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  • Dorian Roach attends the IRB Coaching Course in Buenos Aires

    <span style="color:#666666"><em><strong>Dorian Roach has just returned from an intensive Sevens Coaching course in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His trip was facilitated by the Bahamas Olympic Committee, to whom we are extremely grateful.</strong></em></span> Click <a href="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/Sevens_manual_EN_v1.pdf" title="iRB Sevens Coaching Manual">here</a> to download a PDF of the iRB Sevens Coaching Manual. Click <a href="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/RUGBY_CANADA_SKILLS_BOOKLET.pdf" title="">here</a> to download a PDF of the Rugby Canada Skills Booklet <div class="image_block"><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/doray.jpg" alt="" title="" width="350" height="320" /></div> <span style="color:#666666"><em><strong>This is Dorian's Report</strong></em></span> <strong><span style="color:#0000CC">Day 1</span></strong> <span style="color:#0000CC"><em><strong>IRB Rugby Coaching Course 2009, Buenos Aires, Argentina.</strong></em></span> I arrived on Tuesday morning and was taken to the hotel. The first day I met a few of the other coaches and we just really hung out all day talking rugby, specifically in our region. The first session started Wednesday morning, a lot of us were surprised as the whole presentation was in Spanish! Fortunately for us, we had Al Caravelli (US Men’s Sevens Head Coach) at our table who speaks fluent Spanish. He translated for us, but also added his comments and opinions which was great. Day one consisted of doing the Level I Coaching which was a non-participating course and dealt with the basics of 7’s rugby. We were also asked to watch videos of Sevens and analyze the teams and their playing patterns. <span style="color:#0000CC"><strong>Day 2</strong></span> Day Two was the start of Level II Coaching, in which we had to produce session plans for a game in a week for the teams we had analyzed (ours was Australia Men). We then went to the field and had to actual run through our session and coach a drill. We had established that Australia Men had issues which their defensive alignment and transitional play, so our drills were centered around those weakness. My specific drill was a defensive line being led by a sweeper and communication between them. After of field session we went back to the classroom for another presentation by Argentina and their patterns of play. <strong><span style="color:#0000CC">Day 3</span></strong> Day Three was also another practical in which we ran another drill using our same team, but the game was to be played in four months. So these sessions were based on individual skill improvement rather than team adjustments. My skill improvement was effective tackling in rugby (tackling the ball as well as the player). We were then interviewed by Scott Harland who is the IRB Educator and he was the one evaluating us. I passed on all the proficiencies that he was looking for, all of us now have to complete a dairy of our training sessions, goals and games over the next 6 weeks in order to complete Level II Coaching. <span style="color:#0000CC"><strong>The Good</strong></span> I really learned a lot of new drills and game play patterns, especially from Al Caravelli Morgan Williams (Team Canada). I made a lot of great contacts and everyone was willing to share ideas and experiences. I have open invitations to join training camps with USA and Canada. The Argentineans also had some great information as they had not only coaches but players as well in the sessions. I also got a lot of resources including: <em>Team Canada’s Seven’s Manual from Morgan Williams Over 90 Drills from Morgan Williams Nutritional information from Al Caravelli Fitness information from Al Caravelli 41 Men’s and Women’s Games from Rugby World Cup in Dubai</em> <span style="color:#0000CC"><strong>The Bad</strong></span> We only used one page out of the Workbooks, not one page each, one page total! It was a coaching class, but we weren’t really taught how to coach, but we were expected to do it in our practicals. The presentation was in Spanish! We were the luckier of the two English speaking groups as the other translator was terrible! <span style="color:#0000CC"><em><strong>Thanks to Dorian for this report. </strong></em></span>

     
  • IRB Sevens Corporate/VIP INformation

    <div class="image_block"><a href="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/index.php?image_path=/images/VIP.PNG"><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/vip-350.jpg" alt="" title="" width="350" height="550" /></a></div> Click image to enlarge

