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Graduation and Other Big News

Posted by Eric Ingram on June 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

    Hello all you Flea fans out there (yes, my nickname is Flea, for background on that, check out the “Meet Eric” section), big news in my world. This past May, after 5 years of late nights an long hours (and a tiny bit of having an awesome time), I graduated from college!




    I graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics on May 11th. So yes, I break the stereotype, you can be nerdy and athletic at the same time. Tell the world.


    In other, crazier news, I may or may not be moving to Houston. There are some good opportunities out there for both my possible career and rugby. I have to think it over some, as it is a big step and there are many things to consider. It would also mean that I would no longer be playing with the Cripplers, which would be a sad prospect.


We shall see everyone, be sure to check back for more news,

Eric

 

 

 

Back with the Cripplers

Posted by Eric Ingram on May 4, 2013 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 

    The 2012-2013 rugby season would see me coming back to the East Coast Cripplers in what was sure to be a rebuilding year. After the amazing season with the Raleigh Sidewinders, the other Cripplers who transferred and I decided it was time to get back home and build up our own program.


    Two seasons before, we lost two of our starting line. In one case being classed out for having too much function and the other decided to go to school out of state.


    The main focus of the season was to bring in new players and get them ready to compete in a rugby tournament. We worked with the new guys from May to December, getting them ready for what was sure to be the most intense athletic event that any of them had experienced since being in a wheelchair.


    That time came in the only tournament we played this season, the 7th Annual Raleigh Rumble. The tournament featured teams we’d seen many times before, but this would be the first with our new rookie lineup. Some of the teams featured were the Raleigh Sidewinders, the Carolina Crash, the Capitol Punishers and the Utah Scorpions to name a few.


    The competition was fierce and we gave it our all, but in the end we could not muster a single victory. On paper, it looked bad, but the experience all the new guys gained was far and beyond what they would have gotten without playing the tournament. I think they did surprisingly well and definitely gave me hope for the future of ECC. Also, I didn’t leave the tournament completely empty handed. For my struggles and successes with the team that tournament, I was voted all tournament mid-pointer, something I definitely did not see coming.


    Following the tournament, the team went back to training and developing the new players. We did attempt to go to some other tournaments, but unfortunately they were already full, a simple mistake we need to avoid in the future.


    That’s essentially the wrap up on the season. Although it wasn’t very eventful, it was integral in developing the future of ECC and let me tell you, the future looks bright.


Until next time,

Eric

 

 

Out With The Old, In With The New

Posted by Eric Ingram on February 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

            If you remember a while back when I had that fundraiser (that many of you helped in, thank you again), you should be happy to know that in January, I received my new rugby chair from Vesco Metal Craft!

            The old chair I have been using for over 6 years and it definitely shows (I’m pretty sure there are 15 pounds added to the chair in welds alone). The picture below shows my old chair on the right and my new chair on the left, you can see the difference.

 

            So thank you to all of you who donated and to all of you who continue to support my endeavors, I hope to get six more good years of rugby out of this new chair too.

Look for more entries soon,

Eric

 

Rugby Chair Fundraiser A Success

Posted by Eric Ingram on October 29, 2012 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

            The Rugby Chair fundraiser I ran last month was way more beneficial than I thought it could be, bringing in $1225. Although this fell short of the $2000 goal, it is more than I hoped for and helps cut the costs for me a great deal.


             I sincerely thank each and every one of you who contributed and I will keep you as updated and involved in my rugby endeavors as I can.


             Now, although the official fundraiser has ended, the need for financial support has not. I am always looking for sponsors and contributors for my rugby career. It is an expensive sport and unfortunately I and others do not get paid to play it (yet, fingers crossed). If you or anyone you know may be interested in aiding me to become the best athlete I can, feel free to contact me at murderballplayer@gmail.com


             Again, thank you to all that have contributed and continue to show support. The new chair should be coming in sometime next month so keep on the lookout for updates.

 

I hope you all have a good day,

 

Eric

 

My Trip Down to Raleigh for the 2011-2012 Season

Posted by Eric Ingram on October 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

            This season was my most accomplished season yet. For the first time, I did not compete with the East Coast Cripplers. ECC underwent some personnel changes and due to this, had to take aseason off to rebuild. Instead, I played for formal rivals, the Raleigh Sidewinders.


