Here in Chicago we’re not quite prepping for 2016, but the start of the fall season. A few teams have had their fall kick off parties and pub crawls. The Wapiti had their first clinic with the Griffins out to help. Other teams have started practice and pre-season meeting, and this Friday Night, the Chicago Blaze will host the South Side Irish in their preseason Ladies Night Game. Ladies night is a great time to bring out your girls friends, get dress up, have a few drinks and support some of your local rugby guys as they get ready for the fall season to start. You may want bring some mosquito repellant, but the Blazepitch is definitely one of my favorite places to watch a game. The Blaze have a new head coach and it will be exciting to see how the team has come together after many players participated in a tough 7s season.
As I always encourage, now if the time to start looking into what clubs you want to join, or what teams you’d like to help out. The Blaze has Chris Folland as their new head coach, but are also looking for assistant coaches. University of Chicago Women, are also looking for someone to dedicate time to help coach this season. iYRA wants people who are interested in helping youth develop in after school programs, and it doesn’t matter how much experience you have. Marquette Park will be have a weekly rugby class from mid-September until the beginning of December. I hope you are all ready for the fall, and hope to see some people out Friday night at the Blaze Pitch.