SEATTLE – Serevi Rugby™ and the College Recruitment Combine Program (CRCP) today officially announced an agreement to offer programming together in select geographies. Serevi Rugby™ will run three-hour clinics on the back end of CRCP’s Rugby Recruitment Combine.
With rugby growing rapidly in the U.S., this partnership will offer young players access to both skill development and college coaches.
Said Serevi Rugby™ co-founder Waisale Serevi, “As America begins to identify & develop tomorrow’s Olympians, this partnership provides a great opportunity for players to begin or accelerate their journeys. The combination of combine testing, college recruitment and skill clinics provides a true avenue for players to begin to live out their rugby dreams”
“Our 2013 slate is looking great. We’re thrilled to incorporate programming from Serevi Rugby in many locations. It sets our program apart,” said CRCP Director Ray Peterson. “We can truly say we are the best rugby recruiting program in the USA. College coaches get to see players. Kids and their parents get to ask critical questions of coaches and then hit the pitch to build skills. What more could a player ask for?”
Serevi Rugby and CRCP will partner at select locations, beginning in Boston, Mass. on Sunday January 13, 2013 and Las Vegas, Nevada on February 5th & 6th.
The Allied Rugby Conference, in conjunction with World Rugby Shop, is happy to announce that former USA Eagles 7s coach Al Caravelli will lead an ARC 7s coaching camp Sept. 22 & 23 on the beautiful campus of Sam Houston State University.
Executive Co-Director Johnny Smith states this is all part of the ARC mission; “Coach Development is key to improving our standard of play in the region. Having someone such as Coach Caravelli can only serve to help us meet that goal.” He continued, “With most of our member clubs venturing into a 7s competition for the 1st time, this camp will springboard their programs forward.”
Conference Commissioner Kenneth Forehand feels this type of event is what the ARC is all about. “The ARC camp is important in that it shows our commitment to elevating the level of 7s, and rugby in general, in our area. Having Coach Caravelli allows us to have access to international level coaching locally and lets players and coaches be in contact with someone who has coached at the top level. It is invaluable.”
The camp will cover 2 days with Saturday open for registration to the general public and Sunday reserved for ARC member clubs. The Saturday portion of the camp will be 40% classroom theory, tactics, practice/game/season planning strategies; 60% on field sessions using player groups from the ARC for demonstration purposes.
Executive Co-Director Craig Coates explains the split: “There was little discussion amongst the Conference Advisory Board as to whether or not we should open the camp. Our goal is to raise the standard of rugby throughout the region, not just in the ARC, so with that thought in mind it was determined that non-ARC members should have access to the camp.”
There will be a $75 early registration fee for non-ARC members but that gets you a full day with Coach Caravelli, lunch and a goody bag sponsored by World Rugby Shop. Coates feels that is a pretty good bang for your buck.
“The caliber of expertise Coach Caravelli possesses is not in Texas every day, so that alone should be worth the price of admission.”
“I am thrilled that the Allied Rugby Conference, comprised of such quality institutions and the founding members of Baylor University, Oklahoma University, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, and The University of Texas have the foresight to aggressively pursue raising the quality of rugby in their respective teams and the communities, cities and the state of Texas that they serve,” said Caravelli. “I’m honored that they have asked me to be on hand to assist them in their coaching clinic on the 22nd and 23rd of September. We are all excited and very much looking forward to a successful event.”
If you are interested in attending the camp, you may register at http://www.t5andahalf.com/Allied_Rugby_Conference.html. If you have questions regarding the camp, please email Johnny Smith at
The camp details are as follows:
ARC 7s Coaching Camp with Al Caravelli Sam Houston State University, Huntsville Texas Sept. 22nd & 23rd (23rd for ARC members only) To develop 7s coaches throughout the region
Early Registration expires 9/7/12 $75.00 Regular Registration 9/8/12 – 9/19/2012 $100.00 Late Registration 9/20/12 – 9/22/2012 $150.00
EAST STROUDSBURG, PA- Celebrating its 11th year, the East Stroudsburg Player Development Camp, which ran from July 10-12, added a 7s component this year.
Both the 7s camp and the traditional 15s camp drew campers of varied experience levels from several areas of the U.S., as well as Hawaii, Indonesia, and Colombia. The camp boasted three capped Eagles as instructors and five National Championship coaches at the college, club & all star levels, as well as:full insight into becoming a complete rugby athlete (including nutrition, strength & conditioning, and speed & agility, along with basic and advanced playing & positional skills) and a comprehensive player profile evaluation for each camper from his/her instructor.
The camp’s official sponsor, Rugby Imports, along with founder Bob Hoder, generously provided camper jerseys, t-shirts, and instructor kits. Through this sponsorship, they remain committed to the development of youth and high school rugby.
