Jackals Matt Frings Hosting Pre-Season Training Camps
Matt Frings, Jackals Developmental Player, is hosting an independent series of Pre-Season Training Camps to help local players gear up for the coming season.
Similar to much of the world, rugby was put on hold in March due to COVID-19. On March 13th, USA Rugby suspended all sanctioned rugby competition and activities which caused the cancellation of countless matches, tournaments, and championships. Locally, the Dallas Harlequins season was cut short, but this did not stop Matt from helping the rugby community stay match ready.
Matt joined the Quins as player and Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2018. Before joining the Quins, he received his bachelor’s degree in Strength and Conditioning in the UK. During his time with the Quins, he has led the S&C program and last year aided Texas Rugby Union (TRU) during the All Star Program, which featured the top women of TRU.
When rugby was shut down, Matt, who also works as a Personal Trainer, created a plan to keep himself and fellow competitors in shape by creating at-home works for the Quins players. On May 26th, USA Rugby released Return to Play Guidelines and Texas was quickly transitioned into Stage 3. On Wednesday, October 28th, TRU announced Texas is now in Stage 4 which allows limited contact drills.
With the hopes of the 2021 season starting on time shortly after the new year, Matt wanted to do his part by running Pre-Season Training Camps. “It’s designed to bridge the gap between the long off season we have had and the short, high-intensity pre-season players will face once we are up and running.” He continued that he wants to help prevent the increased rate of injury NCAA football and NFL players are seeing due to the limited pre-season preparation.
Since rugby participation is still limited through TRU and USA Rugby, Matt’s Pre-Season Training Camps will focus on general strength and training and rugby specific conditioning. Matt says, “there will be an emphasis on specific postures and movements encountered in the game.” Participants will be given individual corrective exercises to address any problem areas that may have developed through this period of inactivity.
To abide by current guidelines, the sessions are strictly limited to 6 participants running Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and 8pm at The Forge on Dyer. Sessions are open to all ages and abilities from high school onwards and has been particularly popular with local D1-D3 players looking to get a head start on the upcoming season.
If you play rugby in the DFW area and are interested in learning more about Matt’s Pre-Season Training Camps, contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Dallas Jackals —
The Dallas Jackals are a professional rugby team of Major League Rugby (MLR), the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The Jackals were named as an expansion team in 2020 and will play their inaugural season in 2022 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The team’s central mission is to develop domestic talent to a world-class level of play and professionalism while strengthening the high performance pathway in DFW by supporting the local clubs. Through proactive Community Outreach, the Jackals will exemplify and spread the passion of rugby by inspiring tradition, respect, family, and character on and off the pitch.
About MLR —
Major League Rugby is a professional sports league entering its fourth season and represents the highest level of competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams in 2018, to 12 teams in 2021, featuring 11 from the United States and one from Canada. The competition follows an 18-week regular schedule for a chance to advance to the playoffs. Matches are televised on CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 2, ESPN+, Facebook Live (for international viewers) and on different platforms in each local market. MLR prides itself on its incredible athletes, the passionate community behind them, and its strong values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition.
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