Submitted by Brenton Judge on Wed, 20/03/2013 - 21:16.
No training this weekend, as most of us will be at the 7s. Training as usual on March 31st.
DeA Tigers traditionally sit in the north-west corner (zones 131-132) and so most of our coaches will arrange to meet nearby. This area has the advantage that it is both near the tunnel to enter the ground for the kids and also near the players seating. This allows the kids to go down and collect autographs as the players come off after their game while still being visible to their parents. It tends to fill up quickly however so you'll need to get there early.
For those members who have registered their little tiger(s) to play at the 7s please meet your coach at least half an hour before your game time behind seating area 131 (unless otherwise advised by your coach). Players will then be taken to the tunnel and must go down no later than 15 minutes before their game is scheduled to start. They won't be able to wait for kids who are late and so anyone who is late will probably miss out. Please be on time. There isn't any slack in the schedule and remember you need to allow time to get inside the stadium as well.
Only two coaches (in full DeA Tiger's kit) and the players are allowed on the pitch. After the game, the kids won't have time to take photos and will be given their medals off the pitch. The children will then be taken back, via the tunnel, to seating area 131 (again, unless advised otherwise by your coach). Please do not pick up your kids at the top of the tunnel - it will be too crowded.
Players must have a mouthguard and should be wearing this years kit. They must not be wearing watches or other jewellery.
The schedule is attached. There is also a copy of the release letter for schools in case you haven't already received it.
This year, the march past is on Saturday for the first time. This is a great thrill for the kids and so well worth joining in. It is again supposed to be coaches and kids only and both coaches and kids must be in this year's DeA Kit - shirt and shorts. Please make sure they are wearing this year's uniform as it will be very obvious if they are in last year's and they may be barred from the pitch. Coaches can wear tracksuit pants and some (myself included) probably should do so. All players and coaches should be in either rugby boots or trainers.
People joining the march past should meet behind area 131 at 1:20pm. We will then take the kids as a group to the ramp behind the tunnel at 1:30pm. We are lining up between Tsuen Wan Rhinos and Discovery Bay Pirates. Again, please don't be late.
During the march past please make sure that your little tiger knows that they are not to chase after souvenirs (coaches need to make sure they don't) and try to keep them from attacking the TV cameras. The kids will end the march past sitting on the pitch on the west side, roughlyin front of 125-126.
After the march past all kids will be taken back to behind seating area 131. Any unwanted ones will be told to sit in this area until their parents change their mind. It is very important that you don't try to collect your kids at the top of the tunnel. There are always too many people in this area and it is dangerous for all of the kids so we want to get the kids out of there as quickly as possible.
We always recommend that parents keep their kids in DeA Kit for all three days and write their telephone number on their arm in marker pen. The sevens is a huge event and kids have been known to get lost. Keeping them in kit means other members keep an eye out for them and writing your number on them helps the police find you.
The stadium has again warned that streakers will be prosecuted. We have had had kids kicked out of the stadium previously and a copy put in the stadium lockup for a little while - kind of kills the event for the parents. No problem with encouraging other clubs members though, just not in the semi-final...
No balls or bottles are allowed into the stadium and security will force you to throw them away.
Sorry for the long and heavy email.
See you at the sevens...