Nike Rugby Camps, Stanford University
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Join Stanford Director of Rugby, Josh Sutcliffe, for a world-class rugby camp at one of the finest academic and athletic institutions in the country. USA Rugby members are on hand to mentor players and offer young athletes a glimpse of what it takes to compete at the highest level.
We have designed and coordinated the finest rugby camp system in the nation, benefiting over 5,000 new and experienced players. This program is appropriate for athletes, ages 9 - 18, of all skill levels and participants are grouped according to experience level and age.
The Nike 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 collegiate coaches and 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 a 10:1 player to staff ratio
- Rugby themed evening activities including video analysis, nutrition seminars, training tips and much more
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Camp Director Josh Sutcliffe
Josh Sutcliffe is the current Director of Rugby at Stanford University. He served as an assistant coach for the women's team from 2005-2008.View Josh Sutcliffe's Bio ⟩
A native of Australia, Sutcliffe represented Australian Universities before moving to the USA. He continued to play domestically in the top club competitions and earned his international caps for the Philippine Volcanoes. While playing, Josh has held many different roles including working with USA Women’s Sevens Development Assistant Coach, UNCG Assistant Coach and Glendale Raptors Scrum Coach. He leaves his administrative role of Director of Coach Development with USA Rugby, where he focused on developing coaches at grass roots and elite levels.
Coach Richard Ashfield
Stanford Rugby welcomes Richard Ashfield as the program's new Assistant Coach in 2017. Ashfield joins the Cardinal after many years in the northeast including stints with Beantown Women’sView Richard Ashfield's Bio ⟩
Stanford Rugby welcomes Richard Ashfield as the program's new Assistant Coach in 2017. Ashfield joins the Cardinal after many years in the northeast including stints with Beantown Women’s Rugby and Boston Irish Wolfhounds. He will bring his experience and knowledge to The Farm as an integral member of the coaching staff for both teams.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Ashfield started as Ulster & Ireland Rugby Football Union development officer after a childhood of playing experience. He arrived in Providence to play for three months and continues to grow rugby in the USA fifteen years later. In addition to coaching at the club level, Ashfield will continue as the skills coach for the USA Rugby Women’s National Team as they prepare for the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017.
Ashfield has experienced coaching success at The Farm, as Providence College won the 2005 USA Rugby Women’s Collegiate Division 2 National Championship held at Steuber Rugby Stadium. After a successful seven year stint, he moved to coach senior women’s rugby at Beantown Women’s Rugby Club. Ashfield joined the Boston based club as it continued to be perennial contender in Women’s Premier League and Women’s Division 1. An active member of the community, Ashfield helped as the Assistant Coach of the Brown University Men’s team 2009-10. Throughout his time as a player with Providence Men’s Rugby Club, he took on the challenges of player-coach from 2001-10.
Staff Team USA Players
Each Nike Rugby Camp will have current and former members of the rugby national team on staff.View Team USA Players's Bio ⟩
Each Nike Rugby Camp will have current and former members of the rugby national team 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 fun evening activities. Josh Sutcliffe 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.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 (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
Please see the registration packet for check-in/check-out details.
Please note there will be no early arrivals, as dormitory accommodation is not available the night before camp starts.
Nike 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.
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.
This camp is open to any and all entrants.
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
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.
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Our Club Boys Love this Camp!
"A great camp and experience for our players. They all plan on coming back again next year. The coaching staff assembled was outstanding and the nutrition training really helped and has made a lasting impact on the boys. The boys are even more enthusiastic about rugby after the camp. Great Job!"
— Rain F. Coach
"The camp was really fun! I enjoyed college information night. The coaches were super inspirational and really helped me take my game to a new level. I had a great time and can't wait to do it again."
— Asher L. Camper
"From the photos, it looks like our 7 Lady Cavaliers are doing well at NIKE camp this week. Thanks for giving our girls the opportunity to participate this week. Not only will it improve their rugby, as six are now seniors, the time at Stanford will hopefully encourage them to think about their futures in college."
— Richard R. Coach
My son loves the sport more than ever!
"Great Positive coaching especially for the younger kids who are newer to the sport. My son had a fantastic time and has already decided he's going back again next year!"
— Mullarkey F. Parent
"My son is very athletic, but he didn't feel like he had found his sport, that is.... until he found Rugby! Through rugby, he has had great playing opportunities, made good friends, become a true team player and he is more motivated than ever to work hard and learn everything he can about this rapidly growing sport. This camp really meant the world to him! Thank you Elite and thank you to all the incredible coaches."
— Linda P. Parent
Learned a Ton!
"I was nervous going into camp since I didn't have much rugby experience. The coaches taught me the fundamentals, proper passing and tacking technique and match play stratgies. I improved everyday. When camp ended I continued playing with some of the guys I met at camp. I am excited to attend again in 2013."
— Conrad J. Camper
My Son loves this camp!
"Simply put, This camp is the beacon that lights our world for our son!"
— Mary E.