School Photo ID Requirements!

I need your Student Photo ID issued from your school now! If you haven't sent it to me do so immediately. You will also have to bring it with you to Colorado. If you do NOT have a Student Photo ID you will need a photo ID, such as a Drivers License or passport AND a VOE issued from your school. That's a Verification of Enrollment. I need copies of these. They will be required by the tournament director – bottom line is "No ID, No Play".

Please send Joe Kelly copies of your insurance and signed release forms. Release Forms

2014 Colorado Trip Itinerary

WEDNESDAY June 11, 2014

8.00am Pick up location for Houston Players

The Woodlands Mall
1201 Lake Woodlands Dr.
The Woodlands TX, 77380

8.15am Depart for Dallas

12.30 Arrive at

Jesuit School of Dallas
12345 Inwood RD
Dallas, TX

1.30- 4.30pm Practice

4.45pm- Shower

5.15pm Meeting & Dinner TBD

8.00pm Depart for Denver

THURSDAY June 12, 2014

Closed Team Day

FRIDAY June 13, 2014

Closed Team Day

SATURDAY June 14, 2014

7.00am Breakfast at Hotel in Team Meeting Room

8.00am Depart on Bus for field

9.00am Opening Ceremonies

5pm on Bus TBD

6.00-8.00pm Dinner TBD

10.09pm Curfew

SUNDAY June 15, 2014

7.00am Breakfast

8.00am Depart for Field

9.00am Games TBD

3.00pm Closing Ceremonies

5.00pm Dinner at Hotel

7.00pm Depart for Dallas

MONDAY June 16, 2014

8-9.00am Arrive at Jesuit in Dallas, TX

1.00pm Arrive at Woodlands Mall

Colorado Travel & Weekend Attire

Training grey tshirt
Bus trip and dinner for Thursday – Rugby Texas fundraiser t-shirt
Friday bus ride-RT blue addidas t-shirt
Friday Team Dinner-RT polo and khaki slacks
Sat and Sun wear grey HP t-shirt to the grounds
Sat Dinner-blue addidas t-shirts

Absolutely NO PLAYERS ALLOWED ON THE BUS until Coach Joe Kelly gives the say so. All kit bags go below, only a small bag allowed on the bus. It will be crowded! Ear phones is the item most kids forget. No junk food or face the wrath of Coach Rock.

Parental Issues handled Thursday Morning at Jesuit:
Fundraiser T-shirts and rugby shorts - see Coach Tiny to purchase or exchange. This is low priority for management, be considerate. The other items in the kit are all we have. The players should try and make arrangements to swap out with each other on sizes. They have a long bus ride to do so.
Money - see Coach Joe Kelly - this is HIGH priority! We do want to let you on the bus, so make sure your are paid up!

Parent Volunteers
We will need volunteers to assist with some minor last minute things such as loading a few items in and on the bus, maybe a run to the store. Possibly handle fundraiser t-shirt exchange and purchase.

Meeting at Jesuit Dallas

As you prep for Colorado trip and your convening at Jesuit of Dallas, please remind the players and their parents of the following. There are summer sports camps, summer school and construction crews on campus. For parking you have been asked to recommend players carpool to the school. Cars should be parked by the stadium on the lower level parking area if they are planning to remain over night/weekend. Those who park here do so at their own risk and the school assumes no responsibility. There is an event planned here on Saturday which I am involved in and I will check on any vehicles left behind.

The lower field locker room (behind the scoreboard/concession building) has been made available for you for changing before and after training. Showers are available in this building as well but no towels. Players are asked to change there and not in the washrooms, the main campus buildings or the parking lots.

I will be there tomorrow with my kids as will Paul Maturi or stadium manager. If you need anything please let us know prior to you arrival.

Developing Men for Others,

Anthony Mattacchione
Community Service and Social Justice
Head Rugby Coach
Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas

Valid School IDs Mandatory for Tournament

Either, scan and email to me, photograph and email to me, or copy and fax to 972-242-2071 care of Joe Kelly. Copies of insurance cards are optional but recommended.

