Thursday, December 3, 2015

2016 Vacaville Rugby Club League Game Schedule


Vacaville Lady Blackdog's (D1 Women's High School)

2/6/15 - Lancer Rugby @ Lady Blackdog's

2/20/15 - Lady Blackdog's @ Renegade Rugby

2/27/15 - Lady Blackdog's @ Rio Linda Rugby

3/5/15 - Lady Blackdogs @ SOLO Rugby (Dixon)

3/12/15 - Bullard Rugby @ Lady Blackdog's

Vacaville Blackdog's (D1 Men's High School)

2/6/16 - River City Rugby @ Blackdog's

2/12/16 - Blackdog's @ Sac Eagles Rugby

2/19/16 - Elk Grove Rugby @ Blackdog's

2/26/16 - Cougar Rugby @ Blackdog's

3/11/16 - Blackdog's @ Sac PAL Rugby

3/18/16 - Blackdog's @ McClatchy Rugby

3/25/16 - Christian Brothers Rugby @ Blackdog's

Vacaville Old Dog's (D2 Men's Club)

1/9/16 - Old Dog's @ St. Mary's College

1/16/16 - Sac Capitals @ Old Dog's

1/23/16 - Diablo @ Old Dog's

1/30/16 - Old Dog's @ Chico Mighty Oaks

2/13/16 - Old Dog's @ Olympic Club

2/20/16 - Life West @ Old Dog's

2/27/16 - Old Dog's @ Berkeley

3/12/16 - Old Dog's @ Sac Capitals

3/19/16 - BA Baracus @ Old Dog's

4/2/16 - Old Dog's @ Diablo

4/9/16 - Chico Mighty Oaks @ Old Dog's

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Vacaville Rugby to Host 1st Rugby Clinic

High School BOYS & GIRLS
Come learn about the greatest sport on the planet!

Your favorite local rugby club is hosting a FREE rugby clinic on Sunday November 22, 2015.  We will have coaches from our Men's Club Team the Old Dogs as well as our normal high school coaches.  We will be having fun doing basic drills and games to show you how much fun rugby can be.  This clinic will be for all high school students from 9th grade to 12th grade, boys and girls.  We encourage anyone and everyone to check it out.  NO ONE and I repeat NO ONE is too small, big, skinny or large to play this amazing game.  Everyone is welcome and no experience is needed in fact it is encouraged.  Come learn about this great game and about the exciting things to come for Vacaville Rugby this year.  We will end the day with BBQ and we will field any questions that you have.

Date: Sunday November 22, 2015

Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Vacaville Christian School Football Field (1117 Davis St. Vacaville, CA 95687)

Who can participate: Boys and Girls 9th to 12th grade in high school this year

Please contact to RSVP so we can get an idea of how many will be there.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Introducing Your Vacaville Lady Blackdogs

We are very proud to announce that Vacaville Blackdog Rugby has expanded and now has a D2 Varsity women's high school team.  This has been a long overdue process, but we finally have the correct personnel and resources to produce a very competitive women's side.

Club Name: Lady Blackdogs

Club Colors: White/Black

Coach: Samantha Miller
- Mesa State Mavericks Soccer
- Mesa State Mavericks Rugby
- 2010 USA West All Stars
- 2011 USA West All Stars
- Glendale Raptors D2
- Davis High School Lady Devils Rugby Head Coach
Vacaville Lady Blackdog Rugby (Head Coach)
- Berkeley All Blues Rugby Club (Women's Premier League)
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
- Vacaville Rugby Club strength and conditioning coach

We encourage all girls interested to contact Coach Miller via email at for any information regarding the upcoming season or for any general questions you may have.

We have a intro to rugby clinic coming up this month, here is the info on the clinic...

Upcoming Dates (see calendar for all events):
- What: 1st Vacaville Rugby clinic
- Who can attend: high school boys and girls between 9th and 12th grade
- When: November 22nd at 11am to 1pm
- Location: Vacaville Christian School Sports Complex (1117 Davis St. Vacaville, CA 95687)

Player Info Packet:
If you are at all interested in attending the clinic or practice please see the link below the picture.  Please fill in and print out and bring to a coach or bring it to the clinic.

Friday, October 30, 2015

This is where it all begins...

This is where it all begins...

We look forward to bringing you a new season of rugby.  We are coming off a fun and somewhat successful summer of 7's.  We have a lot to work on and we need to get going as soon as possible.  With the season just around the corner there is a lot to get ready for as well as some updates for our club.

Dues:  We will have an updated dues list for the season.  Unfortunately we will have to raise the dues this year.  There are two main reasons this is happening.  One, because Rugby Nor Cal is increasing the registration per player to $95.00.  Two, we are looking at changing up practice time to accommodate more players and coaches. Coaches especially.  I'm guessing the dues this year will be anywhere between $200.00 and $250.00 per player.

We have been reaching out to local businesses in the community in order to start generating funds.  My budget for fields alone this year for high school boys and girls is around $12,000.00  This is obviously a large number but no where near a number that cannot be reached.

I have generic sponsor letters available via email that you can submit to anyone interested in giving to a great cause.

Practices: Practices will begin December 1st.

Location: TBD (VCS or Vaca High)

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Film/Chalk talk: TBD (most likely wednesday at 3:30pm at vaca high)

I have set out my main focus for the season and they boil down to these (4) things in order:

1. Be accountable student athletes.- This will be our main focus this year.  We expect high standards of conduct from our players - in the classroom, on the athletic field and in our community. Vacaville Rugby players are expected to adhere to the academic standards for athletic eligibility as required by the school. There will be a no tolerance policy for anything that slows down practice or distracts others. Players will be responsible students, volunteer in the community and strive to improve relentlessly to best help better yourself and the team.

2.  Fitness
- We all know where we stand with our fitness level.  We are far behind the pack.  And NO football shape is not the same as rugby shape.  We have to play 75 minutes of fast paced rugby in order to keep up with our league.  We will be conducting fitness tests not to pass or fail but to see where each player stands.  This will no longer be an option.  Rugby players are among the elite athletes in the world and Vacaville Rugby needs to be in that category to survive.

3.  Defense
- Our Focus this year for strategy will be DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE.  Defense wins championships in every sport.  Our offense will produce itself if we can play sound fit defense.  We saw what happened when we shifted our focus towards the end of the season last year.  When we are fit and we can play sound defense there will be no one that can beat us.  There will be new strategies that we introduce and we need everyone focused to make it all happen.

4. Offense
- Like I said our offense will not be  an issue.  It will be simple and we will not go outside of our capabilities.  We will not go on to something new until we are perfect on the basics.  Our main focus will be on how to transition from defense to attack in a quick time to produce the ball to our scorers.

This is where we begin our future as a club.  You need to evaluate yourself as a player and as a person and strive to be better at both.  Our discipline this year will not be an issue because our number one focus is to be better human beings.

Lets have a fun successful season by putting hard work and dedication to the greatest game in all the land.

Brett Fortney
Head Coach
Vacaville Blackdog Rugby Club