Hosts announced for 2017 USA Rugby Academy National Assessment Camps

SEATTLE – Eight sites will host a USA Rugby Academy National Assessment Camp (NAC) this fall and are now accepting applications from interested athletes.

Each one-day NAC will provide participants with a hands-on introduction to high-performance rugby. Players of all groups, from youth and age-grade to college and senior club, are encouraged to apply. Playing experience is not requires; participants may be new to rugby or experiences, including cross-over athletes wanting to give rugby a try. NACs are open to men and women, with separate camps conducted at the same venue. Participants must be at least 15 years of age to be eligible to attend.

Those accepted to an NAC will participate in a series of general skills, basic testing, and rugby activities led by USA Rugby national program coaches. The camps also serve as an opportunity for players to demonstrate their rugby potential. Those who show well put themselves in a position to receive an invitation to a Regional Training Camp, Resident Camp, and/or upcoming national pathway event. Local coaches are welcome to attend to either observe or assist.

For further information, please see:

Staff will review and approve all applications and provide further information on acceptance to the camp.

2017 Venues

Day/Date Participants Host Location
Sunday, Sept. 3 Men & Women Memphis Inner-City Rugby Memphis, TN
Sunday, Sept. 17 Men & Women Eckerd College St. Petersburg, FL
Sunday, Oct. 8 Men & Women Dragon Rugby Club Greenville, WI
Sunday, Oct. 8 Men & Women Kansas University RFC Lawrence, KS
Sunday, Oct. 15 Men & Women Cincinnati Wolfhounds Fairfield, OH
Saturday, Nov. 4 Men & Women McClatchy Rugby Club Sacramento, CA
Saturday, Nov. 11 Men & Women Maui Rugby Wailuku, Maui, HI
Sunday, Nov. 12 Men & Women Kalihi Rugby Honolulu, Oahu, HI

To apply / to recommend a potential athlete:

(Note: Staff will notify all applicants of acceptance to the camp and provide further details.)

Participation fee: $50.00 (payable upon acceptance to the NAC).

Typical NAC Schedule:

0:00-1:15 Warm-up/Basic Testing

1:15-1:45 Multi-Directional & Spatial Awareness Games

1:45-2:30 Skill-Based Activities & Progressions

2:30-3:00 Break

3:00-3:45 Skill-Based Activities (positional)

Applications now being accepted for NAC venues in 2018:

For more information, please contact Atavus Director of Rugby Operations Emilie Bydwell (, USA Rugby High Performance Talent Identification & Database Manager JD Stephenson (, or USA Rugby Women’s National Team Pathway Manager Tam Breckenridge (