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Because USARugby has designated these RASTs as high school All Star tournaments (as opposed to U-19 or U-17 as in the past), proof of age is no longer required. At check-in, each player will be required to present a valid high school ID for the 2012-2103 school year. There can be no exceptions to this requirement. We also ask that each side present a roster with the names of all players listed in alphabetical order to facilitate check-in.
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Please note, the statement, "There can be no exceptions to this requirement."

I highly suggest that your son obtain a school ID. It would be unfortunate that he travel all the way there and not play due to failure to provide proper paperwork.

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Clarification on eligibility from Kurt Weaver, the Director of Youth & High School Rugby for USA Rugby.

Bottom line is that if your son does NOT have a student ID, then he will need a document from the student registrar proving enrollment AND a photo ID.

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1.) All Players MUST be in high school during the 12-13 school year; no 8th graders and no college freshmen (8th graders are not allowed to play high school rugby at any time, but if there is a middle school tier at the RAST, they are welcome to play in that).

2.) Players are too old, and not allowed to play if they turned 19 before September 1, 2012. Again, they first must be enrolled in HS, then this age limit is applied.

3.) The 'VARSITY' tier consists of HS Juniors and Seniors for the school year 12-13 (meaning this school year we are in).

4.) The 'JR VARSITY' tier consists of HS Freshmen and Sophomores for the school year 12-13.

5.) Only the EXCEPTIONAL sophomore should play up with the varsity team, meaning 1 or 2 per state, if that. Likely you will talk to Coach Salty or Coach Danielle to discuss these players before playing them up.

6.) Proof of HS enrollment is required, a school ID or document from their registrar with a picture ID.

7.) Players will be selected for the High School All American Stars and Stripes game from the RAST events ONLY. There were no selections done at the HS national invitational tournaments, etc. Player must be in attendance at one of the RAST events to be considered.

8.)All players must be registered with USA Rugby, and coaches must be registered and certified with USA Rugby.

Rugby Texas Colorado Agenda

Rugby Texas Colorado Agenda

Thursday (June 13th)

10:00am Training at Jesuit Dallas
12:00pm Lunch and showers
1:00pm Board the bus, leave for Colorado
7:30pm Arrive in Amarillo
Players to dinner, coaches check in
9:00pm Players to rooms
10:00pm Light out, get some sleep

Friday (June 14th)

7:00am Breakfast
9:00am Training, light walk through
10:00am Showers and prepare for departure
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Board bus for remainder of trip
7:30pm Arrive to hotel
Players assigned to rooms and change for banquet
8:00pm Dinner/banquet with guest speaker
10:00pm lights out, get some sleep

Saturday (June 15th)

7:00am Team breakfast
8:00am Leave for pitch and day of Rugby
4:00pm Back to hotel to shower and rest
7:00pm Dinner
10:00pm Lights out, get some rest

Sunday (June 16th)

7:00am Team Breakfast
8:00am Leave hotel for the pitch, day if rugby
4:00pm Return to the hotel, prepare for departure (showers, pack)
5:00pm Depart from Denver
It is estimated that the trip will take 14 hours of travel time. On the way up we will spend the night in Amarillo, on the way back we will drive straight back.
We will return to the same location we left, Jesuit Dallas

Important addresses

Jesuit Dallas
12345 Inwood Road, Dallas Texas 75244

Hilton Garden Inn, South/Meridian
9290 Meridian Blvd, Englewood, CO 80112 (303) 824-1550

