MIAMI UNIVERSITY RUGBY : PRACTICES

Practice Schedule

Fall Season Practices

Fall season practices usually begin in early to mid-August, depending on which date / weekend is designated as the start of the school year, and the last fall season practice, depending on playoffs will be late-October / early-November.

Practice times may vary a little, but usually start around 5:00 and end around 7:00, unless otherwise noted.

The first practice will be an introduction to rugby, so all new players coming out to the club will learn general laws of the game. The first several weeks of practice will mainly focus on conditioning and basic rugby skills, such as passing and ball handling. A pre-season match may be scheduled for the first weekend of the school year, so new players and current players will have an opportunity to get into a serious playing mode. As the season progresses, the practices will include more offensive attack and defensive tackling and rucking drills.

The fall season is always a competitive season for rugby (in general), both for collegiate and post-collegiate men’’s rugby. This is the time when all clubs across the country compete to get into the spring playoffs as a continuation of the fall season.

Winter Conditioning

Winter conditioning practices will commence in early January. The schedule will vary and depends on availability of facilities, players, and coaches. Players will group together to work on individual fitness over the winter months to stay fit for the spring season. A training schedule may be provided to the players to work out on their own if a team winter workout schedule is not in session.

For those who made selections for the Miami Rugby 7’’s team, specific conditioning and training will continue through the winter months to prepare the team to participate in the Las Vegas 7’’s tournament, which is designated as a qualifier for an invitation to The Collegiate 7’’s (16) team tournament in June. These two tournaments alone are prestigious tournaments which can help send a player to a selection on the USA Sevens National Olympic Team.

Spring Season Practices

Spring season practices usually begin outdoors in early February, depending on whether there is snow on the ground and if weather permits. On occasion, the team will practice on a turf field if available. The spring season is usually kicked off with a pre-season match in the south, which could be University of Tennessee or Florida (based on the past).

For those who are interested and ultimately selected for the Miami Rugby 7’’s team, the spring season will begin with a visit to Las Vegas for the "Vegas 7’’s" tournament. This tournament features international 7’’s and collegiate 7’’s competition as well as a tournament for rugby 15’’s clubs. When a collegiate 7’’s team finishes in the final 4 of this tournament, the team is also invited to participate in the USA Collegiate 7’’s tournament in early June.

Rugby Conditioning

Rugby conditioning generally focuses on endurance and agility training, but also focuses on the mental aspect of the game while a players are in a tired condition. Since the match is played 80 minutes, if a player is to be in the entire match, he needs to be focused and alert to take advantage of mis-cues of the opposing side. Endurance training focuses on the ability of a player to handle being tired during a match while utilizing short breaks to recover and perform to his best ability. Agility training focuses on the player’’s abilities to move about the field in a strategic manner on offense and defense.

With 15 players per side and 7 substitution players, a number of those players are reserved for replacements due to conditioning as well as for use as an advantage when the opposing side is tired out. Once a player is substituted in the match, he is not allowed to return to the field as a sub, unless he has been sub’’d out under the "blood rule" to treat a cut incurred during the match. With this in mind, most of the players on the starting side must be well-conditioned to play the entire 80 minutes.

Endurance Training

Endurance training is one of the most important aspects of rugby. Few other sports require as much endurance due to the nature of the sport. Many times during a match, a player must run quick sprints and have moments of explosive power in the legs and arms, such as during rucking and tackling.

Typical pre-season training consists of isometrics, circuit training and running. It is important that a player begin his own training in the pre-season in order to have a shorter recovery time when practices commence and focus on endurance training and initial skills training for new players.

General pre-season self-training can be done with these exercises:

  • Running: 2-5 miles
  • Lifting: Bench, Military Press, Squats, Lunges, Biceps, Triceps, Pull-ups
  • Isometrics: Star jumps, Burpees, Pike position, Situps, Mountain Climbers
  • Stretching: It is important to stretch before and after every workout

Agility Training

Agility training will require a player to explosively stop, change direction and accelerate again. This involves movements in non-linear directions - backward, diagonal running etc, as opposed to just straight line speed. Your agility will require fast speed strength in all movement directions.

Exercises

Agility exercises use a variety of different movement drills, all of which are performed fatigue free to allow for effective practice of the technique. The agility training methodology is separated into different types of movements which have varying degrees of complexity.Foundation movements

      These drills develop the foundation needed for multi-directional movement. The exercises are composed of simple non-linear movements upon which more complicated and demanding exercises are based.



Basic movements

      The exercises combine the foundation movements to produce more advanced but still simple patterns. The protocol teaches the player simple transitions between movement types.



Combination Movements

      The exercises develop more advanced movement patterns. The protocol focuses upon changes in speed, direction and types of movement.



Rugby Specific movements

    The drills are designed to reproduce the forces and movements encountered during a game. The protocol includes some specific elements from the rugby field to prepare the player fully for competition.

Combining the Techniques

When and how to combine these different techniques and depends upon the laws of periodization. This is just one of the different training areas any serious rugby player should focus upon.

The mains areas to focus upon are agility, sprint training, plyometrics, resistance training, aerobic fitness, core and flexibility. The combination of these based upon your specific needs will produce dramatic results.

Additional training info can be found here

Rugby Practice Attire / Kit

1. Boots: Rubber soled softball or soccer cleats can be worn as long as the toe-cleat is removed
(cut off the toe cleat and make sure the remaining surface is smooth).
2. Shirt: You will need a T-shirt for the non-contact drills and a heavier rugby jersey or nylon-style shirt for contact drills.
You will not need a jersey right away; the club will provide jerseys for matches.
3. Shorts: the stronger shorts you have, the better (longer shorts, not so good)
4. Water: you should bring 2-4 quarts of water

Your Rugby Kit for a Match

The club will provide jerseys for all club matches.
In addition, you should have the following:
1. Boots: as described above. Toe-cleats MUST be removed prior to your first match.
2. Shorts & Socks: Before your first game, you must purchase a set of shorts and socks from the team.
3. Mouthguard: the club STRONGLY recommends that you use a mouthguard.
Mouthguards reduce the chance of concussion by 90%. 4. Water

Location / Map

Miami Rugby practices and designated home matches are located east of campus on State Route 73 - east of the horse stables. You will see the 50 foot tall rugby posts, so the pitch will be hard to miss.

Note: Some matches will be located at the Cincinnati Wolfhounds pitch, located in Fairfield, OH.
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Miami Rugby Field : 4692 Oxford Trenton Rd, Oxford, Butler, Ohio 45056
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Miami Rugby Pitch : 4692 Oxford Trenton Rd, Oxford, Butler, Ohio 45056
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