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!
Promising New Season
Monday, October 13, 2014
With a successful two weeks of recruiting and the continuous help from a couple Australian professional rugby players and their alumni coaches, the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby team has a bright season ahead of them. Although the girls got their first contact practice of the season with less than one week before their first game against Cal State Long Beach, the three hour practice revived confidence and emotions among the returners.
“Today’s first contact practice was a success; we had a great turn out. The new players as well as the vets learned safe tackling techniques and drills. Everyone seemed very eager to learn and to build on their skill set. It looks like we will have a very promising season.” – Cinthia Tejeda, a fourth year veteran rugby player.
However, the team still needs some fine-tuning before they are ready to boot up and take the field. Despite the limited practices, the girls are committed to their goals on and off the field by keeping themselves and their teammates accountable for pushing their hardest on the field, in the gym, and especially in the classroom. With fitness being an essential part of rugby, the team has been working hard to ensure they are among the fit teams in their league. To successfully achieve their goals for this season and make playoffs, the girls will need guidance from their three head coaches and leadership from their teammates. All these factors combined have the UC San Diego Women’s Rugby team heading into their first match next weekend with confidence.