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2018 HS FallBall Details

Practice starts Monday, August 27th at Patriot Park in Arlington Heights.    FallBall dues are $100.  Players MUST register with USA Rugby on their own by September 5th.   Practices will be Monday and Wednesday from 5:00 PM to 6:15ish, except Labor Day (Tues and Wed that week.  Games will be Saturdays (late morning/early afternoon) from Sept. 8 to October 27th.

Coach Bergman's Summer Message

Looking back, I know that I speak on behalf of our entire coaching staff when I say that the last two months demonstrated all that is good about our great rugby club.  1) Our middle school U14 side played themselves into second place in the Rugby Illinois State Championship, 2) Our tireless Social Committee put on another fantastic Awards Dinner; 3) We had our largest group ever (>70) march in the Arlington Hts. July 4th Parade; 4) Our entire club pulled together and ran the best Seven's State Championship in the history of Rugby Illinois; 5) Stallions Alum Spencer Krueger is playing great on Senior New Zealand club Marist Albion and 6) Alums Kevin Lydon and Andrew Collins led our HS Sevens squad to its fourth State Championship in five years.

THANK YOU to all who made this happen.  The players have heard me say numerous times that "a team gets what it collectively deserves".  Our club's sole purpose is not to just win games and/or championships.  It is however, our measuring stick and what we strive to achieve...by doing things right!  It is without arrogance that I say that the minutes of celebration we enjoyed at Melas Park when the Championship was secured was well earned by our entire organization.

Being able to wach our sevens side from the end zone demonstrated the brilliance of Kevin's plan and the discipline of our players to execute it consistently.  That discipline and the courage of all of our players to play through the discomfort of partially recovered injuries and to consistently tackle larger players was an inspiration.

Looking forward, our work toward a successful 2018/2019 has already begun.  The staff is planning our teams' training programs. Our players need to reflect on their individual ability to live up to the Stallions Players Core Values and focus on making improvements in their personal self-management to live up to those values.  Parents need to reinforce with their players the importance of these values, particularly in the context of being great teammates.

RECRUITING: This is 24/7/365!  If you have contact with any family in which a call from one of our coaches will help, let us know right away.  Share Facebook posts from the Stallions or Coach Bergman with your Friends to get the word out.  Friend Coach Bergman on Facebook as he only uses this for rugby news.  We will be scheduling a meeting in the next few weeks to specifically discuss recruiting initiatives.  Please make that meeting with ideas to help us get our membership to a level where we can field full sides at the five levels of competition within Rugby Illinois.

Finally, Good Luck and Thank You  to our graduated Seniors and their families.  Your contribution has helped make the rugby experience positive for all of our members.  We will certainly miss you and look forward to hearing news of your future endeavors.

Post-Script: Players Core Values: 1) Be There, 2) Do the Work, 3) Care About Quality and 4) Be Great Teammates.

 

 

 

 

Letter from Spencer Krueger

Stallions Family: Here's a note from Alum (Hersey, 2016) Spencer Krueger, who is currently in New Zealand participating in a high performance academy with the Canterbury Crusaders.

Hello all,

I cannot believe that I have already been down here for a month, the time is flying past. When I first arrived and started the camp I thought that they were going to tell me to forget everything that I had previously known and teach me to do everything a different way.This couldn't have been further from the truth . While they are showing me new ways and techniques to do things, the real way they do things down here is practice the little things over and over again until its perfect.

While our main coach is Grant Keenan (former Black Ferns coach), we have guest coaches come in who coach the under 19 and under 21 Canterbury provincial team. In addition to this I am able to watch the Crusaders practice and often times do the same drills that I am doing Now that the All Blacks are finished with their series with France, people like Owen Franks and Kieran Reed are back with the Crusaders, so I am very excited to see how they train and possibly meet them.

Club matches are going great and I have played 3 full games since arriving. I did not play this past weekend due to a strained abdomen but expect that I will be back next week. The boys however pulled out a big win over Burnside (our huge rival but no could tell me why, just that they hate them) and we take on a tough Shirley side next weekend who have a Number 8 that also plays professionally in Japan, so it should be an excellent game.

I will continue to send updates on Facebook,

Spencer Krueger

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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