Northeast Academy’s National Tracking Camp and Combine at Saratoga Rugby Club

Northeast Academy’s National Tracking Camp and Combine at Saratoga Rugby Club


Northeast Academy Press Release: Ryan Trost, May 25, 2016

Coaches Round Table Conference at June 11th NTC in Saratoga Springs

We hear it said often, “The High-Performance Development pathway is about more than just the players”. On June 11th, the Northeast Academy is making sure it’s National Tracking Camp (NTC) will be exactly that, as they and the Empire Geographic Union host a Saturday evening coaches Round Table Conference in conjunction with the talent identification efforts going on all weekend.

The Empire GU is the sole sponsor of the event, but any and all rugby coaches, regardless of union, club or player affiliations are invited to participate. This dinner and conference session for coaches is the first of its kind at an NTC event. Tying one to the other is a smart means of bringing together a wide array of coaches, including some of the very best in the USA system.

Northeast Academy has enlisted a distinguished panel of rugby minds to speak during the dinner and general assembly portion of the evening. Panelists include PRO Rugby North America’s Director of Rugby, Stephen Lewis; U.S. College All-Americans Head Coach Gavin Hickie; Peter Baggetta of the USA Women’s National Team Staff and Dartmouth College’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, James Willocks. These same coaches and officers will also be participating in the Round Table breakout session, which will be the real opportunity for coaching growth.

Topics covered during general assembly will include many current modern day issues, such as law variations, consolidating national schedules and the USA High-Performance Pathway networking system. The Round Table breakouts will give coaches across the spectrum a chance to collaborate and work through ideas regarding Attack and Defense tactics and strategies, Training Modules and more.

All of the events scheduled over the June 11th – 12th NTC weekend represent the missions of the Northeast Academy and USA Rugby’s greater pathway system, to elevate U.S. Rugby’s influence at home and abroad. Coaches can purchase tickets at the Eventbrite link provided below, which can also be reached through the Facebook Event page as well. 25636098260?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_te rm=viewmyevent_button

Northeast Academy

The Northeast Academy, with training squads in New York City and Boston, is a National Development Academy that has been sanctioned by USA Rugby as the official Academy (Men & Women) in the Northeast of America and as a designated pathway to the USA Eagles National Team selection. The purpose of the Academy is to identify, develop and prepare Sevens rugby players with the intention of placing ambitious athletes onto the USA National teams and future USA Olympic teams. The Academy will provide athletes with top level coaching, physical preparation, and playing competition to accelerate their personal development as Sevens players in line with current USA Eagles High Performance criteria.

USA RUGBY National Tracking Camp at Saratoga Rugby Club

VENUE/LOCATION – Saratoga Rugby Grounds (5 Clement Ave, Saratoga Springs NY 12866)

SARATOGA RUGBY GROUNDS – 2 full sized pitches game ready, registration & player tents, PA system, Vendor Fruit, Water & nutritional bars (free), scoreboard, scrum sled, 5 tackle suits, 20 balls, cones, ladders, hurdles and 10 SRC staff members for both days.

SKIDMORE COLLEGE – adjacent access to locker rooms, showers & changing facilities for Men/Women/Boys/Girls from 9-3 on both days.

Directions – All locations converging on Albany – (DIRECTIONS FROM ALBANY AREA)

  • Follow 87 North towards Saratoga Springs
  • Take Exit 15 (turn left on NY 50 West towards Saratoga Springs) 1.3 miles
  • Turn right onto East Avenue .3 Miles
  • Continue onto 3rd St (3rd St turns left & becomes State St) .5 miles
  • Turn right onto Clement Ave (parking & grounds will be on your right)

Google Maps/GPS (Saratoga Rugby Grounds &/or 5 Clement Avenue)


The Barrelhouse

Address: 68 Beekman St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Phone: (518) 871-1502

  • Informal welcome from Saratoga Rugby Club to our town. Cash bar & food


The Inn at Saratoga

Address: 231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Phone: (518) 583-1890

  • Coaches panel discussion and dinner


Coaches & Staff

 Community Court Motel – 7 Rooms (Friday & Saturday Night)

Address: 248 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Tel: (518) 587-3900

Turf & Spa Motel – 8 Rooms (Friday & Saturday Night)

Address: 176 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Tel: (518) 584-2550


 Skidmore College – Saratoga Rugby Club is working w/ Skidmore College to provide athletes with discounted dormitory housing for Friday & Saturday Nights or both!

Details:  Reservations should be made directly with Saratoga Rugby Club.

Contact Eric Huss for reservations & payments. Email:  Tel: 518-496-6662

Athlete Housing Reservations:

Rates: $55/night single occupancy rooms

Deadline: May 1st, 2016


Eric Huss – 54 Ash St Saratoga Springs NY 12866 Cell: 518-496-6662

Saratoga Rugby Club – PO Box 11 Saratoga Springs NY 12866

Saratoga Rugby Club Sponsors: Rugby Athletic, Sports PT, Kinetic Sports Medicine, Sierra Nevada, Berkshire Hathaway, Healthy Living, Ruck Science, Team RWB, Blondes vs. Brunettes


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