2014-2015 Preseason Strengh and Conditioning Sessions

We will begin our Preseason Strength and Conditioning sessions on Thursday, November 13th, from 6:00 to 8:15 PM, and conclude these sessions on Thursday, December 18th. East High School is closed on Tuesday, November 11th for the Veteran's Day holiday.

We will meet in Lisa Smith's classroom, 240, split into three groups, and rotate through three 40 minute yoga, running, and weight training sessions led by Kaitlyn Gray, Joe Ranalli, and Ian Bonesteel. As in the past, Bill Baer, Brent Applebaum, Todd Applebaum, Paul Hoskins, Jr., and Josh Tafoya will join us as additional coaches as their schedules allow.


All players, grades 8 through 12, are encouraged to attend. Click here for the permission ship, which should be filled out and brought to the first session.

Great Tackling Video from Seattle Seahawks

East H.S. ruggers, parents and fans ,

Here is a great tackling video narrated by Pete Carrol showing the tackling techniques he teaches the Seattle Seahawks. He explains this technique is taken from rugby and the video includes rugby scenes. This is how we teach tackling to the East High School Rugby Team- to tackle with the shoulders and not the head- for a safer tackle. And this is exactly what I was coaching to the East High School Football team when I was brought in as a tackling coach two years ago. 


Bill Baer    Head Coach    East H.S. Rugby 

Review of 2014 East H.S. Rugby Season

2014 was the 26th year for East H.S. Rugby. With an active roster of 65 players, we fielded an A side, B. side  and an 8th / fresh. / soph. side. 56 students and 38 adults travelled to Kansas City on the 18th annual East Rugby Tour. The A side lost to Kansa City Jr. Blues- ranked #3 in the country and defeated St. Thomas Aquinas- ranked #9 in the country.

In the State playoffs, we defeated Littleton 42-5 in the quarter finals. and in a thrilling semi final match, East beat Aurora 13-12 to advance to the state finals. Colorado Springs beat East 33-6 in the State Championship  finals in Glendale Stadium.

The East B side had a record of 6 wins 4 losses and 2 ties including beating both of the only other B sides in the Wooden Bowl Tournament.

The East 8th / Fresh / soph. side had 8 wins and 5 losses including a win over St. Thomas Aquinas on tour.

We were disappointed to lose in the state finals, but pleased with the tremendous improvement throughout the season. The end of season party and awards dinner was a great success and attended by over 150 players, parents, coaches, siblings and fans.

East had many players participate for the Colorado Select Side vs. select side all stars from many other states in a national tournament in Aurora. Jackson Bock was selected for the all tournament team in the u-18 division and Adam Leonard was selected for the all tournament team in the u-16 division. This is a great honor for these two players as well as the East program.

The East H.S. 7s team took 2nd in a national sevens tournament at Dicks Sporting Goods Park. We went undefeated (4-0) in pool play including a win over Colorado Spring by 52-7.
East lost to the Utah Select Side in the finals in Dicks Stadium.

The East Sevens team also participated in an 11 team league that played 2 matches every Wed. night for seven Wed. nights in a row. The first five Wed. nights determined the seeding and the last two was a tournament. We went into the tournament seeded 2nd. In the Tournament we beat  the Ponderosa Titans in the first round, Littleton in the semi finals and PAC ( Platte Canyon) in the finals to win the Denver Sevens Championship. Congratulations to the players and the coaches for winning the championship. Of the 18 players on the sevens roster- 14 will be back next year for the 2015 15's season and the 2015 summer sevens.


Sunday Touch Sessions
We will start informal touch rugby sessions on Sunday Sept. 7 from noon- 2 p.m. on the East H.S. turf. In the past we have had these sessions on the grass soccer field but the A.D. wanted to rest the grass- so we are on the turf. These sessions will be every Sunday until winter break. Times are usually noon- 2 p.m.but if there is a conflict with the Broncos, the sessions will be 3-5 p.m.. The dates and times will be on the website.    eastrugby.com    There sessions are not formal practices. They are intended to sharpen your skills and have some fun. If you are new to the program, this is a great opportunity to come out and meet the guys and start to learn rugby.

Pre Season Fitness
For players not participating in a fall sport such as football or soccer, we offer after school fitness sessions two afternoons a week, starting around early November. Specific dates and times will be posted on the website. These sessions have included running, weight training and yoga under the direction of Mark Hoskin , our strength and conditioning coach and his assistants. Mr. Hoskin has carefully tracked participation for the last several years and although these fitness sessions are voluntary, the students who have attended on a regular basis have had a much reduced injury rate and performed better at rugby than those players who did not participate.

Recruitment Meeting
We will have a recruitment meeting in November for all new and returning players. Date and time will be determined.

Alumni/ Current Player Party and Hall of Fame This annual event will be Sat. Dec. 20, 5;30- 8 p.m. Save the date. A great opportunity for new players and parents to meet alumni /

Alumni/ Current Player Touch Rugby
Sunday Dec. 21  2-4 p.m. on the East H.S. turf. A great fun annual event. Everyone welcome.

Registration for all  Players and Parents In early January, right after school starts, an evening meeting at East H.S. for all parents and players.

First Practice
Sat. Jan. 10 on East H.S. turf. If you come fit ready to work and learn, you will enjoy your rugby.

if you have any questions , please contact Bill Baer  head coach   East H.S. Rugby    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    303-601-4368

website    eastrugby.com

East H.S. touch rugby schedule

The East H.S. Rugby team is sponsoring our annual Sunday touch rugby sessions. These are not formal practices but intended to sharpen skills , increase fitness and have some fun!
Any student who is interested in coming out for the high school team is invited. This is a great way to start to learn the game and get to know the guys.

Sessions are Sundays, usually noon- 2 p.m. . When that times conflict with the Bronco Schedule -sessions are 3-5 p.m. The location is the EAST H.S. TURF FIELD ( just west of the school) , a change from the last several years. Since this is on the turf field - we will play with light snow or rain. If there is a blizzard or heavy snow cover, we will cancel.

1. Sept. 7- noon-2 p.m.

2. Sept. 14- noon-2 p.m.

3. Sept. 21- noon2 p.m.

4. Sept. 28-noon-2 p.m.

5. Oct. 5- noon-2 p.m.

6. Oct. 12 - 3-5 p.m. ( note time)

7. Oct. 19- noon-2 p.m.

8. Oct. 26- noon-2 p.m.

9. Nov. 2- noon-2 p.m.

10. Nov. 9- noon-2 p.m.

11. Nov. 16- 3-5 p.m. ( note time)

12. Nov. 23 - noon-2 p.m.

13. Nov. 30- noon- 2 p.m.

14. Dec. 7- noon-2 p.m.

15. Dec. 14- noon2 p.m.

The alumni / current player party and Hall of Fame is Sat. evening Dec. 20

The alumni/ current player touch rugby match is Sun. Dec. 21 from 2-4 p.m. on the East H.S. turf field

The fist formal practice of the season will be Sat. Jan. 10!

See you there,
Bill Baer  Head Coach    East H.S. Rugby

East H.S. Sevens takes 2nd

The East H.S. Sevens team took 2nd place in the Denver Sevens Tournament. 


The team was 4-0 in pool play including a 52-7 win over Colorado Springs to advance to the final in Dicks Sporting Goods Stadium. 

In the final, The Utah Select Side defeated the Angels 40-0. 


Team pictured below, not in picture; Sam Adix and Blake Pullen