Written by RUGBYMag Staff
Friday, 05 August 2011 13:46
Women's Club 7s Rosters
Lang, Stephanie Brook
Written by RUGBYMag Staff
Friday, 05 August 2011 13:23
Athletes Need to be Careful in Heat
Off The Field -
State College, Pa. – A report from AccuWeather.com shows that brutal summer temperatures and extreme amounts of humidity have athletes suffering throughout the South.
At least two high school football players and one coach have died in just the last week due to complications from the extreme heat. There has also been a report of an adult runner in Kansas City who died due to heat stroke over the weekend.
The heat is no joke across the country, and athletes of all kinds are suffering more than ever this summer due to the relentless hot, dry weather.
Dr. Douglas Casa from the University of Connecticut states that this last week was "the worst week in the last 35 years in terms of athlete deaths."
Doctors and other officials are stating that tragedies like this could continue until parents demand more specific rules for high school sports.
According to CNN.com, there are no nationwide specific rules written to protect high school athletes from complications due to the hot weather. However, many school districts do put out some sort of guidelines to deal with the extreme conditions.
Dr. Casa also reports that heat stroke is mostly survivable. All that needs to be done is to immerse the athlete suffering in a tub of cold water or a pool. This is usually an afterthought, as most people would call 911 first without thinking too immediately cool off the athlete.
Heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses are completely preventable by following the recommendations below.
Tips to Beat the Heat
The best way to beat the heat is to stay indoors in air conditioning. Many people venture to places like shopping malls and libraries with air conditioning if they do not have air conditioning at home.
If you do go outdoors, wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothes, and of course sunscreen.
Drink plenty of water and, as mentioned before, avoid alcoholic beverages.
According to the Missouri State High School Activities Association, athletes are encouraged to weigh themselves before and after each practice session. If a player's weight drops more than 3 percent, dehydration is setting in. If it should drop more than 5 percent, heat-related illness has begun.
If you do need to work outside or participate in strenuous practices, do so in the early morning hours or later in the evening.
While we have reached the end of solar summer, the bad news is that extreme heat could continue into September for Texas and other parts of the South.
By Brian Edwards, meteorologist for AccuWeather.com
Written by Jackie Finlan
Friday, 05 August 2011 12:43
Women's Club 7s Preview
Tomorrow marks the beginning of the first official Women’s Club 7s Championship, taking place in San Francisco alongside the men’s competition. Ten teams from all but the Midwest are participating, three of which hail from the Mid-Atlantic.
|MARFU sends three teams to the Club 7s nationals.|
While it’s mildly disappointing to not have all of the unions represented, the distribution of seeds is relative to the popularity of 7s in certain regions. Additionally, it has take an official national championship to encourage established, successful 15s clubs to invest in a 7s program.
“Berkeley has not traditionally had a competitive 7s side, but we have been trying to introduce the wonders of 7s to Berkeley for many years now,” All Blues 7s coach Laura Cabrera said. “We expect to be very competitive at the Championships. All the teams attending are fierce competitors, and we are looking forward to some tough matches.”
It will be interesting to see how the All Blues and their star-studded roster, which includes Nathalie Marchino and Kelly Griffin, will compare with teams that play a regular 7s season. Berkeley will play two-time defending national invitational champion NOVA, Northeast champion Boston Belles, Philadelphia and Belmont Shore during pool play.
NOVA is the standing favorite in pool A, and calls three Eagle 7s players – captain Lauren Hoeck, Beth Black and CJ Hildreth – among its own. But the defending champ showed that it’s not invincible, dropping the Cape Fear 7s title to Atlanta in early July.
“We definitely weren't at 100% at Cape Fear and I think the loss was actually good for the team,” NOVA coach Dana Creager said. “It helped us to pick apart our game and figure out areas for improvement. It gave the girls motivation during their workouts and encouraged them to give 100% at every practice. I'm excited for a re-match!”
NOVA’s second side finished third at MARFU Championships, but wasn’t allowed to participate at nationals (Philadelphia was awarded the third seed). They’ve been scrimmaging the first side the previous two weeks, and that depth of talent has been very beneficial in getting the team ready for nationals.
The Boston Belles have a lot of depth as well and could have easily supplied a second side for nationals. The 7s-only club won the NRU Championship convincingly, and is led by captain Emily Malkin, Emilie Bydwell and Kelly Seary. Most of the Belles are from Beantown, but Boston and New England colleges contribute players as well. New York finished second in the NRU but was unable to travel. This summer has been particularly difficult for elite East Coast players, who have had to budget their time and money between several West Coast assemblies and national championships, especially ahead of the Women’s Premier League season.
