Praire Park

Field Links
Mike Lewis Park
Prairie Park
Don Floyd Stadium

Spring 2011 Schedule Posted

The 2011 Spring Schedule is posted. We'll be starting practice Tuesday, January 4 at 7:00 with the men at Mike Lewis Park.

We have an extremely full schedule. Therefore it is imperative that each of us bring out people who are interested in playing rugby. Friend or not it is of no matter. We need a greater number of players with 15 on the field at a time and a long season ahead. In order to win, you will have to bring out every interested athlete you know.

Most of our games are held in the early part of the year, so you'll have to start bringing the new guys out to the first practice.

Each of you should start on your injury prevention right now. The biggest factor in injury is fitness. Start running now. Begin your weight lifting program now. Focus on core strength exercises - sit ups, squats and dead lifts - and shoulders. We had only shoulder injuries last year. Injury can be preventable with preparation. Start preparing now. Fitness and strength also win games. Be fitter, faster and stronger than your opponent. Our coaching will teach you the winning techniques and plays, why attendance at practice is mandatory.

We are looking forward to a strong season. Make arrangements with work and family to have off on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and most importantly, Saturdays - game day!

Rugby Magazine's 2011 Preseason CPL Rankings

Rugby Magazine has released their College Premier League Rankings for the 2011 season beginning in March. The competition is high and close.

Rugby Magazine's 2011 Preseason CPL Rankings

This will give the Mavericks an idea of the level of competition to look forward to in college.

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