SoCal Rugby Camps are excited to announce that Carlin Isles and Perry Baker have both confirmed their availability to appear at our San Diego Youth Rugby Camp which will run from July 18 - 21 at the University of San Diego.
Carlin Isles burst onto the world rugby scene in 2012 with his inclusion in the USA Eagles set up, and quickly became regarded as "the fastest man in rugby". The former track athlete, with a Personal Best time of 10.13 for the 100m, has already played in 22 HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments for the United States, scoring 57 tries.
Perry Baker (aka Speedstick) is a more recent addition to the USA Eagles 7s team, but has already proven himself to be one of the MVPs of the squad. He has quickly developed a knack for rugby, possessing all the skills required to be successful in the sport, and not just blistering speed.
The USA Eagles 7s dynamic duo head a top class list of players and coaches who will be attending our camp.
Other sleek sensations on the list are:
Nate Augspurger (USA Men's 7s & 15s)
Ian Carpenter (Pro Rugby - San Diego Breakers)
Hannah Lockwood (USA Women's 15s)
Phil MacKenzie (Canada Men's 7s & 15s)
Ryan Matyas (USA Men's 7s & 15s)
Thretton Palamo (USA Men's 7s & 15s)
Charlie Purdon (Pro Rugby - San Diego Breakers)
Andrew Suniula (USA Men's 15s)
Joe Taufete'e (USA Men's 15s)
It's not too late to sign up and be a part of this amazing experience, and learn from the best while making new friends and having loads of fun. Just register below, and we look forward to seeing you at the University of San Diego from July 18-21!
As you all may or may not know by now, our summer camps are typically open to ages 8 - 18, or in youth rugby terms, u10 - u18, which is quite a spread of ages you might be thinking.
So you may also be wondering how the camp program is run with such diverse ages coming together in one camp...
Coach Dallen and myself have formulated the camp into two programs, grouping the ages u10 - u14 into one (Cubs), and u16 - u18 into another (Grizzlies) which we are also considering as our Talent Identification Program.
The Cubs group is typically broken into further groups depending on size and ability, and has more emphasis on general skill development and team work, with plenty of game play which is all non - contact.
The Grizzlies has more of a high performance element, with more specific rugby skill development, game understanding, and positional play which may have some contact situations.
We have dedicated and experienced coaches assigned to certain groups within the Cubs and Grizzlies programs according to their ability to coach and communicate with those specific age groups and level of rugby experience.
So whether the attendees are in elementary school or graduating from High School, new to the game or All Americans, SoCal Rugby Camps will develop the skills and character of each and every camper.
While much of America used the Memorial Day Long Weekend to relax, get drunk or visit friends and family out of town, myself and Dallen continued our efforts of giving back to rugby, but this time... from the commentary booth.
I’ve had the pleasure of calling 7s rugby with my charismatic business partner once before at last year’s club National championships in Seattle, this time being reunited to cover the College 7s National Championships in Cary, North Carolina.
It was an exciting, yet exhausting 3 days with a jam packed schedule featuring over 60 teams across 4 divisions for both Men and Women.
The “talent roster” had us bouncing around all 3 fields like a crazy kangaroo and mixing up commentating partners such as Katie Wurst from First 15 Sport Performance and Brian Vizard from The US Rugby Foundation.
USA Rugby teamed up with Patrick Guthrie’s production crew to broadcast 165 matches, all of which can be viewed on The Rugby Channel.
Dallen cracked me up constantly with his trademark one liners, my favorite being “ Mara Maus with the ball now...she’s been rather quiet today”
I must admit, it was quite satisfying to see one of my chirps being enjoyed by others too...(go to 2:00 on match clock)
In case you weren’t watching, Saint Mary’s College were crowned Men’s D1 National Champions, while Minnesota Duluth took home the DII cup. The women’s bracket provided some scintillating action, with Life University winning D1 and Davenport claiming DII’s main prize.
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend, and an enjoyable way to see so much talent on display at the tournament, especially in the women’s programs, which have made huge advances in recent years. It was certainly a promising sign for the future of rugby in America. I also learnt a bunch from the media maestro himself, Dallen Stanford, and I’m pretty sure he enjoyed shredding...I mean working with me too.
Match winning legend and all round nice guy Charlie Purdon will take a break from his rigorous schedule with the San Diego Pro rugby team to join us as a guest coach at our San Diego Camp this summer.
South African born Purdon spent only one season with Santa Monica Dolphins in the Pacific Rugby Premiership competition before Pro Rugby North America snapped him up and added him to their player list as scrum half.
After returning from a serious knee injury, Purdon has continued to impress on the Pro Rugby scene with his team who are now 3-1-0 at the time of this post, being voted MVP of their first game against Sacramento, and then producing a match winning try against Ohio last week.
Purdon will offer his expertise at some stage during the 4 day San Diego Camp, with extra focus on passing skills and an added element for scrum half play. Charlie is just one of many expert coaches and top level players who will feature at our camp. Stay tuned to find out who they are, but don't wait until then to sign up, as our early bird special ends soon!
