Commitment to the Community

Commitment to the Community

Commitment to Growing the Rugby Community 

For Immediate Release:

May 13th, 2021

Marietta, GA- Rugby ATL’s commitment to growing the game at the grassroots level leads to a new USA Rugby Member benefit.

Over the past two years, Rugby ATL has traveled across the Southeast developing the rugby community at the grassroots level.

Atlanta Police Athletic League

Rugby ATL and the Atlanta PAL are working to provide higher education and individual development opportunities through rugby.

Alongside their partners, Rugby ATL assisted in the development of over 3,000 youth rugby players from 5-19 years of age.  45% of these players identify as female, with 83% from an ethnic minority, and 80% from under-resourced communities. Rugby ATL is proud to know these initiatives have positively empowered more youth in our community through rugby.

At the collegiate level, 57 different University student-athletes, 14 collegiate coaches, 17 Columbian International coaches, and players participated in various business seminars, leadership training, or rugby development interactives. Knowing community growth through rugby begins with leadership, supporting the development of current and aspiring leaders is paramount to the overall sustainability of the sport.

Currently, there are 13 members of Rugby ATL who have represented the United States on the men’s & women’s international stage. Each one of them will tell you that the experience, characteristics, and values developed through this sport, have made them successful enough to represent their country internationally, graduate from college, and have helped accomplish their highest goals.

Now, any and all currently registered USA Rugby players, coaches, referees, and admin can redeem a $5 ticket to any Rugby ATL home matches with proof of an active USA Rugby Membership.

“We want to encourage players, coaches, and referees across the Union to come to the game, learn from the opportunity, but most of all, enjoy the rugby experience. This isn’t just about the Southeast, but an opportunity for us to help grow the game across the country and spread the tremendous values that come from within the rugby community,” said Rugby ATL Owner, Marcus Calloway.

That is in essence, the commitment of accountability from Rugby ATL’s leadership to the community, the continuous development of self-sustaining leaders.

To learn more about how Rugby ATL is developing self-sustaining leaders in the community through sport, or to get involved, please visit our website. rugbyatl.rugby

Member benefit tickets are on sale now!

Get yours today and become a USA Eagle tomorrow!

Use code “USA2021” when reserving tickets to redeem.

Ticket Link:https://shop.rugbyatl.rugby/products/discounted-tickets

Next Home Game:

Saturday, May 15
⏰ 8:00 PM ET
🏟 Life University
📺 The Rugby Network

Leadership Development Partners:

Georgia National GuardMarietta Police Athletic LeagueUSA RugbyCobb Chamber of CommerceLiving Sport

Rugby ATL to Increase Stadium Capacity to 50%

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

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

‘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 (RATL) Reveals A Secondary Logo

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