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Chilly SoCal Girls Camp

 My weekend, to say the least, was packed with rugby. Between rugby dinners and holiday parties, I’m sure I only got a few hours of sleep. The weekend was topped off by a very successful So Cal Girls Rugby Camp. The camp, which has been going on for several years, hosts girls from all over Southern California. This year’s guest coach was Billy Nicholas, head coach of Lindenwood University. I was so excited to be a part of the coaching staff and work alongside Billy, who is also involved with the ARPTC, Atlantis 7’s, and is a USA Rugby Pathway Scout. It was a great reminder that even as a coach I have so much to learn. It’s always a blessing working with mentors, and just as my career in education has shown me, nothing beats hands-on experience. The day began with several 7’s-oriented drills, and culminated with a 12-aside scrimmage. Not only was it wonderful to see the talent, but also the potential so many new girls possess. (And did I mention the weather topped out at about 65 degrees? Definitely not complaining!) I’m excited for season to start and to put our new skills into play! Here’s to many more weekends filled to the brim with rugby! Wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thank You, Rugby


Thank you for showing me how to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.

Thank you for teaching me the importance of taking care of my body, mind, and soul.

Thank you for having the same rules for men and women, unlike other sports.

Thank you or letting me travel the nation and the world in your name.

Thank you for giving dedicated, hardworking players of all shapes and sizes the chance to participate. From props to wings, there’s a place for you.

Thank you for the bumps, bruises, scars, and all the stories that come with them.

Thank you for the most inclusive culture I’ve ever seen among the many sports I’ve played.

Thank you for teaching me the value of sportsmanship.

Thank you for giving me the chance to coach with my dad. Who else gets to do that?!

Thank you for providing children with positive role models.

Thank you for being a powerful force in equality in sports for all, regardless of age, gender, or country of origin.

Thank you for teaching me the importance of a post-game cheer and tunnel.

Thank you for promoting brain health and the importance of concussion recognition/treatment from youth to adults. Too many sports avoid the topic, and our heads matter!

Thank you for working hard to level the playing field for females.

Thank you for being the perfect mix of speed, strength, and smarts.

Thank you for (hopefully) leaving the scrum cadence without anymore changes. RIP “Crouch, Pause, Engage”…

Thank you for giving children the joy of running down the field with a ball in hand. Nothing will ever beat the smile of a child who just found rugby.

Thank you for introducing me to some of my favorite people.

Thank you for hosting the biggest, most exciting party ever, aka the iRB 7’s, for months straight.

Thank you for giving me the world’s best “natural high”: an eight man pick off the side of a scrum.

Thank you for showing me that I will have a rugby family no matter where I go.

Thank you for proving that girls can be bad asses, just like boys.

Thank you for finding your way back into the Olympics.

Thank you for making me understand that my “peak” is always around the corner. Keep pushing. Keep trying. Keep working.

Thank you for teaching me discipline.

Thank you for challenging me mentally and physically, like nothing ever has before.

Thank you for leading me in the direction of gel manicures. After all, how long does normal nail polish really last in a game?

Thank you for giving me the chance to coach the most wonderful set of girls I’ve ever met. My Lady Lions and Titans are intelligent, dedicated, devoted, and so very talented.

Thank you for being my outlet for stress. I’ve saved a lot on psychologists, I’m sure.

Thank you for teaching me songs that I will never, ever repeat in front of my parents.

Thank you for opening doors for my dream career.

Thank you for letting females break stereotypes of women athletes. It’s more about how we perform, and less about what we wear.

Thank you for offering more and more scholarships to high school students in the U.S.

Thank you for teaching me the how to be a leader, a follower, and when to be each.

Thank you for scrum caps. Ears are quite precious to my poor, poor locks.

Thank you for all the opportunities I’ve had to learn from some of the greatest coaches in the nation.

Thank you for proving that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

Thank you for providing me with a safe space.

Thank you for being the fastest growing sport in the nation.

Thank you for giving me courage to speak up about equality in women’s sports.

Thank you for implementing rules and regulations that keep players safe on the field.

P.S. Thanks William Webb Ellis for being a rebel. I am so grateful.