USA Rugby preps annual Summit

BOULDER, Colo. – As a precursor to the major National Team events that will take place across the United States in the next month, USA Rugby is gearing up for the 2013 National Development Summit, to take place in Costa Mesa, Calif. The summit, featuring coaches, referees, and administrators, will be hosted by the South Coast Plaza Westin from January 18-20.

The National Development Summit is the leading conference for everything in rugby development at all levels. Kurt Weaver, youth development director at USA Rugby, believes it is an invaluable asset for all in the development of rugby in the U.S.

"Conferences are a great place for the greater rugby community to meet, share information, and learn from the cutting-edge thinkers in the game today," Weaver said. "A sport like rugby is always changing and updating itself and staying fresh in the game is made easier by attending these types of events."

The three-day event will utilize hands-on sessions and practical clinics to present the top methods to grow and teach the game of rugby for all age groups.

"Development is not just about youth rugby," Weaver continued. "It is about improving the game and its operations at all levels."

Special guests include Men's Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin, Women's Eagles Head Coach Pete Steinberg, and Richard Every, national panel referee manager. Andre Watson, two-time Rugby World Cup Final referee, will also speak during the summit.

"We are lucky to have our Eagles and National Team coaches in attendance to share their knowledge and meet the greater membership of USA Rugby," Weaver said.

With more than 200 attendees expected at the conference, patrons will have the opportunity to learn from the best and network with peers in an exclusive environment. The Olympic Eagles will also be on hand in a special session, and all in attendance will have the opportunity to take pictures and get autographs from the players that will represent the U.S. in the first Olympic Games to include rugby since 1924.

The one-of-a-kind summit is still open to registration. Please visit the 2013 USA Rugby National Development Summit official web site for more information.