Announcements

Fall 7s

All High School Boys are invited to play in Fall 7s (this includes rising 9th graders). Our first tournament is this weekend (9/17) in Jersey City. 9am. Directions to follow.

Practice: 9/12 6:15 - 7:30 pm @ Unami Park.

Please contact Bill MacLaney (whmdesign@yahoo.com or 732-763-9573) with availability.

9/11/2017

Mudturtle Fall News

We have lots of things happening this fall. Check out below

Intro to Tackle Clinics (5th - 8th Grade, Boys & Girls)

The Mudturtles will be holding a series of Introduction to Tackle Rugby Clinics. 
This is for players who have NO Rugby Tackle experience. Come check it out. 
Dates: 9/17, 9/24, & 10/1 @ Unami Park 10 am - 11:30 am. 
Great opportunity to learn how to play the game! 

Intro to Tackle - Register Here.

Rugby Empowerment for Girls

Mission

Inspire girls to be healthy, strong and confident using Rugby-based curriculum. Come work out and learn how rugby can make a better YOU!
Dates: 9/17, 9/24, & 10/1 @ Unami Park 10 am - 11:30 am.

Register of Rugby Empowerment for Girls. Click Here!

FALL 7s

We are recruiting for High Boys U18, U16 & High School Girls for Fall 2017 7s.
First Practice at Unami Park on 9/6 @ 6:15 pm.
We need at least 10 players per age group. Cost: $110 per player. Payment to be collected prior to first tournament. Register at Fall 7s Registration Click Here.

Dates and Venues
Week 1  September 10  Morris Denville, NJ
Week 2  September 17  Hudson Catholic Jersey City, NJ
Week 3  September 24  St Augustine Richland, NJ
Week 4  October 1  Highlanders West Milford, NJ
October 8 Bye
Week 5  October 15  CBA Lincroft, NJ

High Performance Identification Camps:

These camps held by various academies for regional and national talent recognition. Attending these camps not only improve your skills but has the potential to earn a spot on Select Side teams. 

Atlantis 7s

The October 8, 2017 camp will be an evaluation process by the Atlantis selectors for the Atlantis U18 and U16 Boys’, and the Atlantis U18 and U16 Girls’ for the 2018 North American High School 7’s Series. Atlantis will be participating in: NY 7’s November 2017, Las Vegas Invitational March 2018, the NAI 7’s Tournament in Utah August 2018, and other additional tours and tournaments.

Atlantis 7s Camp

EIRA NY (Eagle Impact Rugby Academy) Clinics (High School Boys)

All sessions will be 10am -1pm at Glover Field in Pelham NY. They will enter a team in NY 7s as well.
Dates: 11/12,11/19,12/3,12/10,12/17
Sign ups will be open shortly! Contact mp@elefantepersanis.com

 

Premiership Rugby

Premiership Rugby - The American Series: Newcastle Falcons vs. Saracens

Event Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Facility: TALEN ENERGY STADIUM

Buy Your Tickets Here!

As part of the Premiership Rugby American Series, when Saracens will take on Newcastle Falcons at the Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia on September the 16th K.O. 5pm (EST), Premiership Rugby, AEG Rugby and Friends of the British Council in association with USA Rugby will be hosting a series of Players Skills Clinics, Coach Education Clinics, Schools visits and match day activities.

At these clinics we will be providing an incredible once in a lifetime offer of 30 Scholarships for a weeks all expenses paid trip to the UK for 20 players between 17-18 years and 10 coaches with Premierships Rugby. 
Please find more information about the ‘Premiership Rugby American Series Skills Clinics’ and ‘Premiership Rugby American Series Advanced Coaching Clinics’ by visiting www.premiershiprugbyusa.com
If interested, please contact Bill MacLaney. (732) 763-9573.

 

9/5/2017

Premiership Rugby Opportunity

Mudturtles - We received this invitation from Premiership Rugby. Please read through it and let's work to take advantage of this. If interested, please contact Bill MacLaney. (732) 763-9573.  

 

As part of the Premiership Rugby American Series, when Saracens will take on Newcastle Falcons at the Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia on September the 16th K.O. 5pm (EST), Premiership Rugby, AEG Rugby and Friends of the British Council in association with USA Rugby will be hosting a series of Players Skills Clinics, Coach Education Clinics, Schools visits and match day activities.

We are providing hundreds of opportunities for American players and coaches with the chance to be coached by Premierships Rugby’s world class team right along the Eastern sea board.

 At these clinics we will be providing an incredible once in a lifetime offer of 30 Scholarships for a weeks all expenses paid trip to the UK for 20 players between 17-18 years and 10 coaches with Premierships Rugby. 

 

We believe in the power of sharing best practice and knowledge transfer to help grow and develop rugby in your area.

 

Please find more information about the ‘Premiership Rugby American Series Skills Clinics’ and ‘Premiership Rugby American Series Advanced Coaching Clinics’ by visiting www.premiershiprugbyusa.com

 

We need your help to promote and share this within your network and ensure that no one misses out on this incredible offer.


We would like to thank you in advance for your assistance.

Kind Regards, 

Dominic Caton
International Development & Delivery Manager 
Premiership Rugby

 

8/19/2017

Atavus Camp - Not too Late to register

There is an Atavus Camp on 8/19 & 8/20 at Unami Park, Cranford NJ. The promo code is NAI17. Its not too late to register. 

Register Here!

8/11/2017

Mudturtle Rugby 2017 - 2018 Preseason Prep

After a long year of rugby, it is time to start thinking about next year. We will be having a coaches meeting on 7/27 at Kilkenny's in Cranford at 7:30 pm.
 
Before doing so, I wanted to give a short recap of the early summer events.
 
Summary:
The Mudturltes have had a busy start to the summer - the younger guys have been playing flag rugby while our older boys and girls have played 7s with many of them helping out with the flag program in different capacities as well. We had a number of our U18 Boys, U16 Boys, and HS Girls representing on the RCT teams and All-State Teams (see below). Because of your hard work, Union was well-represented at the highest level of rugby that NJ has to offer. Our coaches have also been part of this upper tiers: Joe Dabulas, Jason Cunningham & Bill MacLaney.  In addition, our U18 Boys have have finished in the running at a number of 7s tournaments (Dragons Breath - 3rd place & Hells Gate - Bowl Winners).Our U16 boys played extremely well at Dragons Breath and plan to represent at the Rugby NJ Blue & Gold game this Thursday night in Jersey City.  
 
A number of our U18 boys also have been playing on Elite-side 7s teams. This past weekend, Pat Orth, Hunter Musson, Hendrix Vernot, and Ryan Dones played on the NJ Blaze side at Surfside, finishing 4th, while Sean MacLaney played on Turks Head, who won the tournament, beating out the CRC Champions DMV. 
 
Hunter Musson & Sean MacLaney will be playing for Atlantis at the National Invitational 7s tournament in Salt Lake City, UT 8/3 & 8/4, which represents the best high school 7s players in the U.S.A.  
 
In addition, a number of boys & girls have been attending rugby development camps around the country, including Atatvus, Dartmouth, and West Point camps.
 
 
2017 - 2018 Rugby Year:
Things to cover are the following:
  • Fall 7s (do we have any interest)
  • Coaching roles (who wants to do what, etc.)
  • NY 7s (do we put a team into it or not)
  • Elite rugby. 
  • Playing in the National Invitational Tournament Tier II this spring
  • Jerseys
  • Coaching clinics (USA Rugby vs. Atavus clinics)
  • Player clinics
  • Player recruitment for all ages including Middle School girls
  • Coach Recruitment - We always can use more coaches 
  • Referee recruitment
  • New HS Girls Format
  • U12/U14 league
  • U16 Midweek games
Feel free to get back to me regarding other agenda items.
 
Regards,
Bill MacLaney
Director of Youth Rugby 
UCRFC, Mudturtle Rugby
 
U18 Boys RCT:
  • Ryan Dones
  • Hunter Musson
  • Sebastian Morales
  • Griffin Gonzalez
  • Anthony Machado
  • Pat Orth
 
U16 Boys RCT:
  • Jack Etlinger
  • Matt Hickey
  • Eric Young
  • Brendan Quinones
  • Sean MacLaney
  • Isaiah Alejo
  • Sam DiDominco
  • Sam Caminos
 
HS Girls RCT:
  • Molly Jackson
  • Faith Whitfield
  • Allison Bronander
  • Abigail MacLaney
 
High School Boys All-State Team
  • Pat Hoey - Hooker
  • Spencer Pascal - 2nd Row
  • Sebastian Morales - Flanker
  • Sean MacLaney - Scrumhalf
  • Ryan Dones - Center
 
High School Girls All-State Team
  • Faith Whitfield - 2nd Row
  • Allison - Flyhallf

7/18/2017

RCT and All State Awards

The Mudturtles want to congratulate the following players for making the New Jersey All State team:

HS Girls: Allison Bronander & Faith Whitfield

HS Boys: Pat Hoey, Spencer Pascal, Sebastian Morales, Sean MacLaney and Ryan Dones

Additionally, the Mudturtles would like to recognize the players that made the Regional Cup Tournament team:

HS Girls: Allison Bronander, Molly Jackson, Abby MacLaney, & Faith Whitfield

U19 Boys: Sebastian Morales, Hunter Musson, Ryan Dones, Griffin Gonzalez

U16 Boys: Jack Etlinger, Sean MacLaney, Isaiah Alejo, Eric Young, Matt Hickey, Sam Caminos, Sam DiDomenica, Shayan Burns, James Greaney, Liam Jackson, Brendan Loder, Brennan Quionnes, & Collin Sullivan

On Wednesday June 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm Rugby New Jersey will hold their annual Awards Reception at Overlook Hospital at 99 Beauvoir Ave in Summit NJ. 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

This event is free for the RCT players. Your parents or supporters are welcome to attend and tickets for them are $20 dollars payable by cash or check at the door.

Please register for this event

 

6/27/2017

Fundraiser, 7s & RCT

RCT Rugby

New Jersey Rugby is hosting the Regional Rugby Cup Tournament in our own backyard in Rahway, NJ. Many Union players have tried out and will likely make the team. We will need parent and player volunteers for the day. 

U16/U18 Boys RCT JV and Varsity Try-out:

CBA/Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738

Sunday, June 11, Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
U16/U18 teams will be announced by 6/12/17

7s Rugby

Fundraiser: If you would like to raise $$ towards your 7s season tournament fees (each tournament costs approx. $25 per player), then you should "BAG IT!" 
6/11/17 - Shoprite, 727 Morris Tpk, Springfield, 12 - 5 pm. Email Dorella at ledgrande2@aol.com for more info. 

In order to play 7s, you must register for 7s and pay the $35 registration fee. 

Upcoming Schedule: 

6/10 - USA vs. Ireland @ Red Bull Arena 4pm KO. We don't have set tickets. To purchase tickets, Usa vs ireland rugby red bull arena tickets
6/11 - RCT U16/U18 Tryouts, CBA/Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738
6/12 - 7s practice (High School Boys & Girls) Unami Park & Kicking Clinic
6/14 - 7s Practice, all teams
6/15 - RCT U16/U18 Players - Rahway River Park, 7 - 9 pm.
 
6/17 & 6/18 Regional Championship Tournament - We are hosting this. 8 teams U18 Boys, 8 teams U16 boys, & 4 teams High School Girls. This is a competitive tournament that we will be entering. Our Union kids MUST try out for this team. We need Parent Volunteers.

6/24 - Doylestown Dragon Breath 7s - We will entire a HS Boys team. Potentially a girls team and a U16 team. We need to know on 6/12 who will be going so that we can enter the teams.

