Important Training 5/25 Kingwood High School

Final Practice at Kingwood High School

10am - 1pm

Bring Mouthguard, lunch money $5, remainder of your trip money, gray HP shirt.

Kingwood High School
2701 Kingwood Dr, Kingwood, TX

Preparation for Colorado

From Coach Rock:


We are at critical stage in our preparation for Colorado. We obviously have emphasized fitness over and over again. Another component that will benefit you is proper nutrition. Food is fuel for your body and we should be very careful with the types of food we are consuming. To play at the best level you are capable of you MUST put the best fuel into your system. Foods loaded with sugar (junk food, soda, candy, etc) and fatty foods will not enhance your performance. Fruits, vegetables, lean meat, fish, etc will!

Begin the elimination of crap food so that when we travel to Colorado and I enforce the NO JUNKFOOD/CANDY RULE you will already be prepared. If you are unfamiliar with that rule it's simple, only healthy foods make the journey to Colorado on the bus. Any unhealthy food (deemed by me) will be confiscated and thrown out. Don't waste your time buying it or you money bringing it as it will be tossed!

Saturday, May 25, we have a very important training session. The goal is to begin at 10am and conclude by 1pm. Of course this all depends on our focus and attention to detail during the training. So, please come mentally and physically prepared to work hard. We will be doing contact so it's essential to bring your mouth guard with you.

Also, wear your grey issued HP shirt to training. If you do not have your shirt on when you train you WILL NOT TRAIN! Be on time, period. Also, make sure you read your Letter of Commitment daily.

See you Saturday, Coach Rock

High Performance Money

Right now the total cost of the trip to Colorado is $525. We are working very hard to ensure that this amount does not go up. You will be alerted of any changes to this amount as soon as management discovers anything.

Payment Plan:
May 18 - $200
May 25 - $200 + t-shirt orders + USA/IRE tickets
June 8 – any remainder including t-shirt and raffle tickets
All money MUST be turned in before leaving for Colorado, or your son will NOT be allowed on the bus.

The web site has been set up so that you can see what is owed, what has been paid, and what has been ordered.

Fundraising t-shirts
The cost of the shirts had been underestimated. Due to the fabric (wicking), the player cost will be $10 per shirt. We suggest that the sale price be $20. Thus keeping $10 per shirt sold for the trip. The shirts will be very nice and well worth the money, which, of course, is going to a good cause. We have women style t-shirts. They have a lower neckline, shorter sleeves and are cut to accentuate the feminine figure.

You may login to the web site
and place your orders.

Raffle tickets
We will have more raffle tickets at each of the upcoming events if needed. I can also mail more tickets to your home. Just send me your address with how many tickets you would like.

USA v Ireland Tickets
This great match will be played in BBVA Stadium after our game against Bridgend in Houston on June 8. The tickets are $20 a piece. You may order these on the web site too. Your son will get free entrance, but count him in your order. We will adjust the total to comp his ticket later and just need total numbers for now. Last year we watched the USA v Italy game as a group and I can't tell you how much fun that was. I highly encourage you to make a family outing of the day. Players will be responsible for rides to and from the Bridgend game and BBVA Stadium.

We are in the process of setting up PayPal permitting you to make payments online and have others donate money towards your son's trip. Details will be released next week.

Details on May 18 Training and USA Championships
We will be training in and around the USA Championships in Las Colinas (The polo fields). We have arranged for FREE parking and admission to all families of High Performance players. You MUST have a High Performance player in your car to take advantage of the offer. We ask that parents and siblings volunteer to assist with the tournament. I suggest asking for a field assignment, siblings should ask to man the scoreboards. You will be better able to watch the games. Food and drink will be available for purchase. There are some specific rules. Please see the web site post about them.
If you are spending the night, please use one of the sponsoring hotels on the web site. The hotel tax is how we pay the city back for the field use.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Joe Kelly by email.

Training in Dallas on Saturday May 18th

Training in Dallas on Saturday May 18th Location will be just north of the Polo Fields were the USA Rugby Sweet 16 Tournament is being played.

700 E Royal Ln
Irving, TX 75039
Las Colinas Polo Grounds

One you enter the polo grounds turn left over the bridge (the speed bumps are killer!) and turn left again. Park under the bridge if you can. We will be practicing just on the other side of the bridge.

We will begin at 9am sharp. Please wear your grey HP issued shirt. From 9am-10am we will train hard on fitness. Please show up fit! At 10am we will go watch some rugby for a rest and an 11:00am lunch.

At noon we will begin training again (location either the same or another pitch nearby, we will let you know) and go until 3pm.

Once we are done you are welcome to go home or go watch some more rugby It is required that you all show up for training.

Also, if you can't scan your commitment letter to Coach Rock, copy it and bring one to the practice session. You need to keep a copy.

