ASHLAND, Va. - The R-MC men's basketball team will travel to the central and west regions of Costa Rica from August 8-16. Head coach Josh Merkel and his staff will get an early preview of the 2017-18 team. After 10 days of practice, the Yellow Jackets will depart Baltimore on August 8 and play three games on the foreign trip.
"This trip will be a tremendous learning opportunity for our team," Merkel said. "We are thankful that through basketball our young men will get to travel overseas and learn a different culture. The time we are able to spend together in this setting will create even stronger bonds off the court. On the court, this is a chance to compete, connect, and continue to build toward the upcoming season. We will be immersed in the culture - our guide is bilingual and in addition to playing basketball, we will be visiting schools in the most economically depressed parts of the country."
The Yellow Jackets will begin the trip flying in to the San Jose airport and practicing later that day. The first game will be on Wednesday, August 9. On Thursday, they will tour downtown San Jose before playing game two. On Friday, they will travel to San Carlos for two nights and see the La Fortuna Waterfall. Sunday & Monday will be spent at the beach before returning to the city for game three.
"We are so grateful for your relentless support, to the many who made this trip possible and all those that came before us in laying the foundation for excellence. For those in the area or anyone that wants to see us in action, we will have open practices Friday, August 4 through Monday, August 7. The schedule is as follows:
Aug. 4 Friday 3 pm
Aug. 5 Saturday 10 am (scrimmage vs. former players)
Aug. 6 Sunday 3 pm
Aug. 7 Monday 3 pm
R-MC has made several foreign trips in the past. The Yellow Jackets went to Barbados in 1982. R-MC made multiple trips to Chile, the last coming in 2012.
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 17-9 season in which they tied for the ODAC regular season championship. Ten returners will be joined by a talented group of newcomers.
The team will be blogging about the experience while in Costa Rica. If you wish to follow, visit http://rmcathletics.com/sports/mbkb.