7/1 - Monmouth 7s 

 

 

6/9/2017

June Updates & Schedule

There are 3 major rugby tracks going on in June/July:

1) Flag Rugby

2) RCT All Star Rugby

3) 7s Rugby

Flag Rugby

The season runs from 6/13 - 7/22. Players are from Kindergarten to rising 9th graders. If you fit into those age groups, you should play flag rugby for your town. If you are older, then you can either Coach or Referee (see below)

 

RCT Rugby

New Jersey Rugby is hosting the Regional Rugby Cup Tournament in our own backyard in Rahway, NJ. Many Union players have tried out and will likely make the team. We will need parent and player volunteers for the day. 

7s Rugby

We just came back from a successful Collegiate Rugby Championship weekend in which our boys and girls competed at a very high level. We will be competing in a number of single day tournaments at all age groups. The cost of these tournaments vary and we pay for each one individually, usually $20 - $35 per tournament. 

In order to play 7s, you must register for 7s and pay the $35 registration fee. 

Upcoming Schedule: 

6/7 - 7s practice (High School Boys & Girls) Unami Park
6/7 - Referee Clinic Unami Park
 
6/8 - Ball Runner Training for the USA vs. Ireland game at Hotel on 1/9 6pm. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE TRAINING SESSION to be a ball runner. The winners of the drawing were: Mary Clare King, Sebastian Morales, & Isaiah Alejo

6/10 - USA vs. Ireland @ Red Bull Arena 4pm KO. We don't have set tickets. To purchase tickets, Usa vs ireland rugby red bull arena tickets
 
6/17 & 6/18 Regional Championship Tournament - We are hosting this. 8 teams U18 Boys, 8 teams U16 boys, & 4 teams High School Girls. This is a competitive tournament that we will be entering. Our Union kids MUST try out for this team. We need Parent Volunteers.

6/24 - Doylestown Dragon Breath 7s - We will entire a HS Boys team. Potentially a girls team and a U16 team. 

 

 

 

 

 

WE ARE HAVING A REFEREE CLINIC FOR ANY TACKLE PLAYER WHO IS INTERESTED IN BEING A REFEREE FOR THE FLAG PROGRAM. PAY IS $40.00 PER GAME DAY ( NO LINING FIELDS THIS YEAR) GAMES ARE SATURDAYS AND SOME THURSDAYS STARTING SATURDAY JUNE 10. 

REF CLINIC

WEDNESDAY JUNE 7

7:00 PM UNAMI PARK 

6/6/2017

PAID FLAG REFEREES WANTED CLINIC WEDNESDAY

WE ARE HAVING A REFEREE CLINIC FOR ANY TACKLE PLAYER WHO IS INTERESTED IN BEING A REFEREE FOR THE FLAG PROGRAM. PAY IS $40.00 PER GAME DAY ( NO LINING FIELDS THIS YEAR) GAMES ARE SATURDAYS AND SOME THURSDAYS STARTING SATURDAY JUNE 10. 

REF CLINIC

WEDNESDAY JUNE 7

7:00 PM UNAMI PARK 

6/6/2017

State Championship Reminder

ALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYERS MUST BRING AN ID WITH THEM - including the U16 players who are dressing for the game! School ID, Drivers License, Passport, etc. are acceptable. 

No ID is required of those playing in the Blue Gold Game (U16s). 

For anyone who needs a ride the Van leaves Billy Mac's house at 11:15 am to head to the game. (1050 Midwood Dr., Rahway, NJ 07065)

All Players must be at the field before 1pm. 

Drink plenty of water tonight. 

 

State Championship Details:

Rugby NJ’s 2017 State Championship will take place on Saturday May 27, 2017 at Rumson Fair Haven High School in Rumson NJ. The address is 74 Ridge Rd, Rumson, NJ 07760.

Here are the game details: 

1.      2:00 pm  Blue Division Game: Union vs Bridgewater

 2.      3:30 pm  Gold Division Game: Delbarton vs St. Augustine 

3.       The field is a turf football field. Field Guidelines for play are as follows: If you are playing on a football field, consider the 25-yard line as your 22m. If you have room to extend we urge you to do that with tape and/or cones. In addition note that PKs are NOT advanced 10m (taken at the point of infringement) and at tries players stand under the posts (if they are on the dead-ball line). 

4.      We will have a Center Referee and 2 Assistant Referees. 



Blue Division Game: Union vs Bridgewater   

Center Ref: Mike Delano   Assistant Refs: Tom Sullivan and Chris Cowan

Gold Division Game: Delbarton vs St. Augustine 

Gold Division Game: Delbarton vs St. Augustine 

Center Ref: Sam Ware  Assistant Refs: Mike Delano and Chris Cowan 

5.       Stadium admission will open at 1pm. Ticket prices are Students and Seniors $5.00 Adults $8.00. There will be food and beverage at the stadium for sale. Championship Tee shirts will be available as well. 

6.       Please send me your complete roster to list in the brochure. A game day 23 man roster is needed for the game announcer. Please send the attached game day roster form to by Thursday. 

7.       Players will need a school ID and a photo ID for check in prior to the game. 

8.       Both Games will be broadcast on Facebook Live – Rugby New Jersey’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/rugbynewjersey

9.       Athletic Training services will be provided by Atlantic Health. 

10.   Only game day rostered players and coaches will be allowed on the field. USA Rugby Technical Zone guidelines will be utilized. 

11.   In the spirit of the game we ask all players, coaches and spectators to respect the calls of the referees, be courteous to all and applaud good play.

5/26/2017

Todays Practice & Weather

Due to the likely storms all day & evening, we are moving the U18/U16 practice to Rahway River Park and the Gazebo. We will conduct a "chalk talk" practice to go over game film and this upcoming weekend. If things clear up, then we can get in a walk thru out on the field. Dress appropriately. All players are required. For those that have already reached out to Coach Bill about prior obligations, no need to respond. Otherwise please let him know if you will not attend. 

5/25/2017

SPECIAL: New Zealand Coaches Coming to Unami Tonight!

Tonight Hakka Global Rugby will be conducting a Coaching session for all players and parents at Unami at 6:30 pm.

ALL PLAYERs & Coaches (U12/U14/U16/U18 and HS Girls) should go to this and work out with these New Zealand coaches. 

State Championship Details:

Rugby NJ’s 2017 State Championship will take place on Saturday May 27, 2017 at Rumson Fair Haven High School in Rumson NJ. The address is 74 Ridge Rd, Rumson, NJ 07760.

Here are the game details: 

1.      2:00 pm  Blue Division Game: Union vs Bridgewater

 2.      3:30 pm  Gold Division Game: Delbarton vs St. Augustine 

3.       The field is a turf football field. Field Guidelines for play are as follows: If you are playing on a football field, consider the 25-yard line as your 22m. If you have room to extend we urge you to do that with tape and/or cones. In addition note that PKs are NOT advanced 10m (taken at the point of infringement) and at tries players stand under the posts (if they are on the dead-ball line). 

4.      We will have a Center Referee and 2 Assistant Referees. 

 

Blue Division Game: Union vs Bridgewater   

               Center Ref: Mike Delano   Assistant Refs: Tom Sullivan and Chris Cowan

Gold Division Game: Delbarton vs St. Augustine 

Gold Division Game: Delbarton vs St. Augustine 

Center Ref: Sam Ware  Assistant Refs: Mike Delano and Chris Cowan 

5.       Stadium admission will open at 1pm. Ticket prices are Students and Seniors $5.00 Adults $8.00. There will be food and beverage at the stadium for sale. Championship Tee shirts will be available as well. 

6.       Please send me your complete roster to list in the brochure. A game day 23 man roster is needed for the game announcer. Please send the attached game day roster form to by Thursday. 

7.       Players will need a school ID and a photo ID for check in prior to the game. 

8.       Both Games will be broadcast on Facebook Live – Rugby New Jersey’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/rugbynewjersey

9.       Athletic Training services will be provided by Atlantic Health. 

10.   Only game day rostered players and coaches will be allowed on the field. USA Rugby Technical Zone guidelines will be utilized. 

11.   In the spirit of the game we ask all players, coaches and spectators to respect the calls of the referees, be courteous to all and applaud good play.

5/24/2017

State Championship and more

5/27/17 Saturday State Championship Game - THIS IS A SATURDAY GAME!

Union vs. Bridgewater 2pm Kickoff (Be at the field by 1pm)

U16 Boys will play in the Blue & Gold game. 5pm Kickoff

74 Ridge Rd, Rumson, NJ 07760

 
5/28 - RCT Tryout for U16/U18 Boys at Unami, 9:30 am - 11:30 am.
RCT HS Girls tryout 12pm - 2pm 

6/2 & 6/3 - College Rugby Championship (CRCs) Friday & Saturday - Philadelphia. Deposits needed for all Players interested. Total costs will be $130 per player

6/4 - RCT Tryout in Cherry Hill, NJ (South Jersey''s field) 4pm - 6pm.
 
6/8 - Ball Runner Training for the USA vs. Ireland game at Hotel on 1/9 6pm. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE TRAINING SESSION to be a ball runner.
 
6/9 - Clam Bake Fundraiser - POSTPONED

6/10 - USA vs. Ireland @ Red Bull Arena 4pm KO. We don't have set tickets. To purchase tickets, Usa vs ireland rugby red bull arena tickets
 
6/17 & 6/18 Regional Championship Tournament - We are hosting this. 8 teams U18 Boys, 8 teams U16 boys, & 4 teams High School Girls. This is a competitive tournament that we will be entering. Our Union kids MUST try out for this team. We need Parent Volunteers.

5/23/2017

Club Party, Playoffs, Select-side Games - Busy Week

Upcoming Schedule:

ALL TEAMS:
Tues ONLY Practice at Unami Park, Cranford.
Thurs Practice at Rahway River Park (Club End-of-Season Party after practice -- see below)
 
Sunday 5/21 
U18 Game vs. RIDGE PLAYOFF GAME @ Unami Park, Cranford. Kickoff at 1pm (be at field at 12pm)
U16 Rockaway Game (AWAY) 1 pm Kickoff (Directions to follow)
U14 Rockaway Game (AWAY) 12 pm Kickoff (Directions to follow)
U12 Rockaway Game (AWAY) 11am Kickoff (Directions to follow)

5/18 Senior Send Off and End-of-Season Club Party - Rahway River Park Gazebos. Pizza and refreshments will be served to all. Parents, family, friends and of course players are welcomed. All teams (U12/U14/U16/U18 & HS Girls should attend with their coaches).
 
We will be using SignUp Genius for items to bring. Check back by the end of the week for more things to bring. Click here to find out what to bring.

5/21 - Playoff game. Unami Park @ 1pm (Union vs. Ridge)

5/27 - State Championship game U18 Boys. U16 Boys will play in the Blue & Gold game. 
 
5/28 - RCT Tryout for U16/U18 Boys at Unami, 9:30 am - 11:30 am. 

6/2 & 6/3 - College Rugby Championship (CRCs) Friday & Saturday - Philadelphia. Deposits needed for all Players interested. Total costs will be $130 per player

6/4 - RCT Tryout in Cherry Hill, NJ (South Jersey''s field) 4pm - 6pm.
 
6/8 - Ball Runner Training for the USA vs. Ireland game at Hotel on 1/9 6pm. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE TRAINING SESSION to be a ball runner.
 
6/9 - Clam Bake Fundraiser - Details to follow

6/10 - USA vs. Ireland @ Red Bull Arena 4pm KO. We don't have set tickets. To purchase tickets, Usa vs ireland rugby red bull arena tickets
 
6/17 & 6/18 Regional Championship Tournament - We are hosting this. 8 teams U18 Boys, 8 teams U16 boys, & 4 teams High School Girls. This is a competitive tournament that we will be entering. Our Union kids MUST try out for this team. We need Parent Volunteers.

