Nike Elite Rugby Camps, San Diego San Diego, California
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Join some of the finest rugby coaches and players this country has to offer at the Nike Elite Rugby Camp in San Diego this summer. Current and former members of Team USA provide “Elite Training” on virtually every facet of the game. Whether you’re a newcomer to the sport or an experienced player, Nike Elite Rugby Camps will provide you with the tools to take your game to the next level!
ELITE has designed and coordinated the finest rugby camp system in the nation, benefiting over 5,000 new and experienced players. Nike Elite Rugby Camp, San Diego offers overnight and day camp options. The overnight camp includes key fundamental drills, fun match play, meals, housing and evening activities. Campers reside in dorms on the beautiful campus of UCSD and all rugby activities take place at the Olympic Training Center. The day camp includes all rugby instruction, match play and lunch.
- Instruction from nationally recognized TEAM USA coaches and players on how to be successful on and off the rugby field
- Daily instruction and touch-rugby match simulation
- Skill-based group structuring to maximize the advantage for players of all ages and abilities
- Small Group sizes: approximately an 8:1 player to staff ratio
- A healthy and positive learning environment to help every player get better
- Opportunity to experience a college environment
- Individualized player assessments
- Team discounts available
- Motivational speeches from current and former players from the USA Rugby team
- Rugby themed evening activities including video analysis, nutrition seminars, training tips and much more
- The annual ELITE Olympics: a night of non-rugby games that culminates in the annual ELITE Olympic Champion!
The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista is the first USOC training center to be master-planned from the ground up and is dedicated to the development and performance of America’s future Olympic athletes. The Chula Vista Olympic Training Center is a year-round, warm-weather facility in Chula Vista, California. It officially opened in June 1995 to benefit thousands of Olympic hopefuls, and to also serve local youth and citizens nationwide.Meet your coaching staff
Hawley is a current USA XV’s and 7’s star player. He played for the USA Eagles National Team in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, at Wing. Hawley began his illustrious national rugby career while he was still in college. Hawley played Center/Fullback for the University of California Golden Bears. While at Cal, Hawley was named to the Collegiate All-Americans (2007–2010) as well as the team MVP (2007). Hawley culminated his collegiate career when he led his team to an NCAA Rugby National Championship in 2010. During this tournament he was selected to the prestigious All-Tournament Team.Read Full Bio
Hawley has played with the US National Sevens team in several international tournaments, including the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, as well as the Churchill Cup in England. Hawley graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 with a degree in Political Science.
Founder of ELITE Rugby Camps, Ethan Willis has mentored and coached over 5000 young aspiring Rugby players. Willis has played a major role in the current explosion of Rugby onto the USA sporting scene. Ethan’s players have gained numerous accolades in the sport of rugby, but more importantly have left camp with an understanding of how to become successful on and off the rugby field. Willis believes in emphasizing the correct fundamentals of each facet of rugby.Read Full Bio
Ethan currently plays rugby for the infamous Old Mission Beach Athletic Club in San Diego. Willis is a life long educator, graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in education. He continually attends coaching clinics domestically and abroad to stay updated on the continually changing game.
Matt Sherman is currently the Stanford University Head Men’s and Woman’s Rugby Coach. Sherman’s impressive resume boasts coaching positions with USA Rugby U-18 Junior National Team, USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans, USA Rugby Senior National Team, as well as the Olympic Club 7's. As a player Sherman attended Cal (‘03) where he won four national championships and was a three time All-American rugby player as a fly-half. Sherman went on to play for the USA National Team and played in the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
In 2012 Matt guided the Stanford Women's Rugby team to a 2nd place finish in the Division I National tournament. Prior to accepting the head coach role at Stanford, Sherman was the Backs Coach for the USA Men's team in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Sherman has played on the international rugby scene in Randwick, Australia and at Oxford University in the UK. Matt is a Bay Area native, raised in Piedmont, California.
