Nike Elite Rugby Camps, Stanford University Palo Alto, California
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Join Stanford University Director of Rugby, Matt Sherman, for a world-class rugby camp at one of the finest academic and athletic institutions in the country. Members of USA Rugby are on hand to mentor players of all abilities and offer aspiring young athletes a glimpse of what it takes to compete at the highest level. Campers are housed on campus and train daily at Stanford’s own Steuber Rugby Stadium
Nike Elite Rugby Camps at Stanford is offering two gender-specific camps. The Stanford Girls Rugby Camp will be held from July 29 - Aug 1, 2013. The Stanford Boys Camp will be held from July 16 -19, 2013. ELITE has designed and coordinated the finest rugby camp system in the nation, benefiting over 5,000 new and experienced players. The Nike Elite Rugby Camp at Stanford University offers overnight and day camp options. The overnight camp includes key fundamental drills, fun match play, meals, housing and evening activities. 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 a 10:1 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!
Steuber Rugby Stadium is home to both the Stanford Men's and Women's Rugby teams. Stadium construction was completed in March 2003. The facility is named after the Steuber Family. The Doyle Family Rugby Clubhouse is located behind the bleacher overlooking the rugby field. The Clubhouse is used for pre and post game events and can also serve as a meeting space for the teams.Meet your coaching staff
Matt Sherman -Men's and Women's Camp Coach
Matt Sherman is currently the Stanford University Head Men’s and Women’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.Read Full Bio
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.
Ethan Willis -Men's and Women's Camp Coach
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. 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.
Colin Hawley -Men's Camp Coach
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 at Center and 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. 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.
Chris Biller -Men's Camp Coach
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.
Bisi Ibrahim -Women's Camp Coach
Bisi joined Stanford Women’s Rugby in 2009 and became an Assistant coach this year. In 2010, she played on the USA National Seven’s Squad for the Las Vegas Invitational Tournament and was named a USA Rugby All-American in 2012. She continues to work on her aspirations to join the USA Sevens team in full capacity for the 2016 Olympics.
Christina Nesberg -Women's Camp
Christina has played for the USA Women's National Team: 15s (11 caps) and 7s (4 caps). She has been an integral part of the Stanford coaching staff since 2007. Nesberg has also served on the Team USA coaching staff since 2012. Her favorite elements of this great game are tackling, teamwork, creativity, non-stop action and of course the fun!
In 2006, she played in the Women's Rugby World Cup and was also named on Goff as Rugby's Female Forward of the Year. She has been selected for a number of regional and national squads throughout her playing career. Tina started playing rugby at Northern Michigan University ('98-’99) and continued to play for the Scottsdale (’00-’02), the Colorado Springs (’02-’03), the Christchurch WRFC NZ (04’), and the Berkeley All-Blues (’04-’08).Tina currently teaches special education for the Palo Alto Unified School District.
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. Matt Sherman will share his national and international success both as a coach and as a player. Campers will 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 (8:00am - 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 Stanford University Rugby fields.
Check-In and Check-Out
Check-in takes place from 8:00am - 9:00am on the first day of camp. Meet at the Steuber Rugby Stadium, with your luggage. Come dressed ready to play as the first practice will start directly after check-in. After the first practice session overnight campers will check into the dorms. Check-out takes place at 1pm on the last day of camp at the Stueber Rugby Stadium. Parents are invited to watch a scrimmage and brief closing ceremony on the last day of camp before check-out. The scrimmage will start at 10:30am.
Please note there will be no early arrivals, as dormitory accommodation is not available the night before camp starts.
Nike Elite Rugby Camps do not provide transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into the San Francisco or San Jose Airport. For ground transportation, we recommend using California Airport Transportation at (831) 477-7000. The charge is about $75 each way and includes gratuity.
• Unaccompanied Minors: If you have a camper arriving by air who is deemed an “unaccompanied minor” by the airlines, please schedule a shuttle from the airport to camp through California Airport Transportation (831) 477-7000. They will meet the kids inside the airport and sign them out from the airlines. The charge is about $75 each way and includes gratuity.
• Let us know your plans! Please call 1-800-645-3226 two weeks prior to camp to provide camper’s flight and shuttle information so we know when to expect your child's arrival to camp.
Linens and A/C
Campers need to bring their own linens. Beds are twin size. There is no A/C in the dorms.
Nike Elite Rugby is offering a $30 dollar discount for each player when 5 or more players from the same team sign up for camp. To receive team discounts please call 1-800-645-3226. Please note: registering online will not offer the team discount option.
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.
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