Tuesday marked the first day of Rugby practice for many teams in the Tampa Bay Area. With the Fall Season just weeks away, it was important to dust off the skills many players had not utilized since the Spring. Some players helped to stay in condition by participating in Sevens practices and tournaments throughout the summer, which also helped them maintain ball-handling ability throughout the off-season. For those who chose not to participate in Sevens practices, team coaches prepared strenuous weightlifting and cardiovascular training schedules to keep their players fit and build strength during the time off from the sport.
As a wise man once said, “You don’t play Rugby to get fit! You get fit to play Rugby!” Often, the first couple of practices will show which players completely took the summer off from all training, and those who took their coaches’ advice to keep in shape and ready for the resumption of regular practices at the end of August. The Tampa Bay Krewe had a strong turnout for its first Fall practice with close to 40 players in attendance, many of them new to the game. However, strong thunderstorms with lots of lightning in eastern Hillsborough County forced coaches to abbreviate the original schedule for the evening.
Head Coach Dai Morgan was happy with the turn out and the work put in during the session.
“We were really happy with the turn out. It is early in the season and the weather forecast was not good, but we still had a good group pitch up at practice.”
“I was very impressed with the overall fitness of the players. Some of these guys had obviously put a lot of work in over the off season and looked in pretty good shape already.”
Thursday night will be the next night of practice for the Krewe and many other Tampa Bay Area Rugby clubs. Hopefully, the weather will be more accommodating for all teams to regain the necessary abilities and skills lost by players in the off-season.