A five time All-American at the University of California-Berkeley, Chris Biller is a consisitent starter for the USA team. Biller was the starting hooker in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He has won 16 caps during his career. Chris made his debut for Team USA in a match versus Ireland in May 2009, in which he scored a try. Prior to representing team USA, Biller became a 5 time collegiate All-American playing for the California Golden Bears.
Chris Biller went on to compete for the Francisco Golden Gate squad after college. Chris has played professionally for Bath Rugby and the Northampton Saints in Europe. He was born on the 10th of October 1985 in Concord, California.
Ian Denham began playing competitive rugby at 12 years old in his hometown of Dublin,Ireland. Ian represented three time Heineken cup champions Leinster at schools, underage and collegiate levels. A keen sevens player Ian has played on many invitational teams throughout the international circuit, earning a bronze medal at the European collegiate championships with Ireland. Ian is currently a San Diego resident playing with OMBAC.
Orin is the strength and conditioning coach for ELITE in San Diego. Catrett is currently the Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach with San Diego State University. An avid rugby player, Orin was selected as an honorable mention Collegiate All American and named to numerous Southern California Collegiate All Star sides. Orin is committed to continuing his education and after finalizing his masters degreee in kinesology and excercise science, Orin plans to persue a doctorate degree.
Alex Lichtig started his rugby career at San Diego State University. Alex was a Southern California Collegiate All-Star and Collegiate All-American honorable mention. After San Diego State, Alex honed his rugby attacking skills playing Premier Level rugby in the North Harbour province of New Zealand.
Alex coached the 2009 collegiate all-star champions and was an assistant coach with Matt Sherman at San Diego State. Alex is committed to developing today’s youth players into the elite players of the future, while having fun every step of the way.
Chris Clever brings 17 years of playing experience at the highest level in the US to the Elite Camp. Chris was a member of the Jr. National team, and an All –American. He has won multiple national championships both at the collegiate and senior men's level. He has played at the highest level of rugby on 6 of the 7 continents around the world.
Chris' international experience also includes playing for Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He has received coaching certifications through the ‘Community Rugby’ program from the RFU in England. Coach Clever has been coaching with ELITE since 2009.
Team USA Players
Each Elite Camp will have current and former members of USA Rugby on staff
Nike Elite Rugby Camps offer players the individualized coaching needed to improve their skill-set and gain a deeper understanding of the game. Our curriculum is the perfect blend of expert coaching, constructive drills, and fun evening activities. With two outstanding coaches in Ethan Willis and Matt Sherman, players can leave at the end of the week with a greater confidence and passion for the game.
The overnight camp includes key fundamental drills, team strategies, match play, meals, housing and evening activities. The day camp (9:00am - 4:00pm) includes all rugby instruction and lunch. Day campers will be dropped off and picked up at the end of each day at the Olympic Training Center.
Check-In and Check-Out
Check-in will take place between 8:00am and 9:00am on the first day of camp. Check-out will take place at 1:00pm on the last day of camp.
Campers may arrive early and stay in the dorms the night before camp starts. The early arrival fee is $150 per camper (includes dinner). To add an early arrival please call (415) 451 2210.
Linens and A/C
Linens will be provided in the dormitories. Campers need to bring their own towels. There is no A/C in the dorms.
Overnight Campers: Elite is offering a $40 per player discount for five or more team members from the same team/club. Day Campers: $20 per player discount for five or more team members from the same team/club. Please call 800-645-3226 and register by phone to receive the discount.
Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
Nike Elite Rugby Camps does not provide transportation to and from airports, bus depots or train stations. The packet we send to registered campers in the spring offers suggestions on shuttle services for each specific camp.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the spring.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30am Breakfast
- 8:30am - 11:00am Training Session: catch and pass technique, defensive structure, tackle technique
- 11:00am - 11:45am Touch Rugby/Scrimmage
- Noon - 1:00pm Lunch
- 1:00pm - 3:00pm Training Session: position specific training; forwards and backs
- 3:00pm - 4:00pm Touch Rugby/Scrimmage
- 5:00pm - 6:30pm Dinner
- 7:00pm - 8:30pm Exercise and Science Training
- 9:00pm - 10:00pm Film Session, Evening activities
- 10:00pm Lights Out