An Invitation

Posted by Eric Ingram on September 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Hello All,

    I guess I couldn’t keep up with the pace I set on my last few posts and as such, haven’t been as consistent as I would’ve hoped. All apologies aside, I do have some big news to present.

    The other day I received an invitation to try out for Team Force, which is the U.S. Developmental Quad Rugby team, essentially the farm team for Team USA. I previously served on Team Force from 2009-2011 (the team originally allowed you to serve a single two-year term, but they have relaxed the rules and have invited me back to try out), and while on the team, competed in two international tournaments (in Brazil and Mexico) and also competed in several elite level domestic tournaments.

    The tryouts are scheduled for October 23-26 of this year at the Lakeshore facility in Birmingham, Al where I spent many exhausting days the last time I was on Team Force. You can find the full list of those invited on this official USQRA publication here.

    Potentially getting a spot on the new Team Force would be huge for my quad rugby career. This will give me more exposure to the Team USA program (and potentially some tryout invites for that) as well as help me to develop and hone my skills as well as get more international exposure.

    As exciting as all that may be (and I don’t want to make it sound as though I am counting my chickens before they hatch) there are some burdens that will come along with making the team, if I even do. The team is self-funded, meaning that the expenses for the tryouts, training camps, tournaments and travel to all of those things fall squarely on the athlete’s shoulders. As beneficial as being on the team may be, reality will be present and will be a constant thought in the back of my mind as to whether or not I’ll be able to financially afford to be at this elite level.

    Forget all that potentially sad stuff for now; I will cross that bridge when/if I get to it. There’s less than two months to prepare and I need to get to it, so that’s all for now,




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