The Elite Rugby Camp in San Diego us almost full, but does still have a few openings for young players hoping to learn from top coaches at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.
Teams such as the Young Aztecs, Saint Augustine, South Orange County and Santa Clarita in the San Diego area are sending multiple players to the camp, and director Ethan Willis said he is excited about the curriculum for the camp.
Campers will play games at the end of each day incorporating the skills they have garnered during the course of the day.
"We've got time for specialized skills, too," Willis said. "[Former Eagle prop] Dan Dorsey has been working extensively on innovative scrumming techniques and drills. [Former Eagle flyhalf] Matt Sherman will be working with the campers daily and has an afternoon dedicated to kicking skills. Campers will go through a series of skills tests, including their forty time, vertical, and numerous side to side cone drills."
JP Bolwahnn, one of the strength and conditioning coaches for University of San Diego and former Mexico 7s player, will educate campers on how to excel at each drill and what exercises to complete in the off season to become faster and more explosive.
"The coaches and parents from area U19 clubs have been instrumental in spreading the word about camp and We are very appreciative of their support for our camp and youth rugby in general," Willis added.
Campers will be staying overnight at San Diego State University in suite-style dorms, where campers will have access to the pool and volleyball courts. Numerous guest speakers will come in to lecture in the evening. On one particular night, several former Eagles from the area will come in and speak with the campers on how they achieved their success and give recommendations to campers on how to reach their highest potential. Campers will compete in testing to win USA Rugby jerseys and training gear from the Eagle players.