‘The RATL Roundup’ Launches Collegiate Readiness Camp in Fourteenth Episode

‘The RATL Roundup’ Launches Collegiate Readiness Camp in Fourteenth Episode

Atlanta, Georgia – On September 6th, 2020, Rugby ATL released our fourteenth episode of ‘The RATL Roundup,’ announcing the creation of our “Pre-Season Readiness Camp” for collegiate players, which will happen here at Rugby ATL HQ in Marietta, GA, from December 11-22. Head Coach Scott Lawrence and 404 Academy Assistant Coach Neets Gericke sat down at the island in HQ to talk through the plans for our next big investment in the driven American players who will #PushThePACE for their club in 2021.

As former collegiate coaches, Coach Lawrence and Coach Gericke both have a great understanding of what collegiate players need to get ready for their respective seasons, as well as what these young men will need to move through the pathway to the MLR. Together, they created a program designed as a primer to the upcoming spring season, focused on developing the skills that players must possess, the traditional roles of their positions that they must be effective at performing, and increasing the baseline of their strength and conditioning levels for the beginning of their season.

During the camp, players will work in direct contact with the coaches to create their own Individual Development Plan (IDP) for the camp, participate in film sessions on themselves to learn about their habits and how they can improve, and review their progress in camp in their IDP, in order to clearly address their growth and their intent to move forward, both into their next season and in their careers.

The goal of this camp is to offer everything we can as a resource to USA Rugby’s best talent, so out of all the applicants who send in their rugby resume for consideration, only three players per position will be selected to attend the camp. In order to optimize a resume, Coach Lawrence offers some sage advice, in both to urge potential campers to be tangible in your examples, and to know your superpower: have an understanding of what gets you selected every week, and be mindful to make sure that your superpower is an early highlight of your CV.

To apply now for a chance to be selected for our Pre-Season Preparation Readiness Camp, follow the directions on our link here: https://rugbyatl.rugby/product/winter-camp/

For more information on our organization, our camps, or our staff, you can email us at [email protected], visit us online at rugbyatl.rugby, or follow us on our social media handles @RugbyATL and @404rugby.

 

New ‘The RATLER’ Logo Unveiled in Episode Thirteen of ‘The RATL Roundup’

New ‘The RATLER’ Logo Unveiled in Episode Thirteen of ‘The RATL Roundup’

Atlanta, Georgia – On August 9th, for the thirteenth episode of ‘The RATL Roundup,’ we had the immense pleasure of being able to sit down and speak with players Chance Wenglewski and Ryan Britain, for their pivotal roles in creating our new logo, ‘The RATLER.’ For Chance, a graphic designer and visual artist, creating ‘The RATLER,’ entailed conceptualizing, sketching, and then painting a twenty-foot tall rattlesnake on our gym wall at headquarters. As our lead graphic designer, Ryan was the catalyst for our new graphic imagery. Through their combined artistic talents, they have given life to a new era here at Rugby ATL.

Together the group unveiled a couplet of content, which involved an image of ‘The RATLER’ itself along with an anatomy of the logo, that provided creative insight into the thought put into our most recent evolution: on its creation, its characteristics, how it develops our identity.

As we continue to create better and brighter content, we have the incredible opportunity to champion our grassroots. Our revamped ‘RATLER’ merchandise is currently being sold online, through our strategic partnership with the Wear Your Roots clothing collection. For more information, and to make your purchases online, check out our website rugbyatl.rugby, and be sure to stay on the lookout for our next episode of ‘The RATL Roundup.’

Rugby ATL Releases Twelfth Episode of ‘The RATL Roundup’ Series

Rugby ATL Releases Twelfth Episode of ‘The RATL Roundup’ Series

In this week’s episode of our informational live series ‘The RATL Roundup,’ Rugby ATL invited three more members of our Summer Residency to share their backgrounds with the game, and their first encounters with the professional environment here at Rugby ATL. For episode twelve, VPO Kevin McCorry got to sit down and chat with Kyle Peter of Western Washington University, Dez Maiava of Western Michigan University, and Gordon Smilanich of Central Washington University, to talk about their experience with camp before its conclusion.