Every team needs training equipment. The more we travel around to coach at various Youth Rugby Clubs and High Schools, the more we notice either tired, old training equipment or a lack of decent training equipment all together!
The investment in rugby equipment can be expensive, especially when it needs to be replaced often due to wear and tear, or mysterious disappearances during the course of the season.
This is why we at SoCal Camps have created a rewards initiative which offers clubs and schools the opportunity to earn credits which can be used to purchase high quality rugby training equipment from the best in the business - Canterbury North America.
It's simple. The more campers a club or school sends to our San Diego camp, the more credits they earn which can be used to purchase brand new kit. Now is the time to sign up your school or youth club teams for camp and take advantage of our Early Bird Specials and new rewards initiative.
The Women’s Sevens World Series in Atlanta this past weekend was such a brilliant event – and despite fairly low attendance figures – this could be one of the highlights of the rugby calendar in the next few years.
The USA Eagles delivered an inspired performance, defeating New Zealand doing pool play, then winning the Plate Final on Day 2!
I was fortunate to catch some of these USA sleek sensations after the various matches with some thoughts on their performances and the #Atlanta7s:
The Women’s Series is gathering fantastic momentum around the world, with 5 stops including: Dubai, Sao Paulo, Atlanta, Langford (16-17 April) and Clermont-Ferrand (28-29 May). The skill level on display was the best I have ever witnessed – especially the two semi final matches, 3rd place and Cup final!
Rugby embodies so many beautiful values, which were again evident on and off the field this past weekend. I spoke with New Zealand star Portia Woodman, Australia’s captain Shannon Parry and tournament MVP Emma Tonegato - with all of them loving the fact that we have established SoCal Rugby Camps as a way to continue the development pathway of youngsters enjoying and excelling at this magical game.
On the commentating side of things, it was a huge honor to work alongside these legends over the weekend:
Scott Hastings - British & Irish Lions in 1989 & 1993, Scotland XVs with 65 caps
Sue Day – England XVs with 59 caps and England 7s including RWC 2009
Hugh Cahill – Legendary Irish rugby commentator
Watch some of the action which was “busier than Donald Trump’s hair” plus a few other one-liners that went down like a homesick mole!
I also did the honor of drawing the winner of our 2nd Raffle Draw for the prize of a free spot on our San Diego Camp, with the help of the International Women's Sevens Top points scorer. But I think I'll keep you in suspense and reveal the winner in our next post later this week, so stay tuned...
All the best to the teams at the Langford 7s in Canada this weekend!
We received the honor and pleasure of being invited down to the Institute Of Rugby (IOR) in Carlsbad this past Sunday as guest coaches for their athletes aged 11 - 16.
The IOR is one of American Rugby's newest, and Southern California's leading high performance youth development programs spearheaded by Former USA 7s Captain and Coach Matt Hawkins, and current USA Eagle Hannah Lockwood.
Running out of a world class facility which is also the Headquarters of Sports Science specialists EXOS and sports training equipment brand SKLZ, IOR currently runs Sunday sessions which provide youth rugby players with the tools to develop their game further and prepare them for high level rugby as their rugby careers progress.
The day started with an intro to the 11 - 13 age group in the classroom, then a field session on the mini artificial turf field on site which included some skill development and games.
We then repeated the cycle with the 14 - 16 age group, with plenty of fun and laughter on the menu, especially with Dallen stepping in on occasions to show the youngsters that he still possessed his famous goose step.
This was a great opportunity to introduce our coaching methods and style to these future champions leading up to our San Diego Camp from July 18-21.
It was a youth rugby extravaganza this past Saturday as the Spartan Youth Rugby Club hosted a regional All - Star tournament for ages u12 and u14 in Poway under glorious blue skies and sunshine.
With Dallen away on commentating duties, I took the opportunity to pop down and show some support while also informing some parents and kids on the exciting details of our upcoming San Diego Camp.
It was a great turn out and some fantastic rugby was played. It was also a pleasure to meet some of the players of the new San Diego Pro rugby team who also turned up to show their support and sign some autographs.
The gorgeous Laura Elizabeth also turned up, excited to be SoCal Rugby Camps' mascot for the day.
Entries were collected for another prize raffle for the chance to win a free place on our San Diego Camp. To keep the tradition going, the winner will be drawn at the Women's USA Sevens tournament in Atlanta in two weeks time.
We've been gathering entries over the last few weeks both face to face at various events and also online, for our raffle draw with the chance for some lucky little rugga to attend one of our Summer Camps for free!
Well, the big moment arrived over the weekend at this year's USA 7s event in Las Vegas when the winner was revealed...
But in true SoCal camps fashion, we couldn't just draw the winner any old boring way. Instead, we entrusted a very special guest with the duty of drawing the name out of the hat (or half of a hollowed out rugby ball).
At the conclusion of the tournament final, Dallen was able to grab the unsuspecting Fijian star Jasa Verenalua, fresh off the filed with the winner's medal draped around his neck and bestow upon him the honor of choosing our lucky prize winner.
And that winner is of course - Clark Eddy, who will be sending his boy Miles Eddy to one of camps!
Congratulations both of you, and see you at camp!!