Glendale Rugby Plans Second Annual Coaching Clinic

by | Apr 11, 2019 | News

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In an effort to further develop area coaches and clubs, Glendale Rugby has announced its second annual Coaching Clinic scheduled for May 3-5 at Infinity Park.

“I am so excited to see this is a consistent and repeated effort by Glendale,” said last year’s clinic attendee, Alexis Alfaro, administrator and assistant coach of the Kansas Jayhawks Rugby Football Club. “The KU Rugby Coaching Staff received immense value from being a part of this last year and would love to continue to participate. As a coach and a referee, I found your clinic valuable and helpful with both disciplines. Personally, I think learning the latest coaching techniques, at the top professional level, can enhance a referee’s perspective to help officiate the game. If you know what the players are learning, it allows you to better see the game.”

The Glendale Rugby Club spent a good deal of time considering last year’s feedback from the coaches in attendance and altered the clinic just a bit so to add even more value. The cost of the course is low, at just $75, so that clinic can appeal to all coaches, paid or volunteer, at all levels. The clinic also includes two catered meals, Friday night’s dinner and Saturday’s lunch, a ticket to the Saturday night Raptors match against Utah, as well as an expanded schedule allowing for a morning session on Sunday for match review. Glendale is continuing many of the topics that were well received from last year and adding just a few other presenters. Feel free to examine the schedule for this second annual Coaching Clinic via the coaching clinic webpage. Please note that in an effort to keep a high level of interactions between presenters and coaches, we will be cutting off the registrations at 30 attendees.

“From the beginning, we have wanted to make this clinic an annual event,” Glendale’s Director of Rugby, Mark Bullock said. “We just feel that there is so much that our rugby staff can share with other coaches across the region, and, as the only Major League Rugby Team in Colorado, we feel a sense of responsibility to develop our area high school, college and club rugby programs as they will be the teams that continue to feed players into this professional league as it grows and more opportunities arise.

“As I’ve expressed before, I am a strong believer on pursuing new training opportunities for myself and my coaching staff, and that not only includes various opportunities here and abroad, but also by teaching others,” Bullock added. “I agree with the old adage that there is no better way to learn than to teach and if you don’t look to expand your knowledge base on a topic, you risk getting stuck in a rut. So, of course, this annual coaching course not only looks to assist other coaches looking for more understanding on various aspects of our sport, but it’s also for our coaches to continue in their development.”

In addition, Glendale has a group of rooms set aside at its partner hotel, the Hampton Inn and Suites, which includes a full breakfast buffet. Visit this link to make your hotel arrangements for this event, as soon as possible as rooms are booking up fast!

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