December 22, 2006 The Youth Development Network Digest is a weekly electronic newsletter sent to members of USA Rugby's Youth and High School Network. All digests are posted to the Youth and High School IN THE NEWS section of the USA Rugby website. All members of the YDN are welcome to share this information through local communication channels. New content helps maintain the status of this project. Please help by contributing your local reports on jobs well done in the name of youth and high school rugby to USA Rugby's Youth and High School Game Development Officer Katie Wurst. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Happy Holidays From USA Rugby! As the USA Rugby National Offices will be closed next week due to the holiday season, USA Rugby would like to take this opportunity to wish the Youth Development Network Happy Holidays and remind them to take advantage of several special offers on USA Rugby sponsor merchandise this season. First off, Give the gift of Gilbert...Gilbert is proud to be the Official Ball and Equipment Supplier for USA Rugby. Several Gilbert items are currently available at www.RugbyImports.com and if you input the promo code DEC2006 you will receive 10% off your order. (exp 12/31/06). Secondly, WorldRugbyShop.com and USA Rugby have partnered together to offer $10 off any purchase of $50 or more at www.WorldRugbyShop.com. Just enter the code: USAR1206 during your online order of $50 or more and you will receive the discount. This offer also expires 12/31/06. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Five Rugby Players Represent Summit at NASC Degerberg, Ives, Clark, Danielsen and Gessner travel to Nashville, Tenn., for National All-Star Championships Courtesy of Summit Daily News staff reports November 26, 2006 Five members of the Summit Tigers U-19 Rugby Club traveled to Nashville, Tenn., last weekend to represent the western United States U19 Team at the National All-Star Championships (NASC). The USA U19 National Team uses the NASC as a selection pool as well as a championship venue. The Western Barbarians, which featured Summit's Whitney Degerberg, Mallory Ives, Catherine Clark, Lauren Danielsen and Jozy Gessner, beat the South 22-0 before falling 19-10 to the Northeast. The challenging Northeast squad was largely composed of players from Army, Brown and Cornell - some of the nation's top college programs. Ives scored two tries while Gessner and Danielsen each added one. Degerberg, who was recently selected as the Union Rugby National Youth Player of the Month, joined forces with CSU centre Britney Scott to contain the formidable Northeast backs; and Danielsen played fly half and outside centre and was solid on defense and evasive on attack. Gessner and Ives were both selected to the USA U19 National Team pool, a group of athletes the national team will select from for their test matches in 2007. The 50-athlete pool also includes Summit's Kyle Armstrong, Fort Collins' Sadie Anderson and Chaparral's Erica Wheeler, the Colorado Player of the Year. "The girls played exceptionally well," Summit coach Karl Barth said. "They really showed they're ready to play with and against the best in the country." ______________________________________________________________________________________ Fifth Rugby Academy of South Florida Training Session Orlando, Florida. Dec. 2, 2006 The fifth academy session of 2006 (and the last one before the holiday season) took place on Saturday, Dec. on the break day of USA Rugby's National All-Star Championship in Kissimmee, Fla. This was also an opportunity for the Academy and the FRU Under 19’s to mix together in a joint training and game day. Almost fifty players were involved in either the academy training or the U19 game preparation. With a modified schedule to facilitate the varying needs of the developing players and the select side players the morning was split into two groups. The U19’s went through game day preparations whilst the academy focused on the developing players with set piece situational coaching. The academy lads went through the paces to learn how to build effective and safe scrum and line out situations. Over lunch, discussions took place with the players to elaborate on their morning session and food was provided this time by the field organizers from Orlando. After lunch, while the U19 All Stars prepared for their fixture with the Potomac side, the academy played some controlled contact games and then watched as the U19 All Stars won a very competitive match with their Northern visitors. The highlight of the game was to not concede any points and to be able to try out a number of new young players. Following the main game both Potomac and Florida put together “mix & match” development sides, which for many from the academy was their first opportunity to play in a “live” rugby match – the score was irrelevant as about 40 players had an enjoyable time!! A number of the academy players stayed on to participate in a game on the Sunday against Potomac and again the experience was fun for all. The academy has now finished for 2006 – having served approx. 400 players that attended over the five sessions. The Academy has also traveled to four different venues in Florida, Plans are now underway for 2007 to make the academy a bigger and better success – hopefully attracting some out of state opposition to the sunshine state. If you have any suggestions, contact the Rugby Academy of South Florida for more information! ______________________________________________________________________________________ The Youth and High School Network (YDN) provides a multi-level administrative framework dedicated to the youth and high school rugby community. The network allows for members of youth and high school programs to build connections across a broad geographic area. All regions of the country can share information via the network communication outlets. The network exists to promote sharing of resources and information regarding all youth and high school rugby activity. Information provided by members of the network will be made available to the public and communicated through all USA Rugby media outlets. The network empowers youth communities to seek out and share tools, volunteers, and best practices, while forming lasting bonds between members of the youth rugby community.