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Rugby Academy Announces 3rd Annual College Day

The Rugby Academy announces its Third Annual College Day.  College Day is an opportunity for men’s college rugby programs to meet and talk with the top high school rugby players (sophomores to seniors) in the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia area.  This year College Day will be on Sunday October 9th, 2011 at 12pm at Gonzaga College High School in Washington DC. 

For a small donation of $100.00 to the program, coaches will have an opportunity to make a 10-minute presentation to the 60+ students of the Rugby Academy about their respective schools.  Then coaches will have an opportunity to lead a 20-minute coaching session of their choice of a core rugby skill.  Students will be divided into four groups and will rotate through so that each coach will lead their session 4 times and be able to work with all of the players.  After the coaching sessions coaches will have an opportunity to talk to individual players. 

Space is limited to 12 colleges.  Programs that would like to take part in the College Day or want further information about College Day, please contact Peter Baggetta at pbaggetta@gmail.com.  

The Rugby Academy is an independent rugby development program for high school rugby players in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area.  The goals of the Rugby Academy are to provide players with the tools to further develop in the hope that the player will go on to play collegiate rugby. 

In addition, players are expected to become the leaders of their respective teams and bring the knowledge gained through the Academy program back to their teammates.  The Academy looks at different academy programs from around the world, both in rugby and other sports, and is continually working to develop a program that combines the best practices from these academies but one that also meets the specific developmental needs of the players in the region.

The Rugby Academy is now starting its fourth year.  Since its inception in 2008, The Academy has been invited to participate in a curtain-raiser match at the Army Navy Classic, hosted Windsor Boys School from England and played in the New Zealand Embassy’s Ambassador’s Shield while hosting the Northeastern Ohio Rugby Academy from the Cleveland area.

In 2010, The Academy was treated to a memorable training session with iRB Hall of Fame Player and All Black legend Michael Jones with New Zealand All Black Frano Botica.  Graduates of the Rugby Academy are now playing rugby at colleges such as Arkansas State, Clemson, Colorado, Harvard, Maryland, the Naval Academy and Penn State. 

If you would like to support the Rugby Academy or want more information about the Rugby Academy contact Kurt Mockenhaupt at rugbyfoundation@msn.com.

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This entry was posted on September 22, 2011 by in Coaching, College Rugby, High School/U19 Rugby, Rugby News.

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