• Teams Confirmed for NACRA Sevens

    <span style="color:#666666"><em><strong>All teams have now been confirmed for the 2009 NACRA Sevens, Mexico City, November 14th &amp; 15th 2009.</strong></em></span> <span style="color:#0000CC"><strong>Women's Teams:</strong></span> Mexico (hosts) Guyana Cayman Islands Jamaica Bahamas St Lucia The Women's tournament format is a round robin over two days with each playing each other. On Day 2, the 1st and 2nd placed teams will play off for the overall Championship with additional matches between 3rd and 4th and 5th and 6th. <span style="color:#0000CC"><strong>Men's Teams:</strong></span> <span style="color:#009900"><strong>Pool A:</strong></span> Guyana, <span style="color:#FF0000"><strong>Bahamas</strong></span>, Cayman Islands, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic <span style="color:#009900"><strong>Pool B:</strong></span> Trinidad &amp; Tobago, Mexico, Barbados, St Lucia <span style="color:#009900"><strong>Pool C:</strong></span> Bermuda, Jamaica, Martinique, St Vincent &amp; The Grenadines Top 3 teams from Pool A and top 2 teams from Pools B and C automatically go through to the Cup knockout competition on Day 2. The 3rd placed teams in Pools B and C play a one off match to decide the remaining 8th team in the Day 2 knockout tournament. The remaining 5 teams enter a round robin tournament on Day 2. The 5 highest placed eligible teams will go through to the CACSO Games Sevens to be held in Guyana in July 2010 and the highest ranked eligible Caribbean team will go through to the 2010 Commonwealth games. Source: <a href="http://www.nawira.com/articles/teams-confirmed-2009-nacra-sevens/">NACRA</a>

     
  • Jamaica Rugby (league) host unique fundraiser

    <span style="color:#666666"><em><strong>The Jamaican Rugby League squad, who are set to play USA in the ‘Hotels of Jacksonville.com’ Atlantic Cup clash on 14th November, have come up with a unique method of supplementing the cost of the trip, in what is their first international fixture.</strong></em></span> <div class="image_block"><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/Jamaicarugbyleague2_2352022.jpg" alt="" title="" width="350" height="182" /></div> Coach Dean Thomas and the rest of the UK-based players are holding a 12-hour DJ marathon next Saturday, 31st October in Marcia’s restaurant on Chapeltown Road in Leeds, from 9am to 9pm. Pledges can be made to have meals with members of the squad, spin the records with them or just contribute to what will be an historic match. Jamaica head coach Dean Thomas said, <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" align="texttop" alt="" /> “Not all our costs for the game have been covered so we thought music and sport go together really well, All the players are sponsored to supply the sound for the hour and we still have slots available in the morning and late evening" <img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" align="absbottom" alt="" /></p></blockquote> Supported by the Leeds Rugby Foundation’s ‘Connecting Communities’ project, who will take pledges for the event, there is the chance to have breakfast with Dean Thomas and Ikram Butt, lunch with Des Drummond and a local councillor and tea with Steve Pryce, while the music plays. <!–nextpage–> Thomas, who will announce his squad for the game next week, added, <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" align="texttop" alt="" /> “I have been a guest DJ on a local radio station to prepare and it is all great fun. The public is welcome and there will also be face painting and dance troops to entertain them.” “This international will give an opportunity to the players of Jamaica to experience the intensity of international rugby league. We are working with an inexperienced squad for our first international and I know all our players will show pride and passion in their quest to give Jamaica another sport to be proud of.” <img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" align="absbottom" alt="" /></p></blockquote> Source: <a href="http://www.lasttackle.com/news_2802-jamaica-host-unique-fundraiser.html">Last Tackle</a>

     
  • Bahamas set for rugby qualifier

    <span style="color:#666666"><em><strong>The Bahamas men's national rugby team has quite a task ahead, with the North American Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) Sevens Championships rapidly approaching.</strong></em></span> <div class="image_block"><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/poolwin.jpg" alt="" title="" width="350" height="245" /></div> <div align="center"><span style="color:#009900"><em><strong>Bahamas celebrate their Bowl win over Mexico in the World Cup Qualifiers in Nassau last year.</strong></em></span></div> The championships, set for November 14-15 in Mexico City, Mexico, serves as a qualifier for more than three tournaments next year. A win will automatically qualify the Bahamas men's team for the Commonwealth Games, USA Sevens and the Pan American Games. A fifth place finish at this tournament or better will qualify Team Bahamas for the Central American and Caribbean Games. Director of the Bahamas Rugby Football Union (BRFU) Elystan Miles knows that a lot is at risk for the squad, but is confident that they can win the tournament. <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" align="texttop" alt="" /> "This is the highest stakes we have every played for," said Miles. "This is the first time that we have ever done it like this, where there are so many different tournaments to qualify for. That is why we are pretty determined to win this. We haven't seen Guyana, Trinidad or Jamaica and these are pretty much the powerhouses in the region. If everyone fires on all cylinders, I think we have a good chance of winning the whole thing. We have some of the best players in the region. Four guys on our team have played on the West Indies team. That is four of the seven so we have an excellent team here. "The team has been training very hard, but we also know that Guyana is a very tough team to beat. They have been training hard, so has Trinidad and Tobago, but we're in the best shape that we have ever been in, even though I am pretty sure that these other countries are going to be too." <img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" align="absbottom" alt="" /></p></blockquote> <!–nextpage–> The Bahamas will play out of Pool A with Guyana and the Cayman Islands. For the first time, The Bahamas will also enter a women's squad. The team is expected to play against host country Mexico, which will also be entering a women's team for the first time. Other teams include Trinidad and Tobago, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Guyana. Miles knows that it is going to be a tough debut for the women's squad, however he believes that they can compete with the other teams in the region. He said: "It is going to be a real fight for the girls. There are five women teams competing, all the other teams they have competed in the past, but really, we are looking for them to place. We know that Guyana is really strong in both men and women and they are pretty experienced. Our men, they have a chance of winning the tournament, but this is the first time for our women's team. If they can go out there and get a couple of hits in, we would be very happy. "We had a team come over from the states to play them in the summer and they did well. The biggest challenge for them is getting competition. Because we only have one team here, it is very hard for the girls to find competition. They've been training and have played some games with the men. The men's team have been pretty hard on them, but they've been holding up pretty well." The executive members will announce the team members on Saturday after the final seven-a-side match, at the Winton Rugby Field. The match is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. Source: <a href="http://www.thenassauguardian.com/sports/325534065647010.php">KELSIE JOHNSON ~ NG Sports Reporter ~ kelsie@nasguard.com</a>

