Job Listing: Sevens Coaching Position

 

The Team

Founded in 1978, the Berkeley All Blues is one of the elite women’s rugby teams in America. The Club has won a combined total of 16 National Championships in both 15’s and 7’s, including the recent 2013 Club 7s National Championship and 2012 Women’s Premier League National Championship.   The All Blues Rugby 7’s program consists of approximately 40-50 women, dedicated to the club and the sport of rugby. The All Blues welcome athletes of all levels that range from novice to elite. Athletes from the All Blues are consistently chosen to compete on the Women’s National Team and Select Sides, and we currently have two athletes in residence at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. The goal for our 7’s season is to compete at the highest level of rugby 7’s, with the aim to secure a third National 7’s Championship title. In addition we strive to foster the development of collegiate and senior club athletes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Development of overall team and sub-unit strategies
  • Moderate practice training plans with long-term goals for the season
  • Providing effective feedback to individuals and the team
  • Develop and execute athlete development and improvement plans for individual players
  • Attending all league matches and Nationals (August 9-10; Location TBD)
  • Coordinating match selections with team captains
  • Work with the club’s executive board to execute long term club goals
  • To undertake any other necessary and relevant duties under the direction of the club’s executive board

Qualifications

  • Previous rugby 7’s competition and coaching experience is required; a strong understanding of the game of rugby and the game of 7’s specifically is required
  • A USA Rugby Level 200 coaching certification or higher is required
  • Specific experience coaching women is preferred
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with athletes and the executive board. Also with other coaches and club personnel, and be able to present a highly professional image when representing the Berkeley All Blues WRFC.
  • Must be able to establish positive working relationships with all club members
  • Must be able to balance the commitment to excellence on the field with a sense of fun and enjoyment that is conveyed to others.
  • Must be able to organize him/her-self and others effectively.
  • Must be an effective team member with sufficient flexibility and willingness to take on roles outside his/her normal functional responsibility when required.
  • Compensation is negotiable and commensurate with experience
  • Match travel related expenses will be paid by the club.

Please send cover letter, resume, and references to: allbluespresident@gmail.com

 

We want you to play DII!

Our DII program is looking for more players. Whether you've played before or not, we want you at practice. Practices are from 7 to 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Gilman Turf Fields. All you need is a pair of cleats, a mouthguard, and a desire to play rugby.  For more information, e-mail jointheallblues@gmail.com -- or just show up!  

Our DII program is looking for more players. Whether you've played before or not, we want you at practice. Practices are from 7 to 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Gilman Turf Fields. All you need is a pair of cleats, a mouthguard, and a desire to play rugby.  For more information, e-mail jointheallblues@gmail.com -- or just show up!

 

Match Report: Home Opener vs. SFGG

 The Berkeley All Blues DII side played their second game of the season and first home game against San Francisco Golden Gate this past Saturday on Treasure Island. The All Blues started the game with fourteen players and were playing down four by halftime due to injuries and a lack of substitute players.

San Francisco Golden Gate scored within the first ten minutes and made the conversion, bringing the score to 0-7 early in the game. The All Blues slugged through the first half, suffering three injuries that left the team with eleven players on the field. Two more SF Golden Gate tries brought the score to 0-22 by halftime.

The first few tries scored after halftime were San Francisco Golden Gate’s, in spite of the All Blues efforts to maintain a strong and impenetrable defensive line. Berkeley’s first try of the day came late into the second half and was touched down by captain Bridget DeSantis. After another try by SF GG, center Bulou Mataitoga scored the All Blues’ second try. The last twenty minutes showed marked progress and extraordinary effort on behalf of the All Blues, with the final score at 14-48. Loosehead prop Kat Telles earned forward of the match for her high work rate and sense of urgency and wing Jessica Oya earned back of the match for her try-saving open field tackles.

Despite injuries and numbers, the All Blues put up a tenacious fight for the duration of the 80 minute game, showing strength of character and heart. The score was ultimately not a reflection of the relentless spirit of the team and if the improvement between the All Blues’ first and second games of the season is any indication, there are better games ahead.

 By Daniela Bernstein