     
  • San Diego Invitational Tournament Builds Rugby Momentum Prior to USA Sevens

    <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>Leading up to the USA Sevens, the San Diego Invitational (SDI) tournament will be held February 7-8, at San Diego’s Robb Fields. The event is the official tournament for all ages and skill levels associated with the USA Sevens International Tournament and Fan Festival.</strong></font><br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/usasevens.PNG" align="left" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="232" height="109" alt="" /><br /> <em>The invitational is open to men, women, boys and girls and includes eight divisions: international women, women’s club sevens, international touch, masters, club, college, high school and youth. National and club teams from the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as a handful of other international select sides will compete in the tournament.</em><br /> <br /> In its spotlight event, the SDI will showcase eight elite sides in the international women’s competition on February 8. Samoa, South Africa, USA, USA A, Canada, Canada A, Canadian collegiate side the Pandas, and an additional sides yet to be confirmed, will compete in four matches each. The championship game will be played on February 8 and awards will be presented during day one of the USA Sevens event at PETCO Park.<br /> <br /> Another highlight comes in the collegiate bracket, which includes the current national champion, Cal-Berkeley, BYU, Navy and Utah, as well as local favorites and national qualifier San Diego State versus the University of California, San Diego in a league match.<br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> The San Diego Invitational leads up to the largest international rugby event in North America, the USA Sevens at PETCO Park on February 9-10. The tournament is a stop on the 2007-2008 IRB World Series, which includes 16 top international sides: USA, Australia, England, Scotland, France, New Zealand, Kenya, West Indies, Chile, Canada, South Africa, Samoa, defending event champions Fiji, Argentina, Mexico and Wales.<br /> <br /> The SDI tournament gets underway with the Men’s 15s competition on Thursday, February 7, at 9 a.m. (Pacific Time) and runs until sunset at 5 p.m. Play resumes at 8 a.m. on Friday, with a full day of both men’s and women’s matches lasting until 5 p.m. The youth competition is set to take place prior to the kick off of the USA Sevens event on Saturday and SDI awards will also be presented at PETCO Park. <br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.heavensgame.com/national-news/usa/san-diego-invitational-tournament-builds-rugby-momentum-prior-to-usa-sevens.html" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>HeavensGame</strong></font></u></a>

     
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  • Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 Qualifier Process Set for Kick-Off

    <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>The first qualifiers for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 will be confirmed this weekend when the qualification process gets under way in Punta del Este, Uruguay.</strong></font> <br /> <em>The CONSUR Tournament, which is the first of seven regional qualifiers to be played this year, will see one men’s and one women’s team confirm places at Rugby Sevens’ showpiece in Dubai.</em><br /> <br /> The two-day event, which kicks-off on Friday, sees hosts Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela compete for the one available qualification place in the men’s Tournament. They will also be joined by invitational team Argentina, who has already qualified for RWC Sevens 2009 courtesy of reaching the quarter-finals at RWC Sevens 2005 in Hong Kong.<br /> <br /> The women’s competition, which will be played on the same pitch as the men’s, will see Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru and Paraguay, compete for the title that will confirm a place at the Dubai Tournament in 2009.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.irb.com/mm/Document/NewsMedia/0/071127ECCONSURRWCSevensqualifierformat_4222.pdf" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Click here to view the full CONSUR RWC7Q schedule</strong></font></u></a><br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> Nine men’s teams are already guaranteed places at RWC Sevens 2009 (the eight quarter-finalists from 2005; Fiji, New Zealand, England, Australia, France, Scotland, Argentina and South Africa and Host Union, the Arabian Gulf), while a further 15 places will be filled via the regional qualifier structures.<br /> <br /> Three qualifiers will come from Africa, two from North America, one from South America, two from Asia, five from Europe and two from Oceania. This structure will guarantee the presence of some teams not regularly seen on the IRB Sevens World Series circuit.<br /> <br /> RWC Sevens 2009 will be the first Tournament to incorporate a women’s competition and all 16 women’s teams will be confirmed through the regional qualifier process. Two qualifiers will come from Africa, two from North America, one from South America, three from Asia, six from Europe and two from Oceania.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> “For the Women’s Game the start of the regional qualifying process is an exciting development. In total 83 Unions will participate in Tournaments held across all six regions highlighting Rugby Sevens’ truly global appeal and the growing stature of the women’s Game,” </p></blockquote> said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.<br /> <br /> Following the opening Tournament in Uruguay, six further regional Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 qualifiers will be played:<br /> <br /> * FIRA-AER European qualifier (women’s) - Limoges – June 14/15<br /> * FIRA-AER European qualifier (men’s) Hanover – July 12/13<br /> <strong>* NAWIRA North American qualifier (men’s and women’s) – Bahamas - October 26/27</strong><br /> * ARFU Asian qualifier (men’s and women’s) TBC<br /> * CAR African qualifier (men’s and women’s) TBC<br /> * FORU Oceania qualifier (men’s and women’s) TBC<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> “These regional qualifying Tournaments are a very exciting prospect, kick-starting an important year for Rugby Sevens. Coupled with the popular IRB Sevens World Series, the Tournaments will ensure that an unprecedented amount of elite level Rugby Sevens is played over the next 12 months,” added Lapasset. </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> Source: <font color="#0000CC"><strong>IRB media release</strong></font>

