Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
SEATTLE, Wash. — As part of the USA Rugby Academy, Serevi Rugby® has announced dates and locations for its 2014 series of High Performance Training Camps aimed at identifying top players and providing a specific development pathway to the men’s and women’s U.S. National Teams. On behalf of USA Rugby, Serevi will host a series of seven stops across the country to find and develop the nation’s top young rugby players and crossover athletes. U.S. National Team coaches will participate throughout the program to help identify young players who may be invited to USA Rugby Academy Elite Residence Camps during summer 2014 run by Serevi.
“Our High Performance Training Camps allow aspiring players to be seen in competitive formats by national team and Serevi coaches, while challenging and calibrating themselves against other players,” said Ross Young, CEO of Serevi Rugby. “Because our programs are aligned the national high performance standards, the skills and training players will receive will put them on a pathway for higher levels of rugby including collegiate and potentially national team consideration.”
The USA Rugby Academy 2014 series of High Performance Training Camps includes stops in:
|Glendale, CO||February 1-2|
|Atlanta, GA||February 14-16|
|Boston, MA||March 1-2|
|San Diego, CA||March 9|
|College Park, MD||March 15-16|
|New Orleans, LA||April 12-13|
|Minneapolis, MN||May 3-4|
The High Performance Training Camps emphasize skill development, unit skills, situational awareness and decision-making for seasoned players, all while providing opportunities for high-potential crossover athletes new to rugby.
“Young men and women attending our camps will receive a unique national team experience being able to work with Serevi and U.S. national team coaches on a very personal level,” said Justin Fitzpatrick, Serevi coach and Men’s Eagles assistant coach. “We segment players by age and skill to maximize each individual’s learning and potential based on their ability and ambition.”
National team coaches including Ric Suggitt (Women’s Eagles Sevens), Mike Tolkin (Men’s Eagles), Matt Hawkins (Men’s Eagles Sevens), and their high performance staff will attend the Training Camps to scout emerging talent. This talent identification component serves to funnel talent into the USA XVs and Olympic sevens pools, with high-potential athletes invited to the USA Rugby Academy Elite Resident Camps, put on by Serevi in summer 2014.
“We’ll be looking for athletes with an appropriate mix of skill, athleticism and potential to invite to train in an immersive, high-performance environment during our summer residence camps,” said Ric Suggitt, head coach of the Women’s Eagles Sevens. “As we build towards the 2016 Olympics, these camps will be the foundation of finding and developing the next generation of Eagles.”
Programming for the High Performance Training Camps is led by Serevi’s highly-experienced staff of XVs and sevens rugby coaches and former players including IRB Hall of Fame inductee Waisale Serevi, Irish veteran and USA Rugby Men’s Eagles Assistan Coach Justin Fitzpatrick, IRB Sevens World Series record points scorer, Ben Gollings, and National Championship-winning coach Evan Haigh.
The series of High Performance Training Camps are part of the recently announced multi-year partnership between Serevi Rugby and USA Rugby designed to identify top players and provide a specific development pathway to the men’s and women’s U.S. National Teams. The partnership also creates a series of youth development programs which introduce and build a core set of skills applicable to both XVs and sevens rugby and across the youth, high school and collegiate player spectrum, as well as to coaches at all levels.
Full details about the upcoming series of Training Camps, including registration, is available at www.serevirugby.com.
About USA Rugby
Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has over 115,000 active members. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts over 30 national playoff and championship events every year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced that Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Visit www.usarugby.org for more information.