Rugby ATL to Increase Stadium Capacity to 50%

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Rugby ATL Expands Capacity to 50%

As the local Cobb County government continues to make vaccinations available and with Major League Rugby events being outdoors, Rugby ATL will increase their ticket availability for their game on Saturday, May 15th. 

All the existing health and safety measures at “The Snake Pit” will remain in place. Measures include strong encouragement of face-covering unless actively eating or drinking in your ticketed seat, cashless concessions, mobile ticketing, and ordering. 

Revisions to the 50% seating capacity and the other health and safety measures will continue to be monitored as more information becomes available.

Tickets for all remaining 2021 games, beginning with Saturday, May 15th, are currently available at rugbyatl.rugby/tickets

Saturday, May 15th Details:

Rugby ATL vs. New England Free Jacks

🕑 8 PM EST

🏟️ The Snake Pit

 

The Fire & Ice Cup

The Fire & Ice Cup

Presented By: Walton Communities

A commemoration of Sportsmanship & Unity through Rugby.”
Rugby ATL vs. Toronto Arrows

Est. 2021

The incredible return of Major League Rugby in 2021 has been complemented by an amazing story of 2 teams, from 2 different countries, calling 1 stadium home for a season. A circumstance that will likely never happen again.

The Journey South

In February, the pandemic presented another unique challenge, this one specifically for the Toronto Arrows. The regulations of the United States & Canadian border and quarantine protocols made it logistically impossible for the Arrows to compete in Season 4 of Major League Rugby.

Toronto Arrows Owner, Bill Webb, who has made a professional career in strategy advisement and capital management, called his colleague and Rugby ATL Owner, Marcus Calloway, to see if they (the Arrows) could relocate from the “6” to the “404” for the upcoming season.

The entire Rugby ATL franchise and their partners welcomed the request to host their brothers from the North. From training facilities to medical care to nutrition, Calloway ensured his colleagues had the resources to operate in a high-performance environment 951 miles away from home (1530km for those reading across the border).

“We compete on the pitch for 80 minutes, but at the end of the day rugby is a fellowship, a brother and sisterhood that brings us together to support the greater good of the sport,” said Scott Lawrence, Rugby ATL General Manager, and Head Coach. “It’s been our pleasure to host the Arrows and we’re grateful for the opportunity to live the rugby ethos that binds our community.”

“The Fire and Ice Cup is a fantastic way to commemorate an unprecedented year for our two clubs,” said Chris Silverthorn, Toronto Arrows Director of Rugby. “We’re grateful for Rugby ATL opening their doors for us and giving us a sense of ‘home’ in this nomadic year of ours, displaying the unity of our sport. This Cup will not only add to our growing rivalry with Atlanta but will also serve as a reminder of how two clubs could come together to overcome challenges under an incredibly difficult set of circumstances.”

The Fire and Ice Cup will set the stage for an annual competition between Toronto and Atlanta by representing how rugby drives unity and sportsmanship in the community.

The Cup Format

The teams will play for the Cup annually, and it will travel with the winning franchise.  The Cup can only be reclaimed if won in the home stadium of the last year’s winner. The inaugural match of this cup will take place on Saturday, May 8th, 2021 in a joint home match between the two teams. Be there in person, and help us inaugurate the “Fire And Ice Cup.”

Match Details:

Saturday, May 8th, 2021

🏟️ The Snake Pit

🕓 7:00 PM EST

📺 Stream live via The Rugby Network

Tickets: https://rugbyatl.showare.com/ordertickets.asp?p=33&src=default

Presented by: Walton Communities

The mission of Walton Communities is to go beyond building places where people live by creating neighborhoods where people thrive. The team at Walton is committed to providing exceptional housing at a great value in a friendly neighborhood environment. 

Walton on the Chattahoochee Community Director, Brenda Hall, and her team have opened their doors to the rugby community. Walton currently houses over 40 Professional Rugby Players, Coaches, Referees, and Staff that represent over 11 different countries. 

The organization’s commitment to exceptional housing and a welcoming environment are the driving factors around the relocation of the Toronto Arrows to Atlanta for the 2021 season.  

 

‘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’

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 (RATL) Reveals A Secondary Logo

In Major League Rugby’s 3rd installment, RATL entered as an expansion team in 2020, as representatives for the Southeast region of the United States of America. From inception, RATL wanted to differentiate itself from the league by establishing its foundation on core values, and the commitment to spreading those values throughout the community. 

Conducting an electric match-day experience and accepting accountability as ambassadors for rugby in our region were our primary objectives for the inaugural season. Through that effort and execution, the fans immediately bought into RATL. Supporter groups even began showing up in “RATL Snake” t-shirts, playing off the acronym, RATL. The “fan brand” stuck immediately.

During this off-season, owner Marcus Calloway wanted to thank the fans for their support, and show them through brand recognition that they are a strategic pillar of the franchise.

The “RATL Snake” logo is a perfect complement to the shared identity that envelops the fans, the players, the franchise, and our territory, as one.

#RATL #TimeToEat #PACE

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.