Saturday & Sunday September 12th & 13th

The second annual Florida Rugby Development Summit brings together the best practices in rugby development for all coaches, referees, and administrators from across the Country.

Click Here to download the 4 presentations from the course.

Summit Location

Sebastian River High School
9001 Shark Blvd.
Sebastian, FL  32958

  • We will be using classrooms in W-Wing of the School — Signs will direct where to go on the day.

Hotel Information

Best Western Plus Sebastian Hotel & Suites
1655 US Hwy 1
Sebastian, FL 32958

  • Cost of $119.00 per night includes full hot breakfast
  • Reservations may be made by calling 772 388 9300 and asking for a room from the Florida Youth Rugby Allocation. Deadline for booking is 9/4/15

Saturday September 12th – 12pm to 5pm

Day One of the summit will include panel discussions, keynote speakers, and on field technical workshops on a variety of topics. Every attending coach will receive Professional Development Credits towards their annual continuing education requirements for USA Rugby.

Only $40 if you register by Tuesday September 8th after the 8th the price will go up to $50 per person.  This prices includes 5 plus hours of Nationally Recognized Coach Education.

  • Click here to complete your registration for the course.


12pm to 1pm – Pre-Course bring your own lunch round table to discuss starting a new Youth Program at your club and/or school. Focused mainly on High School and Middle School programs. This open table is for like minds to discuss how to continue to develop our sport at the young age groups.

1pm to 5pm – Coach Education – Topics: Club Management, Strength & Conditioning, Continuity & Defense.

6pm to 9pm – Social – Location to Confirmed

Coach Education Track

Four presenters, presenting on the following topics:

  • Club Management & Being Succesfull Off the Field – Evan Haigh Florida Rugby Union
  • Strength & Conditioning – Matt Mallard – Gainesville Health and Fitness,
  • Defense – Chris Oostthuizen – Florida Juice
  • Continuity of Play – Paul Vercoe – USA Rugby (Continuity as it relates to other principles of play – types of continuity – role of the coach / coaching continuity)

Matt Mallard
Director of Education and Strength Coach at Gainesville Health and Fitness, will be providing a seminar on rugby strength and conditioning as part of the FRU Coaching Development Program. Matt has a degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida, competed with Gainesville as a prop in USAR National Playoffs, and currently competes in both Strongman and Highland Games.

Paul Verceo 
Raised in New Zealand, he has played and coached in both New Zealand and Australia. He moved to the US in the late 90’s to coach the Chicago Lions in the now defunct US Super League. Since arriving in Chicago he has coached numerous clubs including the Chicago Lions, the Chicago West Side Condors and the South Side Irish. He also coached select sides including CARFU, the Midwest, and the US U19 Boys team. Paul, has been a course leader with USA Rugby for 15 years, and am an accredited Educator and Trainer with World Rugby (Formally iRB)

Evan Haigh
Evan’s professional experience comes from all over the rugby world. He began as a Rugby Development Officer with the Australian Super Rugby team the ACT Brumbies. Over the next two years Evan traveled to England, Scotland and the USA taking on professional contracts as a player.  Which lead him to being hired as a player/coach for the English club Darlington. In 2008 he was recruited to Seattle, Washington to become the Director of Rugby for the Super League team Old Puget Sound Beach (OPSB). He took OPSB from cellar dwellers to National Champions in his final year in charge of the program. Along with running OPSB, he helped start and grow Serevi Rugby where he held the position of Director of Programming. With this role he was able to build out rugby development programs such as the Serevi Rugby Academy, International Coaching Consulting and Youth Summer Camps.

Coaching of Match Officials 1 — Referee Course 

Certification: Current USA Rugby membership, attend and participate in all course modules, pass online law exam and rugby ready exam prior to course.

Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce the concept and role of referee coaching to enable assistance and guidance to develop the referee

The course focuses on: The World Rugby Level 1 Coaching of Match Officials course aims to create a platform for developing coaches of match officials and motivate them to collect some coaching experience on their way. The course is delivered using three different modules to explain, demonstrate, practice, perform and analyze coaching skills.

  • Course Cost is $60 per person.
  • Please click here for more information and to register.

Sunday September 13th – 8am to 5pm

USA Rugby – Level 200 Coaching Course

Level 200 will be the minimum certification requirement for all coaches of contact teams. That includes assistant and head coaches. This will be your first chance to complete the certification the 2015/16 Season.

This workshop is aligned with the ARM (American Rugby Model) designed to continue the learning process and education of a coach with a focus on the progressive implementation. The new coaching structure focuses on coaching the right thing at the right time with the best interest of the players at hand.

  • Course Cost is $110 per person.
  • Please click here for more information and to register.

Florida Youth Rugby Union – Annual General Meeting

  • 10am to 12pm — High School Committee Meeting
  • 1pm to 3pm — Annual General Meeting
  • 4pm to 6pm — Youth & Middle School Committee Meeting



  1. Augusto Lefebvre

    Hola, mi nombre es Augusto Lefebvre, soy el capitán de un equipo de Rugby de Tucuman-Argentina, y estoy buscando poder organizar con algún club o equipo de rugby de Miami, un partido de 7’sevens amistoso. Nuestro equipo está integrado X un grupo de amigos de distintos clubes de mi ciudad y todos los años viajamos a diatintos países a jugar partidos amistosos (Bolivia, Cancún, islas margaritas, Cartagena, Ecuador, Panamá, Aruba) y este año vamos a viajar a Miami y nos gustaría poder hacerlo ahí también.
    Espero que se pueda jugar con uds o nos contacten con alguien para poder hacerlo.
    Desde ya muchas gracias.
    Augusto Lefebvre
    Tel: 005483816337979
    Pd: vamos a estar en Miami beach desde el 28/5 al 5/6
    Espero respuesta.

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