             What I thought would be a tense transition turned out to be much better. We all seemed to gel from the beginning and knew what our goals were and where we wanted to take the team. We practiced almost every week on Saturdays in Raleigh, which was a pain for myself and the other two ECC converts, but alas we overcame these struggles to become a quite solid team.


            The team competed in 3 regular season tournaments, in which our record was 8 – 7. At least we were in the positives. The tournaments we traveled to included Raleigh, NC, Charlotte, NC and Tampa, Fl.


            The post season was slightly rougher for us, but still managed to get a respectable record of 7 -7. The Atlantic South Regional tournament was held in Atlanta, Ga. We played hard here where we won three and lost two. I managed to snag the All-Tournament 2.0 spot. The Atlantic Sectional tournament was held outside of Philadelphia, Pa. We won two and lost two. I managed to make it on the all-tournament team again at the mid-pointer position. Sectionals qualified us for the Division 2 National Championship tournament with the 3rd seed spot (out of 8 ).



The Raleigh team at the end of the Atlantic Sectional Tournament


            At nationals, in Louisville, Ky, we started off strong, winning two games on day one. It seems as though our luck would run out there, as we lost the next 3. This put us in 4th place in D2 and 12th overall nationally. This is the highest ranking I have had with a team so far. If you want to see the game footage of almost every game that happened at nationals, you can check them out here www.ihigh.com/quadrugby/index.html


            The 2011-2012 season proved to be quite successful. I ended up being on two all-tournament teams and earning the highest team ranking in my career. We shall see what the 2012-2013 season has in store.

 

Round 2: The Raleigh Rumble

Posted by Eric Ingram on December 9, 2011 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

          Well, the second tournament is right around the corner....tomorrow to be exact. The last two months of training and planning comes to this. I will be ready, the team will be ready. The loss against Shepherd in Charlotte has weighed heavily on our shoulders, and the mistakes we made there will never happen again. No one likes to lose and this was my/our motivation.

         This tournament will be more competitive than the last, featuring a team from Texas, Florida, DC, two teams from North Carolina, and two at-large teams from all over the east.

        In addition to my regular workout regimen, I have been experimenting heavily with the use of dubstep to harness what I call my "rugby chi". I'll be sure to let you all know how this goes.

         If any of you are in the Raleigh area, definitely come check it out, I promise you won't be disappointed. The address of the gym is:

Barwell Road Community Center

3935 Barwell Road

Raleigh NC.

Ph: 919.329.5994

            The game schedule and all other information can be found on the tournament's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/185395214885279/

          If you're not in the Raleigh area, no worries, I'll be providing updates to my games on my Twitter, be sure to follow me @Eric_Ingram https://twitter.com/#!/Eric_Ingram" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://twitter.com/#!/Eric_Ingram

That's all for now, like i said be sure to follow me on Twitter.


Talk to you all later

Eric

Charlotte Wrap Up

Posted by Eric Ingram on December 9, 2011 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

            It’s been a while since I’ve updated, my apologies, I am working towards becoming more active and regular with these posts. The Charlotte tournament went very well for me and my new team, the Raleigh Sidewinders. It was a true testament to how hard we worked in preparation.

            Since we had only been practicing together for a little over a month prior to the tournament, we hadn’t had much experience and confidence playing with each other. Our brief experience would be put to the test in the very first game. We had what would prove to be our closest game in the first round on Saturday versus the Shepherd Smash from Atlanta. Featuring two former Team USA athletes,they were a tough adversary and we knew they wouldn’t be beaten without afight. The Sidewinders came in with everything we had.

          The game would’ve been a hit on ESPN; it was a battle the entire time. With the first quarter a one point game the for the full eight minutes, we knew we’d have to fight hard for a victory.Early in the second quarter, we had a slip that we knew would hurt us, as we dropped by 4 points, a devastating blow to such an intense game. We would struggle the rest of the game to bring the team back to level ground. Me and the Sidewinders wouldn’t see it back to a one point game until the very last seconds of the 4th quarter. We would drop the game to Shepherd by 1 point, with the final score being 53-54.

             The rest of the tournament went fairly smoothly, with our closest game being 7 points. We mainly focused on working together and developing our team dynamic. We finished the tournament with a record of 3-1 and getting Second place. The scores are below.

