MEN'S AND WOMEN’S CLUB SEVENS CHAMPIONSHIPS:
HELP WANTED AUGUST 15-16
Thus far we have twelve referees signed up for the dual Sevens championship tournaments on Treasure Island in three weeks.
Let’s see: ARs and in-goal judges for two pitches at a time, plus a ref on the women’s pitch, plus a #4 for each pitch. That’s eleven folks working at every moment for two days. These worthies would get one game’s rest after doing eleven in a row.
There are 44 games on the men’s pitch – not sure about the women’s yet.
So: we need AT LEAST twenty-two volunteers, ten more than we have at the moment. Come join your friends!
If you are reading this but you’re not a regular referee, we may be able to use you as a #4 (substitutions official). If you’ve had the touch judge courses, there might be a spot for you on the line or in-goal. Let us know.
PALO ALTO AND SAC HIGH SCHOOL SEVENS THIS WEEKEND
Get the lead out! See you on a pitch?
STRIP IS WHAT YOU WEAR TO PLAY
Sandy Robertson forwards a link to an article on Glendale, Colorado’s, rugby facility:
It’s good publicity except for the fact that a short article it manages to mention strip clubs eight times and show a photograph of one of them.
They don’t have such establishments in Manhattan?
FAUX CLARET IS PROHIBITIVELY EXPENSIVE
John Coppinger wants you that it’s not nice to try to fool Mother Nature:
Would you like for Sevens to become an Olympic Sport? If it did, everyone at work would know what you do on the weekends. After all, if you told them you were involved with rhythmic gymnastics or team handball they’d know, even though they have never known a single person who’s ever done either activity.
Fans of the abbreviated version of the sport have put together a petition that you can sign in an effort to try to convince the powers that be to make Sevens an Olympic sport.
The clock is ticking fast - the International Olympic Committee will soon make a decision and choose two out of seven competing sports, including Sevens.
The other sports vying for inclusion are softball, squash, golf, baseball, roller sports and karate.
If you feel so inclined you can sign the petition at www.olympic-rugby.org to support Sevens’ inclusion.
We listed our top two reasons: the vast majority of the nations in the world have governing bodies for the sport (take that, squash, softball, baseball!) and no new facilities would be required (and take that, all of the contenders except karate).
THIS WEEK’S PHOTO
From the archives, one of our favorite Sevens photos.
Pat McNally, in Conshohocken at the club sevens championships in 2000, evinces both the hard work and the immediate rewards of refereeing the Fastest Game in Town.
For the Senate