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The list of presenters and presentations for the 2015 National Development Summit in Chicago, Ill., has been announced.
More than 35 administrators, coaches, and referees will interact with hundreds of attendees at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel and conference center Jan. 23-25, 2015, including Men’s Eagles Sevens coaches Chris Brown and Mike Friday.
Sponsored by Rugby Athletic and Serevi Rugby, the third annual National Development Summit will consist of four “tracks,” including a unique Women’s Rugby World Cup Track powered by Serevi with planned presentations from Women’s Eagles Head Coach Pete Steinberg, AIG Women’s Junior All-American Head Coach Danielle Miller, and Girls High School All-American powered by Serevi Head Coach Mollie McCarthy.
“We are thrilled to have coaching staff representatives from every USA Rugby national team scheduled for this year’s NDS,” USA Rugby Event Operations Manager Brandy Medran said. “In order to grow the game of rugby in America it’s important to hear from all levels of the game from Rookie Rugby to our National Team staff.“
In the Admin and Specialty Track, Mid America Geographic Union President KJ Abel and Steve Wright will present Building a Guide to Helping New Club Administrators, while USA Rugby Trust board member May Harris’ Forming, Developing, Creating, and Managing a Sports Based Non-Profit will delve into the various aspects of running a non-profit organization like USA Rugby. USA Rugby Trust Executive Director Nikki Wiederaenders will also speak in Chicago.
One of last year’s Don Morrison Scholarship recipients, Emily Hsieh, will talk about her experiences officiating rugby in another country in Refereeing Abroad in South Africa: Emulating Success Found Abroad in the USA, Empowering Referees to Take Charge of Their Own Development, and Learning How to be a Positive Force in the Community. Other presentations in the Referee Track include Aruna Ranaweera’s Correct Referee Decisions the Frequently Cause Confusion and former USA Rugby Match Official Development Director Ed Todd’s Creating a Referee Coaching Program for your Organization.
Multiple club and college coaches from across the country will join Men’s Eagles Head Coach Mike Tolkin, National Sevens Director Alex Magleby, and other national team coaches in the Coaching Track, such as Dartmouth College Head Coach Gavin Hickie with Winning the Contact Area.
The full list of presenters and presentations can be found on the National Development Summit event page, as well as hotel deals and Professional Development Credit information for coaches. Registration for NDS will cost $125 prior to Tuesday, Dec. 23, after which registration will rise to $150 before Jan. 22.