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LARC's First Ever Date Auction - Thursday, Aug 24th

To support our sponsor, Baja Sharkeez Manhattan Beach, and to help raise money for the 2018 season, the Los Angeles Rugby Club will be auctioning off a handful of our classiest ruggers to the highest bidder.

Join us at Baja Sharkeez Manhattan Beach at 8PM on Thursday, August 24th.

2017 Beach Touch Sessions

The dog days of summer are here!  Beginning Tuesday, August 1st, the Los Angeles Rugby Club will be training on the sand at 40th Street Lifeguard Tower in Manhattan Beach every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 - 8 PM and every Sunday at 10AM.  We will continue on the beach through September until 15s season ramps up.   Be sure to bring a swimsuit and towel so you can jump in the Pacific afterwards!

Everyone is welcome, all experience and skill levels!  

Please contact Zach Morgan for any additional details 406-214-6406, callmezemo@gmail.com

New Coach and New Outlook - June 12, 2017

Coach Phil Grieve Headshot

The Los Angeles Rugby Club is pleased to announce that Phil Grieve has accepted a position as Head Coach.  The LARC Executive Committee has contracted Coach Grieve through the 2020 season.

“I am excited for the opportunity to come in and develop some amazing young players.  The club has loads of talent, and I look forward to building a solid foundation.  The administration has demonstrated a commitment to the sport, and I’m fortunate to be part of it.”

Phil comes from a strong rugby pedigree, having been both a league and union player in his home country of New Zealand.  More recently, he has coached Texas A&M University and Cal State University in Fullerton.

“I am happy to be coming back home to Southern California.  The talent here is incredible” says Grieve.  “So many gifted athletes that are perfect for rugby.  We simply need to tap into this talent pool.”

President Rory Kaclik is very excited for Grieve to join LARC.  “Phil has impressed in his sit downs with us.  He teaches an exciting brand of rugby and puts trust in his players.  His training approach covers the basic fundamentals through full team strategy.  This is an approach that will develop our new players and veterans alike, and I can’t wait to see the product on the pitch.  Our club is thrilled to have him as our coach.”

Despite a challenging year on the field, Kaclik is optimistic about the future.  “Regarding the quality of rugby, Southern California sets the bar high, no doubt about it.  Our goal is to be among the best.  We fell short in 2017, but we brought Phil aboard and are making the changes we are making to be at the top in 2018.”

The club is in the process of outfitting the rest of the coaching staff in preparations for the 15’s season.  In the meantime, Grieve will focus his energy on the Summer 7’s Season with the first qualifiers tournament in San Diego on June 17th.  “Really liking what I see.  The boys have responded well.”

When asked for his outlook on coaching LA and the season, Coach Grieve has a very straight forward response, “Not good at self-promotion.  Would rather results do the talking.”

Please join us in welcoming Coach Grieve to LA.

LARC MID-SUMMER MEETING - SUMMARY


Thank you to the 37 people who attended the mid-summer meeting!

Thank you to all past, current and future LARC members who attended the players meeting on Monday evening, July 17th @ Mira Costa High School.  Coaches Phil Grieve and Alison Taylor spoke on the importance of "COMMITMENT" and outlined the fitness requirements heading into the 2018 season.   Treasurer Chris Sweeny spoke to fundraising opportunities and drove home the significance of membership dues.  

Head Coach Phil Grieve outlined the Why, How & What of playing rugby for the Los Angeles Rugby Club.  Why are you playing?  Why is this important to you?  How are members going to achieve their goals?  What are your expectations?  What results do you seek?   Phil underscored the importance of all members committing themselves.  The commitment for the 2018 season begins now!

Strength and Conditioning Coach Alison Taylor broke the season into 4 parts (Offseason, Pre-Season, Regular Season and Post-Season).  We are currently in the Offseason, where it is important players train hard in the gym and add muscle mass.  As we move into the Pre-Season (only 2 short months away), players will begin to hone position specific skills.  And as we enter the Regular season, players will continue to maintain their fitness/strength while focusing on improving their skill set.  Alison has made herself available to coach LARC members at a special discounted rate.  

Recap: Off season lifting is a must! See LARC's Strength and Conditioning Coach Ali Taylor for 'Athlete Player Profile' customized program. Please coordinate a time to set up an assessment with her at her gym; Beach Cities Training 
1312 Aviation Blvd Redondo Beach

Ali will be assessing each athlete using a function movement screen; testing flexibility, mobility, bio mechanic movement and strength. Each athlete will be assigned their own off-season lifting program. Focusing first on correcting any asymmetries (injury preventive) for example tight hamstrings, tight shoulders.  Following this will be a heavy strength program capitalizing on each players individual strengths and weakness.

Each athlete will visit Ali twice in her gym, once for initial assessment and the second will be a follow up to present and demonstrate your future 6-8week program. 

Cost: $100
Contact: Ali Taylor 415-420-7803 

Hustlethemuscle@gmail.com

Finally, as the 2018 season quickly approaches, members were told of fundraising opportunities and how they can contribute financially.  Although membership dues for the 2018 season remain $250, there is a new requirement for all members to participate in a LARC sanctioned fundraising event prior to 12/31/2017.  Should members be unable or unwilling to participate in fundraising events, dues will jump to $350 per player, effective 1/1/2018.

More information to be provided in the coming days regarding dates of interest, details on fundraising events, and specifics on offseason training regimens.  On behalf of your LARC adminstration, we look forward to a promising 2018 season!

BEACH TOUCH EVERY SUNDAY!


Sunny Sunday on the Beach!

The summer is here!  Now until the end of the year, LARC will be holding Beach Touch Rugby every Sunday from 10am to Noon at the 40th St Lifeguard Tower in Manhattan Beach (El Porto). All people are welcome to join us on the sand, and no experience is necessary.  Please arrive early to find parking, as the lot fills up quickly on nice days.  And make sure to bring socks or sand socks, as the sand can get quite hot!  

And feel free to join us after the Beach Touch Rugby for brunch at Baja Sharkeez Upper Manhattan.  All participants receive 33% off food and beverage (including alcohol).  Get a good workout, take a nice swim and grab a good inexpensive meal to cap off a fine Sunday morning!

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The Los Angeles Rugby Club is a 501c3 non profit corporation with the purpose of growing and promoting the sport of rugby. Since 1958, our organization has helped support men and women, young and old, by teaching the values of teamwork, camaraderie and sportsmanship. Your support, in any amount, is tax-deductible and helps further the goal of developing great people.  Contact Chris at Treasurer@LArugby.com to inquire about making a donation or becoming a sponsor.

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