Wednesday water from the sky

We’ll play Wednesday on the Mall 5:30pm near Smithsonian metro, probably closer to Washington Monument.

Forecasts are a little inconsistent at the moment, but there is about 50% chance of light to moderate rain. Right now it looks like you’re likely to get wet enough to wash the sweat away, but not enough to call off touch. Otherwise the temp will be a pleasant mid 70s with minimal wind.

I’ll keep an eye out in case it takes a turn for the worse.

Saturday there will be touch

We’ll play at 9:30 on the Mall, metro side near Washington monument

Three weeks ago someone beat me to booking tomorrow morning on the tidal basin. The Exiles planned a game and booked the afternoon, but they assured me they had nothing to do with the morning booking. I assume it has something to do with the rally tomorrow, but seems like a random location. Maybe the soccer people were overzealous. At any rate, the tidal basin still shows reserved tomorrow. I will go early and scope it out, but I don’t expect we can play there.

I’m very mindful of the rally tomorrow with with our safety as number one priority. Secondarily ease of accessing the field. The rally is supposed to be only about 700 people and will be at Union Square, next to the Capitol reflecting pool. There are only a few minor road closures near the capitol, so getting downtown shouldn’t be a problem. Secondly any interaction with the protesters should be almost non-existent if we play on the Mall section between Smithsonian Metro and Washington Monument. For what it’s worth there is also a counter-demonstration at Freedom plaza around noon, which is too far away and too late to have any effect on us.

If for some reason the Mall is cordoned off in the morning, the fallback is the mall on the WWII memorial side. I’m still going to check the tidal basin in the morning, but barring any last minute change we’ll meet on the Mall.

Wednesday on the Mall

We’ll play at 5:30pm near the Smithsonian metro stop. They have been rotating which grassy sections are roped off, so just keep an eye out for one of the fields between the carousel and the Washington monument. Last week ended up being the section closest to the Washington monument.

Preview to this weekend, the Exiles are playing a game on the Tidal basin Saturday afternoon and there is a political rally as well. As a result of these two things someone beat me to the morning reservation for the tidal basin pitch. My number one concern is everyone’s safety coming to play, and number two the least amount of headache. The rally could turn out to be no big deal and we’ll go ahead and play on the Mall. I’ll try to scope it out in the morning, and if we need to we might play on the WW2 memorial side. Also if it turns out no one is on the Tidal basin, it is still an option. Bottom line is, I’m asking for some flexibility, and it may be a morning-of decision where we play.

Monday is on the Tidal Basin

Looks to be pretty warm in the evening, so bring some fluids. Otherwise it should be a great afternoon for a run around.

I’m sure everyone has noticed the days are rapidly shortening. Please try to be as close to 5:30 as possible since we can’t really get started until enough people show up. Also Alexandria touch has started on Mondays and Wednesdays which is taking some of our numbers. Depending on the continued turnout and the time change we may go down to only Wednesday during the week. All things TBD. But for tomorrow we’ll have some fun on the Tidal Basin

Wednesday is on

We’ll play on the Mall on Wednesday at 5:30pm, by the Smithsonian Metro stop. There is about 50% chance that we’ll get some light rain during play, but not enough to deter anyone that isn’t a witch. So I’ll see all the non-witches out there for some fun mid-week rugby.