The Allied Rugby Conference, in conjunction with World Rugby Shop, is proud to announce that Breakdown/Defensive Specialist coach Eamon Hogan will be the lead instructor for the Spring 15’s Coaches Development camp. The camp is to be held the weekend of January 19th & 20th on the campus of Baylor University. Classroom sessions will be held in the Baylor Science Building with quick an easy access to the Baylor Rugby Pitch just in front of the building.
The camp is a continuation of the Player/Coach Development Series specifically designed to assist regional coaches with improvement. Allied Rugby Co-Executive Director Craig Coates is very excited about having a coach of Eamon’s caliber leading the camp. “Obviously this is an exciting opportunity for all coaches in the region. Eamon is a well-respected specialist coach in the area of the breakdown and defense. Considering the numerous law changes and intepretations recently implemented, this will give those in attendance a head start to the season.”
The camp will follow the same model as the Fall 7s clinic. Saturday will have open registration ($75.00 for non- ARC coaches- Registration below) for coaches and consist of a “coach the coaches” format that will include classroom instruction along with field demonstrations from 9 am until 5 pm. Registration will include lunch and a goody bag from World Rugby Shop. Instruction will be based around two primary components of the game: the breakdown and defense. According to Coates, the decision to have an entire camp dedicated to these 2 areas was an easy one; “I have been to many camps and clinics and rarely has enough time be dedicated to the breakdown and defense. The breakdown is easily the hardest area for players to learn, for coaches to coach and referees to manage. Eamon will provide participants with fundmental knowledge on how to learn, coach and manage the breakdown. There will be something for everyone at this camp.” The defensive portion of the camp will center around tackling, defensive patterns and how to teach both.Coates said, “Eamon has a wealth of experience across numeorus levels that will translate to anyone looking to improve in the area of defense.” Saturday will wind up with an evening social for all particpants.
Sunday will be reserved for ARC coaches and players only. This will provide member club coaches with instruction with their team and an opportunity to address team-specific issues. Co-Executive Director Johnny Smith feels Sunday is an important part of the overall development program; “Our member clubs had the foresight to set aside specific funds intended for nothing else but the development of coaches, players and referees across the region. For this investment, we feel it is important they get a little extra of our guest instructor’s time.”
Please feel free to contact Johnny Smith with any questions regarding the camp.