5/16/2017

Bridgewater Game

Just a reminder to be at the field by 12pm for a 1pm kickoff. B-side right after.

The field is called the "1000 Turf" field at Bridgewater High School. 600 Garretson Road in Bridgewater. Use the main entrance to the campus on Garretson Road. The one way road winds around to the right and the field is up on a small hill on the left.

5/13/2017

This Weeks Updates

Upcoming Schedule:
Tues & Thurs Practice at Unami Park, Cranford.
 
5/14 U18 Game vs. Bridgewater  (this is the snowed out game from March). There may be a U16 game as well.
1pm Kickoff for U18 followed by the U16 game. Click Here for Directions to Bridgewater-Raritan High School
 
U12/U14 @ Morris. Details to be announced.

5/18 Senior SendOff and Club Party - Rahway River Park Gazebos. We will be using SignUp Genius for items to bring. Check back by the end of the week for more things to bring. Click here to find out what to bring.

5/21 - Playoff game. TBD

5/27 - State Championship game U18 Boys. U16 Boys will play in the Blue & Gold game. 
 
5/28 - RCT Tryout for U16/U18 Boys at Unami, 9:30 am - 11:30 am. 

6/2 & 6/3 - College Rugby Championship (CRCs) Friday & Saturday - Philadelphia. Deposits needed for all Players interested. 

6/4 - RCT Tryout in Cherry Hill, NJ (South Jersey's field) 4pm - 6pm.
 
6/8 - Ball Runner Training for the USA vs. Ireland game at Hotel on 1/9 6pm. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE TRAINING SESSION to be a ball runner.

6/10 - USA vs. Ireland @ Red Bull Arena 4pm KO
 
6/17 & 6/18 Regional Championship Tournament - We are hosting this. 8 teams U18 Boys, 8 teams U16 boys, & 4 teams High School Girls. This is a competitive tournament that we will be entering. Our Union kids MUST try out for this team. 
Regards,
BMac

5/8/2017

U18 Game Film

Thanks Matt Kane! We now have some game film up on YouTube. 

If anyone else has game film from other games and age groups, please contact Bill MacLaney. 

Click here to watch the latest Games.

5/3/2017

U18 Updates

Sunday
U18 - League game @ 11:30 AM vs. Highlander RFC at Unami Park. Be at the field by 10:30 am. 
U18Bs/U16 - Will play the Highlander U18Bs/U16 side in the B game. 
 
U12/U14 at Bergen. games, times, and locations to be confirmed.
 
HS Girls are playing at Harvey School.  
 
Upcoming Schedule:
5/14 U18 Game vs. Bridgewater  (this is the snowed out game from March). There may be a U16 game as well.
5/21 - Playoff game. 
5/27 - State Championship game U18 Boys.  
6/2 & 6/3 - College Rugby Championship (CRCs) Friday & Saturday - Philadelphia 
- We have entered a U18 Boys team and a U18 Girls team. We need to do a fundraiser in order to defer the costs.  
6/4 - RCT Tryout in Cherry Hill, NJ (South Jersey's field) 4pm - 6pm.
6/10 - USA vs. Ireland @ Red Bull Arena 4pm KO
6/17 & 6/18 Regional Championship Tournament - We are hosting this. 8 teams U18 Boys, 8 teams U16 boys, & 4 teams High School Girls. This is a competitive tournament that we will be entering. Our Union kids MUST try out for this team. 
Regards,
BMac

5/2/2017

U18 Practice Change - 4/27 ONLY

Thursday, 4/27

U18 Practice at Sid Fey/Houlihan so that we can watch the U16 game as well! 

U16 Game Thursday vs. CBA at Sid/Fey Houlihan Field.  6:30 to 8:00 pm

HS Girls are playing 2 games this weekend: (1)  Rye, NY on Friday (Not sure of the logistics) and (2) NY Rugby on Sunday - at Unami - K.O. 12:30

Sunday, 4/30/17 - U18/U16 vs. Morris at Morris. Behind buildings at 19 Pocono Road, Denville, NJ. 1 pm Kickoff

Sunday, 4/30/17 - U12/U14 games vs. South Shore 10am kickoff. Unami Park.

Regional Championship Tournament:

RugbyNJ along with Union County RFC will be hosting the Regional Championship Tournament on June 17 & 18 at Green Field (Madison Ave.), Rahway NJ 07065. This is a big thing for the state as well as the Mudturtles. We will need parent volunteers to help out. Also ALL U16 and U18 players are encouraged to try out. More Info to follow.

Collegiate Rugby Championship:

We are planning on entering a girls and boys team in the CRCs. This event is a fantastic event that gives the kids the feeling of big-time rugby. They get to meet college coaches and recruiters as well as play on great field against strong competition. It is a large financial commitment for the kids. The roster holds 15 kids and we will do tryouts for our kids. June 2 & 3. This means that the kids need to take off of school on Friday June 2. We plan on doing a ShopRite fundraiser to move this along from a financial standpoint. Otherwise, it will be approx. $130 per player. More details to follow. 

Ireland vs. USA Rugby June 10th at Red Bull Stadium:

RugbyNJ has asked Union County RFC as the 2016 State Champions to volunteer 3 players to be ball runners for the game. The player and 1 parent will get FREE admission to the game. There is a training session on Thursday, June 8th, which will be indoors. Please contact Bill MacLaney at whmdesign@yahoo.com for more info. 

4/26/2017

Watch Today Mudturtle in College Varsity Cup

Michael Dabulas and Kevin Trotter with Penn State

 

https://pac-12.com/live/university-california

4/22/2017

Practice & Jersey Shore Game

Practice:

U12/U14/U16/U18 Boys & HS Girls Practice: Tues & Thurs Unami Park 6:30 - dark (7:45 pm)

Saturday:

Rickerson Cup at Princeton University: HS Girls vs. Morris (League game) 1pm KO. 

 

Sunday:

U18 vs Jersey Shore 12:30 KO (League Game)

U12 vs. Rye NY - 10 am KO

U14 vs. Rye NY - 11 am KO

U16** vs. Jersey Shore 1:45 KO

** The U16s will play a mixed side of Jersey Shore player (max. of 6 players). We will mix our sides and play against each other. All U16s will get a full game. Also the U18 B-side players will play in the U16 game. 

4/18/2017

Practice Location Change

We will be practicing at Unami Park in Cranford on Tues. Be at the field by 6:30 pm. Practice ends at dark (7:45 pm). No practice for U18s on thursday, April 6, 2017. 

4/3/2017

U16/U18 Sat. & Sun.

Saturday
U16 Rugby NJ Developmental Clinic

All U16s - Go to Rahway River Park for the U16 Developmental Clinic. Work on individual position skills and scrimmage. 9:30am start. 

U18s can come to help out with the clinic. 
It will be wet out! When has that stopped us. 

Sunday
U16/U18 Game:
 1pm Kickoff (U18), followed by U16/B game vs. Ridge Rugby
Be at the field by 12:15 pm.

Lyons VA Hospital, 151 Knollcroft Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Once on the campus, the field is at the end of a road marked Circle II. Please tell your folks to keep to the posted speed limit – the Federal cops have no patience for speeding, and a ticket can’t be paid by mail. It’s a mandatory trip to Trenton. When you get to the pitch, there’s a parking lot just down the hill from it.

 

3/31/2017

Girls tackle clinic grades 5-8

This Saturday we will be having a tackle clinic for any girls in grades 5-8. If you have a relative or family friend who would like to try rugby let them know about the clinic. We are hoping to get enough interest that we can start a middle school girls team. All are welcome!!!!

 

Saturday March 25

9:30-12:00

Rahway River Park

3/30/2017

This week's Games, Practice, & Tour Meeting

Busy Week...

3/29 Wednesday: U.K. Tour Meeting - Mandatory - 8 pm. You get your swag! Tour Shirts and Bags. 
124 South Ave, Garwood, NJ 07027

U.K. Tour Facebook Page - Join to learn more.

3/30 Thursday: Practice Rahway River Park - ALL TEAMS 6:30 pm

4/1 Saturday: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm U16 Rugby NJ Developmental Clinic
ALL U16 players should be at this developmental clinic. It will include specialized training for positions (scrumhalf, hooker, front row, fullbacks, kicking, etc.). 

4/2 Sunday: 

U12 Game: 9:30 Morris & Bergen Round Robin - Kickoff Unami Park, Cranford (details to follow)

U14 Game: 10:45 (approx.) Morris & Bergen Round Robin - Kickoff Unami Park, Cranford (details to follow)

U16/U18 Game: 1pm Kickoff (U18), followed by U16/B game vs. Ridge Rugby
Lyons VA Hospital, 151 Knollcroft Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Once on the campus, the field is at the end of a road marked Circle II. Please tell your folks to keep to the posted speed limit – the Federal cops have no patience for speeding, and a ticket can’t be paid by mail. It’s a mandatory trip to Trenton. When you get to the pitch, there’s a parking lot just down the hill from it.

 
 

HS Girls: 12:30 pm kickoff vs PRUSA at Unami Park, Cranford 

3/28/2017

Update

U16/U18/HS Girls

Practice 6:30 - 8pm Tues & Thurs @ Rahway River Park (Yes, there is still practice in the rain)

U12/U14

Practice 6:30 - 7:45 pm @ Rahway River Park

3/28/2017

Union U-18 vs Bergen Sunday March 26, 2017

Good Morning,

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ ENTIRE EMAIL - LOTS OF STUFF!!!

Union vs. Bergen on Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
 
Location:    
Unami Park
Cranford, New Jersey
 
Kickoff:      
12:30 pm (PLEASE ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 11:30 AM FOR WARM UP/ROSTER)
 
Please remember your water, MOUTHPIECES and wear UNIFORM SHORTS AND SOCKS (or navy shorts and navy sock over calfs).
 
It might be CHILLY and RAINY so bring something dry and warm to wear home.
 
Please Note:
  1. The U-16 Game against Xavier is at 11:00 AM they would love your support!!!
  2. We may also have a B game against Bergen - that remains TBD
Forms: In order to play in your league games the following must be done:
  1. You need to provide a copy of your student ID or a drivers license to your respective team parent.
  2. ALL dues must be paid. 
  3. Medical waiver and permission slip has to be submitted
Video Taping:
We are looking to video tape and Livestream all of our games. To do so, we need volunteers to film the games. Please contact Bill MacLaney @ (732) 763-9573 if you want to volunteer. 
 
We are HOSTING, We need your help:
 
The U-16 Squad is helping us out (thank you Dorella) and they will be bringing post game sandwiches for Bergen, Xavier and Union.
 
The U-18 Squad has been asked to contribute by bringing
    1. Drinks (Water, Juice Boxes, etc.)
    2. Snack (Chips, Granola Bars, etc.)
    3. Fruits (Apples, Oranges) - These are perishable
Field Rights:
The county does NOT give out permits for Unami prior to 4/1/17 so it is "squatters rights." We need people to join Mike Jackson at 8:30 to line the field and "squat." BMac will buy Dunkin'' Doughnuts. If we are using the field, no one can kick us off. We need to line the fields for this game at Unami. It shouldn''t take long, 4 - 5 people can knock it out quickly (volunteers). BMac is picking up the goal post pads, paint, and liner. 

 

 

Please watch the website for any further updates mudturtlerfc.com 

Thank you and see you Sunday,
Jim 
 
Go UNION!

