Nike Legion Rugby Camps, San Diego
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Join some of the most dedicated rugby coaches and players this country has to offer at our youth rugby camp in San Diego, CA. Our experienced staff of current and former professional and national team players provides top-notch training for seasoned and new players alike. New in 2019, Nike Rugby Camps is joining forces with San Diego Legion to provide our campers the chance to train with some of the nation's top rugby talent. Led by veteran Nike Camp Director, Ethan Willis, and Legion Academy Director, Zack Test, players will receive hands-on instruction on all facets of the game in a fun learning environment.
Nike Rugby Camps has designed and coordinated the finest rugby camp system in the nation, benefiting over players of all ages and skill levels. The Nike Legion Rugby Camp in San Diego offers overnight and day camp options for boys. The overnight camp includes key fundamental drills, fun match play, meals, housing and evening activities. Campers reside in dorms on the beautiful campus of University of San Diego and all rugby activities take place at USD athletic fields. The day camp (9:00am - 4:00pm) includes all rugby instruction, match play and lunch. The boys camps are split up into two groups, youth and high school, to provide a tailored experience to each age level.
New in 2019, Nike Rugby Camps is proud to offer a new camp for girls, ages 10-18. This camp runs from 9:00am-4:00pm each day and includes instruction on all facets of the game for girls of all skill levels.
San Diego Legion Pre-Match Clinics
The Nike Rugby Camps staff are hosting two-hour clinics before three San Diego Legion professional matches in spring. Each player will have the opportunity to train on-site at University of San Diego with our veteran Nike Camp coaches prior to the game. Each camper will receive a Nike Legion Rugby Camp t-shirt and free admission to the game following the clinic. Game tickets are limited to one per camper.
- Instruction from San Diego Legion player coaches and nationally recognized Team USA players on how to be successful on and off the rugby field
- 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
- Opportunity to experience a college environment at University of San Diego (overnight program)
- Motivational speeches from current and former professional players
- Rugby themed evening activities including video analysis, nutrition seminars, training tips and much more
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Co-Director Ethan Willis
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.View Ethan Willis's Bio ⟩
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.
Co-Director Ian Denham
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.View Ian Denham's Bio ⟩
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.
Academy Director Zack Test
Zack Test serves as Academy Director and Backs Coach for San Diego Legion and will assist in leading the Nike Legion Rugby Camps in San Diego.View Zack's Bio ⟩
Zack started his rugby career at High School in the Bay Area. After taking his team to a California state title, Zack switched his focused to his grassroots game of Football. He accepted the offer from University of Oregon Football program. After redshirting his freshmen year, Zack got the rugby itch again after playing in the U20 world cup in Wales. He attended Loughborough University in England on a rugby scholarship. Test begin his sevens career for the USA at age 18. Played in a 7’s world cup, 15’s world cup and was apart of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Team USA rugby team. Currently, the leading try scorer in USA 7’s history and the leading appearances in history. Test’s career came to a screeching hult when he endurered a serious brain injury during a test match against Uruguay. He has since fully recovered and began his coaching career with HS So Cal Griffins, the 2017 Gold Medal winning Maccabiah rugby team and head coach of the SDSU’s 7’s team.
Staff National Team Players
Each Nike Camp will have current and former USA players and coaches on staff.View National Team Players's Bio ⟩
Each Nike Camp will have current and former USA players and coaches on staff.
Nike Rugby Camp offers 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. Ethan Willis has developed a curriculum to suit players of all skill levels and each participant can leave at the end of the week with a greater confidence and passion for the game.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-4:00pm) includes all rugby instruction and lunch. Day campers will be dropped off and picked up at the end of each day at USD.
Check-In and Check-Out
Please see the registration packet for check-in/check-out details.
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 (800) 645-3226.
Linens and A/C
Linens are NOT provided in the dormitories. There is no A/C in the dorms.
Overnight Campers: we are offering 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 Breakfast
- 8:30am - 11:00am Training Session: catch and pass technique, defensive structure, tackle technique
- 11:00am - 11:45am Rugby/Scrimmage
- Noon - 1:00pm Lunch
- 1:00pm - 3:00pm Training Session: position specific training; forwards and backs
- 3:00pm - 4:00pm 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
University of San Diego
The University of San Diego is located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The campus is renowned for its beauty, and features Spanish Renaissance-inspired architecture. All rugby activities take place on campus at the Valley and Manchester Fields.
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My son has found HIS sport! !
“My son is not a very vocal person, but since returning from your camp, he has not stopped talking about rugby and his passion to be a role model for other kids at his school, so they will want to play rugby as well."
— Alice L. Parent
Playing Rugby in College
"Amazing camp! I really valued the information my son recieved on applying to colleges and the scholarship information. They had a fantastic time and thought the training was very beneficial and plan to attend next year. We are big supporters of Elite and Ethan, and will for sure continue to tell others about the camp. Thank you for a wonderful camp experience!"
— Paul R. Parent
Great Camp, Great Coaches!
"Great camp, great coaches! As a parent who plays rugby I have always been impressed with the four camps we have attended. Ethan does a fab job and we have sent both boys to this camp since the very first year. Ontop of improving in his game, he had a fantastic time hanging out with his fellow teammates and making new friends."
— Wesley F. Parent
First Camp a Success!
"First Nike Rugby Camp for my son Jack and it was very positive and exactly what he needed. Just started Rugby this summer and he is more than excited for his first regular season this Fall. Look forward to Nike Camp next summer!"
— William F. Parent
Can't wait for Next Year!
”I just wanted to thank you, my children enjoyed the camp tremendously! They had a great time, and liked it so much that they would like to return next year.”
— Adelina M. Parent
"I posted to my players that the biggest thing I noticed at your camp was that it doesn't matter how athletic you are, attending the Elite Rugby Camp boosts a youth player's knowledge and ability for the future. Kids can become better at one of your camps than playing years with their current coaches. I'm grateful that our coaches are Elite Trained and are now able to provide so many more opportunities to our boys! THANKS ELITE RUGBY CAMP USA!"
— Burke R. Coach