Do you get the feeling that USA Rugby doesn’t really want you to know anything?
Hmm, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But think on this:
The USA Rugby Nominations Committee is currently seeking candidates for two At-Large Director positions on USA Rugby's nine-member Board of Directors - for a four-year term beginning June 8, 2013. (Pete Seccia is eligible for another term, but Bill Middleton is not eligible to serve another term at this time.)
Didn’t know about this? We ran across this announcement on Facebook (not on USA Rugby’s Facebook Page). There was no press release. There was no blanket announcement to the membership. There isn’t even anything about this on USA Rugby’s fancy new website. So what are we supposed to think? Do we infer that USA Rugby’s Board doesn’t actually want anyone they don’t know to send in a nomination?
By the way, the deadline is April 10 (day after tomorrow). I know this is not the first time I have complained about the Board vacancies not being publicized until just before the deadline.
Well we at RUGBYMag.com will do something USA Rugby will not do, we’ll apologize. As Editor I apologize for not seeing this sooner and mentioning it sooner. But the fact that USA Rugby doesn’t say anything about it strange, don’t you think?
Do you get the feeling that USA Rugby doesn’t want to disseminate information?
I have been writing regularly about American rugby for about 16 years now, and I am used to receiving press releases from USA Rugby. They don’t send them out anymore. Their website has stories and notices, but they don’t seem to want to send out information to the general press. Do you think this is a good idea?
OK, fine, Goff has to surf to USARUGBY.org to check on stuff. That’s not so onerous. But what about the rest of the press? What about RUGBYMag.com’s competitors, who may not have time or staff to even check? What about the mainstream media, which doesn’t notice rugby unless hit over the head with it?
So don’t you think that June 14’s test match event (USA men v. Tonga) turning into a doubleheader (USA women v. France) is news? No press release.
Well it's not that they don't want you to know, it's that they want you to go to USARUGBY.org to find out. What they should be doing is getting rugby in every local news outlet in the country, and using USARUGBY.org to provide information and resources to players and coaches.
Just a thought.
Do you get the feeling that USA Rugby is missing the boat? The IRB’s TV show Total Rugby followed Rugby Canada’s scouts to the Canadian Football League combine. They didn’t just show up and wander around, they were accredited and were recruiting athletes.
Rugby Canada has done very well of late to have a systematic approach to this kind of recruiting. Rugby Canada has done very well of late in having coaching and system support for their national team coaches, especially in 7s.
In the USA, the coaches, especially current USA 7s team coach Alex Magleby, and his predecessor, Al Caravelli, have worked hard on their own to bring in crossover athletes. But finding, recruiting, and developing those players shouldn’t be the job of the national team head coach. Shouldn’t USA Rugby have a systematic approach to doing this? I can tell you they don’t. In fact, there is still doubt within the sport in America as to whether such a thing is worth the while.
RUGBY Magazine has written about this topic many times over the years, but we have not seen much changed. I think the task of bringing in crossovers has been farmed out to college coaches and club coaches. It’s been farmed out to the new Olympic Development Programs, which is probably a good idea. But is there a central USA Rugby plan to help all of those people? Give you one guess on the answer.
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