Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
To everyone who intentionally read my blog, thank you. I write intentionally because many have stumbled upon it accidentally. But I thank you for stopping by too. Thanks for writing me privately, leaving comments, indulging me with my requests for wrestling names and following the adventures of the pink cape. I'm not sure where it ended up.
Some of my posts were hard to write, but overall I've enjoyed blogging about this experience. Currently, I have another rugby blogging project in the pipeline where I ask fellow ruggers and lovers of the game to share their stories with me. Working out the final details, but please check back shortly if you'd like to participate.
Yours in Rugby
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Amy Daniels, Boston, MA
Ellie Karvoski, Little Rock, AR
Pam Kosanke, Chicago, IL
Kelly White, Belmont, CA
Lauren Hoeck, Washington, DC
Alison Price, New York, NY
Teena Mastrangelo, Chicago, IL
Ines Rodriguez, Philadelphia, PA
Christy Ringgenberg, Minneapolis, MN
Jen Starkey, Washington, DC
Jess Watkins, Palo Alto, CA (Stanford U.)
Jen Sinkler, Philadelphia, PA
Ida Bernstein, Balitimore, MD
Phaidra Knight, Bronx, New York
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
New York, NY
Play Sports for Life the trading name for Play Rugby, Inc (www.playrugbyusa.com) and ’s Women’s Team are extremely proud to announce a youth development rugby program partnership that will witness a growth in numbers of female and coaching role models throughout all age grades, in New York.
The program named the ‘Right of Passage’ is a player and coach development continuum that will utilize alumni players of the Play Rugby USA® (“PRUSA”) school program, transferred into a unique service learning coach training system. At a senior women’s level, alumni will be encouraged to give back to the community through the coaching mentoring program. New York Rugby Club’s women (“NYW”) and under 19’s Harlem based girls team (“U19’s”) will form the group of senior coaches and trainee coaches, respectively.
The PRUSA program has reached over 70 schools and 7000 students in New York City over the last 3 years. It will provide the coach mentoring / training foundation from which these new coaches can begin transferring their knowledge and experiences to other urban rugby playing girls. The NYW team is one of America’s premier Women’s teams http://www.newyorkrugby.com/content/view/117/208, having been placed in the top 3 teams nationally for the last 6 years. Furthermore, the team has fielded 20 Women’s National Team players in its recent history.
Play Sports builds upon a strong foundation already in place with NYW with a number of these great athletes and female role models already coaching within the PRUSA program. One of four such coaches is Tyshawn Henry – a NYW and National Team stalwart and international 7-a-side (“7’s”) player, Tyshawn has been a PRUSA coach for over two years, transferring her expertise and speaking of her life experiences, to hundreds of underserved urban youth athletes. Most recently, Tyshawn competed in the winning Hong Kong USA 7’s team last year.
This new partnership will see these new developmental coaches being mentored with already existing and trained PRUSA coaches. Through this coaching relationship, the program will spark a whole new generation of female rugby coaches of all ages. Girls as young as 15 will be involved in coaching youth rugby players in the flag rugby school programs. There currently is an evident lack of youth rugby coaches, particularly females. Such a deficit, limits the number of younger females actually open to participating in the sport. The development of community coaches allows an increased number of females to have the opportunity to play as a wider playing audience can be reached. Young girls will learn to play the game and progress up through their school rugby PRUSA programs. Upon graduation, these young rugby stars may move in to playing in the very successful New York Women’s U19 program.
The New York Women’s U19 Coach, Molly Dengler, spoke of her aspirations for the program: “As part of our player development program, we have been looking for a way for the U19 girls to give back to their neighborhood and to the rugby community. The coach development component of the program provides an ideal outlet for the first community service opportunity of our players’ lives. Through this two-way mentorship, the U19 girls will not only improve their understanding of the game, but also see themselves as empowered leaders and role models.” .
However, the unique driving force emanating from the backbone of the partnership is the creation of, promotion and more importantly the actual involvement of local community female role models. By placing successful student and senior female athletes back into the player development cycle at every age group, this program will stimulate urban female students’ desire to continue to participate in sport. The conception of role models can be a great inspiration in knocking down old expectations and suggesting new ambitions, who knows, their involvement may just be the inspiration to unearth the next USA female rugby star!
Excited about the prospect of this new initiative, Mark Griffin, Founder of Play Sports commented: “This partnership is a fantastic addition to our program. Given so many of the pieces of the puzzle were already in place, and relationships established, it was really just a meeting of the minds. In addition to providing a valuable developmental experience for the existing players on the NYW U19 team, it will also enable us to engage many more young female athletes at a community level, starting in Harlem. From there, we look to replicate the program city-wide and ultimately with other teams and our affiliates elsewhere”.
The progress and development of the PRUSA program has sparked interest from Nike and as a result Play Sports decided to enter an online competition sponsored by Nike and called GameChangers to promote the new initiative. To learn more, get involved, or comment please visit the following link:
Play Sports for Life is a registered non profit organization who’s vision is to create transformational change for youth through sports. Play Rugby USA® is the unique youth development program with an underlying philosophy of “developing youth through rugby”.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
For more information, read about The Right of Passage.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Sadeana's Hat- Finally
On my first trip to Little Rock in the fall of 2005 I was knitting a brown cable scarf. Somewhere between her house and a trip to Walmart, that I vaguely remember, I promised Sadeana that I would knit her something. She decided on a hat. 2006 came and went, as did 2007. On occasion when I'd see Sad, she ask, "How's my hat coming along?" I kept promising. In September of last year, I finally started it. I had it at the Bronxville camp. I hoped to finish in time for September's Little Rock camp. That didn't happen. Well, it took a few years but I finished it the Monday after the last Little Rock camp and sent it in the mail last week.
