May 10 & 11 - Sam Houston State University Trials

They are to meet at Sam Houston state university grounds in Huntsville;

University Hotel 1610 Ave H Huntsville, TX 77341‎
(936) 291-2151

University Hotel - http://goo.gl/maps/w3OGF
http://www.shsuhotel.org‎

Meet at 9am to 9.30 am registration at the hotel meeting room.

They are to bring their own lunch and snacks for the day time on both days.

Dinner, bed and breakfast will be provided for all players

Cost of weekend camp will be $50 and should be paid via PayPal link on the right.

Players are expected to bring rugby gear and lounging clothes for the Saturday night for dinner and team meetings.

Players will leave be ready to leave around 3pm on the Sunday.

Players will be notified of their selection on the Sunday before leaving and issued with information packs.

2nd North Trial in 5/4 in Farmers Branch

The 2nd Trial for the Northern Region of Texas High Performance will be held at Don Showman Park, Heartside Place, Farmers Branch, TX 75234 from 1 to 4pm.

This is the last opportunity to participate in the tryouts for Texas High Performance in the North.

This trial is for the Northern Region ONLY! Other HP Regions will post their trial information at a later date. Players are welcome to travel to the Trial from other regions, but attendance is only mandatory for NORTHERN region players.

Bring full rugby gear, jersey, rugby shorts, mouthpiece, cleats, water, ice, snacks. Water fountains and restrooms available.

Please contact Coach Tiny (Duane Watts) duanewatts(at)aol.com with questions.

2014 Trials & Calendar

From Coach Rob Potter:

It is my pleasure to invite you to the Tx regional select trials that will take place on April 13th...

Across the state we will have trials for the Central, North and South select sides:

Central: Burr Field, Austin 10am

North: Lake Highlands Park, Dallas 1PM

South: British school of Houston, 10am

Maps & Times for your area are HERE!

All players will be required to register here. If you tried out or made the High Performance squad last year, your information should still be in the system. Try logging in here before registering again.

Please note that state selection weekend will take place the weekend of May 10th & 11th.

Please rsvp to Coach Potter, who will be leading the performance side of things this year for the program.

It is the first stage of USA rugby performance pathway program and can lead to fantastic opportunities with the game... 2013 further opportunities review:

· 8 players awarded rugby college scholarships

· Players invited to All American camps for 7 and 15's

· Players highlighted to play U20's

· Players identified to be involved with the new Eagle Impact rugby academy (in partnership with USA rugby)

So, I would personally like to see you all at the trials and see if you can make that next step from representing your state to representing your country... in reality it is only one step away!

Regards

Rob Potter

Tx HP Performance coordinator

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

Bridgend Game and Practice at St. Thomas's Granger Stadium

The JV practice and Varsity game versus Bridgend is being held at Granger Stadium of St. Thomas High School. The map link is on the schedule too.

All players need to arrive to the field by 9:00am. The JV team will begin training promptly at 9am so don't stroll up at 9. The varsity will then begin preparation for the game. I will have an agenda for you later next week.

JV will train for one hour and then get a shower, then watch the varsity.

Varsity will follow the agenda and play the game and shower after the match is done. The entire team will be hosting Bridgend so we all need to be there for post game activities. When we are through with the festivities we will all be going to the Eagles match. So, it will be a fun filled day of rugby.

Please bring your training gear with you as we MUST look the part. Every player will be in their grey issued HP trainer. Also, BRING YOUR OWN TOWEL AND TOILETRIES FOR SHOWERING.

All monies for the trip MUST be provided for you to receive your official RT-HPP kit. We will be getting this on that day. We also will be in the same shirt for the Eagle game. Please wear khaki shorts for the game, the shirts will be provided from your kit.

HP World Rugby Shop Coupon

10% of any order from World Rugby Shop for High Performance Players and family. www.worldrugbyshop.com.

Message from Coach Rock about Bridgend

Players,

One week to go before our first match. I am trusting that all of you are maintaining your fitness training and improving every day. I wanted to take this opportunity to give you the details of the day for next Saturday (June 8th).