     
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  • Mini Rugby Tips - Creativity

    <span style="color:#666666"><em><strong>Youngsters can be difficult to coach for many reasons, but one of the biggest challenges is that kids play differently than adults do. They make stuff up and aren't always interested in our linear approach to developing skills and learning how to play the game.</strong></em></span> If you give kids 15 minutes with a ball and a hoop and some rope, pretty soon they'll have invented "hoop-string-ball", a cool new sport with a complex set of rules. They'll keep changing the rules as they go and they'll have a blast. When we try to fit 6 year olds into lines of four to pass back and forth along the line we are restricting that sense of play and creativity. And later we wonder why it's so hard to find a natural decision-maker. So how do we make use of this creative side of children while running a productive mini-rugby session? Step one is to determine what we mean by "productive." What are the goals of the session? To build catching and passing skills, evasive running, teamwork? Settle on a goal and you'll soon find that there are many ways to turn it into a game that is both "productive" and FUN. For example, if you want to teach young people to catch high balls, your methods might include lots of repetitions catching high balls. There are lots of ways for us to make that into games, but what if we delegate the game-making to the players? <!–nextpage–> For example, group them in pairs or threes and have them throw high balls to each other. As they develop comfort with that, invite them to develop a "trick" that they will then challenge the rest of the group to repeat. Some examples of what kids have come up with: * clap five times as the ball is in the air. * turn around or do a jumping jack before catching it * catch the ball in your shirt * turn and catch the ball behind your back * throw and catch the ball under a raised leg. * catch the ball jumping, running, lying down or sitting * catch two balls at once * two people juggle three balls * catch the ball WITH YOUR KNEES (been tried a lot, but not accomplished yet) Once they've shown their tricks the field will become a free-for-all of children trying tricks and working on difficult skills related to catching the ball (and don't forget that the thrower will need to develop some accuracy as well to facilitate the trick). You may need to give a portion of each future session to allow time for them to show the complex moves they've worked on AT HOME. Really-kids will actually be playing with a rugby ball away from practice. By choice. Now what could be more productive than that? <!–nextpage–> Some might say that tricks don't help them with the actual skills of passing and catching in a game. I would respond that if you can catch a ball with one hand while lying down you'll probably be able to catch with two hands while running! Oh-you may want to start working on your own tricks, 'cause the kids will push you for one. I'm working on catching the ball on the back of my neck with no hands. Wish me luck! Scott Harland Regional Development Officer Source: <a href="http://www.nacrugby.com/forums/topics/thread/?tid=17">NACRA</a>

     
  • 7s Schedule for Saturday 31st

    <a href="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/BahamasSevensSchedule311010.doc" title="">Click here</a> for printable version. <div class="image_block"><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/311010.jpg" alt="" title="" width="328" height="467" /></div>

     
  • A worldwide feast of Sevens

    <span style="color:#666666"><em><strong>Halloween once again marks the official start of the Southern Hemisphere Sevens season, with an abundance of tournaments in a variety of countries over the next fortnight. Yet again it highlights the truly global nature of Rugby Sevens.</strong></em></span> Last weekend saw Malaysia win the second leg of the IRB Asian Sevens Series in Brunei with a dominant and clinical performance. They will face a much sterner test at their <a href="http://ur7s.com/tournaments/borneo7s?utm_source=UR7s+Newsletter&amp;utm_campaign=9895edfc43-UR7s_Newsletter_Whole_List_28October0910_27_2009&amp;utm_medium=email">home tournament in Borneo</a> this weekend, with Asian heavyweights Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea all returning to action in the battle for regional supremacy. The Bangkok Sevens also returns this Saturday, with elite teams hitting Thailand for the always popular tournament! <span style="color:#0000CC"><strong>Boks warming up for Dubai</strong></span> South Africa are stepping up their preparations for the defence of their IRB Sevens World Series crown, playing in two other events. This weekend sees Paul Treu take two sides to the local <a href="http://ur7s.com/tournaments/middelburg?utm_source=UR7s+Newsletter&amp;utm_campaign=9895edfc43-UR7s_Newsletter_Whole_List_28October0910_27_2009&amp;utm_medium=email">Middelburg Sevens</a>, with a squad heading to Singapore a week later for the SCC 7s. Singapore has hosted the tournament since 1947, with South Africa Vipers the double reigning champions. A hectic schedule is completed on 5-7 November at the stunning <a href="http://ur7s.com/tournaments/sevens_in_heaven?utm_source=UR7s+Newsletter&amp;utm_campaign=9895edfc43-UR7s_Newsletter_Whole_List_28October0910_27_2009&amp;utm_medium=email">Cook Island International Sevens</a>, with some of New Zealand’s finest mixing it up with the local talent. Source: <a href="http://ur7s.com/">Ultimate Rugby Sevens</a>

     
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