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Summer 2018 Park District Rugby

Rugby Coming This Summer!

In order to get more players involved in our U12 and U14 programs, the Stallions will be co-sponsoring evening programs with both the Arlington Heights and Mt. Prospect park districts.  These programs will meet once per week and will be non-contact, focusing on the sports’ fundamental skills and teamwork.

Current club members who participate in these programs will be rebated $40 of the program fee by the Stallions.  Stallions alumni and high school players will serve as program instructors.

The Arlington Heights program will meet Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30 PM from June 18 to July 23.  Here’s the link:

https://www.ahpd.org/programs/summer-adventure-camp-guide

The Mt. Prospect program will meet Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 PM from June 20 to July 25.  Here’s the link:

https://www.mppd.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/MP_SUMMER2018.pdf

Both programs will take the July 4th week off.

Please encourage friends to participate.

2018 Raffle Winners

Thank you to all who bought and sold tickets in this year's successful raffle. Here are the winners (as identified on the winning ticket):

Lettuce Entertain You $100 gift packet: Facchini and John C.

$100 cash: Shari Maier, Bill Lindbloom, Donna Baker, Derek Van Wyne, and Hinkle

$500 cash: Ray Mandel

$1000 cash: Hahn 

Spencer Krueger Going Down Under

Arlington Stallions Alum Spencer Krueger (Hersey HS, 2016) has experienced a meteoric rise in his rugby since leaving us and entering Ohio State University.  He went to Columbus two weeks early for his freshman year to train with their rugby club, which enabled him to attain a very special status for any Stallions alum, that of being "First Team - First Week".  He has not relinquished his spot in their side and was recently elected by his OSU teammates to captain their squad for the 2018/2019 school year.  Additionally, in his first two years there, he has also served as recruiting chairman and interim club president.
 
His performance has not gone unnoticed as he was rated one of the nations Top 15 collegiate players by blogger Alex Goff (https://www.florugby.com/articles/6063470-top-players-from-d1a-this-fall) and was invited to play in the Chicago Lions senior side this spring.
 
We are pleased to tell you that Spencer has been accepted into the Canterbury (New Zealand) Crusaders High Performance Immersion Camp this summer.  This is an 8 week intensive player development program administered by one of the most successful select side programs in the world.  The Crusaders have produced an extraordinary number of New Zealand All Black players and this immersion program has advanced high achieving players from a number of countries to their international sides.
 
The Stallions, Ohio State and Chicago Lions coaches are unanimous in the opinion that Spencer's future in rugby is as bright as any player we have seen in our collective programs.  He possesses the physical tools, discipline and professional commitment to at some point (with a little luck) take the field as a USA Eagle.  He has made the most of his experience at every level of rugby in which he has participated.  The Crusaders Immersion program will be the biggest challenge he has yet to face.  We all have no doubt that he will be up to the task and will return this summer ready to take some giant strides forward in his level of play.
 
 
   

Path to the Eagles

Here is a link to a very good description of USA Rugby's plan to move our best players into National Team programs.  If you want to know what the requirements are for players who aspire to this level of play, live up to their Golden Truths outlined on the first pagfe of the document.  https://assets.usarugby.org/docs/eagles-roadmap.pdf

Using Facebook for Recruiting

In an effort to find as many ways as possible to get the word out about Rugby and the Stallions, we would like as many players and parents to Friend Coach Bergman.  His Facebook page is used only to post bits of news and information about Rugby in general and the Stallions in particular.  Then, when you see an interesting post from Coach Bergman, please Share it with your network of friends.  In this way, we can reach as many potential new Stallions family members as possible.  All current member families should be sure to Friend the Stallions Facebook page as well.  Thank you!

Remind Messaging Update

So far, our messaging system is working very well to get announcements out to our players and families.  That being said, our staff is still on the learning curve with this system.  Therefore, we have to ask that players and families DO NOT use this system in any attempt to communicate with the coaching staff.  At this time, calling or texting the coaches directly to their cell numbers is the preferred and most effective method.  All coaches cell  numbers are listed on the website under Get Connected.  Thank you for your patience.

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