The diverse ruggers were instructed by the highly trained staff including Scott Stratton, Jen Bustamante, Chris Castner, Kevin Castner, Molly Dengler, Natalie Monroig, Omar Rivera, Richard Ashfield, Lance Connelly, Mel Denham, Phaidra Knight, Anthony Purpura, Dan Sonan, Bob Weir, and Chris Wells on basic and unit skills and position specific-play.
2013 Camp Dates are tentatively set for July 9-14, 2013. More information can be found at the new camp website: www.rugbydevelopmentcamp.com.
ELITE Rugby USA successfully completed another summer of camps while leaving a lasting impact on the boys who attended, “Our son had such an amazing experience. The level of professionalism and emphasis on coaching and education was so refreshing. There is no doubt that ELITE had an extremely positive influence on our son”, stated a past campers parent.
ELITE’s staff of current and past Eagles including Colin Hawley, Chris Biller and Matt Sherman delivered modern rugby instruction on the field and messages of how to best represent rugby off the field. A typical day of instruction included three action packed training sessions, an educational speech from Karen Fong about preparing for college, concluded by a motivational speech from Chris Biller about accountability. (video below)
Over 275 campers attended ELITE in numerous locations this summer and ELITE plans to continue to grow. ELITE Director Ethan Willis told us, “We recently received our official non-profit status. This status allows us to receive charitable tax-deductible donations from individuals and private companies. Ultimately, we hope to be able to provide more scholarships to our camps, that will allow more players to get exposure to top flight coaching and facilities”.
"I have really enjoyed working with these kids," added Hawley. "The interesting thing about coaching is that you're working with kids of all skill levels. So it's good for me as a player to work with these kids and help them develop their skills, whatever their level is. It certainly helps with your self-critique, as well."
The future is certainly bright for ELITE with camps on the horizon next summer in new locations and the addition of a women’s camp as well.
Life University continued to expand their influence on rugby in America with three very successful summer camps for HS rugby players.
"We started our summer camp program three summers ago as we were set to embark on our first year of undergraduate competition,” said Life Director of Rugby Dan Payne. “The first year we had our High School Skills Camp and it reached capacity. Last summer we added our position specific skills camp and it reached capacity. This summer we added a third option to our menu, and it too reached capacity. As we continue to grow as a program, it's imperative we work to help high school players develop in both their skill and their appreciation for our great game.”
Payne said 14 of his program’s 16 incoming freshmen took part in one of Life’s camps, including three identified only this summer.
“Moving forward, I foresee our summer camp system continue and strengthen as our primary talent identification tool," added Payne.
"The Life University rugby staff and facilities impressed at every level,” added Steve Lynch, who is Director of Rugby for the All Navy Rugby Select XV & VII, and runs the GTMO RFC Men’s, Boys and Girls programs. “I personally witnessed significant growth and understanding over 12 days of camp from the beginner to the elite players, along with the coaches that attended as guests of the program. Dan and his staff provide the perfect blend of elite level rugby, coached by the best in the sport while maintaining a comfortable, nurturing, environment. I attended as a coach while also having three of my high school players, including my son, attend all three camps as campers. It was first-rate in every regard."
Life’s High School Camp covers the basic skills required to play the game. The Position Specific Skills Camp is three days working skills specific to each position. The Elite Competition Camp focuses on live matches and coaching based on the live matches and preparation for the next match
HS Skills Camp and the Position Specific Camp sessions were led by Scott Lawrence, USA U20 Head Coach, Gavin Hickie, USA U20 Forwards Coach and former Leinster Hooker, Alex Houser, assistant coach at Arkansas State, Neil McMillan, former Sale, Ulster and Harlequins professional player and current NYAC player, Tui Osborne, Life University 7s coach and former USA player, and James Isaacson, current Life Super League Head Coach, and former professional player for Leeds and Newcastle, other Life University players.
This was the first year for the Elite Competition Camp. After the first day of camp the teams were selected into two teams: Team Emerick, and Team Petri.
Both teams had a supporting cast of coaches from those listed above, and were headed up by current Eagles Mike Petri and Paul Emerick.
"Our camps are only as good as the staff we assemble and we'll continue to work hard to assemble the very best,” said Payne. “I can't say enough about the staff members and their hard work towards helping the campers develop throughout their stay with us. In addition to the many former professional players, our own US Eagles in Paul Emerick and Mike Petri, Alex Houser, a rapidly rising coach in the USA, and our own Life University staff with Scott Lawrence, James Isaacson and Tui Osborne, I'm confident we were able to provide the environment necessary to ensure our campers leave improved players. We keep our camps capped between 65-70 campers per camp to make sure we have the proper camper-to-clinician ratio.
“It was a great two weeks and a lot of work by all involved, but everyone had a great experience, campers and staff. It's a great sign of growth and continued progress for our great game. We're excited about the future and will continue to do all we can to help foster that growth."
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