3/25/2017

Practice & Games

The U18/U16 game vs Bridgewater will be rescheduled for 5/14 (most likely). 
 
Tues: 3/21: U16/U18/HS Girls Practice 6:30 - 8pm @ Rahway River Park
Thurs: 3/23: U12/U14/U16/U18 & HS Girls practice 6:30 - 8pm @ Rahway River Park
Sunday:
U16 Game vs Xavier 11am
U18 Game vs Bergen (There may be a B game, not sure). 12:30 pm
U12/U14 are at Pelham. U12 Kickoff at 3pm, followed by the U14 game. 
 
HS Girls vs Rye is postponed. Details to follow. Sunday Practice details to be announced. 
 
ALL HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS: In order to play in your league games the following must be done:
  1. You need to provide a copy of your student ID or a drivers license to your respective team parent.
  2. ALL dues must be paid. 
  3. Medical waiver and permission slip has to be submitted
 
We are looking to video tape and Livestream all of our games. To do so, we need volunteers to film the games. Please contact Bill MacLaney @ (732) 763-9573 if you want to volunteer. 
 
NOTE: The county does NOT give out permits for Unami prior to 4/1/17 so it is "squatters rights." We need people to join Mike Jackson at 8:30 to line the field and "squat." I'll buy Dunkin' Doughnuts. If we are using the field, no one can kick us off. We need to line the fields for this game at Unami. It shouldn't take long, 4 - 5 people can knock it out quickly (volunteers). BMac is picking up the goal post pads, paint, and liner. 

3/20/2017

Practice & Updates

The U16/U18 game against Bridgewater has been postponed to a later date due snow. 

U12/U14/U16/U18 & HS Girls: Practice at Rahway River Park 11am - 1pm on Sunday 3/19/17. We should have enough ground cleared to hold practice. Bring running shoes just in case. 

Make sure your completed waivers are brought to practice.

Tour Players: There will be a brief meeting after practice regarding the tour. 

3/18/2017

Practice Cancelled Tonight

U16/U18 practice Cancelled tonight. Stay tuned for this weekend's game. If the game is still on, we will have a walk thru on Saturday for ALL U16/U18 players at 1pm Rahway River Park. C?heck website for updates.

3/16/2017

Rugby Practice

Due to the cold weather, the U12 Boys, U14 Boys & HS Girls practice is CANCELLED.

U16 & U18 Boys Scrimmage still a GO! 

IT IS GOING TO BE COLD! Dress Appropriately. You can wear sweats and long sleeves under your kit. Gloves and hats are ok as well. 

U18 Scrimmage vs. Pelham at Glover Field, Pelham. Be at the field by 1:30 pm, Sunday 3/12.

1:30 Warm up

2 pm Referee talk about new laws 
2:15 FORWARDS: Scrums against Pelham, BACKS: Run plays against Pelham (Defense & Offense)
2:35 Team & situational play agains Pelham (half a field)
3:30 Team meeting & End of Practice

Map to Glover Field, Pelham, NY

3/12/2017

U18 Scrimmage still a GO!

IT IS GOING TO BE COLD! Dress Appropriately. You can wear sweats and long sleeves under your kit. Gloves and hats are ok as well. 

U18 Scrimmage vs. Pelham at Glover Field, Pelham. Be at the field by 1:30 pm, Sunday 3/12.

1:30 Warm up

2 pm Referee talk about new laws 
2:15 FORWARDS: Scrums against Pelham, BACKS: Run plays against Pelham (Defense & Offense)
2:35 Team & situational play agains Pelham (half a field)
3:30 Team meeting & End of Practice

Map to Glover Field, Pelham, NY

3/11/2017

Update: Practice, Scrimmage, Concussion Testing & other paperwork

Thursday, 3/9/17
U12/U14/U16/U18 & HS Girls -  Rahway River Park 6:30 - 8pm

Friday, 3/10/17
U18 Boys ONLY Pre-season Team Meeting/Chalk Talk @ Coach Bill's House 6:30 - 7:30 pm: 1050 Midwood Dr., Rahway NJ 07065

Sunday, 3/12/17
U12/U14/HS Girls -  Rahway River Park - 11am - 1pm
U16/U18 Boys - Pelham Scrimmage 1:30 pm in Pelham
NOTE: This was originally just a U18 scrimmage, however, Pelham has a good amount of U16 players so we will have 2 scrimmages at the same time. The scrimmage currently is scheduled to be at Pelhman to coincide with a referee clinic. If the weather turns foul (they may get snow), we will either (a) move the scrimmage to us or (b) just hold practice at our field. Stay tuned.

Concussion Testing:
We are implementing a new concussion testing protocol. It is being reviewed and a new policy will be drafted within the next week. Please hold off on utilizing the Atlantic Health ImPACT Baseline testing until further notice.

Photo IDs:
ALL HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS MUST SUPPLY A COPY OF YOUR PHOTO ID. This can be your school ID, drivers license, passport, or other "official" ID. If you do not have a photo ID, please contact Bill MacLaney at practice. 

3/9/2017

Practice Location Change

We have secured a new practice location at Rahway River Park (RRP) in Rahway. It is a brand-new turf field/stadium with lights.

Drop offs and Pickups as well as parking should be by the Swimming Pool.

Click Here for a Map to Rahway River Park

3/7/17 Tues U16/U18 Boys & HS Girls 6:30 - 8:00 PM RRP

3/10/17 Thurs U12/U14/U16/U18 Boys & HS Girls 6:30 - 8:00 PM RRP

3/12/17 Sun U12/U14/U16 & HS Girls RRP 11 am - 1pm

NOTE: U18 (and some U16 boys) will be scrimmaging at Pelham. E Lincoln Ave, pelham NY 10803. As a reference, there is a Target next door to entrance. 

3/14/17 Tues U16/U18 Boys & HS Girls 6:30 - 8:00 PM RRP

3/16/17 Thurs U12/U14/U16/U18 Boys & HS Girls 6:30 - 8:00 PM RRP

3/19/17 Sun U12/U14 & HS Girls RRP 11 am - 1pm

U16/U18 Bridgewater HS @ Bridgewater (League Match) location TBD.

Also, Concussion Screening information will be posted up on the website soon for all teams.

3/7/2017

U18 Practice Cancelled

Due to the cold weather, the U18 Practice is cancelled for Sunday, 3/5/17.

3/5/2017

Practice Sunday March 5

11:00-1:00 PM

Unami Park 

420 South Union Ave

Cranford NJ 

Dress in warm layers, bring your mouthpieces!!! 

3/4/2017

Tonight's practice time & location change

Please note we are unable to use Sid Fey tonight for practice. 

We will be practicing at Glenside Field in Summit from 7:00-8:30 

Address is 174 Glenside Ave Summit NJ

 

 

3/2/2017

Practice & Game Updates

Practice:

Tuesday: U16/U18 Boys & HS Girls 6:30 - 8pm Sid Fey

Thursday: U12/U14/U16/U18 Boys & HS Girls 6:30 - 8 pm Sid Fey

Sunday: U18 & HS Girls 11 am - 1 pm Sid Fey

 

Game 3/5/17

We are playing Doylestown in a U15/U16 & U13 game at Doylestown. This means we are playing by "Pennsylvania Age Rules" so some kids will be moved around a bit. 
We will kick off the Juniors/U16 at 2pm this Sunday and the Youth (U13) right after. 

PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR COACH FOR ARRIVAL TIMES AND WHICH TEAM YOU WILL PLAY ON FOR THIS GAME. 

CB East HS
2804 Holicong Road
Doylestown, PA 18902

Direction Link to Central Bucks High School

2/28/2017

REMINDER BINGO TONIGHT

Go to bingo tonight, VFW in Kenilworth. Bring deep pockets, long arms, and lots of cash. 

All high school players go to the combine tomorrow. 

2/25/2017

Rugby This Week

Bingo! Bingo! Bingo! 

Saturday, 2/25/17 we are having our big Prize Bingo! Come support the Mudturtles going to England by attending this event. Please Register in Advance! Walk-ins Welcomed!

Click Here for more Bingo Information

Practice Rugby Events Schedule:

Tues 2/21 - U16/U18 Boys & HS Girls Practice Sid Fey/Houlihan 6:30 - 8pm

Thurs 2/23 - U12/U14/U16/U18 Boys & HS Girls Practice Sid Fey/Houlihan 6:30 - 8pm 

Fri  2/24 Town Hall Event with USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne. Click Here for More Town Hall Info

Sat 2/25 Prize Bingo (adults only)

Sun - U12/U14 Practice Sid Fey/Houlihan 11 AM - 1 PM

U16/U18 & HS Girls Rugby Combine in Whippany, NJ. All High School players should attend the combine You must register in advance to go for FREE!. The U16/U18 Boys & HS Girls coaches will be at the combine. Click Here to Get more Combine Information

Get your waivers to the team parent. 

2/20/2017

Practice Update

Due to the cold weather, Thursday's practice is cancelled. 

Saturday's practice at the Rahway Rec. Center is cancelled.

Next practice for ALL teams is on Sunday, February 2/19 11 am - 1pm at Sid Fey/Houlihan. 

2/15/2017

Practice Update

Due to the weather, we have to get a little creative with our practices.

Sunday - 2/12 - Practice Cancelled

Tues - 2/14 - Practice @ Sid Fey/Houlihan 6:30 - 8pm U16/U18 Boys & HS Girls

Thurs - 2/16 - Practice @ Sid Fey/Houlihan 6:30 - 8pm U12/U14/U16/U18 Boys & HS Girls

Sat - 2/18 - Practice @ Rahway Rec Center 
- U16 3pm - 4:30 pm
- U18 4:pm - 5:30 pm
- HS Girls 5pm - 6:30 pm

Sun 2/19 Practice @ Sid Fey/Houlihan 11am - 1 pm U12/U14/U16/U18 & HS Girls

COACHES & Parents: CBA is hosting a coaching clinic tomorrow. CBA Coaching Clinic Details, click here

Prize Bingo: Go to Prize Bingo! Bingo Details, check it out.

2/11/2017

Practice & Bingo

Prize Bingo!

Our BIGGEST FUNDRAISER EVER! Awesome Prizes! Tag Heuer Watch, Alexa Echo, Kate Spade Handbag, BBQ Grill, Giant 50" TV to name a few. Bring all your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors to help raise $$ for the Mudturtle U.K. Trip. 2/25/17 - 6pm - VFW Kenilworth. 

Bingo Form

Practice Update:

We have been snowed out for tonight. Stay tuned for Sunday's practice at Sid Fey/Houlihan field at 11am, 2/12/17. 

2/9/2017

Practice Reminder

Sunday, 2/5/17. Practice at 11am. Sid Fey/Hoolihan Field, 1599 Lamberts Mill Rd. Westfield. 

It is cold out. Dress appropriately. Parents make your own decision about weather conditions for your player. 

