Nike Rugby Camps, Sam Houston State University Huntsville, Texas
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Camp Director and Regis High School Rugby Coach, Gary Holub, invites players of all abilities to Nike Rugby Camp in Texas this summer for an unforgettable experience. Receive elite training on every facet of the game from some of the best coaches and players in the country. Campers reside in dorms on campus and participate in all rugby activities at Sam Houston's athletic facilities.
Nike Rugby Camps has designed and coordinated the finest rugby camp system in the nation, benefiting over 5,000 new and experienced players. Nike Rugby Camp at Sam Houston State 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 professional 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
- Rugby themed evening activities including video analysis, nutrition seminars, training tips and much more
- Individualized player assessments
Gary Holub is a longtime rugby coach and educator. An alumnus of Sam Houston State, Coach Holub was inducted to the Sam Houston Rugby Hall of Fame and was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Gary has been the Athletic Director at the Regis School in Houston since 1999 and is the head coach of the rugby team. Regis has won eight consecutive Catholic School titles under Coach Holub's tutelage.
Founder of Elite Rugby Camps, Ethan Willis has mentored and coached over 5,000 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. 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.
Team USA Players
Each Nike Rugby Camp will have current and former members of USA Rugby on staff
Nike 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 match play. With outstanding coaches on staff, camp participants can leave 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 Sam Houston campus.
Check-In and Check-Out
Check-in will take place between 1:00 and 2:00pm on the first day of camp. Check-out will take place at 1:00pm on the last day of camp.
Overnight Campers: We offer a $30 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 lives 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 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 Training Session: catch and pass technique, defensive structure, tackle technique
- 11:00am Touch Rugby/Scrimmage
- Noon Lunch
- 1:00pm Training Session: position specific training; forwards and backs
- 3:00pm Touch Rugby/Scrimmage
- 5:30pm Dinner
- 7:00pm Exercise and Science Training
- 9:00pm Film sessions and evening activities
- 10:30pm Lights out in dorms