Memorial Day Weekend

Wapiti will be idle Memorial Day Weekend, as we have been since our first year. Take the time and spend it with your families; and take a moment to reflect as Abraham Lincoln stated in the Gettysburg Address: “–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–”

Remember those that have gone before us.

Wapiti tackle squads will have a final set of games on May 31 at Hope Academy Field, 715 S. Washtenaw. Schedule is to be confirmed, but believed to be U14 at 9:00, U12 at 10:00, and possibly “Barbarians” style matches at 11:00 (perhaps three 25 min intervals, or two matches, depending upon turnout.) There has also been a request to play a Rookie Rugby scrimmage against another team that day.

All teams will then continue to convene at Revere Park Sundays from 1:00-2:30 until our last weekend, Father’s Day, when we will have our team cookout and parents vs kids games.

Rugby This Weekend In the City… and Out.

This weekend’s rugby schedule begins Saturday with some top ranked games at Hope Field, 751 S Washtenaw Ave, with a division 3 High School playoff match between Wapiti/Taft and Hope Academy at 11:00 (10:15 arrival). The HS match will be followed by two premier Midwest playoff games. The first, pitting the Chicago Lions vs Metro (Minneapolis) at 1:00 and the second Palmer vs Columbus at 3:00.

On Sunday, both middle school squads travel by bus to Naperville (Commissioners Park, 3704 111th St, Naperville, IL 60564) to play in a festival. Game times are 1:00 and 3:00, with a Fresh/Soph game available at 4:00. The bus will leave from Revere Park at 10:45 on Sunday and return to Revere following the festival. From our hosts to avoid travel delays:

May 17th Middle School Rugby Festival

Naperville Crusaders Youth Rugby Club

Commissioners Park, 3704 111th St, Naperville, IL 60564

Welcome to Naperville from the Crusaders…

Directions to avoid construction on northern section of Rt 59:

o Take I-355 South to 75th Street exit

o Take 75th street West (right) to Rt 59 and turn South (left)

o Take Rt 59 South to 111th Street and turn West (right)

o Commissioners Park will be on your left in less than a mile

o Take I-88 East to Eola Road exit and go South

o Take Eola Rd South to Montgomery Road and turn East (left)

o Take Montgomery Road East to Rt 59 and turn South (right)

o Take Rt 59 South to 111th Street West (right)

o Commissioners Park will be on your left in less than a mile

 Field 1 for U14 is Field D adjacent to the main pavilion building

 Field 2 for U12 is Field H on the West side of the park

 There are two lightning detection systems in the park

o All players/coaches/spectators must vacate open areas and move to shelter if the alarm sounds.

o Main pavilion is primary shelter. Vehicles are secondary shelters.

o The system will sound an all-clear (3 short horns) when safe to return to the fields

 Crusaders coaches have contact information for the Park District Police officer on duty if needed

 Athletico will be on site to provide medical assistance for players

 An emergency AED (Defibrillator) is located in the main pavilion

 $2 for players/coaches: Pulled pork sandwich from Sharko’s BBQ plus bottle of water

 Sharko’s rugby support… stop in at Sharko’s BBQ on the northwest corner of Rt 59 and 111th street

– Say hi to Brian Sharko and mention you’re here for rugby and they’ll donate a portion of your tab

to Naperville Youth Rugby. Thank you!!!

 Food trucks are expected to be onsite for spectators… or stop in at Sharko’s down the street 

Changes to Calendar

Some minor changes have been made to the Wapiti calendar, including the current scheduled times for the U12 and U14 squads in the remaining MS Festivals, the U16 D2 Festival schedule, and changes to this week’s HS boys matches (Br. Rice moved to Tues, 5/5, and Blaze moved to this Friday, 5/1)

Also, we are anticipating distribution of jerseys to the Rookie Rugby players this weekend.

Busy Weekend 3/21 and 3/22

There are a number of events this weekend as we approach the opening of or tackle rugby schedule and the upcoming Rookie Rugby season.

First off, for the High School Boys teams (both Freshman/Sophomore and Varsity) there is training Saturday morning 3/21 from 10:00-12:00 at Norwood Park, 5801 N Natoma Ave, in preparation for our first game on 5/2 against Chicago Hope Academy (4:30 kickoff). Our HS Girls are also welcome to attend, but will train separately (tackle) from the HS Boys.

The following day, Sunday, 3/22, there is training for all of our tackle teams (MS, HSB, and HSG) from 2:00-4:00 at Altgeld Park, 515 S Washtenaw Ave.

Earlier in the day, also on Sunday 3/22, there is a coach’s training session led by John Robinson and Tom Peroulas at Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy, 3645 W. Chicago Ave, at 9:00.

Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend. Dress for the weather, bring your mouth guards, water bottle, and cleats.

Training This Week

While we try to finalize training times and locations for our Middle School and High School Girls players, there is a training opportunity for our HS Boys at Norwood Park today and Wednesday (4/16, 4/18) from 4:00-6:00, and Saturday 4/21 from 10:00-12:00. Norwood Park is located at 5801 N Natoma Ave Chicago, IL 60631. Look for Coach Brian Hayes. If you cannot find them, send a text to the club number at 773-270-1314 and we’ll get right back to you. Take your cleats, mouth guard, and water bottle.

The Weather is Better…

But training will again be at Mt. Carmel this Sunday, March 8, from 3:00-5:00. Altgeld Park still has 2-3 inches of standing snow on the artificial turf. If the weather holds as forecast for the following week, we hope to be outside at Altgeld Park on March 15 – make sure you bring your mouth guard. If you have yet to register, you must do so in order to be CIPP covered.