As I mentioned previously, the sign of any successful organization is not resting on past laurels, but looking ahead. In an effort to continually build a better rugby program and to make the Stallions' future brighter and more successful, here is my challenge to our club:
PLAYERS: The Stallions game is based on pace of play, tackling, handling and great recycling of the ball in contact. The key to this is fitness and the responsibility for that is on YOU. FITNESS IS A LIFESTYLE. This means you need to live it 12 months a year, not for the few weeks before a season starts and then during our training sessions. We do fitness work as a group to fine tune your conditioning and build team
unity, but you MUST do your homework on this. Particiapting in other sports in non-rugby periods of time during the year is ideal. If you don't, you need to get CREATIVE! Form workout groups with your teammates or utilize Coach Tojaga's fitness programs. In the end, you need to take responsibility to get off the couch and away from the TV and video games. There are two guidelines with which I will share, and probably already have many time before: "HARD WORK = HARD BODIES, SOFT WORK = SOFT BODIES" and, if you have ambitions of a high level of success in this sport and I (or your parents) have to constantly tell you to train on your own, you probably don't have what it takes to accomplish those lofty goals! MAKE IT HAPPEN, you can and you will.
PARENTS: As always, the staff greatly appreciates any and all help we get from families in accomplishing the myriad of chores that need to be accomplished during the season. There is no question that these needs will continue to exist and will grow as Stallions' activities expand. If anyone has a skill or interest that can help the club, please do not hesitate to contact a staff member and share your thoughts. CONSTRCTIVE FEEDBACK IS ALWAYS WELCOME. We have great website support, but if there is a need we are missing there, please let our staff know in order to best serve you. One of our most pressing needs right now is to increase the number of those willing and able to transport our field equipment trailor as well as finding a storage location that is more geographically desireable than Elk Grove Village.
RECRUITING: We have several avenues for accomplishing this, but positive word-of-mouth remains the most reliable and effective. In my view, the perfect combination of sports for contact sport athletes is football/wrestling/rugby. In what other Spring sport will the football athlete get open-field tackling, evasive running, ball-handling, conditioning, extensive game-time and positive reinforcement?
FUND RAISING/SPONSORSHIP: We expect to be redoing our club jerseys as of September 1, so we will be seeking new sponsorship relationships. If anyone knows of a company that would like to embark on such an endeavor with the club, please let Coach LaPiana or Coach Pateras (847-471-1907) know as soon as possible. This is very important as it allows us to provide the Stallions experience at the reasonable dues rate structure that we have always had in place.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS JULY 4th PARADE: This is a very important activity for us in terms of recruiting and raising the awareness of our club in our community. This can positively affect our efforts in sponsorship and establishing a positive relationship with the local school and park districts. The time commitment of that day is from 9:00 AM to Noon and everyone always has a great time. Last year we had nearly 50 marchers. We would like to exceed that this year. Please put it on your calendar.
FALL BALL: This activity was designed a few years ago for our high school players that did not have a fall sports activity. It WAS NOT DESIGNED to influence players away from their high school football programs. Nor should our athletes believe that our coaching staff wants them to make that decision. As I said earlier, we believe the best combination for the contact sport athlete is football, wrestling and rugby. Our staff agrees with the research that states that the healthiest approach to athletic activities for young men and this age is to get a variety of activities in their high school years.
YOUR FEEDBACK IS VITAL: Always feel free to communicate with us with any concerns or suggestions that you may have. The system works best when we are doing our best to meet the needs of all of our club's families.
Yours in rugby,
Paul Bergman, Head Coach
USA Rugby 300 Level Certified Coach
NASC Strength and Conditioning Specialist
ACSN Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist