Domestic and international student-athletes continue to connect, develop and grow
July 6, 2015 — Hanover, NH: Over one hundred student-athletes returned home from US Collegiate Development’s Boys Showcase Camp last Wednesday, bringing the camp’s 2015 iteration to a close.
Hosted at Dartmouth College from June 28th to July 1st, four days of skill-building games, drills, tactical talks and academic sessions culminated in a final scrimmage at Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse, one of the country’s finest rugby facilities.
Sold out for the second consecutive year, the US Collegiate Development Boys Showcase Camp continues to draw aspiring collegiate rugby players from across the United States and the globe. This year’s international campers hailed from Argentina, Canada, England, France, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.
"The international coaches and players made the USCD camp a really great experience because they taught and played rugby in a different way than what I see at my club team,” said Luke Bienstock, a High School All-American wing and rising senior at Greenwich High School. “The rugby pitches, indoor field, and clubhouse [at Dartmouth] were amazing, and unlike anything I've seen at any [other] college program I've visited."
Using cutting-edge training methods and the latest equipment from Rhino Rugby, US Collegiate Development campers developed their rugby skills, fitness and IQ under coaches from America’s top academic and rugby-playing universities. This year's Royall Rugby Coaching Ambassadors included former internationals, retired professional players, and scouts and coaches from the Men’s Collegiate All-American staff.
"I was really impressed by how many great coaches attended the USCD camp,” added Bienstock. "They all brought different perspectives to the game and really advanced my knowledge of rugby."
That admiration ran along a two-way street, according to US Collegiate Development coach Gavin Hickie.
“The whole USCD staff was really pleased with the rugby skills and acumen our athletes brought to camp, but we were even more impressed by the growth they exhibited here,” said Hickie, who is also head coach for the Collegiate All-Americans and Dartmouth College. “It was phenomenal to see how the campers’ confidence in their abilities grew by leaps and bounds in just four short days, and I certainly anticipate seeing many USCD alumni succeed at the collegiate level and beyond.”
Returning for 2015 was an array of top-up skill clinics, held before and after the main camp. Held in conjunction with partners including UR7s.com, Lineout Coach, Halfback Academy, and Jakl Academy, the clinics offered additional opportunities for campers to build on position-specific skills and techniques.
Student-athletes’ preparation for on-field success was followed by daily academic sessions courtesy of The Rugger’s Edge, the leading college athletic advisor for high school rugby players. During sessions led by Kitt Wagner Ruiz, a career educator and former US international, campers learned about finding the right university, standardized testing, and other facets of the college admissions process.
"Kitt was energetic and very open to our questions,” remarked Miles Kim, a inside center and rising senior at Piedmont High School (CA). "The academic sessions were helpful as a reminder of how intensive the college recruitment process is, and how much work you have to put into it.”
“It was a tremendously successful camp, and we’re very grateful to our partners Royall Rugby and Rhino Rugby USA for their essential role in enabling that success,” said Hickie. “We would also like to thank The Rugger’s Edge, Halfback Academy, Jakl Academy and the gentlemen at UR7s.com for their contributions this year, as well as all of the visiting coaches.”
With two consecutive sold-out camps and numerous graduates admitted to top universities, US Collegiate Development continues to pursue its goal of connecting committed athletes to collegiate coaches. Details of next year’s camp and skill clinics will be announced at a later date.