Division II’s Belmont Shore and MARFU #3 seed Philadelphia round out pool A, and will have their hands full against the aforementioned teams. Their face-off will be the teams’ best chance for a win.
In Pool B, San Diego gets the nod as favorite, having narrowly lost to NOVA last year in the final. Captain Liz Strohecker leads a team that blends a number of experienced players, like Mandy Wilson, top scorer Casey Fields, and Val Griffeth, who attended the women’s 7s camp in July.
The Surfers’ biggest competition will likely come from Atlanta. Their game will be doubly exciting, considering the two teams haven’t seen each other since the DI championship, in which San Diego won. The Harlequins have the makings of a phenomenal 7s team, with familiar names in Heather Hale, Patty Jervey, Kari Morrison and Sue Uchneat populating the roster. The team has been tested a couple of times against NOVA and South All Stars, but still struggles to find regular competition.
“We hope to learn a lot from the experience and to continue to grow our very young 7s program,” Atlanta captain Ros Chou said. “We are extremely happy with our performance so far this first year, and hope that we can have continued success. We didn't really know what to expect this inaugural year and with the accomplishments we've had thus far, we're excited for what is to come in the future.”
Atlanta advanced to this weekend’s event uncontested, as did Glendale. There’s little competition for the women’s West teams, but fortunately the Raptors’ high practice numbers have enabled inter-squad scrimmages. The team will rely on Hannah Stolba, Sara Edwards and Bethany Zick to lead a squad that coach Laura Hertel said is “a good mix of physical and finesse. We have great athletes but many of them are new to the game of 7s.”
The DC Furies have a long tradition of 7s, and for those new to the abbreviated version, former USA 7s Women’s coach Sue Parker helped them catch up to speed. Now, with injured players returning to form, the Furies are looking to make a statement this weekend.
“We had a good performance at MARFU [championships], but I think we have yet to fully reach our potential for a whole tournament,” DC captain Jess Shipley said. “We are poised to peak this weekend, and I'm really excited to see us put all the pieces together. Two-day tournaments are always hard to maintain a high level of focus and intensity, so the depth and experience on our roster is going to be an advantage for us as the matches go on.
“It's been our goal this summer to win a National Championship, and that's our intent going into this weekend,” Shipley added. “I expect us to play our very best 7s all tournament long, and if we do that, I believe we will be successful.”
Action kicks off at 8 a.m. PDT tomorrow morning. Stay tuned for results.
Written by Alex Goff
Friday, 05 August 2011 11:41
Schuylkill River Can Tough it Out
Maybe the weather will be nicer.
It could hardly be much worse.
Schuylkill River Head Coach Chris Ryan saw his team win the Mid-Atlantic 7s Championships two weeks ago in terrifically trying weather conditions.
The tournament was delayed a couple of times due to lightning. The temperature on the field was 115 degrees. And the delays forced his team to play a semifinal with very little rest. Somehow they survived the Maryland Exiles in that semi, and the Pittsburgh Harlequins in the final, to make it to the national tournament.
“Overall the guys played really well,” said Ryan. “They got through all those issues and toughed it out.”
Eager to prove wrong the murmurings around the country that MARFU 7s is weak this year, Schuylkill River will be matched up with YoungBloodz of Minnesota, Denver Barbarians and OMBAC.
“Denver and OMBAC have the history and a long tradition of doing well in this championship,” said Ryan. “And YoungBloodz is a very strong team. But our goal is to not be playing on Saturday night.”
Meaning he doesn’t want to play a Bowl Quarterfinal, and instead have the Cup Quarterfinals on Sunday morning. Either way, Ryan added, “we want to be playing for something meaningful on Sunday.”
In the MARFU final Schuylkill River were favored over Pittsburgh, but Pittsburgh were on a high and had nothing to lose. As a result, they were a challenge. Now it’s Schuylkill River that knows little is expected of them, and they have nothing to lose.
Led by Pat Boyle and Will Knipscher, two “natural leaders,” said Ryan, and with Greg Ambrogi playing superbly, Dan Wright showcasing speed out wide, and former lacrosse player Bryce Pyle, a surprise crossover, Schuylkill River has talent. The key is, do they have unity?
The entire summer, the team has practiced as a unit only once a week, with the DC-area players training Tuesdays in Maryland and the Philadelphia-area players training Tuesdays in Pennsylvania.
But leading up to the National Championships, SR has ramped up the full sessions. They put in two sessions last week and another this week before the final run-through on Friday in San Francisco. The players have embraced the need for a further commitment in their nationals run; whether it will be enough we’ll see on Saturday.