As many of you know, Wednesday rugby has been a pain recently given softball has overtaken our new field. By universal playground rules, they have field rights because they show up long before we do. We try to accommodate by squeezing ourselves in where we can, but the situation is lacking. We’re usually on an insufficiently sized pitch, we’re constantly in danger of getting hit by softball homeruns, and we have to put up with the whiny frustrations of the softballers, those non-athletes who detest the presence of the physically gifted. Clearly, this is not an ideal situation.
That said, I’m considering moving the Wednesday field yet again. We can choose to go back to where we were on 15th and Constitution. The field is only half-sized, but at least there was no competition. An alternative is the proper rugby field that’s located on the southern end of the Mall at 15th and Independence. My biggest concern with that location has always been how far it is. But maybe it’s not a big deal for everyone else. If it’s unoccupied and distance isn’t a huge factor, it could be a good spot. (It’s also worth noting that field conditions aren’t great in any location, so that shouldn’t be a factor to consider.)
What do you guys think? Should we move from 23rd and M (the softball league ends the first week of October)? If we leave 23rd and M, should we head to our old spot, or should we try the proper, albeit far, rugby field on 15th and Independence? Let me know.
15th and independence is superior with a more level playing surface and is not far. What I also recommend as an alternative is Ohio drive fields along the river near FDR or close to Independence Ave which is another former rugby field.
Thanks for organizing
South side of the mall near FDR or Independence Ave SW sounds like it’s worth checking out – it’s not much further from where we used to play on 15th and Constitution.
By the way, I have the cones but will either be late or won’t be able to make it at all tomorrow – is anyone able/willing to pick them up from the Foggy Bottom area either this afternoon or tomorrow sometime? Thanks!
Sounds like we need the space so any of the above suggestions sounds good, even if it is a little bit further to travel. Claire – I work at GWUH so might be able to pick up cones from you now (still at work) or tomorrow, but hopefully there’ll be an email before tomorrow PM confirming the exact location!
I have a general preference for more northerly locations (like 25th and M) where possible on Wednesdays, but I’m happy to try anything once to see if it works better.