Atlanta, Georgia – On July 16, 2020, ‘The RATL Roundup’ hosted the second part of our Summer Residency Camp series, and featured the coaches who took part in the learning experience down here in the 404. Involved in the camp were coaches from the University of Washington, Western Washington University, the University of Louisville, Kennesaw State University, and USA Rugby South. After presenting to the coaches an onboarding meeting of our values, and with a presentation on leadership from coach Scott Lawrence, our visiting coaches witnessed four days worth of camp: before they had the chance to sit down in the redeveloped business side of our headquarters to comment on what they had seen.

From the start of the group’s discussion, what stood out from the first presentation was how player-driven the organization is, and how our values of PACE are embodied by all of our players, from the professional athletes of Rugby ATL to developing players in the 404, to the players brought into the Pathway 404 camp. In each group, the players are trusted to exercise their creativity: they define what they want their legacy to be, through choice symbols and words, before bringing the rest of the organization together into alignment under a united ethos.

One of the most beneficial things to take away from the camp so far came from the fact that these principles on organizational conjunction and clarity are reliable, in that they may bring greater value to any level of rugby, sports performance, or organizational structure in general. We’ve allowed our players to help create an environment that benefits both our franchise and our greater community, and how our coaches have managed to facilitate that for our group is through nothing but hard work and a constant attention to detail. As the player group begins to evolve, coaches must continue to articulate, and keep the players clear on their roles for a proficient execution.