Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
This coming Saturday, January 11, 2014, Rugby Ohio will be hosting a Rugby Showcase on the campus of Cleveland State University. The 2014 Rugby Showcase is an exciting development for Ohio, which has some of the strongest High School/U19 numbers in the nation.
“The showcase is just another opportunity for our local coaches, players and parents to get more exposure to the game of rugby! Rugby isn’t only played on the field but the social side of the game is crucial, getting to socialize with other players and coaches means a lot for the game to expand and get other opinions across to promote a positive attitude to the game of rugby,” said Rugby Ohio Executive Director Andrew Martin.
There will be a number of topics covered at the Showcase including Rookie Rugby clinics and demonstrations, Q&A Sessions with Trainers, as well as Nutritionists on site to speak with players and coaches. There will also be college and club recruitment tables at the Showcase.
The highlight of the event will be a skills camp run by Former USA Eagle great Paul Emerick and Clemson Head Coach Justin Hickey.
“I’m looking forward to working with Andrew and Rugby Ohio at the Showcase,” said Hickey. “It’s great to see events like this taking place and organizations like Rugby Ohio, committing to the development of coaches and players in their region. It will be great to represent Clemson Rugby in the Midwest, where I’ve spent most of my life and rugby career.”
Hickey also added that they’re looking at expanding the Nike Rugby Camps throughout the Midwest with an eye on Northeast Ohio.
“It’s a great opportunity to continue to strengthen our relationship with players and coaches throughout the state as well. It sounds like registration has gone well, and a large turnout is expected so it should be a great day for rugby in Cleveland,” added Hickey.
“Sharing ideas and different structures of the game is important and with the showcase we as Rugby Ohio hope to make this event even bigger in the next couple of weeks and start to generate more clinics around the state to promote the brand of rugby even more!” finished Martin.
If you’re looking to learn more about Rugby Ohio or Register for the event, please visit www.rugbyohio.com . General admission to the event is $15.
About Rugby Ohio
The Ohio Youth Rugby Association was created in 2007 to grow rugby in the Ohio Rugby Union. The OYRA took the name ‘Rugby Ohio’ and is now governing the High School rugby leagues and developing middle school and youth non-contact rugby. We have partnered with Schools, Community based organizations and parks and recreation departments to introduce rugby to children ages 5-12 in a non-contact form. The High School rugby in Ohio is a strong and vibrant part of the game. Ohio has led the way in High School rugby for nearly 25 years. New teams are growing every year and the potential for more growth is endless. Our full time staff started in January of 2008. Their focus and the goal of the entire organization will be to professionalize the structure and administration of Rugby while bringing safety and consistency to the game across Ohio.