New alternate language offerings in Coaching, Referee courses

LAFAYETTE, Colo. - The USA Rugby Training & Education Department is excited to announce the first Samoan and Tongan language coaching and referee courses starting this summer to accompany the recent Spanish language courses offered last fall.

The addition of new courses in languages other than English is part of a larger inclusion effort to rein in the entire American rugby community with the support of local groups in each region. Translators will also be on hand at each event to facilitate communication.

"We have the resources to host these alternate language courses and are going to be reaching out to our entire USA Rugby community to let them know they are welcome and to bring them in for further involvement in the growth of the game," USA Rugby Director of Training & Education Kenneth Forehand said. "Local rugby entities should look at these options as a chance to develop new resources in their communities.

"More quality coaches and referees is something we all need as the game grows. We are ready to meet that growth with creative ways to engage anyone who wants to be involved in rugby in the United States."

The first Tongan language Level 1 Referee course will be held in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, June 24. A Tongan language Level 200 Coaching course and Samoan language Level 1 Referee course will follow in Jordan, Utah, Saturday, July 20.

Following the first Spanish language courses in 2016, Level 200 Coaching and Level 1 Referee courses for Spanish speakers return to the Training & Education calendar for summer 2017. During the Rugby Americas North "Superweek" between July 16-22 - final date to be announced later - those courses will be taught in Hialeah, Fla.

To register for any Coaching or Referee courses, visit the USA Rugby Course Calendar on USARugby.org. Please note registrations for all Level 200 coaching courses will close the Wednesday prior to the event date.

For more information or to find out how to host a future course, please contact Kenneth Forehand (kforehand@usarugby.org).