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!
Nationally Ranked Women’s Rugby Team Ends their Season
Friday, April 4, 2014
On April 4th, the UCSD Women’s Rugby team started their playoff weekend with a match against UCSB for the 3rd time this season. The Tritons were ready to go and were eager to play their UC rivals. The match started off quickly, and both teams wanted to show the other how badly they wanted to win. In the first half, the Gauchos came out strong and scored 21 points. The Tritons kept pushing hard, but their opponents kept breaking through the line. However, in the second half UCSD made a promise to not let Santa Barbara score, and Kadie Zeller made the first try in the first few minutes. After that, Biebs scored another try. Although the first half was rocky, the Tritons stuck to their promise and UCSB did not score in the second half. The final score for their first game of the weekend was 10-21.
After the upsetting loss against UCSB on day 1 of playoffs, the lady tritons were ready to come back and end their weekend on a positive note. They were excited to play the University of Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, a team that they had already won twice against this season. Some players got moved around, and rookie Sylvia showed the squad that she is great as not only a Hooker in the front pack, but also in the back line. UCSD came out stronger than ever, and in the first half Mo, Jaylin, Biebs, and Stiffy all scored. Everyone was playing great, and the team dynamic was better than ever. While Arizona scored a few times, UCSD won the game 50-15. The solid win boosted the team morale, and everyone was proud to have ended their season on such a positive note. After a few weeks rest they will be able to play in their 10th annual alumni game, and are excited to show past players their skills that they have developed this season.
Feb 22 - Tritons Heart Prevails in the Desert
Feb 9 - Highest scoring match for Women’s Rugby, 80-5 Blowout
Feb 1 - Near Perfect Rugby against UCLA