Let’s Have a Great 2014!
This New Year brings many new members, players, volunteers and employees. Los Angeles Rugby Club (LARC) is changing to adapt to and compete in the fast changing USA Rugby community. Leading and managing the evolution of an esteemed club is labor intensive and exhilarating. I ask you to join in the journey and offer what time and skills you can to create the club of our visions.
This is the 56th season for the Los Angeles Rugby Club.
This year’s Board of Directors returns 7 of 9 members from last year. The continuity of programs and leadership serves the club well. Serving LARC in nominally paid roles are former Internationals, Head Coach Barry Williams (USA) and Director of Rugby Tevita Viakona (Tonga).
Our Youth program is currently all boys who compete in the 6 age categories (U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 & U18) in the Southern California Youth Rugby (SCYR) union; and through efforts of LARC Youth leadership and players, Mira Costa High School Junior Varsity and Varsity teams began their first season. Our youth program salutes Jehlani Tavai, who will likely make the High School All-American Varsity squad, as he looked good in the national camp over the Christmas holidays. LARC does not have any girls teams, but we look to change that as more volunteers commit.
Our Senior program is currently all men who compete in 4 different categories (Division 1, Divison 3, Division 4 and Los Legends for men 35+) in the Southern California Rugby Football Union (SCRFU).
- LARC’s Division 1 entry continues from last year’s solid competitive season that just didn’t see the boys make the playoffs. LARC has advanced to playoff 5 of the last 7 years, and full envisions competing well for 1 of the 4 playoff spots from the 6 team league. The national playoff structure has been shifting radically in the past few years, and Southern California is well respected enough to be allocated 4 of 16 playoff spots for Austin, TX in May 2014.
- LARC welcomes the Southern California Blues to the LARC family. The Blues will retain their Division 3 status from last year and will be playing this season as the Division 3 entry, Los Angeles Rugby Club – Blues.
- LARC welcomes the addition Godzilla RFC which is primarily a Japanese ex-patriot team comprised of older and more social players. They will be playing as a Division 4 team, Los Angeles Rugby Club – Godzilla, and will be supplemented by newer LARC members who need to learn the game and older players who are looking for a run in between Los Legends games. Godzilla players will also be playing for Los Legends.
We have been very fortunate to have faithful sponsors. We need to reciprocate and prove it, thus please patronize our sponsors! For our largest sponsor, Anheuser Busch, mail in receipts to the Fund Raising officer for any product purchases for Michelob Ultra, Budweiser, Stella Artois or 200 other brands: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AB_InBev_brands.
As we move forward, I ask you to reach out to help. We need time and money. Contact any Board Member to discuss how you can help. To contribute money, we will be publishing a Patron’s Schedule of Benefits per contribution level.
Thank you and let’s have a great 2014!
Christopher Gleiter, President