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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Referee clinic

The Hawaii State Rugby Union website is up and running. The information for the upcoming referee clinic is posted there, so if you're interested in attending, check it out.

I was also contacted by someone at Hawaii Youth Rugby yesterday. Seems they had a meeting here on Oahu sometime last week, but because of technical reasons I didn't find out about it until yesterday. Sounds like they're still growing, and need help in different areas, but I'm still concerned about the disconnect between the Hawaii Youth Rugby group and the Hawaii State Rugby Union.

There needs to be one overriding body acting as the focal point and top administrative unit for all of rugby in Hawaii. Since Hawaii Youth Rugby is already well established and doing well, they need a fair amount of autonomy and a lot of control over their own organization. That can be accomplished while still melding with the adult teams governed by Hawaii State Rugby Union. To market, promote, and raise funds, without confusing supporters, fans, and the general public, there has to be one primary point of contact. If that point of contact then directs interested people to the appropriate sub-unit or group, that's OK. Any confusion is eliminated, all of rugby in Hawaii acts, or appears, to be governed as one cohesive unit, and greater success for all is more likely.

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