Coach Rock appreciates all those choosing to comply and send him the required times. Also, thanks for the commitment letters to date. Please make sure you are reading the commitment letters daily to reinforce your vow.


Special notes about the practice location:

We will be practicing right next to the USA National Championship playoffs. You will see the best teams in the USA competing. There are 3 teams from Texas!

BUT....... Certain rules will be in effect.

Parking is $10 per vehicle. This provides free admission to all games for each person in the vehicle.

No coolers allowed. If you bring a cooler it must stay in your car. The tournament will provide water and ice. There will be food and drink available for purchase.

You may volunteer to assist the with the tournament. If you have a volunteer in your car you get free parking. Volunteer parking is in a different place but is easier to get in and out and no charge for reentry. Go to
and sign up for something. As of this writing, there are plenty of open opportunities in Parking. This might be something a sibling or bored parent may want to do during the day.

Hotels, if you would like to spend the night Friday and/or Saturday. This sheet has details on the hotels and how to ask for the special rugby room rate.
There is one addition to this list:
$69/night plus tax (15%):
Hilton Garden Inn Las Colinas
7516 Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75063
Call 972 444-8434 and ask for the "USA Rugby room block," to make reservations.

More Invitational Trial Info

We are looking forward to seeing the Invited players at the Rugby Texas High Performance Trials, this Saturday, May 4, at Burr Field in Austin.

Burr Field
6013 Loyola
Lane Austin, Texas 78724

rugby shorts,

Selections will be made after a hard day of training and scrimmages. You will be required to stay until the selections are announced. Leaving early will disqualify you from any chance of selection.

If you are selected you will be required to:
Return Sunday to Burr Field Sunday, May 5, at 10:00AM.
Provide a $100 deposit, demonstrating your financial commitment.
Attend the HP training camps
   May 18, Dallas
   May 25, Houston
   Possible other training sessions TBD - we will notify ASAP.

On Sunday we collect your $100 deposit and you will be provided player packets and some general information about what is in store for you. What is expected, requirements, various details.

Keep up with the latest details on: (Rugby Texas Academy & High Performance)

Rugby Texas HP Open Trials

Sunday, April 14th, Open Trials for Rugby Texas High Performance Rugby team will be held at

Central Park, College Station, Texas 77840
- map.

Time: 10AM to 1PM

The trials will NOT be held on the A&M campus! But close! And it is the day AFTER the Gareth Jones Tournament held at A&M.

You MUST REGISTER to tryout.

If you have registered for the Academy Schools already, registering for the trials is not necessary. Unsure? Login at If you cannot login, you have not registered and MUST do so to try out.

You will not need the waiver signed to tryout for HP but will need the waiver signed to play in the Gareth Jones Tournament. That is attached just below where it says Download Attachment.

What You Need to Tryout

  1. to be registered
  2. mouthpiece
  3. rugby jersey
  4. rugby shorts
  5. water
  6. food/snack

What's Next?
Invitational tryouts will be held in Austin, Saturday, May 4th. You may attend if you make the cut on April 14 and get invited to Austin for the next phase of the process. Further selections will be made that day and a practice will be held for the remaining players on Sunday May 5. See the Schedule for details.

Last Academy School 3/24

Austin school canceled for this weekend. North and South schools are ON!

Central Texas participants should try to attend other regional schools, if at all possible.

The last Texas High Performance Rugby Academy School will be held this Sunday March 24 for North and South Texas only! Central Texas School scheduled in Austin is canceled. Please see School Locations for your regional Academy.

The camps run from 10AM to 2PM. Please be early and ready to run by 10AM.

We have some very important announcements about changes to the High Performance Rugby processes. Such as, how to make the team, tryout locations, important games, where we are traveling, etc. You must be present at the camp to learn about these important changes.

Bring your jersey, mouth piece and cleats, plus your own bottle of water and snacks.

If you have not registered for the HP Academy, register now!

Rugby Training Videos

Coach Bill Taute has put together several groups of videos which cover a lot of the topics we will be teaching this season. Everything from dynamic stretching, body postion and core strength, scrummaging, rucking and ball presentation, defense and more.

Defense - learn the basic tenants of our defensive strategy

Ruck, Tackle and Ball Presentation - Man on Fire and rucking drills that we covered at the last Academy School

Dynamic Stretching - We do this at the start of every school

Scrummaging - everyone should watch these, learn about core strength and proper body positioning and become a better rugby player

Off Day Workout

Do this twice a week on days you aren't practicing rugby. Go to this youtube playlist to see a video of how to perform the crossfit skills here and some we will get to in the next few weeks.

North Texas HP in Grand Prairie

North Texas Academy School moved to Grand Prairie. (obviously) 10 AM

Prairie Park 2501 E. Main St. Grand Prairie, TX 75050

South Academy canceled for this session only.

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