     
  • T&amp;T Official for International Tourney

    <br /> <font color="#FF0000"><strong>Trinidad and Tobago rugby referee Larry Mendez has been appointed as a touch judge for the 2008 USA Sevens in San Diego, California.</strong></font><br /> <br /> <em>The two-day international sevens tournament, which will be held next February 9-10, is part of the International Rugby Board ( IRB ) World Sevens series.</em><br /> <br /> The best rugby sevens nations and players in the world will be in San Diego.<br /> <br /> Mendez, a police officer, is a former national player who represented T&amp;T at the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games. He is the current Harvard Club rugby coach and a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Rugby Football Union (T&amp;TRFU) selection committee.<br /> <br /> The former Tranquility Government Secondary School student said he was looking forward to the challenge of working with some of the best rugby officials in the world.<br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> "It is a fantastic opportunity and one I intend to embrace. I have to get very fit, not only physically but also mentally. There is a lot at stake for the teams and players and the officials are under a lot of pressure … the pace of the game is very fast and intense," Mendez said. </p></blockquote><br /> Mendez is following in the footsteps of fellow Trinidadian referees Paul Mowser and Anthony Pontiflette, who both officiated in previous USA Sevens.<br /> <br /> He was appointed to the referee panel for the 2007 NAWIRA Sevens tournament held in Bahamas in November.<br /> T&amp;TRFU vice-president Leslie Figaro said Mendez has the ability and self-confidence to do well in San Diego.<br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> "The real challenge for Larry will be to do well enough so that he will be invited back to future World Sevens series." </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.trinidadexpress.com/index.pl/article_sports?id=161255623" target="_blank"><u>T&amp;T Express</u></a>

     
  • West Indies Sevens Squad Selected

    <font color="#FF0000"><strong>From Joe Wipple,<br /> West Indies Head Coach/Chairman of Selectors</strong></font><br /> <br /> <em>I am please to announce the Rugby West Indies squad for the USA Sevens tournament in San Diego in 2008. </em><br /> <br /> The players competed for the 12 travelling and 5 non-travelling (reserve) spots in the NAWIRA 7s tournament in Nassau, the Trinidad mini camp and the Trinidad 7s. We had 22 players in our camp in Trinidad and every one of them gave a very good account of themselves. In some cases, experience prevailed over youth and in others the fitness of some was not quite up to the standard required for the next level.<br /> I am confident that we will see all of these 22 compete for the West Indies in the future, provided they put forth the effort. We expect to compete in more tournaments this year and we will be looking at additional players for these tournaments. Our basic selection criteria remain: a good level of fitness, strong in the tackle, able to play the team pattern and demonstrating good ball handling skills.<br /> I thank our selectors:<br /> Noel Adonis (Guyana)<br /> Victor Hyder (Jamaica)<br /> Curtis Nero (Trinidad)<br /> Dave Mays (Cayman)<br /> Spenser Robinson (Technical Director)<br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> Our expectation going forward is that these players will work very hard on their fitness and skills. They will be ready for an intense training camp in Barbados and San Diego in the build-up to the USA Sevens. They have been given fitness programmes to undertake and it is their personal responsibility to undertake the work required. I congratulate these WARRIORS for their commitment and dedication to excellence. They understand that “Good is not Good Enough”.<br /> <br /> <div align="center"><font color="#FF0000"><strong>The Squad*</strong></font><table align="" width="240" border="2"><tr><td>1. Claudius Butts</td><td> Guyana</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 2. Kevin McKenzie</td><td> Guyana</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 3. Richard Staglon</td><td> Guyana</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 4. Theo Henry</td><td> Guyana</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 5. Albert LaRose</td><td> Guyana</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 6. Andre Carbera</td><td> Trinidad</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 7. Kelson Figaro</td><td> Trinidad</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 8. Bevon Armitage</td><td> Trinidad</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 9. Elroy Graham</td><td> Jamaica</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 10. Donald Walters</td><td> Jamaica</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 11. <strong>Jeremico Cooper</strong></td><td> <strong>Bahamas</strong></td></tr><tr><td><br /> 12. Kurt Johnson</td><td> Barbados</td></tr></table></div><br /> <br /> <br /> <div align="center"><font color="#FF0000"><strong>Non-Travelling Reserves</strong></font><table align="" width="240" border="2"><tr><td>13. Ron Myers</td><td> Guyana</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 14. David Parks</td><td> Guyana</td></tr><tr><td><br /> 15. <strong>Giovanni Rolle</strong></td><td> <strong>Bahamas</strong></td></tr><tr><td><br /> […]

     
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