U12/U14/U16/U18 Boys & HS Girls

2/5/2017

CORRECTION: Practice Update

- Thursday - 2/2 6:30 - 8pm U18 boys & HS Girls

Rahway Recreation Center, 275 E. Milton Ave., Rahway NJ 07065

- No U12/U14/U16 Practice

- Sunday - 2/5 Sid Fey Houlihan 11am - 1pm

ALL TEAMS (U12/U14/U16/U18 & HS Girls)

1599 Lambert Mill Rd., Westfield.

2/2/2017

U18 Boys & Girls Practice in Rahway Rec Center

- Thursday - 2/2 Sid Fey/Houlihan 6:30 - 8pm U18 boys & HS Girls

Rahway Recreation Center, 275 E. Milton Ave., Rahway NJ 07065

- No U12/U14/U16 Practice

- Sunday - 2/5 Sid Fey Houlihan 11am - 1pm

ALL TEAMS (U12/U14/U16/U18 & HS Girls)

1599 Lambert Mill Rd., Westfield.

2/2/2017

Practice, Parent Meeting & Tour Info

Practice: Sun - 2/29/17 Sid Fey 11am
 
Parent Meeting
When: 2/1/17 @ 7:30pm
Where: Cranford Recreation Center (220 Walnut Ave., Cranford)
Agenda:
  • Coaches Introductions (U12/U14/U16/U18 Boys, HS Girls & Middle School Girls)
  • Practice schedule (Feb, Mar, Apr, & May)
  • Game schedule
  • Concussion Protocols & Requirements
    • Atlantis Health Concussion Baseline
    • King-Devick Game Day Baseline & Screening
  • Off Day Training
  • Injury Reporting
  • Fundraising
  • Rugby NJ Developmental Camp (4/1/17)
  • Equipment
    • Shorts (how to order them)
    • Socks
    • Team Jackets
    • "Give a Shell to a Mudturtle" program - gently worn rugby jackets
    • mouthpieces
  • Practice/Game Attendance
  • Team Parent & Team Manager Roles
  • Team Communication (Website, texting, emailing, etc.) 
  • Rugby Camps
  • Upcoming Rugby NJ events
    • Meet Dan Payne
    • Rugby Combine
    • Webinars
    • Nutrition (Women's Club guy)
    • RCT Role & High School All-American Selections
 
Rugby Tour Agenda (Meeting will immediately follow)
  • Flights (Coordination of accompanied minors)
  • itinerary 
  • Fundraising Efforts to Date
  • Budget & Final Payments
  • transportation
  • Pre Tour Friday Hotel/Post Tour Friday Hotel
  • Meal Plan
  • Game & Practice Schedule
  • Kit Bags & Shirts
  • Mudturtle Prize Bingo
    • 2/25/17 @ VFW Kenilworth
    • Getting 10+ people to Bingo per tour member
    • Event night volunteering requirements (35 volunteers needed)
  • Future fundraising: Rugby party, car wash, Beefsteak Redux
  • Chaperone Duties
  • What does "Self-catering" really mean
  • Room assignments
  • USA Rugby form with CIPP for World Rugby Permission to Travel form
  • Passport Check
  • Emergency Procedures/Medical Forms
  • Trip Insurance

1/28/2017

Order Your Rugby Jacket Now!

Order your Union County Rugby jacket now. Orders will be placed shortly. 

The sizes range from S to XXL. The price will depends on the amount of jackets order but will likely be $80.00 

Please state the name you would like on the front chest & your size. 

https://www.mudturtlerfc.com/events.asp

Order your Jacket Here

The order will be placed in February and we expect a April 1, 2017 delivery. 

Also if you have a "gently" used jacket that your player has outgrown, we can recycle these jackets for our younger players. 

1/24/2017

Practice Update

Here is the following practice schedule (weather permitting):

- Thursday - 1/19 Sid Fey/Houlihan 6:30 - 8pm U18 boys, U16 Boys, & HS Girls

- No U12/U14 Practice

- Sunday - 1/22 Sid Fey Houlihan 11am - 1pm

ALL TEAMS (U12/U14/U16/U18 & HS Girls)

1599 Lambert Mill Rd., Westfield.

1/17/2017

Fundraiser Tonight! Chipotle

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 6pm - 9pm - Come into Chipotle at 1255 Raritan Road (Clark Commons), Clark, NJ  for a fundraiser to support Union County Mudturtle Rugby England Tour. 

1/17/2017

Chipotle Fundraiser

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 6pm - 9pm - Come into Chipotle at 1255 Raritan Road (Clark Commons), Clark, NJ  for a fundraiser to support Union County Mudturtle Rugby England Tour. 

 

Make sure to bring in the flyer or show it on your smartphone.  50% of the proceeds will be donated to Union County Mudturtle Rugby. Flyer is available on the website.

1/10/2017

Rugby Practice and Announcements.

The snow is here so we are moving inside to Rahway Recreation Center (275 E Milton Ave, Rahway, NJ 07065). 
1/8/17 - Rahway Rec Center
1/15/17 - Rahway Rec Center
 
For those that have not been there before, it is a large indoor gym facility with a vinyl basketball court floor. We will be going in shifts to give the teams enough space to practice. It is big but not that big for all teams to practice at once. We get this place for free so treat it and the staff with respect.
 
 
Here are a few of the basics:
  • NO CLEATS. Only sneakers. 
  • need mouthpieces
  • bring water bottles
  • we can do light tackling - there are portable wresting & gymnastic mats available
  • Be on time - follow the schedule so that each team gets their fair share. Do not run over. We will have a warm up are (Mini-gym) and a practice area (main gym). 
  • No kids on the Big Bleachers. 
  • Limit the kicking in the gym to NONE. 
Schedule:
12pm - 2 pm HS Girls & U18 Boys - Minigym & main gym (we may have to move the big wall that separates the two gyms)
1:30 U16 Boys mini gym -- 2pm main gym until 3pm
2:30 U12/U14 Boys mini gym -- 3pm main gym until 4pm (Be out of the building by 4:15pm - wait in the lobby if necessary)
 
If you have not registered, please do so on the website. 
 
If you are a U16, U18 or HS Girl and would still like to go on the U.K. tour (4/7/17 - 4/15/17), please contact Bill MacLaney ASAP for information. We have a few player slots available. 
 
Save the Date! Bingo Fundraiser is 2/25/17 at the VFW in Kenilworth. Contact Diane Dabulas for more information at dud@rogutmccarthy.com
 
Regards,
BMac

1/7/2017

U16/U`18'Girls Practice Reminder

Practice on Wednesday, 12/28/16 at 11am Unami Park, Cranford.

12/27/2016

Practice, Blankets & Tour Updates

Practice Schedule:

12/24/16 Sat: 11 am - 1pm Sid Fey/Houlihan, 1599 Lamberts Mill Rd., Westfield. ALL TEAMS

12/28/16 Wed: 11 am - 1pm Sid Fey/Houlihan, U18/U16/HS Girls ONLY

12/31/16 Sat: 11 am - 1pm Sid Fey/Houlihan, 1599 Lamberts Mill Rd., Westfield. ALL TEAMS

These Holiday practices are optional. Please try to attend, otherwise enjoy the Holidays!

Santa's bringing the Blankets 

Expect delivery of the blankets to be on 12/23. Contact Diane Dabulas at dud@rogutmccarthy.com for info.

U.K. Tour Update

The Mudturtles raised over $8,000 on the Raffle. Our own Jason Varnish (Cam's family) won the big prize. We would like to thank everyone for their support. 

Get ready for the BIG BINGO! in early February, 2017. Volunteers needed! We are looking for those that are interested in putting the event together, which includes finding prizes, tricky trays, and other Bingo Stuff. Contact Sheila Jackson at smjackson17@comcast.net for more info.

Bag Some Buck$$$$

Mudturtles can raise money for their tour expenses by bagging groceries at the local supermarkets. Details to follow. Contact Ms. Jackson at smjackson17@comcast.net for more info.

Airfare and Flights

Watch for more info about booking your flights. Details should go out Monday 12/26/16. 

 

 

12/22/2016

Practice Snowed Out

Practice Cancelled. The field is under snow. 

Go for a run - 3 miles, 20 burpees, 20 pushups, 40 sit ups and watch 20 minutes of rugby on YouTube. 

Next week's practice is on Saturday, 12/24. Location TBD. 

12/18/2016

Raffle Tix Update

Sell your raffle tickets. Drawing is this Thursday, 12/15/16 at Molly McGuires. Everyone going on the U.K. tour must sell 2 raffle ticket books (20 tickets total). Please return the ticket book stubs and money ($$$) to one of two places:

1. Sheila Jackson's house - 1751 Florida St., Westfield, NJ by 12/14/16. 

2. Go to Paneras on 12/14/16 between 7 - 8 pm to drop off your tickets with Bill MacLaney

The following players still need to get their ticket books in:

Ashanti Burns
Mary Clare King
Faith Whitfield
 
Boys:
Jack Etlinger
Jordan Barham
Zach Composto
Tim Garcia 
Matt Gomez
Griffin Gonzalez
Brendan Loder
Anthony Machado
Sebastian Morales
Brendan O'Connor
Sean O'Connor
Spencer Pascal
Cameron Varnish
Ben Kelly
 
The following players have sold at least 1 ticket book (Remember - that you need to sell 2 books to get a cool bucket hat):
Allison Bronander
Molly Jackson
Abigail MacLaney
Kate Uray
Isabelle Lee
 
Boys:
Daniel Morariu
Peter Morariu
Shayan Burns
Ryan Burns
Sean MacLaney
Michael Magnotti
Garret McNellis
Charlie Monzo
Colin Rees
Hunter Musson
Liam Jackson
Colin Sullivan

12/13/2016

Practice Update

U12 & U14 Practice CANCELLED due to weather - too cold.

U16, U18, & HS Girls Practice is still on. Dress warmly with layers!
11am - 12:30pm - Sid Fey/Houlihan Field (near the RR tracks) 1599 Lambert Mill Rd., Westfield off of Rahway Ave.
Bring waiver fees and bring mouthpiece.

(Parents use your own judgement for your player regarding the cold weather.  If it is too cold for them, it is ok)

U.K. Tour Info: You must bring your sold tickets to practice today. Sheila Jackson is collecting them. Last day to get them to her or Billy Mac is by Wednesday. All tour players must have sold 2 books each to qualify for the limited edition U.K. Tour Bucket Hat. Don't be left out, sell your tickets.

12/11/2016

Mudturtle Rugby Registration Open

Register Today!
 
The upcoming Mudturtle Winter Session is around the corner. To get the most accurate and Up-to-date information, register your player. You will now receive emails and texts* of the announcements by the coaches, team parent, and team managers. 
 
Practice: December 11, 2016 at 11 am Sid Fey/Houlihan Field, 1599 Lamberts Mill Rd., Westfield, N.J. 07090. 
 
Upcoming Winter Practice Schedule: 
Sun 12/18
Sat 12/24
Sat 12/31
Sun 1/8
Sun 1/15
Sun 1/22
Sun 1/29
 
The times will be announced. If we are at Sid Fey/Houlihan (outdoors), then we will have practice at 11am. If we move indoors because of weather issues, then practice time will be announced due to availability of facility. 
 
Please be timely to practice! Our coaches make a point of getting to practice early to be prepared so should the player. Rugby is a contact sport so proper warm ups are a must. If a coach asks a player to run a lap or do some burpees, it is not to punish the player but for the players own safety against injury. It gets the player's blood flowing to the big muscle groups and serves as a bit of stretching. Also it allows the player to get a sense of what drills are being run so that when they do join into practice, they are better prepared. 
 
Forms & Waivers:
All players must register, submit waivers & medical history forms before playing. If you missed the two printed forms (waiver & medical history) when you register, you can access them at https://www.mudturtlerfc.com/policies.asp. In addition, players will be given within a few weeks access to the concussion testing that we use. Our coaches and administrators take concussion protocols very seriously. For more information regarding our policies, go to the policy section on the main website.
 
Weather Policy
While we do not have a defined weather policy, we will cancel outdoor practices when low temperature and/or inclement weather is forecasted. We usually wait for the last minute, not in an effort to drive parents crazy but because when is the weather man ever right? If you feel that the weather is too much for your player, then the coaches will understand. No need to send an email for holding the player back. 
 
