Discussion in 'Club Rugby' started by MrTimms, Feb 7, 2012.
This just came through
A fun way to get people to sign up?
It does sound like a good idea except for those of us playing at crescent head Rugby 7's on the 18th of Feb!
Less than 36 hours notice.
Classic rugby administration.
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This is a great idea that was poorly executed. Rugby League did the same thing except they had their ad on the front of the sport page of the biggest newspaper in QLD and they did it a month ago.
speaking of league: a comparison of the amount of stuff on offer in Rebel for league teams vs the limited Union presence suggests more might be done in that area.
The Reds advertised this as a 'Fan Day' at least a week ago. Wonder if the ARU has just tried to tag onto something that the franchises were doing. Either way organisation not a strong point. But I think most of us knew that.. Seemed like quite a few people at the Red's one. From the pics on twitter.
I've known about today for a few weeks through emails from Tah HQ.
Alert members may have noticed that despite being a Tahs supporter I have from time to time been critical of their administration. This is only because I expect organisations from the senior state to have higher standards than those from the remote areas which the mother colony saw fit to cast off and leave to their own devices.So it is perhaps not surprising that in Melbourne the National Registration Day is being conducted in "Gosch's Paddock". A "paddock"? How incredibly gauche. I don't think Sydney has had a "paddock" since we stopped building huts in wattle-and-daub. Still, my mother taught us never to poke fun at those less fortunate. So I have always taken the view that those south of the Murray were more to be pitied than made fun of. But a "paddock"? Surely someone at the ARU could have tugged someone's coat and pointed out that rugby does have standards.So what have the various cities done to celebrate this wonderful initiative of a National Registration Day which in years to come may well rival Australia Day and Anzac Day? Brisbane has set aside just three hours. Three hours - it's supposed to be a day! Melbourne and Canberra are even worse - just two hours! And Perth? The best they could do was pin a note on their front door reading: "Check with your local club for details". If we knew where our local club was we wouldn't have to come along to the bloody National Registration Day.And Sydney? My heart swelled with pride when I noted how enthusiastically and comprehensively Sydney had responded. We know how to do things in style. It's supposed to be a "Day" so we've hired the Sydney Football Stadium for fourteen hours! How good is that? Although I'm not sure of the wisdom of encouraging drunks to stagger in after midnight to sign up. I suppose that's why they have only been given thirty minutes to do so.
I'm off to U7s . soccer registration this morning. Where's that crying smiley?
Its good to get your facts right there Bruce. QLD had a Reds Fan Day into which the National Sign on Day was incorporated. All Junior Clubs were represented, but at the same time most clubs had their own sign on day at their club on the same day as well. Wests Jnrs for instance timed theirs for a couple of hours after the Reds Fan Day, whilst my own boys' Jnr Club had theirs in the morning (and this morning as well).
Thinking about the practicalities of it all, all clubs having their own sign on opportunities on the national sign up day is the way to go as thats where the regional breakdown is. The Centralised sign up opportunity at Ballymore was a possible way to sign up new players who may not have played before and have been brought to the game by the success of the Reds. The Rookies2Reds program, designed to bring new players to the game and then to a club (which distinguishes it from AFL AUskick) was also heavily promoted on the day and in fact trial sessions were over subscribed.
Speaking to the BJRU on the day clubs are experiencing considerable growth this year.
So to simplify it as a simple
really misses the strategy behind the recruitment and retention efforts of the code up here. It is more than just a day for us, but a concerted strategy - a KPI if you like, which is why figures like last year's 33% increase in participation are so important for the QRU.
Feel free to criticize the hell out of NSWRU, Sydney Rugby Inc etc as I am sure you are rather intimately aware of their dealings, but perhaps steer clear of the areas you may not have the same knowledge of.
RugbyReg, from the bottom of my heart I thank you. You've made an old man's day.
Surely you can convince a six year old that mini's rugby is soccer, Scarfy?
Or does he need to convince she of the final decision? I am still constantly amazed at mothers (generalising here) who think that what they see at Super level is how the game is played at U7's. They just need to watch how the junior runs at half time of the SR game are to realise this. Maybe we need to convince Fox to televise them. Reg - can you get this incorporated into Reds TV?
My wife wouldn't let my sons play football/soccer. Thought it was more dangerous than rugby. Given she is a medico I had to submit to her greater wisdom.
Bout time!!! I would actually have to agre with her.
yep, stats show the same. Jnr Rugby is one of the safest sports going around and you are right, suckerforred, we need to keep pushing that message.
The nearest rugby team is 45 minutes drive away. We just have local soccer and league. And there's no way he's playing league.
You are forgiven.
You should found a rugby club known as the *insert area* golden scarfs.
You should move.
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