USA Rugby National Assessment Camps Target Athletes Varying in Experience

May 8, 2017

USA Rugby National Assessment Camps Target Athletes Varying in Experience


USA Rugby Release: May 8, 2017

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – USA Rugby welcomes applications from individual teams or clubs, to local Unions or National Development Academies to host a one-day National Assessment Camp (NAC) in 2017.

The NACs are one-day, four-hour camps which are part of the USA Rugby Academy program in 15s and sevens at all levels, from youth and age-grade to college and senior club. These activities typically run four hours and are open to men and/or women ages 15 and older, including new and experienced players as well as cross-over athletes with no rugby experience.

Attendees who have been accepted to the NAC will participate in a series of general skills, basic testing, and activities. The NAC is an opportunity for players to demonstrate their rugby potential to High Performance staff. Those who show well put themselves in a position to receive an invitation to a Regional Training Camp, Resident camp, or upcoming national pathway event.

There is a minimum registration of 20 individuals for each NAC. USA Rugby will send staff from either/both the men’s and women’s national programs to lead the NACs. Applications to host an NAC solely for women, solely for men, or for both men and women (conducted separately at the same venue) will be accepted. Any profits generated from these events will be donated to the host club or organization in an effort to support local communities.

Local coaches are welcome to attend and assist. The NAC can be conducted on one field, grass or turf, lined for rugby. Posts are not required. An additional field or open area is useful but not necessary.

Typical Schedule (timeline can be adjusted to fit the availability of the venue).

0:00-1:00 – Warm-up/Basic Testing
1:00-1:45 – Multi-Directional & spatial awareness activities
1:45-2:45 – Skill-Based activities & progressions
2:45-3:15 – Break
3:15-4:00 – Skill-Based activities

If these criteria can be met and there is local interest to host an NAC please complete this short survey so the venue can be considered in our 2017 schedule:

The first NAC is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, at Seven Oaks Park in Columbia, S.C. To register for or refer an athlete to this event, please visit the registration links below.

Men’s South Carolina NAC registration >>

Women’s South Carolina NAC registration >>

For more information please contact Emilie Bydwell (, Director of Rugby Operations, Atavus; Dave Hodges (, General Manager Men’s 15s, USA Rugby; or Tam Breckenridge (, Women’s National Team Pathway Manager, USA Rugby.

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 Lafayette, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has more than 120,000 active members, with more than 40,000 playing collegiate rugby and 35,000 playing senior club rugby. 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 more than 30 national playoff and championship events each year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) would appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, in which both the men and women qualified. Visit www.usarugby.orgfor more information.

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