Attendance Policy:
We expect players to attend 100% of winter practices. That being said, we also recognize that school work, family commitments, or illness can effect a players attendance. Only email the team parent or coach if a player misses two or more practice in a row. By the way, going to rugby practice is the "mental health day," so being a couch potato is not an excuse for missing practice. We never have had a player come to practice who said they weren't glad to have gone. 
 
Spring Season:
The official spring season opens up in March. We do not have the game schedules at the moment but expect to play 7 - 12 games for the season depending on age group, weather, playoffs, etc. Youth tackle rugby games are usually scheduled for Sundays; however there will be occasional games on a Saturday or midweek. Many of the school teams cannot play on Sundays due to scholastic rules. Also, we may not have access to fields. 
 
Equipment:
ALL PLAYERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN MOUTHPIECE! At times, coaches may have extra mouthpieces, which cost 25 burpees per mouthpiece (2nd offense costs 30 burpees, 3rd offense costs 35, etc.)
 
Soccer cleats are acceptable. Do not wear metal studs on the turf fields since it puts unnecessary wear and tear on field and player
 
During winter sessions, please wear layers. Put your kids name on the tag, especially the Mudturtle gear stuff. Every year, the lost and found pile grows.
 
You can purchase rugby shorts and other rugby equipment/apparel through the Mudturtle store located on the website. Make sure that you choice the Youth Tackle logo.
 
Age Groups:
At times, a coach may move a player to a different age group for a variety of reasons, i.e. skill level, size, or to even numbers out in practice. Our first priority is the safety of the player. If it becomes an issue, please contact the head coach of the team in person or contact Bill MacLaney directly to discuss. The teams are broken down into U12 boys. U14 boys, U16 boys, U18 boys, Middle School Girls, and High School Girls. Sept 1 of 2016 is our cut off point. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis. 
 
Communication:
We use the website for the main communication. You will get emails and/or texts for things that need immediate attention such as practice changes. Most contact will come directly from the team parent. Each team needs a team parent and a team manager. We currently are looking for them for most of the age groups. 
 
*Make sure that you put the phone number that you want the texts to go to in the phone field on the registration field with the appropriate cellular carrier.
 
Bill MacLaney
U18 Coach
Mudturtle Rugby
(732) 763-9573

 

11/30/2016

Tour Deposit Due!

Tour Deposits are due - $150 per person. You can remit them in two ways:

1) Meet me at Paneras (Clark Commons) tonight (11/16/16) at 7:15pm - 8:15 pm
2) Mail them to Sheila Jackson  1751 Florida St., Westfield, NJ 07090.

Checks should be made out to UCRFC. For this portion of the deposit, we will NOT be taking credit cards. Other portions of the trip can be paid with it. Upon payment of the deposit, players will be given their fundraising package. The tour page can be found here. This will cover all the information that we have. There is still time to register for the tour if a player wants to go.

Regards, Bill

11/16/2016

YOUTH TACKLE REGISTRATION

Registration for the 2017 Youth Tackle Season will open up Friday November 18, 2016. 

We have had some back end updates done with the website so anyone who has looked over the past few days may have seen a under construction notice, our apologizes if this has caused any inconvenience. 

 

 

11/15/2016

MudturtleRFC.com Website Undergoing Maintenance

The site will be back up shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience.

11/14/2016

Atlantis 7s clinic/try out Oct 9th

 

Atlantis, a select side 7s  organization dedicated to the growth and development of boys and girls 7s version of rugby will host an Individual Testing and Open Rugby Sevens Camp for High School Boys/Girls, ages 13 to 18 years old on Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The camp will be valuable for novice and experienced players alike and is open to any male or female player registered with USA Rugby.

Registration is  found at     http://www.atlantisrugby.com/camps

flyer is located at:

http://media.wix.com/ugd/2c45d9_f0c8e8aa573640338e81d05896f83b42.pdf

10/3/2016

Register for Fundraiser Beefsteak Dinner Today!

Register Here

Click on the link or cut and paste into your browser to register for the 2016 Beefsteak Dinner Fundraiser for the High School Tackle Teams. 

 

7/25/2016

2017 UK Tour Announced - Save the date for Beef Steak Dinner Fundraiser.

IMPORTANT! – Our Beef Steak Dinner will be held on 9/17/16. SAVE THE DATE!!

(UNION COUNTY) The Mudturtle U18 Boys, U16 Boys, and HS Girls will heading to the UK to play rugby. The Mudturtles support the idea of being a well-rounded athlete including building lifelong friendships generated by touring together. Winning State Championships and playoff games is fine but it’s really not Rugby until you go on tour. This past season, we were able to experience a mini-tour of Delaware.  A lot of matches, a lot of laughs and little sleep.  We hosted a British touring side a couple of years ago and they want to return the favor.  Union County RFC has a great tradition of traveling: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Bermuda, Bahamas, Trinidad, Tobago, all across the US and Canada.  We even spent some time in that former penal colony they now call New Zealand.  We are looking to get our U18 Boys and Girls over there, along with the U16s.  The clock is ticking for a Spring 2017 tour, so we need your help.  We have started seed fundraising. You may have seen the chocolates and lanyards coming out.  To get us on the plane, we need a ton of fundraising to help defer the cost for everyone.  We have a Beefsteak scheduled for the  September 17, 2016 (more info on that shortly) and we will need everyone’s help in filling the seats, car washes, tricky trays, spirit wear and so on and so on.

Most of all we need to know… who’s in?

Basic info at this point is, that we expect to go around Easter for 7- 10 days and play 3 or so matches from London to Halifax. It’s a lot of work and fundraising to make it happen but something that you will remember forever…who’s in?

Any questions , comments or “I’m in!!!” please send over to Sheila Jackson smjackson17@comcast.net

 

7/10/2016

Register for 7s

You must register for 7s separately on the website under Register in the upper right hand side of the website.  CLick on the Youth 7s program and register  ASAP.

 

7/6/2016

U16 & U18 Boys RCT Scrimmage

Please be at Unami Park by 10:50 for the inter-squad scrimmage for the RCT tryouts.
Sunday, 6/12/16 11am - 1pm. 

6/10/2016

7s Practice ON

please note that practice is on for tonight at unami field at 6:15 (ready to go) to 8pm.  

The storms are supposed to be gone by 430!!

6/8/2016

Rutgers Atavus Rugby Camp

Please note that we have received a  special code for a discount for the resident camp at Rutgers.

if you use code RUTRES100 the price is reduced from 850 to 750

The boys camp runs from July 14 to 18 and girls camp runs from July 18-22 

http://atavus.com/event/hsboyseast/

http://atavus.com/event/hsgirlseast/

if you have not received the spreadsheet of camps or have any questions about the camps offered please email dud@rogutmccarthy.com

 

6/8/2016

BOYS select side tryout MONDAY NIGHT

Boys select side tryout will  be held tomorrow Monday at 6pm at CBA 850 Newman Springs Road Lincroft NJ

attend if you are interested in select side Play

6/5/2016

SELECT SIDE combine CANCELLED

please be advised that the select side tryouts  are cancelled.  the new date is next saturday.  However, all those playing 7s at the CRCs will still be considered for the select side team.  The coaches will submit your name for consideration.  

practice for the 7s is CRCs is wednesday at unami at 6:15pm.  ALl u 18 to u16 please attend.  

5/29/2016

Select side tryouts JV and Varsity

Are you ready to represent Rugby NJ at the
Regional Challenge Tournament.

The BOYS JV and Varsity  
tryouts will be held on Monday May 30, 2016 at CBA.

Details can be found here.
 
 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1G1RyY8yDTd8y4cToJEYrSmIFUF6zev07rJvVvERPZXQ/edit?usp=sharing

5/23/2016

Ball Boys or Girls for Championship Game- Volunteer

 We are in need of some ball boys and girls for the Championship games on Saturday May 28, 2016 at Caven Point in Jersey City. 

The games are at 10 am, 11:30am and 1:00 pm 

Since Union is scheduled for the middle game , Please consider volunteering for any  of the 3 games.

Sign Up Here to volunteer and for ball boys or girls

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e054fa8ab29a75-rugby2

5/19/2016

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Volunteers needed

Championship Day for Rugby NJ              May 28, 2016

Caven Point Athletic Complex – Jersey City 

Game Schedule:

10:00 am D2 Boys

11:30 am D1 Boys 

1:00 pm  Single School Boys 

Volunteers are needed. Please sign up and make this event a success.http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e054fa8ab29a75-rugby2

5/18/2016

5/8 Rockaway Games

U12 kickoff at 11 
u14 at 12
U16 at 1
u18 around 2:30.
We will have have a social bbq (hamburgers hotdogs) for each team after every game.
 
 
Be at the game 1 hr before kickoff or check with your coach. Also please let your coach know if you will NOT be coming to the game.
 
Rockaway (NY) RFC
Fort Tilden
169 state road
Breezy point , NY 11697

 

5/3/2016

FundraiserS Loaded burgers---NOW

April 25, 26, 27 and 28 eat at Loaded Burgers at 101 Center Street Garwood NJ.  Loaded will donate a portion of your lunch or dinner to Union County Mudturtle Rugby Tackle Program.    Just mention UCRF !!!  

Also remember the car wash is saturday April 30

Five Guys Night 21 East Broad Street Monday May 2 4pm to 10pm 

Chipolte Night  1255 Raritan Road Clark  Wednesday May 4   4 - 8 pm----bring flyer

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

4/25/2016

U 18 game Sunday April 24 at Bridgewater

Sunday April 24 th e u 18 team will play Bridgewater at the Bridgewater High School , 600 Garretson Road, Bridgewater, NJ.  The field is called 1000 Turf.  Enter the High school at the main entrance on Garretson Road, the one way road winds around to the right and the field is on the left up on a small hill.  

KICK off is 1pm.  Arrive at Noon.  THIS IS A DIVISION GAME. LETS KEEP THE WINNING STREAK ALIVE!!

PLEASE ADVISE dud@rogutmccarthy.com  whether you are attending.  

4/21/2016

Select side combine and tryout u 16, 18 and girls

u 18s, u16s and girls

Monday  May 30 is the RUgby NJ Select side 2nd combine and try out.  The select side tournament is June 18 and 19 in Highland Falls, NY  and there will be a practice camp/scrimmage in Saratoga, NY on June 11-12

Please email dud@rogutmccarthy.com  with any questions

4/18/2016

Spiritwear Sale

http://kixnstix.com/spirit/union_rugby_2016

the Union Rugby 2016  online store ends april 17.  all orders will be processed on the store close date and completed in approx 2 to 3 weeks.  All sales are final, an order confirmation will be sent to the email listed.  Thak you for the order.  Girls..........there is a practice shirt available for you!!!!!!

4/15/2016

Ridge game Sunday April 17

Sunday  the u 18   team will travel to play RIDGE for  division games at 2pm (arrival 1pm)

location:  Lyons VA Hospital , 151 Knollcroft Road  Basking Ridge NJ --- once you get onto the campus, take Knollcroft road and look for the sign for Circle II  the field is at the end of  by a large water tower.    Do  not speed-- the location is federal property and if you get a ticket it is a mandatory trip to trenton!

4/14/2016

Army Varsity Cup quarterfinal game

Army defeated the University of Oklahoma in round 1 of the Varsity Cup and will host California this Saturday April 16 at West Point at 3pm at the Anderson Rugby Complex.  Coach Sherman invites the Mudturtle teams to attend.  If you  and your team plan to attend, Coach would like to know in advance so he can announce your attendance on the PA and if you would like participate in a half time touch rugby game on the field!!! 

