Message from the Captains
October 1, 2014PRACTICES
During the Fall quarter practice is held on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00p.m. at Warren Field (except for week 0 where the location will be Marshall Field). There will also be a fitness day once a week (in the past this has been on Thursdays) time and location to be announced depending on what works best with everyone's schedules.
During the Winter quarter practice will be held the same days and at the same location, but for a half hour longer, from 5:30-8:00p.m. There will also be an hour long team run-through on Friday before games.
During the Spring quarter, practice will be determined based on how well the team competes for a spot to go to nationals.
Our pre-season starts when school starts, with our first scrimmage on October 18th and our annual tournament, Scrum by the Sea, hosted by us November 8th and 9th. We are also looking to attend a tournament this year at Stanford in January before league games begin Winter quarter. During winter quarter we have games almost every weekend (Saturday's a rugby day). In the past we have played UCLA, UCSB, UofA, and ASU - playing each team twice, once at home and once away. We also hold Sunday study hall to make sure that everyone is keeping their grades up and getting the help they need. Depending on how well league games go and whether or not we make it to nationals, season may spill over into Spring quarter as well.
Spring quarter is also important for meeting with and building a sense of community with UCSD Rugby Alumni.
There is a fee to play for the women's rugby club which varies depending on how many players we have each year. Usually this amount is around $200 for the entire year. However, this does not have to be paid all at once.
It can be split into quarterly payments, or also worked out with the teams Fundraising Chair. This cost is to help pay for travel expenses as well as to host other teams when they play us. In return, when we travel, the other teams host us. We do expect that you purchase your own gear, aside from uniforms. This includes cleats, spandex, mouth guards, socks, and shorts. Other merchandise can be bought throughout the year if interested (sweatshirts, sweats, bags) but this is not necessary.
No experience is necessary! Most people who join the team show up with no prior knowledge of the sport. People with all different levels of athleticism come out and join the team. Are team is made of up past basketball, volleyball, and soccer players, swimmers, dancers, and runners. There are no cuts - we take anyone who is willing to learn and become part of the team. That being said, our greatest expectation is your dedication. We can really only succeed as a team if everyone shows up to practice on time and gives their full attention. On that note, it is understandable that classes may conflict with practice times. However, it is highly encouraged that you go to every practice and every team event, show up ready to go with cleats on at the start of practice, and give 110% at everything you do on the field (and off it as well)!
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
Our team is composed of all different experience levels and body types.
There is a position on the field for everyone! We start each year going back to basics - learning how to play, pass, and tackle from the ground up. Rugby is a great way to meet new people, stay active, and try something new and unique. We finished our season strong last year and look forward to coming back as a powerhouse in league this upcoming season. You can expect to travel to schools like Arizona State University, Stanford, University of Arizona, and other UC's (note: travel expenses will be reimbursed!). Joining Women's Rugby is a great way to build your resume and show future employers that you were a member of a team that required dedication, commitment, and strength. You can also expect a lot of patience and attention learning the skills necessary to learning the sport and becoming a Rugger with our coaching staff of three Alumni.
You can find us on library walk during weeks 0 and 1. Feel free to drop by one of our practices. We look forward to meeting you and building a team that is sure to go down in history!
Scrum By the Sea
Monday, November 10, 2014
Each year, the UC San Diego Womenís Rugby club hosts a major tournament inviting schools from all over California. With more than 15 teams competing, the Warren Field was packed with hundreds of female rugby players. The UC San Diego Womenís Rugby team had one goal: to finish first. With majority of the veteran players graduating this school year, it was an emotional as well as a physical one. The girls had to endure six 40-minute games, totaling to 240 minutes of rugby played over two days. On the first day, the girls battled against U of A, CSUN, and UC Davis. With the win against U of A to start the tournament, the team felt comfortable and confident going against CSUN, an opponent they had trouble with last year. The game was gruesome and troubling, and UC San Diego lost with the score of 0-10 and two injured players. In order to be able to reach their goals of reaching the championship match, they would have to win the rest of their games. The girls have to win against UC Davis in order to get to the winners bracket, and they were able to get that win comfortably.
Despite the bruises and injuries, the girls had to start the second day bright and early at 6:30 am on Warren Field. Pushing through the pain and aches, the girls played great team rugby and pulled through with a 5-0 win against Humboldt State with a late second half try. In the semifinal match against Arizona State University, an opponent they play throughout their regular season, the UC San Diego Womenís Rugby team was able to win 15-10 with great effort from the veterans to the new players. The girls were able to pull closer to their goal of winning first place, with only one opponent in their way. They had to play against CSUN a second time to claim their prize. The first half ended with a 0-0 tie, but the tension on the field was very noticeable. Players exchanged words and pushes lead to shoves. However, the girls reminded each other what team rugby meant, and that as long as they played their game, it will work out. Keeping a cool head, the girls were given a penalty close to the CSUN try line and Nicole Rodriguez was able to convert that penalty into 3 points, the girls now lead 3-0 with 15 minutes remaining. However, CSUN was able to strip the ball from one of the UC San Diego players and broke through the defensive line to score a try toward the end of the half. The girls lost the game 5-3 and finished the tournament in Second Place.
No doubt, blood, sweat, and tear were shed on that field throughout this tournament. Despite falling short of reaching their goal, the UC San Diego girls realized the potential they have as a team this year. They came in as a team, but left this weekend as a family. The girls grew as a team this weekend mentally and physically; adapting to each otherís playing style and always having each otherís backs. The girls are looking forward to reclaiming their first place finish in the Stanford Tournament in January of 2015.
Oct 26 - A Learning Experience
Oct 18 - Off To a Good Start
Oct 13 - Promising New Season