In the previous post (As One Door Closes), I introduced Chris Martin as our Head Coach (and Former Assistant Coach) and explained that we agreed to a few terms and amendments to the way we've done things in the past. Below are the terms:
RULE 1: Don’t be a Dick
RULE 2: No drinking before or during a rugby match
We are grown men. Coach will not micromanage and check-in with players, so police yourself and your teammates.
If you are hungover you can still play (known as the “Hangover Clause”) but if you cannot “be in control of your decisions and your body and are a liability to yourself and/or others” then you cannot play.
The main issues for this drinking policy are:
1- safety of all players (yourself, teammates, and opponents), but also
2- how unclassy it is to be “that team.”
We also will not play against anyone who is drunk.
How this applies to:
No drinking before, during, or between matches.
Drinking after your final match is still allowed even if before a Sunday match, however, the “Hangover Clause” above applies to Sunday morning.
We will still party on our way to our destination, but we will no longer play a match on travel day.
Match will be scheduled for the following day, again, see “Hangover Clause” for this situation.
Understandably, we agreed to these terms.
RULE 3: If you want to play for another team (whore/select side), you have to converse with the team
We all know opportunities will arise to get a run in with another squad, but you are to communicate whatever is going on with the team/leaders.
If we have a big match in a week and someone requests to go to a random tournament that could put them in a position of risk and hurting our team the following week, we will all discuss what’s best for everyone.
The plan is not to limit exposure to higher competition and scouts if someone wants to further their rugby.
For the most part, there aren’t many circumstances this will be an issue, but just be open with us all so we can talk it out.
There is a lot of grey here, and so we all agreed to “communicate what is going on with the coach and leaders” and allow us to collectively discuss and come to an agreement
RULE 4: Practice Schedule
We will continue to practice 7-9pm on Tuesday/Thursdays.
Warm ups will be run by captain(s) and set by coach.
3 of every 8 practices, players will be required to stay back and work on super specific individual/unit drills
RULE 5: Attendance is Required
In order to have 2 sides advance to the playoffs and hit our goals, we have to have 30 at practice and 50 CIPP’d players at all times.
Commitment to the fall season is a must, we can’t have people only show up to the spring for playoffs, we will miss out on a great deal of developing and growing together.
We still have the 1 practice/week minimum rule if you want to play in that week’s match.
Coach will announce the lineup on Mondays, with position specifics and adjustments on Thursdays – based on practice efforts/appearances/form etc.
RULE 6: Recruiting is a top requirement for all players
We have business cards being created.
We will be implementing a youth league (most likely next summer)
We agreed to assist in the recruiting efforts.
RULE 7: All players wear matching tops to warm up
RULE 8: Fighting in a match results in immediate pull, and sitting the next match.
**By attending practice and matches, all players agree to abide by these terms**