Kyles Peter’s background before rugby was mainly in football and wrestling, though he tried as many sports as possible when he was a kid. He first started playing rugby in his sophomore year of high school, when he never thought that he would end up playing college rugby. He was actually committed to play college football, but through the concerted efforts of the coaching staff at Western Washington University, Kyle found his courage and made the jump.

Dez Maiava was born in Hawaii, and also had a background with football and wrestling, picking up rugby in his last year of high school. He got to Western Washington University through the dedicated effort of his coach in high school to push him to the next level. With it being only his second year in the sport, this camp has served as a catalyst for him, in honing his skills and bearing witness to the professionalism required to succeed in the game as a professional.

Gordon Smilanich has played the game for a lot longer than his fellow peers that sat at the panel, starting before he entered high school, now entering his second year in college at Central Washington University. His presence in such an established program has been mutually beneficial, as he’s learned from seasoned rugby minds like head coach Todd Thornley. That wealth of experience has fostered his development through his first year with the team, and following this camp, Gordon sits poised to return to his club and deliver for his program through his athletic performance.

If you would like to learn more about our organization through our live series, like our pages @RugbyATL and @Pathway404 on Instagram, to stay in the loop on our future content. To watch the full episode of this interview, go online to our Rugby ATL page on YouTube, and be sure to like and subscribe to our page for more content.

Rugby ATL Posts Eleventh Episode of ‘The RATL Roundup’ Series

Rugby ATL Posts Eleventh Episode of ‘The RATL Roundup’ Series

Atlanta, Georgia – June 20th, 2020. In this, the eleventh episode of our informational live series ‘The RATL Roundup,’ Rugby ATL invited three more members of our Summer Residency to share their backgrounds with the game, and their first encounters with the professional environment here at Rugby ATL. This week, Vice President of Operations Kevin McCorry had the pleasure of sitting down with Terrell Nelson of Western Washington University, Sean Atkins of Western Michigan University, and Frankie Macnamara of American International College. These three young men came down hereto develop themselves as players, as the potential professionals of the future.

Frankie Macnamara has just entered his sixth year playing the sport of rugby, picking it up as he entered into high school to play with his friend, and share the game with his sister. Following his time playing for Grand Island, New York, Frankie ended up at American International College and has tried to attend every camp he can to develop himself as a rugby player, through the guidance of his coaches. As an incoming upperclassmen at AIC, Frankie is excited to take what he is learning from his time in the 404 and bring it back to his college team.

Sean Atkins has been a very recent convert to the game, though the rugby resume he boasts from his time at Western Michigan University may suggest otherwise. In two years, he has been a part of teams that have reached a National Championship in both fifteen’s and seven’s at the D1AA level. As a former football player, the biggest thing that Sean spoke about as a difference between the two sports was the culture, as he told of the immediate welcoming into his new program, and how his new team felt like family. Sean attributed his growth from this camp to coaches Kurt Coleman and Neets Gericke, for how much they stressed the need for an attention to detail some of the games micro-skills: like running lines, passing, and catching.

Terrell Nelson has been a rugby player since he was nine years old, thanks to his dad, who started a boys and girls rugby club back in his home state of Washington. Terrell played for Chuckanut Bay Rugby Club, as well as Bayside Rugby Club of British Columbia, Canada, before being selected to play for the Washington State select team. Playing primarily at scrumhalf, Terrell has relished the individual time he’s had to talk with coaches Kurt Coleman & Nese Malifa, two former flyhalves, for what they’re looking for out of a great halfback.

If you would like to learn more about our organization through our live series, like our pages @RugbyATL and @Pathway404 on Instagram, to stay in the loop on our future content. To watch the full episode of this interview, go online to our Rugby ATL page on YouTube, and be sure to like and subscribe to our page for more content.

Rugby ATL Posts Tenth Episode of ‘The RATL Roundup’ Series

Rugby ATL Posts Tenth Episode of ‘The RATL Roundup’ Series

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.