The ELITE Rugby Camp USA Coaching Staff recently completed the daily agenda for their camps at Stanford University (July 13th - July 16th) and the Olympic Training Center (July 25th - July 28th). The schedule for campers progressively advances throughout the course of camp, but correct fundamentals remain the core principal behind the camps philosophy.
"With the explosion of youth rugby in America, it is difficult to have enough coaches to keep up with the number of players. Our goal is to reach a large number of players and coaches at one time and pass on the correct fundamentals they should use on a daily basis," ELITE Rugby Camp USA Director Ethan Willis told RUGBYMag.com.
USA 7s Captain Matt Hawkins and USA Backs Coach Matt Sherman created the daily agenda for ELITE Rugby Camp USA. "There are no secret skills that are taught at the highest level in rugby," Matt Hawkins explained. "At every Eagle camp we simply refine fundamentals and correct bad habits. At ELITE we present the correct fundamentals of every facet of rugby and ask campers to process these fundamentals and utilize them on the pitch."
Recently, six players who attended ELITE Rugby Camp USA were selected to represent the Southern California Griffins at the Rocky Mountain Challenge. Past ELITE camper Andrew Pascale who was selected to the Griffins and selected to attend the High School All American Camp at Santa Barbara reflected on how ELITE helped to enhance his game, "ELITE really taught me that to really be able to play rugby at a high level, the fundamentals play a huge part of getting there."
Sherman and Hawkins also created the ELITE Coaches Clinic available at Stanford and the Olympic Training Center. The ELITE Coaches Clinic is a one day course that allows visiting coaches to work directly with ELITE Coaches, attend a question and answer session and leave with the ELITE Coaching Manual that outlines drills, techniques and philosophies coaches can implement with their own team.
"As a coach who works with every level of rugby player, I know that coaching can be daunting. Our goal with the ELITE Coaches Clinic is to pass on proper coaching fundamentals and ultimately make the job of a coach easier and more productive," said Matt Sherman.
To register for and learn more about ELITE Rugby Camp USA you can visit their website at www.eliterugbycampusa.com or contact Ethan Willis at