Sad- Thanks for your patience.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
One Hundred Day Burpee Challenge:Day One
In December I signed up to participate in the One Hundred Day Burpee Challenge. From January 1st to the 10th I was going strong. One Saturday, Hobs and Sarah met me in Sunset Park for some passing and we topped off the session with burpees. That was the last time I did them, until recently when I received an email reminder about it. Today marks day 34. I'm not exactly up to 34, but I am making a come back. I'll add this to my exercise routine. This morning, I went running well before it began snowing. I did some yoga too. This evening I'll do some burpees. Does this still count at two a days?
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I don't belive there will be a next time. My belief is never say never. But as far as playing international rugby for the US, I'm pretty certain that I will not have this opportunity again. In part, I'm ready for new challenges, experiences, and spending quality time with friends and family away from a rugby pitch.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
We were there all day, having a morning and afternoon session. This morning we had ball handling and tackling assessments followed by the the Samoa tackling drill. Most of us had a lunch break inside, in the warm temperatures. Daniela, who arrived yesterday, got to do her fitness testing today. Sinkler said D had a four minute break following her testing, a banana and then rejoined the group for the afternoon session.
During the afternoon, we had set play scenarios, scrums, line outs, and kick offs from which we moved onto open field play. With fitness and skills testing done, it's nice to start putting the game together. That's what tomorrow will be all about: time to put it all together and play with each other.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Me to SBJ: You're awesome!
SBJ to Me: You're awesome!
Sinkler to SBJ: I don't think she is talking to you
SBJ to Sinkler: No, she is talking to me.
This morning, Group 2, had a quick dip in the pool followed by a nice breakfast. Group 1 started earlier at 6:30am. They should be on their way back to the hotel now, as Group 2 readies to leave for our first round of testing. Pull ups, juggling, vertical leap are some of the items on the menu. Following lunch both groups will go to the track for the running portion: 10m, 40m, bleep test, ten 100's.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Ms. G introduced the game to the kids on Monday. They were happy to share their knowlegdge with me. Apparently, they saw some inspiring video clips of tackle rugby.
Teaching lateral/backwards passing is one of the most challenging concepts to introduce in the US. It's not a prevalent concept in major American sports. Ms. G is eager to get them passing laterally. So we try a three on three game. The kids shake their heads "yes," they understand they're supposed to pass backwards, then look at me funny when the starting whistle blows. That's Ok. They're energy is infectious. I'm excited about introducing this game I love to a new generation.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Jugglers during New York City Marathon, 2008
The New York City Marathon brings out all sorts of participants: your elite marathoners, wheel chair competitors, a heart transplant recipient, cancer survivors, FDNY etc. Last year, I noticed several jugglers in the field. There have probably been jugglers participating for a while. I'm sure I just happen to notice them because juggling is one of the skills players will be tested on at this weekend's camp.
At my gym, there happens to be a juggling class. Last fall, Flatemen happened upon it one Thursday before practice. I had the best of intentions of attending. But it didn't exactly work out. I did make it to one session, where I met Kyle, the red head juggler, kitted in a Mets Orange and Blue jersey. He tried to help quickly advancing me from one to two to three balls. Though he was supportive, offering constructive comments, this was a humbling experience. If all that is required is that I toss and catch two balls with varying rhythm and little synchronicity then I can be hailed a success. Throw in a third ball and it all goes down hill.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
While in the middle of another call with a customer service representative from my insurance, Amy, another resolution specialist called. She was the one person who I could get on the phone over the last two weeks, a saving grace. Although it came a lot later than I wanted, she had an answer for me. I finally received authorization for visits.
I wanted a quick answer. I opted for the expedited appeal vs the 30 day so that I could get treatment well in advance of camp. The process was supposed to be prompt. So much for that plan. I figure this is all a big joke. As much as I "plan," there's always something out of my control. Guess that's just life.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Represented the US at Amsterdam Sevens
Walked by the Osdorp windmill everyday while on tour
Started blogging in Amsterdam
Traded for clogs and jackets
USA v Brazil, Melissa on attack
Jess and Jenn as Brazilians
June, July, August
Summer of "Beefcake"
Played with the NRU
Coached NYRC u-19
Hanging with the horses during a weekend with the NRU
Recovery: Alison, Ines, and Kitt
NRU at ITTs, Pittsburgh
Went to two camps in one month:
Bronxville and Little Rock
Pink Cape traveled through the US
Chris in the Pink Cape at Little Rock Camp
Completed fitness testing in Bronxville
Selected for Dubai 7's
Enjoyed Sweet Sixteens in St. Louis
New York Rugby in St. Louis
Champions of New York Sevens
Champions of the 50th Annual New York Sevens
FR: Carrie and Daniela
Chose a wrestling nickname
Tried out the Ty-breaker
Worked a lot!
Countdown to 2009!