Rugby Tournament Field Location
Aurora Sports Complex, Aurora, CO

What to Pack for Colorado

**CHECK BACK - THERE MAY BE ADDITIONS!**

  1. Your new kit - Don't forget you new kit!
  2. Cleats
  3. Mouthpiece
  4. Whatever else you like to wear playing rugby
  5. Sunscreen
  6. A towel for your post practice shower
  7. a plastic bag for your dirty clothes
  8. hygiene stuff – toothbrush, deodorant PLEASE!
  9. Khaki slacks
  10. Khaki shorts – bring 2 pair if you have them
  11. Extra socks
  12. Clean tennis shoes – dress shoes also if you so wish
  13. Swimsuit – bring it to the pitch! Plano mom request.
  14. Extra shorts for lounging
  15. Extra t-shirts
  16. Sleeping clothes

Documents

  1. Drivers license or
  2. Passport or
  3. Photo ID and birth certificate
  4. Insurance card
  5. Waiver Release of Liability Form - filled out (see Required Medical Forms)
  6. Consent to Treat form - filled out (see Required Medical Forms)

Trip Information for Parents

From Coach Rock...

Friday night there is a team dinner at the hotel that is for players only. Not that we don't enjoy the parents but I felt this would be best served for players and coaches for all of us to get better acquainted. (As if a 14 hour bus trip would not have already done that!) We have 3 presenters for the boys at the dinner, 2 ex-Eagles and the current High School All American Coach. Immediately after the dinner the boys will funnel back to their rooms for some much needed rest.

Saturday there is an opening ceremony at the field (Aurora Sports Park, 18601 E. Sports Park Drive). This is a big deal and all teams are required to be present. The U19 boys play first at 10am and the U17 boys play at noon. The outcome of those games determine their next game time. We will have 2 tents for the boys at the park, parents are welcome and encouraged to be there as well. I look at this as an extended family, and a big one at that, so don't be a stranger, you are welcome.

Saturday night the team will be going to the Eagle match. The parents are welcome to go as well. Not sure how to get tickets but you most likely can find them through USA Rugby website.

I also would like to address some guidelines for the weekend. Anything that has to do with anything other than players, performance, game situations, etc. should be directed to Joe or Duane. I will handle all other issues that arise. I would prefer you contact me directly if you have a question or issue regarding the team or your son. I will then discuss the situation with the coaching staff. Since this is a Select Side program not all players will get equal time. But, it is my goal to give them all sufficient time. With 4 games I don't think we will have any problems with giving the boys playing time. But, I do need to bring it up.

The U19 will be referred to as the Red team, the U17 team will be the Blue team. There are no reserves, only impact players. Please use this terminology this weekend.

I look forward to a great weekend of rugby. I am excited to get to know everyone better and to work with the team. I appreciate you allowing me to coach your son.

I am sure there will be more to follow, but this is it for now.

Rock

All Payments Due 6/10

The final payment for your trip is due Sunday, June 10, at the Burr Field Austin practice. The trip total is $500. If you paid your $100 deposit, only $400 will be expected in Austin.

Your T-Shirt order money is due 6/10 too. Unfortunately, your cost per shirt is $7 and NOT the $6 previously quoted. We tried to get that cost down as low as we could. You still should make $8 per shirt sale to benefit your trip.

We will take ticket sales at this time too. All bills should be settled in Austin, Sunday, June 10.

USA vs Italy - we have enough numbers to buy a block of group tickets. We are still organizing seating and ticket cost. We WILL be announced on the field at half time.

The good news is that you will be receiving your kit for the trip. You will be impressed with your package of goods.

Required clothing needed for the trip:
1. Khaki shorts
2. Long kahki pants
3. clean tennis shoes
4. Your Rugby Texas High Performance kit.

On the bus trip to Colorado, you will be expected to wear your complimentary High Performance T-shirt.

The coaches or managers will let you know exactly which clothes you will be wearing at any point in time, on the bus, going to dinner, team meetings, training, etc. It's up to you to pay attention.

The Bus Ride

Provide that your financial obligations are met, you've kept up with your training and fitness regime, you will get to ride in these luxurous accomodations all the way to Aurora, Colorado.