Rugby helping young athletes pay for college

I was reading through the NFL's Combine results the other day and started think about recruitiment in general. I work with teens and children and am always looking for ways to make them better athletes and also encourage them to do well and go as far as they can in school. Most kids where I work want to be pro "hoopers" a few think they can make it to NFL, but when it comes to college there hare hundred of young men and women who were the best in their sport and fighting for the few spots on a college team.

President Obama is hoping congress decides to not double loan rates, but with the ever rising cost of college and less financial aid available it is more important than ever  for student to think about how they will pay for their education. There are plenty of odd scholarship out there for different abilities, interests, ethnicity's, etc but one athletics can also open doors and students how are good at one sport should try to expand their skills and interests and look at what else they can be a part of when getting ready for college.

A rugby combine will be coming to Chicago to test the skills our athletes have. Recruiters from across the nation will be here looking for the next rugby greats and with rugby’s current growth that mean scholarship money for talented athletes. On May 19 students from across the city can go to Eric Solorio Academy High School and see how they measure up to rugby's demanding athletic requirements. The Collegiate Recruitment and Combine Program lets coaches view and evaluate high school athletes, contact them if interested, and possibly recruit them. High school athletes freshman, sophomores, and juniors can hear from coaches and colleges they may not previously have considered. This program will open doors of opportunity for high school rugby players by exposing themselves and being seen not only college but get a chance to think about high school select sides, and possibly other upper level playing as well.

The Combine is for both male and female athletes. When I played rugby in college, the majority of the women have never played before but we had a good number how had soccer skills that transferred into the game awesomely. The men's team had a few who had played in High School, but we had many ex-football players and soccer kids as well who came out. The teen can expect a variety of skills to be tested and right now is a great time to train and prepare for what they'll need to do.

The activities that will be looked at include a 10 yard run from prone, a 20yrd sprint carrying a ball, a 40 yrd sprint, 10 Yard Weight Carry, Agility Run,Target Accuracy, 4 Angle Catching, Obstacle Course, and Standing Vertical Jump.This Combine is not exclusive to rugby player and would be a great time for other talented athletes to show what they got and possibly think of what else they can do in college beyond basketball, football, baseball/softball. Colleges included include American International College, Texas A&M, Yale,University of Michigan, UNLV and other totaling 60 Colleges and Universities!

If you know a talented athlete who would like to be seen and have a chance ata sports scholarship, they should sign up ASAP at, or they can get more info by going to the Illinois Youth Rugby Associations website and reading over the April news letter. The combine is free is you preregister and is $15 for walk-ons.


Games this Weekend:

Lake Forest v Griffins

Lloyds of London v Chicago Riot

Chicago Lions OB v Riot B

Oshkosh v Shamrocks

Kellog v Condors

Lewis University v Condors

Palmer v Fox Valley

College League Games-

Elmhurst v Northwestern

Alumni v Loyola (Men and WOmen's Teams)

Alumni v UIC

Lake Forest Women v U of C

Fox Valley Vixens v Sirens

Memphis & Notre Dame v North Shore



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