4/12/2016

Rugby practice --- sunday ridge away

practice this week will be held tuesday4/12  and thursday 4/14 6 pm to 745ish.  We will be at Unami Park from now on for all practices.  Have a great week

Sunday we play RIDGE AWAY.  details to follow

4/11/2016

Varsity Cup West Point v. Oklahoma

Army West Point men's rugby would like to invite players, parents and teams to attend 1st round action of the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Rugby Championship this Saturday, April 9th at West Point.  Army host the Oklahoma Sooners at 3pm at Anderson Rugby Complex in what promises to be an exciting championship collegiate rugby match up.  Head Coach Matt Sherman said  "we would love to have yo join us"  

varsity cup bracket  http://varsitycup.us/live-bracket/ 

Location is Anderson Rugby COmplex  674 Thayer Rd  west point, NY   Thayer Gate

http://goarmywestpoint.com/sports/2015/3/6For Thayer Gate - 674 Thayer Rd./GEN_2014010122.aspx?path=mrugby

4/7/2016

union rugby patches available

the women rugby team will be selling union rugby patches for 5.00 at practice on thursday.   it is a fundraiser for the women's team.  Bring 5.00 and own a mudturtle rugby patch.  

4/6/2016

Game Sunday April 10 DOylestown

U 18 players.  Sunday April 10 we play Doylestown at 3650 cold spring creamery rd doylestown pa.  arrival at 1pm.  kickoff 2pm  u 18 b game to follow.   anyone who needs a ride  should email  dud@rogutmcarthy.com    we will meet at the westfield high school for rides  11 15.  

4/6/2016

Rugby Spiritwear Sale NOW

http://kixnstix.com/spirit/union_rugby_2016

Welcome to the Union Rugby 2016 Website Open from April 4 to April 14, 2016

All orders will be processed on  the store close date, not the date of order placement. Orders will be completed in approx. 2-3 weeks from the closing date, pending product availability at time of order.  all orders must be placed on line.  all sales are final so please carefully review cart prior to checking out. An order confirmation will be sent to the email listed in the customer's profile.  All products are custom ordered and are therefore not returnable, exchangeable or refundable. Thank you for your order.  

4/4/2016

Design the NJ Rugby championship tee

Design a t shirt for the NJ Rugby championship game.  the deadline is March 31.  Act quick.  click on the link for the details

http://www.rugbynewjersey.com/

3/28/2016

Practice thursday -- Game Saturday

Practice thursday March 24 is at UNAMI Park 6 to 730pm.

Game Saturday march 26 is at Kehler field, rahway avenue, westfield.  Be there at 12 noon.  Game is at 1pm.

3/23/2016

U16 Practice

Practice will be held at Linden Tiger stadium today (March 20th) from 12-2pm.

Bring mouthpieces and any outstanding paperwork.

3/20/2016

sunday practice

sunday march 20 practice will be held at linden tiger stadium at 12-2pm

 

please watch for updates on practice locations for the next two weeks.  In april we ove to unami field in cranford.  We will post practices soon.  thank you

3/19/2016

Car Wash Saturday April 30

Our annual car wash will be held Saturday April 30 at Brad-Pak, 124 South Avenue Garwood. Dave Kelly is the coordinator this year, over the next few weeks he will be handing out tickets to all players to sell. He will be announcing a schedule of which team works which time slots as we get closer to the date. Thank you. 

3/17/2016

REMINDER - Games Today

U12 & U14 Players, please be at Tiger Stadium (700 W. Curtis St., Linden) by 12pm. We will kickoff at 12:40. This will be a mixed game against Doylestown as they are a U13 side. Plenty of rugby for everyone.

The U16 game will follow at 1:30 (Be at the field at 12:30). 

Girls practice from 1 - 2:30pm

U18 Boys practice from 2 - 4pm

Remember to spring ahead! Change your clocks.

3/13/2016

practice sunday march 13

practice for sunday  2 t o4 at linden tiger stadium 700 west curtis street, linden nj

3/12/2016

practice this week need waiver forms

practice this week is at tiger stadium 700 west curtis street from 630 to 830

please print out the waiver forms from the website and have your parents sign and give to coach

 

3/7/2016

Union Rugby Jacket (2nd Order)

Good Morning,

If you would like to order a JACKET you will need to:

Email size, name for JACKET to ledgrande2@aol.com by Sunday March 13, 2016.

If you are unsure of size I will have jacket at practice for trying on.

Price, depends on how many are order.  Price range $75 to $90 each.

After order is approved, it will take up to FOUR WEEKS before order ARRIVES.

FIRST ORDER HAS NOT ARRIVED

Thanks

 

3/7/2016

Practice & Game Reminders

3/6/16 Sunday
Tiger Stadium, 700 West Curtis St. Linden, NJ
U12/U14 Practice 1 - 3pm
HS Girls 1 - 3pm

U16 Game vs Xavier (1pm kickoff - be at field by 12pm)

U18 Game vs Xavier (2pm kickoff - be at field by 1pm)

All Mudturtles are invited to watch both games and grab lunch at the field. 

3/8/16 Tuesday
U16/U18/Girls 
Tiger Stadium, 700 West Curtis St. Linden, NJ

3/10/16 Thursday
U12/U14/U16/U18 & HS Girls Practice
Tiger Stadium, 700 West Curtis St. Linden, NJ

To receive this as a text message, go to www.mudturtlerfc.com and sign into your account and change your settings. 

3/6/2016

Saturday March 5 Rugby Party

This saturday march 5 at 730 is the rugby party/fundraiser.  It will be held at the knights of columbus 2400 North Avenue westfield.  please plan on attending.  there is wine, beer, appys and  Don Dazzo as DJ.  all procceds of the party go towards the nationals for the U 18s and the U16s and girls teams which will be attending   and playing matches.   Rugby is all about community and support.  We hope to see you there.  Thank you!

3/3/2016

Mudturtle Concussion Testing Info for Parents and Players

Parents and Players;
 
All players are required to have completed the following steps in order to complete concussion testing. 
 
Step 1
Register player on Mudturtlerfc.com
 
Step 2
a. Parent logs onto AtlanticHealth concussion website
 
The access code is: 9576859099
 
b. Player takes the test
           
To take an accurate baseline test, make sure your player is not interrupted during the test taking. This is a “focus” exercise.
 
 
NOTE 1: If the player took the baseline test in 2015 for Union Rugby then they do not need to take it for the 2016 season.

NOTE 2: Once taken, team administrators will be notified. No need to follow up. Results are private.
 
Step 3
Player takes the King-Devick with trained Mudturtle personnel

3/1/2016

Tuesday and Thursday Practice

Practice is at Tiger Stadium in Linden from 6:30 to 8:30 for Tuesday and Thursday 

700 West Curtis Street Linden NJ 

2/29/2016

Practice Update

 
2/25 - Thursday night,  U12/14/16/18 & girls at Sid Fey.
1599 Lamberts Mill Rd, Westfield, NJ 07090
Schedule:
U12/14: 6:30 - 7:45
U16: 6:30 - 8pm
U18: 6 - 8
Girls: 6:30 - 8pm
 
2/28- Sunday @ Sid Fey 
U12 11am - 12:30 pm
U14 11am - 12:30 pm
U16 11am - 12:45 pm
Girls 11am - 1 pm
U18 11am - 1 pm

2/22/2016

sunday combine and college fair Free of charge

 

A REMINDER TO SIGN UP FOR THE COMBINE ON SUNDAY (U16, U18, & HS GIRLS   FREE OF CHARGE

COMBINE:
THE COMBINE SET FOR FEBRUARY 21 IS THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY FOR; NEW JERSEY RUGBY TO IDENTIFY ATHLETES FOR THE REGIONAL ALL STAR TOURNAMENT; THIS YEAR NEW JERSEY IS ENTERING BOYS AND GIRLS JV AND VARSITY TEAMS IN THE REGIONAL ALL STAR TOURNAMENT IN WEST POINT ON JUNE 18/19. JV IS FOR ATHLETES IN 9TH AND 10TH GRADE WHILE VARSITY IS FOR 11TH AND 12TH GRADERS. THE COMPETITION GRADE RULES ARE VERY STRICT AND WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SELECT RISING 9TH GRADERS.      ;TO SIGN UP GO TO

HTTP://WWW.SIGNUPGENIUS.COM/GO/10C0E4DA8A62AABFA7-NJRUGBY

 

2/20/2016

u 18 practice saturday

Saturday February  20 at 9am to 11am practice will be held at sid fey field.

This is only practice for u18 players

thank you 

 

2/17/2016

u 18 practice saturday

Saturday February  20 at 9am to 11am practice will be held at sid fey field.

This is only practice for u18 players

thank you 

 

2/17/2016

Practice, College Webinar & All Star Combine

2/18 - Thursday night, looks like it will be a go for U12/14/16/18 & girls at Sid Fey.
1599 Lamberts Mill Rd, Westfield, NJ 07090
Schedule:
U12/14: 6:30 - 7:45
U16: 6:30 - 8pm
U18: 6 - 8
Girls: 6:30 - 8pm
 
2/21 - Sunday @ Sid Fey 
U12 11am - 12:30 pm
U14 11am - 12:30 pm
U16 11am - 12:45 pm
Girls 11am - 1 pm
 
 

A reminder to sign up for the combine on Sunday (U16, U18, & HS Girls)  and register for the college webinar tonight. 

Combine:
The Combine set for February 21 is the first opportunity for  New Jersey Rugby to identify athletes for the Regional All Star Tournament.   This year New Jersey is entering Boys and Girls JV and Varsity Teams in the Regional All Star Tournament in West Point on June 18/19. JV is for athletes in 9th and 10th Grade while Varsity is for 11th and 12th Graders. The competition grade rules are very strict and we are not allowed to select rising 9th graders. to sign up go to

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4da8a62aabfa7-njrugby

College Rugby Webinar
Ruggers Edge presents the college playbook- An in depth guide to college admissions and rugby recruiting.  The webinar is set up and here is the registration address:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7416449293652127745

The webinar will prepare you to speak to the College Coaches at our College Fair on Sunday Feb. 21, 2016 at Sportscare Performance Institute 12-5pm 7- Rt. 10 W. Whippany N.J.

 

2/17/2016

Practice Update: Week of 2/9/16

Due to snow & low temperatures, practice will be held at the Rahway Rec Center (275 E. Milton Ave., Rahway, NJ 07065).

NO CLEATS!. BRING MOUTHPIECES and WATER!

2/11/16 Thursday

Rahway Rec Center (275 E. Milton Ave., Rahway, NJ 07065). Mini-gym only.

HS Girls: 7pm - 8pm

U18 Boys: 8pm - 9pm

ALL TACKLE CLUBS: 2/13 PRACTICE UPDATE

The current schedule for the teams is as follows:

U12/U14 Boys: 3pm - 4:15pm

U18 Boys: 4:00pm - 6:15pm

U16 Boys: 4:00pm - 5:45pm

HS Girls 6:00 - 7:30pm

 

2/10/2016

Union Rugby Jacket

Good Morning,

If you are interested in ordering a UNION RUGBY JACKET this is what you need to know:

Jackets are available in sizes ADULT SMALL thru 3XL

Price:  $75 to $90 (depends on how many are ordered)

Payment is DUE when you receive your jacket (Checks payable to UCRFC or cash)

JACKETS may take up to 4 WEEKS to arrive.

Please email size and NAME for the JACKET to Ledgrande2@aol.com by Sunday, FEBRUARY 14, 2016.  

If you are unsure of what size to purchase, I have small thru xl for trying on. I will bring them to U14 practice.

Thank You

2/9/2016

2/6 Practice Update

Due to snow, practice will be held at the Rahway Rec Center (275 W. Milton Ave., Rahway, NJ 07065).

