A few Eagle-related updates for you …
• Help out your Eagles! From Sadeana Green, Manager of the USA Women’s 7s:
The team is doing a fundraiser to help support the program. We are selling raffle tickets to San Diego 7’s (trip for 2 including airfare, hotel, and tickets to tournament or $1000). The tickets are a $10 donation for 1 or 3 for $25. If anyone is interested in purchasing a ticket please have them email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The drawing will be held on January 20 in Little Rock, Arkansas at the National Team Try-outs.
Manager WMT 7’s
• Also, this update from the U-20 Eagles … Thanks to Dana T. for passing it along …
U20 WNTCamp deadline is 1/12
COACHES – PLEASE FORWARD THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR PLAYERS. THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 12.
This is a reminder that the U20 Womens National Team Camp will be held in Fullerton on Sunday, January 20. This is the last camp that will be conducted before the final USA invitational camp to select the U20 national team to tour South Africa in June and the U18 national team to tour Canada in July.
The camp is open to female rugby players who are 15 -19 years of age. Players who are 14 years may participate if they have played at least one season on a high school team. The camp is open to players born after January 1, 1988.
Only around five regional camps are conducted every year, and this will be the only camp for California, Arizona, and Nevada. With last year’s camp a success, and with girls rugby growing at a tremendous rate in southern California, national coach Bryn Chivers has decided to come to Fullerton once again.
Registration is available online at http://www.youthrugby.net/2008BrynChiversCamp.htm, and the cost is $45, which includes lunch and a camp t-shirt. Teams or schools sending 6 or more players can make arrangements to mail in a check. Deadline for registration is January 12, and no walk ins will be permitted.
For team registration and any further questions, please contact Ravi Perera at email@example.com.
• I am long overdue in sharing this with you and I know it’s already been out there, but just in case you missed it … via Put Me in Coach:
USA RUGBY and the IRB need to SEE that women not only participate, but support their own programs in order for the women’s final to be played in Petco park.
There are two ways to do this:
1) If you are going to USA 7’s for any reasons, to watch anyone – buy your tickets from Kim Brock at USA Rugby.
2) If you want to play 7s, Kim Brock will help arrange for you to find an opponent and you can play on the 7th/8th … FOR FREE! That’s right FREE!! And then get your spectator tickets to USA 7s through Kim for the big event Saturday.
If we can show enough interest in the women’s game, the women’s International Final can again be played in Petco Park. That’s cool. Let’s try and make it happen.
The official words:
As many people already know, the San Diego 7s event in rapidly approaching. It is the largest International rugby event hosted in North America and a stop on the iRB’s 7s World Series. This event will take place on February 9-10 at PetCo Park, home of the Padres, in Downtown San Diego. This event features 16 of the Worlds best 7s teams including New Zealand, Australia, England, South Africa and your USA Eagles!
What you may not know is that on Thursday and Friday the 7-8th there is another event running in conjunction with the San Diego 7s known as the San Diego Invitational. There will be nearly 50 rugby teams in town ranging from youth, high school, collegiate and Masters (AKA old boys). Also, as a part of the San Diego Invitational, there is an International Women’s 7s event featuring teams from Samoa, South Africa, Canada and most importantly, the United States Women’s National team!
Last year the women’s final between the US & Canada was played at PetCo Park in front of 15, 000 spectators who were there to watch the men’s event and we are really hoping for this to happen again. This is a tremendous opportunity for women’s rugby, not only here in the states, but internationally as well. In order to make this happen, USA 7s is asking us to show that the women’s rugby community supports their National Team.
How do we do this?
The San Diego Invitational has all age levels, but for the most part, only male participants. Women’s senior and collegiate teams have not shown interest in participating. I am not sure if this is due to lack of knowledge or interest in the event.
If we, the women’s community, can band together and show that we are participating in the San Diego Invitational and purchasing tickets to the USA 7s event (at a discounted group rate) it will help the USA 7s make the decision to have the women’s final inside the stadium once again.
How does the San Diego Invitational work/how does my team get games?
On Thursday and Friday we have 8 fields available all day long. Your team can challenge another team from a different territory or you can submit your interest to Kim Brock and she will work on matching you up to another team who has shown interest. We can work out a round robin format, short halves, full matches or whatever you want your matches to be in order to get you to the event.
There is NO ENTRY FEE to play in this event!!! PLEASE FEEL FREE TO PASS THIS MESSAGE ALONG TO ANY AND ALL TEAMS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED.