In an effort to further develop area coaches and clubs, Glendale Rugby has announced a unique opportunity for regional rugby coaches to gather together at Infinity Park June 15 and 16 for a RugbyTown USA coaching clinic.
“We really wanted to offer coaches an opportunity to learn from our staff,” Director of Glendale Rugby Mark Bullock said. “Each year, we travel overseas to upskill our own coaching and we wanted to offer the same opportunities to local high school and college coaches. With our club more than 10 years old and our Raptors team competing in its first Major League Rugby (MLR) season, it’s a great time to share with other coaches what is new in the progression of the game.
“As a coach, it is really important to allow yourself training opportunities,” Bullock continued. “If you don’t look to expand your knowledge base on a topic, you have the potential to get stuck in a rut. The City of Glendale is always pushing us to train among the best, and we take pride in the time we spend learning from outside sources how to better our program. Of course, not everyone can afford to do that with limited budgets and time, and we have taken both factors into consideration when planning this course.”
Kicking off with a fully catered dinner Friday night, coaches are invited to meet and greet Glendale Raptors coaching staff and players starting at 6 p.m. June 15. Those attending the clinic will then come back to Infinity Park Saturday morning for a number of coaching sessions with various Glendale staff. The clinic closes Saturday evening, when all in attendance are invited to watch the Glendale Raptors take on the Seattle Seawolves at 7 p.m. Raptors Head Coach David Williams notes that the clinic and match will offer aspiring coaches a chance to see American rugby played at the highest level: “This is a great opportunity for coaches to gain some professional development and be upskilled in the current trends of Major League Rugby. They’ll also get to see those skills in a live professional match.”
Topics of discussion will include coaching the 1-3-1 attacking patterns, the set piece, safe tackling, defense, the tackle contest, ball skills, decision-making and mental toughness. Additionally, the clinic will focus on best practices in concussion and injury prevention.
The cost for clinic attendees is $60 if booked by June 1. After that date, the price for admission is $80. The price of admission includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch, in addition to a ticket for the Saturday night MLR match. Additionally, Glendale has a block of rooms at official Raptors hotel partner Hampton Inn & Suites, which includes complimentary breakfast.
Coaches can register at the following link: rugbytown.us/coaches-clinic.
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