Nike Rugby Camp, Sam Houston State University
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Join The Regis School Head Coach, Gary Holub, this summer for an elite rugby camp experience in Texas. Overnight campers reside in dorms on campus at SHSU and all rugby activities take place on the outstanding varsity athletic facilities.
Nike Rugby Camp in Texas offers an overnight and day camp option. The overnight camp includes key fundamental drills, fun match play, meals, housing and evening activities. The day camp runs from 9:00am - 5:00pm (abbreviated schedule on first and last day) and includes rugby instruction, match play and lunch. Camp is open to boys only, ages 10-18, of all skill levels.
- Instruction from experienced coaches and college players
- Daily instruction and 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
- Healthy and positive learning environment to help every player get better
- Opportunity to experience a college environment at Sam Houston State
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Camp Director Gary Holub
Gary Holub brings over 20 years of playing and coaching experience to the Nike Rugby Camp in Texas. He currently serves as the Head Coach for The Regis School rugby program and was a Sam Houston State Rugby Hall of Fame Inductee in 2010.View Gary's Bio ⟩
In addition to his playing days at SHSU, Coach Holub won the DII National Championship with The Woodlands Men's Club in 2001. Holub also serves as a board member for the Houston Youth Rugby Association.
Coach Kenneth Hepburn
Kenneth is a former Sam Houston Rugby standout and currently plays for the Houston Sabercats professional team. He also serves as assistant instructor for the Nike Rugby Camp at Sam Houston State.View Kenneth's Bio ⟩
Began playing rugby at Sam Houston State University in 2001. Blessed enough to make the U19 USA Eagles in 2003 and play in the U19 World Cup. Continued to play high level Rugby making, collegiate men’s selects, western collegiate selects, Texas selects, Western Men’s Selects and playing internationally on the HSBC World Series with the Jamaican 7s team. Finally finishing my career by playing for the Houston Sabercats in the MLR this year.
Coach Christopher Slater
Christopher Slater plays for the Houston Sabercats MLR team and serves as assistant coach for the Nike Rugby Camps at Sam Houston State.View Christopher's Bio ⟩
Coach Chris started playing rugby at Sam Houston State University and, after his collegiate rugby tenure, he was recruited to play overseas in Canada and New Zealand. He now plays for the Houston Sabercats MLR team.
Coach Kirby Dorman
Kirby Dorman was 4-year standout for the Sam Houston Rugby Team and also played professionally in New Zealand. He serves as assistant coach for the Nike Rugby Camp at Sam Houston State University.View Kirby's Bio ⟩
4 year player at Sam Houston State
2 year Captain of Sam Houston State
2 time Forward of the Year Sam Houston State
2 time Most Valuable Player Sam Houston State
4 year Texas Select All Star selection
2 year Captain Texas Select All Stars
3 year Western All Star selection
1 year Captain Western All Stars
Spent one summer in Christchurch, New Zealand playing for the Sumner Wave
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 fun evening activities. Coaches Holub and his staff will creatively teach players how to capitalize on their individual strengths and become a more dynamic player.Show Less See More Camp Details
The overnight camp includes key fundamental drills, team strategies, match play, meals, housing and evening activities. The day camp (9:00am - 5:00pm) includes all rugby instruction and lunch. Day campers will be dropped off and picked up at the end of each day at the SHSU field.
Check-In and Check-Out
Check-in takes place on the first day from 1:00-2:00pm at Raven Village Residence Hall for all campers. Check-out occurs at Raven Village around 12:30pm on the last day following a brief closing ceremony.
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.
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 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 Wake up and breakfast
- 9:00am - 11:00am Training Session: catch and pass technique, defensive structure, tackle technique
- 11:00am - 11:45am Touch rugby/match simulation
- Noon - 1:00pm Lunch
- 1:00pm - 3:00pm Training session: position specific training; forwards and backs
- 3:00pm - 4:00pm Touch rugby/match simulation
- 5:00pm - 6:30pm Dinner
- 7:00pm - 10:00pm Evening activities
- 10:00pm Lights Out
Sam Houston State University
Sam Houston State University was founded in 1879 and is the third oldest public institution of higher learning in the State of Texas. It is located approximately 70 minutes north of downtown Houston, in Huntsville, Texas.
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