NO CLEATS!. BRING MOUTHPIECES and WATER!

We have the RRC on 2/6/16 from 3pm - 8pm. The website has been updated. The current schedule for the teams is as follows:

U12/U14 3pm - 4:15pm

U18/U16 Boys 4:00pm - 6:15pm

HS Girls 6:00 - 7:30pm

Check with your coach to see if there will be practice on Sunday, 2/7/16.

2/5/2016

Tonight practice for U18 boys only Rahway Rec Center

Practice will be held indoors TONIGHT at the rahway rec center, 275 e. milton ave. rahway, nj 715 to 9pm.  we are in the mini gym.  Please don’t enter the main gym.  Sorry for the late notice but as you can imagine everyone is searching for indoor space.  Coaches understand that some of you have mid term exams.  Thank you.   email coach if you have any questions dabulasj@verizon.net

1/28/2016

PARENT MEETING YOUTH TACKLE FEB. 4

WE ARE HAVING A PARENT MEETING ON FEBRUARY 4 TO BE HELD AT THE CRANFORD COMMUNITY CENTER, 220 WALNUT AVE, CRANFORD NJ AT 7PM.  YOU WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET YOUR CHILD'S COACH, AND WE WILL DISCUSS, SCHEDULES, SPIRITWEAR, CONCUSSION TESTING, PARENT VOLUNTEERS AND OTHER MATTERS.  WE WILL ALSO DISCUSS PROFESSIONAL RUGBY GAME SCHEDULED FOR RED BULL STADIUM AND THE UPCOMING OLYMPICS.  PLEASE PLAN ON ATTENDING

FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS, WE WILL HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT COLLEGE RUGBY AND DIANE DABULAS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR QUESTIONS.  

1/28/2016

SAVE THE DATE RUGBY PARTY AT KNIGHTS

The annual fundraising party will again be held at the Knights of Columbus, Westfield on March 5  at 730.  Please save the date and spread the word.   see more details under news stories. 

1/28/2016

College Fair and Combine February 21

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzg9LaoZo3ZFVWk0ZzBqeGtoLUE/view?usp=sharing&pref=2&pli=1

All Players are encouraged to attend the College Fair and Combine on February 21st 12 to 4. Flyer  with details can be found at link above and sign up is link below.  Also, please see  the story on  mudturtlerfc.com

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4da8a62aabfa7-njrugby

1/27/2016

No Tackle Practice on 1/24/16

Not a surprise, but no practice tomorrow. We are looking for indoor practice facilities for midweek. Stay tuned for practice updates. 

1/23/2016

u 18 practice tuesday night cancelled

Tuesday January 19 practice for u 18 boys is cancelled due to weather

1/19/2016

USA Eagle Mike Petri Boys Rugby Clinic (Grades 8-12)

Here is an opportunity for winter training on January 24 at Hofstra Unersity:

http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/CE/ce_jbar.cfm?offeringid=355021 

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn rugby and get live game feedback from USA's three-time Rugby World Cup veteran Mike Petri and his amazing staff - before rugby season kicks off. Sunday, The clinic will be held on Sunday, January 24, starting at 9am. No matter what your skill level - from the newest players to the seasoned veterans - you'll have a fun-filled day highlighted with a live, refereed scrimmage on the turf inside the famous Hofstra University Sports Bubble. Beat the winter chill as you play rugby and get specific game-related feedback from top rugby coaches. Lunch included in program tuition.

1/18/2016

Rugby Business Network Meeting

The first ever New Jersey Rugby Business Network Event will be held January 27, 2016 at 630 pm at PEGG office 110 Fieldcrest Avenue, 3rd Floor, Edison NJ  Penn Mutual local agency, Professional Economic Growth Group (PEGG) will be the host of the NJ Chapter.  The event is free to intent and is a great platform to enjoy relevant business discussion and networking with a cross over to the conversation about rugby.  Light refreshments and snacks to be served.  To RSVP please go to : www.eventbrite.com and search for the page under "Edison Rugby Business Network"  

 

1/17/2016

U-18 Boys Tuesday January 12 practice cancelled

No practice tonight Tuesday January 12. 

1/12/2016

boys u 18 practice tuesday and thursdays

in addition to Sundays, starting Tuesday  January 12 the boys will be adding Tuesday and Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm as a practice night at sid fey/houilhan field.  We encourage  all to attend but understand school commitments. Please feel free to talk to coach or email him at dabulasj@verizon.net.  Please check the website as the location for practice may change.   Thank you.

1/11/2016

Order rugby shorts and socks now

Players, if needed, please order your shorts and socks from Ruggers.com.  To order click on the link below or go to website and click gears along the top, then click the union county rfc box and scroll down until you see the union county short/sock kit. When ordering please remember to change the logo from mens to u19. The shorts contain a logo for the price listed.  Shorts are also available without socks.  Please note that shorts will not be made available through the next spirit wear order.

http://www.ruggers.com/uncoshsokit.html

1/4/2016

Help former Mudturtle/Current U18 Girls Coach

ANDREA VILLANOVA a former high school girls mudturtle and current Girls U 18 coach has been selected to train for the US World Cup or a spot on the USA  rugby olympic 7s team in Rio. The athletes are asked to help defray the costs of the camp. Each team's goal is $800.  Even $5 is appreciated and can make a difference.

Here is the team's link: https://www.coloradogives.org/NASC-Eaglets

There is a little bio of each of the players as well as a little blurb about why they play rugby. They are the Eaglets because of their shared goal of one day becoming Eagles!

 

1/2/2016

Help former Mudturtle/Current U18 Girls Coach

ANDREA VILLANOVA a former high school girls mudturtle and current Girls U 18 coach has been selected to train for the US World Cup or a spot on the USA  rugby olympic 7s team in Rio. The athletes are asked to help defray the costs of the camp. Each team's goal is $800.  Even $5 is appreciated and can make a difference.

Here is the team's link: https://www.coloradogives.org/NASC-Eaglets

There is a little bio of each of the players as well as a little blurb about why they play rugby. They are the Eaglets because of their shared goal of one day becoming Eagles!

 

1/2/2016

KixandStix PREORDER (REVISED)

KixnStix PREORDER will be available tomorrow after 12pm at 765 Clark, Westfield.

Thank you and have a NICE HOLIDAY.

12/23/2015

KixnStix PREORDER

KixnStix PREORDER will be available tomorrow at 765 Clark, Westfield.  

Thank you and have a NICE HOLIDAY.

12/22/2015

KixnStix PREORDER

KixnStix PREORDER will be available tomorrow at 765 Clark, Westfield.  

Thank you and have a NICE HOLIDAY.

12/22/2015

12/20/15 Practice

Yes, Practice on Sunday 12/20/15 at Sid Fey/Houlihan field. Starts at 11am. Bring mouthpieces and dress appropriately. 1599 Lamberts Mill Road Westfield NJ

Please arrive 15 minutes early - your boots on, mouthpiece in and be ready to start promptly.

Register online at www.mudturtlerfc.com

12/19/2015

penn state rugby winter clinic registration open

Registration for both the 2016 Penn State Rugby Boys and Girls High School Winter clinics is now open. The weekend clinics feature skill development and tactical decision making for all experience levels.

Both boys and girls clinics will be held on the weekend of February 19-21.  Kevin Trotter and Mike Dabulas will be at the boys camp!

Interested players can register through the Penn State Athletics website – http://www.gopsusports.com/camps/rugby-day-camp.html

12/15/2015

Practice Schedule - Dec 2015

Practice on Sundays @ 11:00 for all youth groups 

Syd Fey/Houlihan Field 1599 Lamberts Mill Road Westfield NJ

Please arrive 15 minutes early - your boots on, mouthpiece in and be ready to start promptly.

(12/13, 12/20, & 12/27).
Check the website for changes to the schedule.

Go to www.mudturtlerfc.com and click on the respective program and go to Schedule for practice and game schedules.

Practice Times:
U12 11am - 12:30

U14 11am - 12:45

U16 11am - 12:45

U18 11am - 1pm

Girls 11am - 1pm

12/8/2015

First Youth Tackle Pratice

Reminder practice starts this Sunday December 6

11:00 for all youth groups

At Syd Fey Field 1599 Lamberts Mill Road Westfield NJ

Please arrive 15 minutes early get your boots on and be ready to start promptly

12/4/2015

mudturtle spiritwear

Kixnstix has a Mudturtle Gear store open from November 20 - December 6. 

Order your items online, they will be delivered to the team and distributed at practices. 

Please note since these are customized  please double check your order before processing as there are no returns. 

Mudturtle Gear

If above link does not work copy and paste the following into your browser. 

http://kixnstix.com/spirit/union_rugby_2015/

12/2/2015

Penn State head coaches mini clinic 12/5

This December, newly hired Penn State Head Coaches, Blake Burdette and Kate Daley, will travel across the state in a Pennsylvania Coaches Caravan to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. At each stop, they will hold mini-clinics open to all local high school players free of charge. The 3-hour clinics will focus on developing attendees’ fundamental skills as well as introducing them to the collegiate game.

The mini clinic will be held in the morning of December 5, 2015 at Malvern Preparatory School 418 South Warren Ave Malvern, PA.  To register /RSVP please click the link below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10GM1EobyFiqxyxImqHFYIkvUd3U58TUCVf3lvK5eNEY/viewform?c=0&w=1

 

 

11/23/2015

First Pratice

The first practice of the year for all youth groups is scheduled as follows: 

Sunday December 6 at 11:00 AM

Syd Fey Field- 1599 Lamberts Mill Rd - Westfield, NJ

Please arrive 15 minutes early have boots on and be ready to start at 11:00 sharp. 

11/20/2015

Women's Premier League Playoffs

The Women's Premier League Rugby Playoffs are headed to Infinity Park in Glendale, CO - the nation's first rugby-specific stadium!

You can watch all of the action LIVE on USARugbyTV.com on Friday, November 13 and Sunday, November 15. 

Schedule:

Match Day Time Team 1 Team 2
1 Fri. 1pm MT San Diego Surfers Atlanta Harlequins
2 Fri. 3pm MT D.C. Furies Oregon Sports Union
3 Fri. 5:15pm MT Berkeley All Blues Twin Cities Amazons
4 Fri. 7:15pm MT New York Rugby Glendale Raptors
5 Sun. 9am MT Loser (Match 1) Loser (Match 2)
6 Sun. 11am MT Winner (Match 1) Winner (Match 2)
7 Sun. 1:15pm MT Loser (Match 3) Loser (Match 4)
8 Sun. 3:15pm MT Winner (Match 3) Winner (Match 4)

11/12/2015

Referee Clinic

Calling all parents, players and friends of rugby—learn how to referee a tackle rugby match.  Referees are needed for all levels of rugby, especially high school matches.  Rugby NJ will be Hosting a Level 1 Rugby Referee Class on
Sunday November 15, 2015 from 9-5 at Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City.
Registration is open NOW at http://usarugby.org/referee-courses
 
 

10/13/2015

Level 100 & 200 Coaching Clinics

Coaches need to take the USA Rugby Level 100 online coaching certification (approx. 1 hr). It is recommended that ALL coaches take the Level 200 certification, which will be held 10/18/15 (Sunday) at the Rahway Recreation Center. Please go to www.usarugby.org website >> coach >> certification. 

You must do the following:

  1. Complete the Level 100: IRB Rugby Ready (click here)
  2. Complete the Level 200 online pre-course work (click here)
  3. Attend the 1 day in person Level 200 clinic

9/29/2015

7s Practice

All 7s teams have practice this Monday and Wednesday.

7/21/2015
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