A few reminders leading into HS seasons for your leagues, teams and clubs. I know you have heard this before, but it bears reminding as we have seen some matches played missing required items. Please let us know if you have questions around any item and enjoy your rugby.
1. Medical Coverage is required for all HS matches in the USA, friendly and league play. Check with your state organization as to the detail of this requirement (Referee should not start match until medical is present)
2. Technical Zones are required for all HS league matches in the USA. (see the TZ requirements at http://usarugby.org/youth-resources. Referee should not start match until TZ’s are present and in use and both teams are on the same side of the field)
3. Squeeze Ball is illegal for all HS and Youth rugby. (this was illegal last year as well, just a reminder)
4. Fends to the head/neck/face are illegal for HS and Youth rugby. A legal fend used to be allowed if done correctly, but any contact with the head/neck/face is now liable for penalty. (this is new for 2016)
Thank you for your consideration and enjoy the spring season!
Kurt Weaver - Youth & High School Director
12 Feb '16. Rocky River Stadium. After the dust settled and the players on the field went back to being brothers with the Cardinals of Berry Academy, the Score board burnt brighter for the Lads in Orange.
The Bird's Nest Cup was a Challenge Cup between the East Meck Eagles and the Rocky River Ravens. This year, the Challenge Cup was opened up to include both the West Meck Hawks and Berry Academy Cardinals. So far, in the Cup Challenge this year, Rocky River is 1-0, West Meck is 1-0, Berry is 0-1 and East Meck is 0-1. Next Week, 19 February, Rocky River will face off against East Meck in the second stage of the Bird's Nest Challenge Cup, as Rocky River endeavours to retain the Bird's Nest Cup Trophy in its Trophy Case.
In addition to the Bird's Nest Cup Challenge, these four schools have combined their JV 7s side to field a JV Ruggerfest Team, the Birds of Prey and intend on putting in a competitive 7s side into several 7s events this coming Summer Sevens Season.