Bloomsburg to make Penn Mutual CRC Debut Despite Distance
Philadelphia, Penn. — May 31, 2016 — Columbia County’s University of Bloomsburg will be making it’s debut appearance at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship this weekend. The Bloomsburg Huskies Women’s Rugby Club has gone through a lot of changes in the last two years and the team’s successful response to those have brought it to this upcoming collegiate competition at Talen Energy Stadium.
Just last year the Pennsylvania school swapped from being a member of the National Small College Rugby Organization, to becoming a member of the USA Rugby Women’s Division II. Due to NSCRO’s qualifications regarding size, Bloomsburg recently exceeded the organization’s requirements of only including schools with a full-time undergraduate enrollment of 3,500 female students.
At the same time the Bloomsburg women also began with a brand new Head Coach last year, Kevin Castner, whose background includes coaching positions at his alma mater East Stroudsburg University as well as Lafayette College. Although in the past all of Castner’s rugby endeavors have been paid, his involvement with the Huskies is done on a 100% volunteer basis.
“This is just purely for the love of the game to give back but also because the players put out for it as well. They put everything out there when they go to practice. They do what’s asked of them. They have a lot of follow through- I wouldn’t stay with them if it wasn’t happening,” said Castner who drives a lot in order to be a part of the team, as he teaches in Northwest New Jersey but lives in East Stroudsburg.
Although Castner is the coach, as a club sport the team’s players are responsible for a variety of things like hotel reservations for traveling, paperwork, organizing practice facilities etc. However the overall tone of accountability is nothing unfamiliar to the Huskies team efforts. With the academic year over before the Penn Mutual CRC has even begun, the students had to find a way to stick together. As soon as Bloomsburg knew they made the CRC, Castner informed all of his team to mark the necessary dates down on their calendar and prioritize that weekend. Due to many of the students financial and employment obligations, a variety of them could not stay in the area and had to relocate elsewhere for work.
Therefore the players who have continued competing have had to do remote/at home training. After completing a session a teammate is required to post a picture of themselves, taken during their workout, to a private Facebook group just for the team as a way to motivate and hold oneself accountable. This is not too far off from their in season routine, which involves two gym sessions where players must sign in to prove they exercised on their own. Meanwhile whomever of the team lives close enough to drive to the university easily, has been asked to attend a few practices during the week.
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