On March 9 we go down to Savanna, GA for their annual tournament. For those who have not been to the tournament in a while, of if it is their first time, it can be easy for things to get out of hand. Take this handy survival as a guide and you can not only survive your trip to Savanna, you can make it the best it can be.
- Leave early. Depart from Cleveland as early as possible on Thursday or Friday. Without fail, there will be a storm in Cleveland when you are trying to leave and drivers will be acting like they have never seen snow and/or rain before. This will make driving a slow-moving and agonizing pain, but fear not. Once you pass through the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia, the skies should be clear and the weather from there on out will most likely be glorious.
- Save the heavy fun for Thursday or Saturday. The tournament is meant to be a good time, but no one likes playing rugby hungover, especially in the competitive brackets. It never ends well for anyone involved. Any and all puking on the field should be confined to the final day of the tournament. Also, if you get frisbee-tossed out of a bar on Thursday, you should be good to go by Saturday.
- Know when to say “no.” Just because shots are $2 doesn’t mean you have to buy lots of them. As always, moderation is the key.
- Try to travel in groups. Unless you hear someone say “It’s the police! Scatter!” stay with the familiar faces you came with. There’s strength and safety in numbers. Plus, it’s no fun doing Kangaroo Court with two or three people.
- Always have an exit strategy. When out and about in a strange area, it’s always good to know where the exits are in the establishment and know the fastest routes home. Nobody wants to have to ask for directions when dragging various iterations and variations of dead weight back to the room.
- Don’t get tossed around. Whether it’s on the field or out in da clubs, don’t put yourself in the position to get tossed onto your head. It’s not fun.
- Make responsible decisions. Savanna can be a crazy, fun time. After a good day of rugby and an even better night of social shenanigans, it’s no fun ending the night in the back of a cop car. Be smart. Stay out of. Try to keep your friends and teammates out of trouble too. Savanna trips should be reserved for rugby, not court dates.