SFYR is hosting a rugby camp for children 7-13 on Saturday, March 2nd. The camp will be held at the Fort Marcy gymnasium from 10:30am to 1:30pm.
The cost is $10 (for up to 2 kids) and the money is credited towards the season’s registration.
We’ll work on a variety of rugby skills. Join us!
The crew at SFYR is planning the upcoming season. You can sign up right here.
We expect to hold our first match March 23rd and play every Saturday through May 11th, followed by a day of rugby in Albuquerque at the Celtic Festival on Sunday, May 19th.
We’re planning an in-service training for Santa Fe Public School physical education teachers on February 15th and a registration day on Saturday, February 23rd.
We’ll see you on the pitch!
Parents and Players,
Thanks for an awesome awards weekend last Saturday. We have practice tonight at Aspen magnet school for Owls and Tigers. If you were a Ram and need directions please call me. See you at 5:30 to get ready for states! Please be focused and on-time. Below is the info for Celtic on Sunday. Please fill out the attached waiver in advance as it will make the entry process smoother. One parent gets in free but the second will have to buy a $15 ticket. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
IMPORTANT! READ THIS IF YOU ARE COMING TO THE CELTIC FEST!!
Dear AYRU Coaches, Volunteers, Parents and Supporters of Youth Rugby in New Mexico,
First I want to say many thanks to all the coaches, volunteers and parents who have committed to helping us with this year’s Celtic Fest Youth Rugby Tournament. We could not pull this off without you! This year is our biggest and best event yet. We have 157 kids participating in 5 brackets. It’s going to be a great day for youth rugby in New Mexico. To run a smooth day I ask that everyone print out, read, and follow carefully the attached master schedule. Highlights from the schedule for Sunday, May 20th, are:
8:00am – Please arrive at the main gate of Celtic Fest (at Balloon Fiesta) Park with your players.
Armbands – Volunteer Mr. Jim Sikra will be at the main gate with a bag of all armbands for each individual team. Once you receive the bag of armbands from Jim, it is each team’s responsibility to make sure all players (and one parent per player) get their armbands. Jim is only handing over the bag. Please note that all additional family members over and above the one parent receiving a complimentary armband will need to purchase entrance to the Celtic Fest grounds at the Main Gate.
8:30am Coaches Meeting – All coaches and referees are expected to meet at the main fields Admin Tent.
Code of Conduct & Waiver Form / T-shirts – Every player and coach is expected to sign the attached Code of Contact & Waiver Form to participate in the tournament. Volunteers will be at the Admin Tent accepting forms from 8:15am-9:15am. When the volunteer receives the player’s waiver, their name will be checked off on the team roster and the player will receive their tournament t-shirt. There will be extra forms at the tent though I encourage you to bring a signed form in advance to expedite things. Please try to get this done as soon as players arrive at the fields.
9:00am Players Meeting – All players and coaches expected to meet at Field #3. Be ready to show us your best team cheer!
9:15am MATCHES START! – Please check the master schedule for field and times for you teams.
7:45am – All volunteers need to arrive at the Celtic Fest Main Gate (at Balloon Fiesta Park).
8:00am – Jim Sikra handing out armbands at gate.
8:15am – Forms collection, T-shirts, and AYRU store open up.
8:30am – Bracket and Referee coordination opens up.
9:00 – First Aid consultation and Ambulance Service available.
For all, and assuming we stay on schedule, we will have a lunch break at 12:15 followed by Consolation Matches at 1:15pm, and Championship Matches at 1:45pm. The Awards Ceremony will be at 2:30pm followed by clean up. We are grateful for ALL HANDS helping on clean up.
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MYR coaches and parents,
A few orders of business with only three weeks left. This weekend we have games as usual at the MRC pitches. We will try to to get 4 or 5 games in like last weekend with starting times at 9 (U-9 Rio Rams), 9:15 (U-11 Owls), 9:30 (U-13 Tigers). The last two or three games we will do like last week with combo teams starting as refs become available. Please try to get to the field no later than 9am for warm ups and rams should be there at 8:45am to warm up. We should be done by 11am at latest. Thanks for a fun water fight last week too!