All players need to arrive to the field by 9:00am. The JV team will begin training promptly at 9am so don't stroll up at 9. The varsity will then begin preparation for the game. I will have an agenda for you later next week.

JV will train for one hour and then get a shower, then watch the varsity.

Varsity will follow the agenda and play the game and shower after the match is done. The entire team will be hosting Bridgend so we all need to be there for post game activities.

When we are through with the festivities we will all be going to the Eagles match. So, it will be a fun filled day of rugby.

Please bring your training gear with you as we MUST look the part. Every player will be in their grey issued HP trainer. Also, BRING YOUR OWN TOWEL AND TOILETRIES FOR SHOWERING.

All monies for the trip MUST be provided for you to receive your official RT-HPP kit. We will be getting this on that day. We also will be in the same shirt for the Eagle game. Please wear khaki shorts for the game, the shirts will be provided from your kit.

Coach Rock

Last Chance to Order T-Shirts - other info too

It's last chance to order T-shirts! Please go online at
http://www.rugbytexas.net/player/loginform.cfm
and order fundraiser t-shirts. Recommended are at least 3 shirts per player, to keep and trade. Players will wish to make trades at the Bridgend game and always at the tournament. The t-shirts are extremely valuable for trading. Don't forget that each player makes $10 on each shirt sold (does not keep)! If your son's trip is paid, this will make easy pocket money.

If the site is NOT coming up, please send me an email right away so that I may fix.

If the site is working, order t-shirts and check your balance. Make sure that all money paid was correctly attributed. Please contact me with any issues. Note: the number of raffle tickets sold is displayed and the total bill is adjusted. The remainder of the balance will be collected June 8 and all raffle tickets will be turned in at that time. My mailing address is 1106 N. Maryland, Carrollton, TX 75006.

PayPal is now on the web site – See "PayPal" under Navigation on the right. Email me you r receipt so that it may be applied to your balance.
http://www.rugbytexas.net/page.cfm/PayPal

IDs!!!! I need a copy of your son's student ID. Either, scan and email to me, photograph and email to me, or copy and fax to 972-242-2071 care ofJoe Kelly. Copies of insurance cards are optional but recommended.

Memorize the playbook!
http://www.rugbytexas.net/index.cfm/2013/1/25/The-Play-Book

June 8 weekend schedule
9:00AM – All players to meet at St. Thomas HS (link) Granger Stadium.
        JV – dressed and ready to train by 9:00AM wearing gray shirts.
        Varsity – start getting dressed, taped and game prep
        Parents make final payments to Joe Kelly
10:AM - Varsity warm up
        JV showers
11:00AM Kick off
1:00PM – BBQ for Bridgend and HP players and family
2:00PM – parents and players help tear down pitch and clean up post BBQ.
        AFTER cleanup, Players dismissed to meet up at BBBVA Stadium for USA v IRE game and festivities – on own recognizance.

Bridgend Game

Varsity Parents,

I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you of the privilege we have hosting the Bridgend team from Wales. This is going to be a very good team with many representative players involved, some that may be playing for Wales in the very near future. The tour they have will take them around Texas, ending in Houston to play our team and watch the Eagles game. They will be saving their best players for us as we are the Rugby Texas team, the best in the state.

As in any other home game, we do have a collective responsibility to host them. It will be no different than any other home game you have participated in this season. Which means we will have some set up, operating, break down and hosting duties to attend to . Therefore we will need volunteers to assist us in the day's events.

Rugby Texas has generously donated monies for the officiating crew, and $250.00 for the post game meal. Our budget for the trip is not included in this match as we use all the money (your contribution and the funding from Rugby Texas) for the Colorado trip. So, this being said , we would appreciate any volunteers to assist us in making this a class act for our visitors. Please respond to this email and Joe and Duane will include you in helping us that day.

Thank you in advance for being part of this historic day, as it's the first for a HP team to play a game outside of the tournaments we participate in every year.

Thanks,

Coach Rock

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