 

Carolina Collision

Saturday, October 8th

9:00  Carolina v Shepherd 35 - 48

10:30 Jacksonville v Pittsburgh 47 - 32

12:00 Raleigh  v Shepherd 53 - 54

1:30 Carolina v Jacksonville 45 - 42

3:00 Pittsburgh v Shepherd 43 - 50

4:30 Raleigh v Jacksonville 45 - 38

Sunday, October 9th

9:00 Carolina v Pittsburgh 49 - 41

10:30 Shepherd v Jacksonville 47 - 39

12:00 Raleigh v Pittsburgh 55 - 30

1:30 Carolina v Raleigh 38 - 49

 

           We knew the next tournament would be in two months and we would have much more competition, we were determined not to lose another game.

 

First Tournament of the Season

Posted by Eric Ingram on October 3, 2011 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (1)

     If you've read my "About" section, you know my extensive history with the East Coast Cripplers. Well due to certain circumstances, the Cripplers aren't actually competing this season. Because of this, for this season at least, I will be playing with former rivals, the Raleigh Sidewinders. What I thought would be an interesting and awkward situation has turned out to become what I think will be the strongest team in the eastern United States and most likely one of the top teams in the country. We'll see.

     Anyways, I've been practicing down in Raleigh, NC every other weekend for the past two or three months in preparation for the start of the season. All of the travel time, all of the learning new team members, all of the effort I have put in for the start of the season pays off this weekend.

     My first tournament of the season will be this weekend in Charlotte, NC. I am interested to see how this new team dynamic works out and how dominating of a team we can truly be. This new spliced team is sure to raise some eyebrows and hopefully we turn some heads as well.

     This is the Schedule,

Carolina Collision

October 8-9, 2011


Saturday, October 8th


9:00 Carolina v Shepherd

10:30 Jacksonville v Pittsburgh

12:00 Raleigh  v Shepherd

1:30 Carolina v Jacksonville

3:00 Pittsburgh v Shepherd

4:30 Raleigh v Jacksonville


Sunday, October 9th


9:00 Carolina v Pittsburgh

10:30 Shepherd  v Jacksonville

12:00 Raleigh v Pittsburgh

1:30 Carolina v Raleigh


     I have put in bold the games I will be playing in. So you know, the first game should be the toughest, which should be an experience considering it'll be my first game with Raleigh. Also that back-to-back on Sunday should prove to be pretty exhausting. But all in all I'm extremely excited for the season to start and I can't wait to get back on the court. I'll be posting the results after the tournament so be sure to come back by and see that, but if you want real-time results be sure to follow me on Twitter @Eric_Ingram 

    

Well I believe that's all for now, so have a good day everyone,

Eric

Beginnings

Posted by Eric Ingram on October 3, 2011 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

     Hello everyone and welcome to my site. For now the site is still, for the most part, under construction and will be changing and developing over the foreseeable future. I hope to update this blog weekly with my updates and with any information I can offer.


     The main reason I have developed this website is to be able to reach a wider audience, to keep those who consider themselves my fans up-to-date on my quad rugby career and to connect with those people who are interested in the sport and might be willing to contribute to the pursuit of my endeavors.


     This particular section of the website is to connect with you. This is an informal area where I will be able to speak directly to whoever is reading this on a more personal level. I’ll be going over any upcoming events I may have or any I will have attended as well as discuss any other things that may be current events in my career.


     Quad Rugby is my life. I have been playing the sport since 2005 when I was just 15 and it has made me the person I am today. I love the sport and I couldn’t imagine my life without it. Any time when I am not studying for school (I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics) I am usually practicing, competing or thinking about quad rugby. As most good things in life go, there’s a downside. The only downside of quad rugby is the costs. Being that it is an amateur sport and slightly obscure, it is quite difficult to come by funding. That is where you potentially come in. I am seeking sponsorship for my quad rugby endeavors. In the “Costs of the Sport” section of the site, you can see that this is by no means a cheap sport and as such almost all the money I have to my name goes into it. This is a heavy burden to bear and I’m not sure how long I will be able to support myself in my cause. I would hate to lose this thing I care so much for, so if you are truly interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact me. I am working on a sponsorship tier system and I should have that figured out within a few weeks.


     But please don’t feel like I’m pushing you away if you’re not here to become a sponsor, no worries. I am always looking to talk to people about the sport and my participation in it, so feel free to just hang out and check out all the pages and always check back for updates.

 

Have a good day everyone,

Eric

 


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