Atlantis Rugby Corporation held its first individual and development 7s camp in October at Alapocas Run State Park located in Wilmington, Del. The University of Delaware’s Women’s Rugby Club hosted the event.
70 high school, college & club players attended the camp, which comprised testing (40 yard sprints and 40-yard shuttles “jingle jangles”) and instructional stations emphasizing the fundamentals of various aspects specific to sevens play.
The camp’s lead coaches were Boys High School All Americans Head Coach Salty Thompson and Olympic Development Regional Coach Dana Creager. Among their many playing credentials, both have played for Atlantis. Additionally Dana has represented the US National 7s Team.
Other coaches included the following:
Phil Bolton*: Head Coach, North Ohio HS All Stars and St. Ignatius HS (Cleveland)
Biddy Boyle*: Former Head Coach, Mid-Atlantic (MARFU) Sevens
Keith Cassidy*: Coach at Malvern Prep (PA)
Dan Currie: Former Eastern PA (EPRU) HS All Star Coach
Jack Foley*: Head Coach, Rugby Pennsylvania All Stars and Malvern Prep (PA)
Bjorn Haglid: Head Coach, U. of Delaware
Rosalie MacGowan*: Head Coach, New York HS Boys; Director of HS 7s, Empire GU
Mike McClay: Head Coach, U. of Delaware Women
David Niu: played for Australia and USA, Former USA Super League Coach.
Steve Rae*: Coach at Monsignor Bonner HS and St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia
Chris Ryan*: Head Coach, Princeton Women. Former Coach, US National 7s Women
Stephen Siano*: former USA player. President & former Coach, Phila-Whitemarsh; President, Ivy Rugby
Emil Signes: Former Head Coach, US National 7s Men, and US National 7s Women
Bob Weir: Head Coach, Mid-Atlantic (MARFU) Women and Philadelphia Women
* = played for Atlantis
The camp was broken into four groups: boys / men / girls / women (split at 18 years old), who progressed through several stations incorporating attack in the open field, defense in the open field, continuity in contact, kickoffs, scrums, sevens language, and lineouts. The camp finished with age-appropriate competitions.
Atlantis coaches and selectors were very pleased with the performance of several of the individual players.
Fastest male at the camp was Raekwon Caswell of LaSalle High School and fastest female was Josie Ziluca of Northern Virginia. Best endurance scores went to Cale Williams of NYRC (male) and Josie Ziluca (female).
While this was not a selection camp, Atlantis guaranteed to select one senior woman and one senior man to represent Atlantis at the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens in January; for the men we selected Chris Mattina of the University of Delaware. We actually chose two for the women: Josie Ziluca (Northern Virginia) and Tabitha Super (Kutztown University).
In addition, because of their performance at the camp, Atlantis selectors will be choosing other camp players to participate in the appropriate brackets of the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens.
Atlantis will also be sending a men’s team, a women’s team, an U-19 boys and a U-19 girls team to compete in the elite divisions of the Las Vegas Invitational Tournament.
Atlantis is also sending a men’s team and a women’s team to Tobago in December 2013.
The Atlantis Rugby Corporation is dedicated to developing and educating players and coaches in the game of Rugby Sevens. For additional information, please visit our website www.atlantisrugbycorp.com or contact Emil Signes at