All Blues 7s Coach Search

The Berkeley All Blues are searching for a coach to lead our 7s squad this summer! Please see details below and send cover letter, resume, and references to allblues7s@gmail.com if interested.

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 20-30 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 quite a few alumnae of our program 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
  • Align 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 13-14; 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: allblues7s@gmail.com

 

DII Season Schedule

Hey there!  Wondering when practices and games are for the spring 2016 season?  Bust out your calendars, you've come to the right place!  Kickoff times tba.

January 5            D2 Goal Setting Meeting
January 7            Official D2 Season Practices Start (Tu/Th, 7-9 PM -- see more below)
January 16           League Game vs. San Francisco Golden Gate @ home
January 16           Scrimmage vs. Cal
January 23          League Game vs. Life West Gladiators @ Life West
January 30          League Game vs. Sacramento Amazons @ Sacramento
February 6          League Game vs. San Jose Seahawks @ home
February 20        League Game vs. Life West Gladiators @ home
February 27        League Game vs. San Francisco Golden Gate @ SFGG
March 5               League Game vs. Sacramento Amazons @ home
March 19             Champagne Classic Tournament (San Diego)
April 1                 CIPP Deadline
April 2                 League Game vs. San Jose Seahawks @ San Jose
April 23               Northern California Semi-Finals (tentative based on league record)
April 30               Northern California Finals (tentative based on result of semifinals)
May                     USA Rugby National Quarter/Semi-finals (TBD)
June                     USA Rugby National Championships (TBD)

Here are our practice times and locations:

January 7 - February 25
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7pm - 9pm @ Gilman Turf Fields, Frontage Rd & Gilman St, Berkeley, CA

March 1 - June 5
Tuesdays: 7pm - 9pm @ Gabes Field, Harrison Street & Fourth St, Berkeley, CA
Thursdays: 7 pm - 9pm @ Gilman Turf Fields, Frontage Rd & Gilman St, Berkeley, CA

Match Report: All Blues Triumph Over ORSU Jesters to Secure Top Tier Spot in Nationals

by Dorothy Mittow

MORAGA, CA - This weekend the All Blues took on ORSU in their final home match of the season, and this one was for all the marbles. With the second seed from the blue division and an upper division nationals both on the line, both teams showed up ready to fight a physical match, but at the end of the day the home team was able to come out on top.

The first half was played almost entirely inside the 22-meter lines, with much of the yardage on both teams coming from dramatic 30+ meter runs. All Blues eight Sarah Walsh had a big break through the middle of the ORSU defensive line, making several tacklers miss through shear force.  Her run put the All Blues in perfect position for lock Allie Byrne to pound it in for the opening try of the match. ORSU was quick to respond with a forwards’ try of their own from a ruck within the five meter line.

Just as the match was heating up, All Blues winger Ardia Kelker collided with an ORSU player while attempting to steal a wayward pass and sustained a bad cut on her ear. Kelker was taken out for a blood substitution, but returned with a new hairstyle and a renewed desire to dominate her opposition. After the All Blues pack delivered great field position with a 30m maul off of a line-out, the bandaged Kelker burned several ORSU backs down the sideline to bring the score to 12-5. After one more ORSU try off an overload, Kelker responded with her second try of the match. The last try of the half was contributed by veteran All Blue Phoebe Boone, bringing the score to 22-10.

We see you, forwards!  Photo by Laura Lorenz

ORSU was not going to let the All Blues run away with this match however, and came out of the break looking like the fresher and more determined squad. What had been a game played close to both teams’ goal lines during the first half turned into an exhausting defensive stand for the All Blues near mid-field. For several minutes the team struggled to cope with the fast-paced offload game that made the ORSU offense look like a well-oiled machine. After several phases the defensive line broke down and a few exceptional ORSU players were able to touch down two tries.

Thanks to the laser-accurate open field kicking of flyhalf Ruth Bryson as well as ferocious tackling on the inside by All Blues hooker Jack Woods, the All Blues began to solve the defensive puzzle that ORSU presented. While ORSU’s solid ball handling and rucking was able to starve the All Blues of much of the time of possession in the second half, wingers Kelker and Jessica Turner made sure that the few All Blues possessions were all converted into points. Fresh energy from front row subs Maxine Fonua and Emily Peinert hardened the interior defense for the All Blues and stopped ORSU from getting into the try zone for the rest of the match.

Flyhalf Ruth Bryson setting up for a kick.  Photo by Laura Lorenz.

By the time the final whistle blew, the score was 34-25 with the All Blues on top. This hard fought yet methodical victory showcased the composure of a team ready to compete on both sides of the ball. With a roster full of both young talent and veteran leadership, the All Blues look poised to claim yet another national championship in Glendale this November.