Updates from Wednesday

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.

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.
See you on Sunday!!
Thomas Goslau
Tel: +1(505)301-9053
SKYPE: tgoslau

Scrimmages this Saturday

The Wise Improvements owls listening to coach Axel

Despite the Holiday weekend MYR is planning on some informal rugby youth non-contact games tomorrow morning (Saturday 4/7/12 at 9am) at the MRC pitches. It looks like our numbers will be a bit low because of the holiday and Los Alamos won’t be joining us but we should have enough for a few touch games at different levels. We might also get a visit from former league head Richard Morris (current High School Tackle coach) and Rob Day (youth director 2007-2011) who might have a special rugby surprise for us. If we don’t see you then have a great weekend and we will see you at practice next week.