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Rugby Academy Of DC To Host Conference – Updated

The Rugby Academy is presenting a conference for rugby coaches, referees and players on Saturday February 5th, 2011 in Washington D.C.  “Transforming Knowledge and Experience into Practice” is a day-long event held at Clary Hall on the campus of Gonzaga High School.

“We have been talking about the idea for a while and in the fall the Rugby Academy put on some four hour coaching clinics which were well received.  In addition, people are always asking for more workshops and clinics and we thought that it might be nice to get some good rugby people to talk about what they are doing and to share that with other people in the rugby community,” said Gonzaga Head Coach Peter Baggetta regarding the inspiration for hosting the conference.

Speakers at the conference will share their knowledge and experiences to provide information about how to improve caching and playing best practices.

The Keynote Speaker is Alex Magleby, Head Coach at Dartmouth and the Collegiate All-American team.

Other speakers include Tom Lyons (USA National Panel Referee), Adam Russell (USA Rugby High Performance Nutrition consultant, Oxford Blue, and former USA Eagle), Peter Baggetta (Head Coach Gonzaga College High School), Dr. Tom Mick (Specialist in sports health and medicine, international rugby player), and Pete Steinberg (Head Coach Penn State Women).

Also on the speaker list is Mark Griffin, founder and CEO of Play Rugby USA. Griffin is also the former USA Rugby Youth and High School Director as well as a former USA Eagle.

“We tried to get presenters who are in the area but are also considered experts in their areas.  We also wanted to get a mix of folks who work with different groups – women, collegiate, high school, youth, referees and medical,” adds Baggetta.


“Integration of 7’s & 15’s” by Alex Magleby

“Developing attacking play” by Pete Steinberg

“Developing youth through rugby… taking the game from International fields to the inner-city streets” by Mark Griffin

“No I’m not blind, yes, I saw that and answers to other burning refereeing questions” by Tom Lyons

“Coaching defense using a principles-based approach” by Peter Baggetta

“The science, symptoms, treatment, and care of the concussed rugby player” by Dr. Tom Mick

Attendance costs include refreshments as well as credit towards USA Rugby Coaching CEU’s.

The Rugby Academy is an independent program for gifted high school junior and senior rugby players in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area.

To learn more about the event, contact Peter Baggetta at . To learn more about The Rugby Academy, contact Kurt Mockenhaupt at .

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This entry was posted on January 26, 2011 by in Coaching, High School/U19 Rugby, Refereeing.

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