The coaching staff is excited to announce an initiative that will significantly enhance the quality of experience that some of our high school players can attain while at the same time lightening the load on our volunteer administrators.
We have created a number of student club officer positions, such as President, Webmaster and Manager (to name a few), that will give the Stallions high school student/athletes an opportunity to assume and carry out a modest amount of very necessary club responsibilities.
The benefit to the club is a more thorough and appropriate completion of the myriad of tasks necessary for the successful administration of our club. The payoff for the participating individual is a more thorough appreciation of the important Stallions Core Values and ….additional items for that college application!
All of these positions will work with one of the staff members in a mentorship role.
The following roles are currently identified: President, Webmaster, Recruiting, Team Manager, Fundraising, Fields, Social and Community Outreach.
Any interested players should contact Coach Bergman. This is a new process for the club and any questions or feedback is always welcome.
Why Should Football Players Play Rugby in the Spring!!
Of course we in the Rugby community think it is the greatest of team sports. We are clearly biased. Here’s why, as a football player, you should use Rugby as your Spring athletic activity:
Ball handling skills – The rugby ball is generally the same shape as a football. Every practice session and game will give you multiple opportunities to pass and catch the ball, because….
In rugby, (offensive lineman and defensive players take note) EVERY player gets to run with the ball. On the football field, this will help you to be more secure in ball carrying and contact situations.
Evasive running - As a ball carrier in rugby, you will be challenged to evade would be tacklers and be given plenty of opportunities to attempt to break tackles.
Hone your tackling skills - Conversely, you will get plenty of practice making close quarter and open field tackles. See below for details on how the coaching and officiating of rugby makes the tackle situation as safe as possible.
Outstanding conditioning – High school games consist of two 35 minutes halves of near continuous play. No huddles. Games are challenging. So are practices to get you ready to play the game well. This will get you in remarkable shape for your summer football camp. Far better than any other spring sport. According to former Hersey All-Conference Two-Way lineman Spencer Krueger, “Rugby 100% improved my conditioning for football as well as improving my tackling technique.”
Driving an opponent backward – This is an important aspect of both football and rugby. It’s one reason football players adapt quickly and perform well in rugby and an why football players improve after a season or two of rugby.
It’s competitive – Teamwork, discipline and performance in pressurized situations characterize both sports. Any ambitious athlete should be looking for any opportunity to develop these character traits.
Click here to hear from a high school football program that benefited greatly from relationship of these two great sports:
And you can play rugby in college! Stallions Alumni have gone on to play at these colleges/universities: Ohio State, Illinois, Purdue, Iowa, Colorado, St. Mary’s (CA), Illinois State, Wisconsin, Louisville, Davenport, Washington (St. Louis), Charleston, Western Illinois, Northern Illinois, Lake Forest and Wisconsin/Platteville.
Sign-Up Day for the 2019 Spring season in January 12 at Camelot Park in Arlington Heights from 9 AM to Noon. Indoor practice starts on January 13th. Call or text 847-845-4982 if you have any questions.
In 1823, during a soccer match at the Rugby School in England, William Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it toward his opponent’s goal. Little did he know that he was about to invent a new sport, Rugby, which would be played around the world and eventually morph into American Football…And little did he know that he was going to get tackled!
History is just a small connection these sports share. Reality is that there are numerous and significant differences, not the least of which are the tackling techniques utilized in American Football and Rugby.
We frequently hear the cliché “Rugby is just football without pads”. This is usually attached to further statements about the level of sanity of those who have taken up our great sport.
There is no debate about the contact nature of rugby. The coaching and officiating of the fundamental elements of the game have served to minimize the risk of injury. It is not the mayhem the novice observer perceives. Here is a summary of these elements:
Head-to-Side tackling technique – The primary core skill in granting a rugby coach certification is his/her ability to teach this skill. The tackler leads with the shoulder with the head directed to the ball carrier;s side and behind the hip, thus taking the head out of harm’s way.
Shoulder drive and arm wrap - The tackler is not allowed to “cross body block” to make the tackle. The arms must wrap the ball carrier to complete the tackle which requires a shoulder and leg drive to be effective.
Legislation of high tackles – Tackling a ball carrier above the upper chest is penalized. Blatant and/or repeated will lead to the guilty party being removed from the match.
Continuity of play – The continuous nature of play in rugby (no huddles) induces a level of fatigue that reduces the speed of players engagement in tackle situations.
Dump tackling is illegal – Picking up and “dumping” the ball carrier is illegal and punished as severly as above the shoulder contact.
No off-the-ball contact – There is no blocking or contact away from the ball carrier. Therefore, there are no blind hits, away from the play, on an unsuspecting player.
Despite these differences, there are similarities and carryover skills and activities that make American Football and Rugby a great combination for the contact sport athlete.
Look for future articles: The Scrum is Not a Mess, How Rugby Improves the Football Athlete and Football, Wrestling and Rugby: A Combination for Success
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.
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.
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
The best way to get to the 9/16 match against the South Side Irish: Take I-294 south to 95th St. Exit on the 95th St. EAST exit. Take 95th east to Southwest Highway and turn left. Take Southwest Highway until 87th street and turn right. Take 87th street east until Western Ave. and turn left. The park entrance is then about two blocks north of 87th on th right (east) side of the street. Address is 8500 S. Western Ave., Chicago, 60620. Please give yourself at least 1 hour, 15 minutes for this trip.