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Double Tree Hotel by Hilton 
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento, CA 95815

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Northern California Youth Rugby Association 

Northern California Rugby Summit on the Game - June 20th to June 21st, 2014

The Northern California Youth Rugby Association in conjunction with the Northern California Rugby Referee Society and Northern California Rugby Football Union are hosting a Summit on the Game - Presented by Canterbury. Similar to the USA Rugby National Development Summit, best practices and principals of Coaching, Refereeing and Administration will be discussed.

The Summit begins on Friday evening, June 20th at 6:00PM and will run until 9:00pm. The Summit will start back up again on Saturday morning at 9:00AM and go until Noon, leaving plenty of time to socialize before the 3:00PM Match Kickoff. The Summit will take place at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento, which is right across the street from Cal Expo, where the test match is being played. It is also where the USA Eagles will be staying, and the source of all things rugby that weekend.

As an added bonus, the first 75 people to register will also receive a FREE ticket to the USA vs. Canada Test Match on June 21st at the Cal Expo grounds (Sacramento Republic FC Stadium).

All USA Rugby Certified Coaches - USA Rugby has agreed to award 5 professional development credits to every coach in attendance! This will help go towards re-upping your Level 200 Coaching Certification for next year! All Coaches are required to complete 10 Professional Development Credits each year in order to not have to retake the Level 200 Certification Class each year.

Three tracks of emphasis will be offered: Coaching, Refereeing, and Administrative. The agenda for each track is as follows (subject to change; presenters, dates and times of each presentation TBD):


  • Coaching Players for Success in 7s - Ben Gollings - Former England 7s Captain
  • The Game of Sevens - Fitness Tips for Success - Steve Gray - Former US Eagle 7s
  • Coaching the Breakdown, Rucking Techniques Guaranteed to Succeed - Paul Keeler
  • Effective Utilization of the Lineout Maul in the Modern Game - Luke Gross - Former US Eagle
  • Coaching Front Row's on the New Engagement Cadence - Mike MacDonald - Former US Eagle
  • Effectively Coaching Dynamic Running, Field Vision, and Backline Play - Colin Hawley - Former US Eagle 15s and 7s
  • The Game as Seen Through the Eyes of a Referee - A Referee's Perspective - Paul Bretz


  • Concerns Specific to Youth - Dave Williamson
  • Scrums - Everything you have to know to be a great referee - Richard Every
  • Law Interpretation and Application - Paul Bretz
  • Pre tackle player awareness, recognition & anticipation - Mike Cobb
  • The Game as Seen Through the Eyes of a Coach - A Coaches Perspective - Paul Keeler


  • Fundraising at the Local Level - Mark Carney
  • Recruitment and Player Development - The Olympic Club Model - Ray Lehner - Former US Eagle
  • Creating a Positive Club Culture and Adopting Appropriate Sideline Behavior - A Parental Focus - Bill Herenda - Positive Coaching Alliance
  • 501c3 - A How To Guide to the Complexities - Roy Brewer
  • Integration of All Local Levels of Rugby, Utilizing an Online Platform - SportNgin
  • Registration Made Easy - A One Stop Shop - SportNgin

Keynote Speaker:

On Friday night from 8pm to 9pm, we will have a Key Note address from recent USA Rugby Hall of Fame inductee, Jack Clark. The topic will be "The Importance of a Team, and High Performance Teams".


We have negotiated a discounted room rate for Friday and Saturday night at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento where the Summit is taking place. Room rates are $99/night and can only be booked through this link. These rooms are reserved until May 31st after which they will be released back to the hotel, so make sure you book early!


The cost to attend is $60, which includes a free ticket to the game if you are one of the first 75 registrants.