USA Rugby Referees’ 2015 High Performance Camps

USA Rugby Referees' High Performance Group has announced the attendees for three high performance referee camps being held this summer and fall. The goal of these camps is to provide referees the tools to develop into High Performance referees in the near future.

"Our referee zone managers, Mike Cobb and Marc Nelson, maintain comprehensive lists of all present, future, and probable High Performance referees," USA Rugby High Performance Referee Manager Richard Every said. "This ensures that the most promising officials are attending our camps and representing USA Rugby in the future, as referees and possibly as coaches, reviewers, and administrators down the road."

"We have had multiple high performance referee camps over the last year and a half, and the attendees have shown accelerated development," Cobb, USA Rugby Eastern Zone referee manager, said. "We are seeing great benefit to the referees and USA Rugby as a whole."

The upcoming camps will cover a full spectrum to assist HP referee development. The camps build on technical skills, such as the breakdown, set pieces, Laws, etc., guiding referees on how to approach all aspects with a deeper level of understanding. The camps will also include lessons on fitness, recovery, preparation, handling pressure, body language, and how to manage family, work, and rugby.

"The camps are always held in conjunction with international matches," Nelson, USA Rugby Western Zone referee manager, said. "This allows the participants to be exposed to international referees and the environment of international rugby."

The selected attendees are:

Sacramento, CA: 7/23-25USA vs Japan / Fiji vs Samoa
Joshua Pendergrass*Northern California
Lee BryantNorthern California
Tim LewNorthern California
Brett JohnsonPacific North
Carrissa Hsieh *Pacific North
Chad DouglasPacific North
Michelle O'BrienPacific North
Nick CutrellPacific North
Pat WickmanPacific North
Chris HuffRocky Mountain
John Neiss*Southern California
Joey Swatzell*Texas
Philadelphia, PA: 8/28-30USA vs Harlequins
Gavin McCandlessEastern Penn
Cisco LopezFlorida
Khalil Harrison*Florida
Brad Cole*Mid South
Amelia LucianoNew England
Emily HsiehNew England
Clayton Livley*Potomac
Jake StillPotomac
Mike O'Brien*Potomac
Nick TricaricoRocky Mountain
Dave EdwardsSoutheast
Brian KellyVirginia
Chicago, CA: 9/4-6USA vs Australia
John StevensCARFU
Matt McCandlessEastern Penn
James RodriquezMid South
Enrique Alvarez*Minnesota
Tim AndersonNew York
Zack Houston*Ohio
Rick Goldammer*Rocky Mountain
Steve Gore*Rocky Mountain
Evan KellySoutheast
Wendy YoungTexas
Cody KuxmannWisconsin
Trevor WilliamsWisconsin

*Financed by their LROs