The games on Saturday May 12th will be our final home match. We will do an awards ceremony after the final games at the picnic area. Hopefully Los Alamos will want to participate in this and give awards to their players too (we can combine an order if you let us know). I could use some parental and coaching help to organize this with maybe some hotdogs and lemonade too. Please let me know if you can volunteer. The High School Rugby Championships are starting promptly after our games so please stick around and watch. It is also very important we start on time that Saturday because of this so really try to make an effort to be on time for your match.
Our youth state championships will take place at The Celtic festival Sunday May 20th in Albuquerque. Games start at 9am. We will be paying entry fees for 3 teams. Please let us know ASAP if your child cannot make it. We would love to have you all down there. It is a great event at Balloon fiesta park which you get free entry to with your child. We also understand their are some previous commitments so do let us know ASAP.
Informal summer touch Rugby will be in conjunction with the Santa Fe High School and Men’s team. We will start June 6th and run for 8 weeks every Wednesday night at 6pm at the MRC rugby fields. Everyone is invited! We are also thinking about a one week or 4 day rugby camp for the kids in late July or early August. Please let us know if you would sign you kid up for something like this.
See you at practice tonight or tomorrow (Rams at Capshaw). It has been so much fun. Let’s keep up the momentum for these last 3 weeks!
Much thanks, Joe L.
The State Championships are at Balloon fiesta Park in Albuquerque on the Second Day (Sunday, May 20th) of the Celtic Festival. This is different from our game schedule which says Saturday the 19th. This is incorrect. Below is a link
This is a good read. http://www.americanwaymag.com/rugby-football-public-and-middle-school
Directions to Saturday Touch Rugby Games in Los Alamos:
Take 502 into the heart of Los Alamos. This becomes Trinity Dr.
Drive into town and take a right on Diamond Dr.
It is at the High School Parking lot, 1300 Diamond drive. 75 meters and turn left into HS parking lot and go to left side over to gate entrances.
It is before the UNM campus
You can come into town and veer right on to Canyon or Central which will merge at the pool and then follow to HS and go straight trough light to parking lot.
0845 – Arrive at Fields – Mesa(Grass in front of College) and Sullivan / Use HS parking lot
0900 – Kick off of first games U7 and U9
0930 – Kick off of U13 / U11 Play as much rugby as possible
1015 – Wrap up and move in between fields for social
1030 – HS Boys play 15s match / Girls Match ~10s (MYR watches)
1245 – Clean Up and HS social at Teen center
Changes to Game schedule:
MYR Championship weekend is moved from May 19th to May 12th. We still need parents to help form a committee to throw this final weekend with awards, trophies, and food. Please contact Joe if you can help.
May 19th, State Championships at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque for Celtic Festival . We hope to take one U-9 (Rio Rams), one U-11 (Owls) and one U-13 (Tigers) down. Please let us know if you want to participate ASAP. It will be tons of fun and the kids will play other youth teams from around the state.
May 26th- No Games. Optional Scrimmage at MRC fields.
We will have an informal summer touch league for parents and kids at the fields probably on Wednesday nights. Please see our website (www.montainyouthrugby.org) for updates or contact me if you have questions or concerns.
Rugby Development Officer
Mountain Youth Rugby
505 216 7529
Don’t Forget! – Hors d’oeurves hour Sat April 28th 5pm-6pm at San Francisco St. Bar and Grill. Please come meet the board and help support youth health and fitness. Please bring a friend too!
Take the south entrance off La Madera between the portable class rooms. Because of construction you cannot access the field from the main school entrance
The Mountain Youth Rugby League held its first games of the season this past weekend. Two events were for the under 11(U-11) bracket and the under thirteen (U-13) bracket. The game with the younger kids looked like a bit chaotic from time to time, but they never stopped running and never seemed to run out of energy. There was plenty of scoring with the Wise Improvements Owls coming out on top 55 to 15 over the Rio Rams. Despite the trouncing, the losing team never became discouraged and gave it their all right up to the final whistle.
The older group displayed more rugby discipline having a better grasp of the rules of the game as they advanced the ball by hard running and smart passing. Once again there was plenty of scoring with the Second Street Tigers defeating the Los Alamos Rio Rabbits 50 to 35.
Joe Lewis, the league’s Rugby Development Officer, said there is still time for parents to register their kids into the program. There will be no games this Easter weekend, but play will resume April 14 at the Santa Fe Municipal Recreation Complex. He encourages all parents who think their children might be interested to come out with them and watch the games. They can sign up at that time.