41st High Desert Classic Rugby Tournament Albuquerque 2011: A Side Championship Winner B side Consolation Winner.
Goal: Advance to National Championship with sportsmanship and skills
Coach: Dick Greene 505.263.7812
Club President: Brian Ybarra
Club Captain: Scotty Sotomailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone is welcome to join the club! You need NOT be a Highlands student.
After a relatively modest 12-8, 2010-11 season and our first national playoff absence in years, we hope to enjoy a better, more committed 2011-12 season. We, and most others, expect to win our MD3 Division in the Rio Grande Rugby Union and make the national playoffs. Although we won a good tournament and had an overall winning record, we did not meet our historic standard. Let's do better and respect the game with better rugby and great sportsmanship.
We are looking for hard and capable gentlemen. Rugby, the second most popular game in the world, demands good sportsmanship and both mental and physical fitness. Highlands's rugby is open to everyone, not only Highlands University students. Players must be willing to commit, act maturely and unselfishly, and enjoy the rugby. NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. The time commitment is 4-8 hours/week during both fall and spring - 11-week seasons. The club is self sufficient and independent, thus members share responsibilities and expenses, host visiting teams, travel strong, and do fund raising with community service. Costs are relatively minimal - usually less than $100/season. WE DO NOT RELY ON THE TAXPAYER. We are very proud that our student athletes have a greater than 70% graduation rate, and they become respected and productive alumni. Our alumni, "Vato Viejos," old boy team forms periodically and are very competitive.
COME JOIN US!
Seasons: Sept. - Oct. and Mar. - May (depending on playoffs).
Core Values: unselfishness, lifelong fitness, courage, humor, sportsmanship, helpfulness, integrity, good character.
Training: Tuesdays and Thursdays; starts by the first Tuesday in September and February; 5-7 p.m. in Perkins Stadium complex. Bring shorts, strong jersey, cleats, and warm sweats. A mouth guard is useful. Ask what you can to for the club and game, not what they can do for you! BE A MATURE ADULT.
Games: Generally Saturdays during seasons; half are away games, generally 10-12 total games/season. Vatos generally travel to one or two major tournaments/season. We pay our way and enjoy the earned independence.
Rio Grande Rugby Union Champions: 12 years (various divisions)
USA Western Rugby Union Champion: 1 year
USA Western Rugby Union Finalist: 1 year
USA Rugby Highest Ranking: 8th
Overall Winning Percentage: 75%
Western All Stars (Selects) and Super League Players: 16
Alumni: >210 solid rugby men
Highlands RFC VATOS 2011-12 SCHEDULE
GOALS: OVERALL FITNESS, GOOD RUGBY, SOLID SPORTSMANSHIP, and NATIONAL PLAYOFFS
Captain Jesse Berryhill; email@example.com
Alumni Coordinator Mando Herrera; firstname.lastname@example.org
Coach Dick Greene; email@example.com
Website: Highlands Vato Rugby, 20th anniversary, 1992-2012
Position Roster: click here
Be helpful. Get fit. Learn game. Good citizen. Hard gentleman.
23 AUG: Start Tuesday-Thursday training 5-7 p.m., Perkins Stadium
04 SEPT: @Santa Fe 10's Tournament 9 a.m. Sunday event
10 SEPT: Albuquerque Rugby Club
17 SEPT: UNM Rugby Club
24 SEPT: El Paso (LEAGUE GAME) requires USA Rugby registration (CIPP, $60/year, w/some insurance, committed rookies free)
01 OCT: @ Albuquerque Aardvarks (LEAGUE GAME)
08 OCT: Las Cruces (LEAGUE GAME)
15 OCT: @ High Desert Classic Tournament Albuquerque, 9 a.m., Saturday and Sunday
14 FEB: Tuesday-Thursday training 5-7 p.m., Perkins Stadium
03 MAR: Western State College
10 MAR: @ St Pat's Tournament El Paso (Spring Break)
17 MAR: OPEN (Spring Break)
24 MAR: @Las Cruces (LEAGUE GAME)
31 MAR: Albuquerque Brujos (LEAGUE GAME)
07 APR: Santa Fe (LEAGUE GAME)
14 -15 APR: @ Regional Playoffs, Tucson, Ariz.
21 APR: Western State College and Ft Bliss
28 APR: Open
5 May: Open
12-13 May: @ San Diego “National Playoffs” (Final 16)
19 MAY: @ National Final 16, San Diego, Calif. (if qualified)
02 JUN: @ National Final Four, Denver, ESPN (if qualified)
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