National Development Summit presented by

The 2014 National Development Summit brings best practices in rugby development for all coaches, referees, and administrators around the country. This can't-miss event is sure to be one of the best events of the year with sessions and clinics from the country's top experts!

Participants can expect presentations from:

  • Men's and Women's National Team Coaches
  • National Panel Referees
  • National Team Players
  • Top Level Administrators
  • Top Medical Professionals including National Team Doctors and USA Rugby's Medical Services Director
  • Other Coaches, Referees, and Administrators in Rugby
  • Special Guest Keynote Speaker at the Conference Banquet

All coaches will receive 10 Professional Development Credits for attending this years Summit!

Be sure to register today to reserve your spot to network with the best of the best in rugby around the country. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!

Dates: February 21-23, 2014
Location: Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
Conference Registration:

  • Early Bird (Tuesday, January 21): $100
  • General (January 22 – February 20): $125
  • Walk-in (February 21, 22 and 23): $175

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Register today for the 2014 National Development Summit! This years conference includes three tracks of programming including panel discussions, keynote speakers, and technical workshops on topics in coaching, refereeing, and administration. Your registration includes admission to Friday nights welcome reception, the Dinner of Champions on Saturday, plus access to the exhibitor hall over the entire weekend. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, PA.

Registration is $175. Any questions about the 2014 NDS can be sent to Brandy Medran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Book Your Hotel

USA Rugby is proud to host the 8th annual National Development Summit at the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing. This beautiful hotel and conference center is located in beautiful Philadelphia, Pennsylvania just 15 minutes from the Philadelphia International Airport and sits right alongside the Delaware River.

Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing
201 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Book your hotel here
Single Occupancy: $119 + tax
Double Occupancy: $129 + tax
Triple Occupancy: $194 + tax
Quadruple Occupancy: $199 + tax
*Room rates include breakfast coupons per corresponding occupancy
*Room rates expire after 1/31/2014 - following this date, attendees are encouraged to book via,, or other travel sites for the best rate.
  • On-site parking/car rental
  • Hyatt E-Concierge
  • Jogging/walking paths along the waterfront
  • YogaAway/sauna/outdoor sundeck
  • 24-hour newly renovated StayFit gym
  • Hyatt Grand Bed
  • Deluxe bath with marble vanity and KenetMD bath amenities
  • And more!

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Thank you for your interest in supporting the 2014 USA Rugby National Development Summit. We are expecting over 500 of the countries most influential administrators, coaches, referees, and additional stakeholders in the sport of rugby to be in attendance at this one-of-a-kind event.

The purpose of this conference is to share best practices from rugby programs around the country along with discussing exciting new initiatives for 2014. The conference provides state-of-the-art developmental tools to help coaches, administrators, and referees continue to grow the game of rugby. You can help make this happen through your contribution as a sponsor, exhibitor, and/or advertiser.

At the only conference exclusive to growing the rugby game, your company will reach key decision-makers in the country's rugby community. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your products and services.

We anticipate spacing and opportunities to go fast, so act now! We looks forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!

Download 2014 Sponsor, Exhibitor, and Advertising Packet!

*All exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are subject to USA Rugby approval.
**Deadline for exhibitors and advertisers is February 7th, 2014.

Friday, February 21st

  • 7:00pm - Welcome Reception presented by Canterbury
    • Kick off the conference weekend at the 2014 NDS Welcome Reception. All registered guests are invited to attend and enjoy some appetizers and drinks while they mingle and network with other attendees, presenters, and staff. A special presentation during the reception will take place.
  • 7:15pm - The Rugby Player Q&A
    • Film producers Alice Hoagland and Holly Million will introduce and answer questions about the film.
  • 7:30pm-9:00pm – Exclusive screening of The Rugby Player

Saturday, February 22nd

  • 6:00am-8:00am – Breakfast for Hotel Guests
  • 8:00am – Conference Welcome Address
  • 8:30am-12:00pm – Conference Programming
    • Coaching Track
    • Referee Track
    • Administrative Track
    • Specialty Track
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm – Euro Rugby Tours Lunch
    • Take a break from the day and listen to our special guest speakers while enjoying lunch sponsored by Euro Rugby Tours.
  • 1:00pm – 6:00pm – Conference Programming
    • Coaching Track
    • Referee Track
    • Administrative Track
    • Specialty Track
  • 7:00pm-10:00pm – 2014 NDS Banquet presented by

Sunday, February 23rd

  • 7:00am-9:00am – Breakfast for Hotel Guests
  • 9:00am-12:00pm – Conference Programming
    • Coaching Track
    • Referee Track
    • Administrative Track
    • Specialty Track
  • 12:00pm – Conference Conclusion – All guests dismissed


1. What is included in my registration?

Your registration fee will include the following:

  • Welcome Reception Admission (including appetizers and two drink tickets)
  • Summit Programming for Saturday and Sunday
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Dinner and Evening Reception on Saturday
  • Refreshments on Sunday

2. Will transportation be provided to the venue?

All meetings will take place at the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing and attendees will be able to walk to and from sessions.

3. Will airport transportation be provided?

The Hyatt does not have any onsite airport transportation but Super Shuttle or a taxi will be your best options when arriving at the Philadelphia International Airport.

4. What is the cost of parking at the venue?

The Hyatt has an on-site parking garage and is providing a reduced parking rate for all summit attendees at $20/night.

5. What is the dress code for the Development Summit?

There is no set dress code for the conference, most individuals dress smart casual. Some of the sessions are practical, interactive sessions, so please wear appropriate clothing for participation. Saturday's dinner will be Business Attire.

6. Will contact information be provided for presenters and attendees?

Contact information will be provided for all presenters throughout the conference. Attendee information will not be available as to protect privacy. Attendees are encouraged to bring and distribute business cards should they desire someone's contact information.

7. Is breakfast provided at the hotel?

Breakfast will be provided for all hotel guests prior to the meetings. For folks commuting to the venue, they are responsible for their own breakfast accommodations.

8. Can I obtain Professional Development Credits if I am a certified coach?

Yes! Attendance at the conference will get you 10 PDCs for towards your coaching certification. For more information on obtaining PDCs please contact Chase Langdon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

9. Will conference attendees have copies of the presentations from the conference?

All conference materials will be posted online after the conference. Attendees are encouraged to bring a notebook to take notes during presentations.

10. This is my first National Development Summit, what can I expect?

The National Development Summit is geared towards anything and everything in rugby development. All sessions are hands-on, dynamic presentations that contain relevant information to help you grow your program/organization. Come expecting to network with others in the rugby community and also be ready to obtain a wealth of information that you can take back to your area.

11. What do I do if I already registered and need to cancel?

Refunds will be issued if requested via email to Brandy Medran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. up to February 9th. After February 9th, no refunds will be issued. Registrants may request a credit to be transferred to another attendee by February 21st. After February 21st, no refunds or credits will be issued.

12. Who do I contact if I have questions leading up to the summit?

If you have any questions that come up prior to the summit you can contact Brandy Medran, Youth Development Administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 303-539-0300 x105.


We look forward to members of the press attending and covering the 2014 USA Rugby National Development Summit. Please register below to receive your press pass and information on our press activities throughout the weekend. Each member of the press will gain access to our press room, with plenty of workspace and resources including printers and wifi. We will also be making all our presenters available for interviews after their sessions in the press room interview area. Press is welcome to take video, audio or photography during the NDS pending approval of your registration.

☆ Each member of the press will receive a pass to the event, including light hors d’oeuvres Friday evening, lunch and dinner on Saturday.

☆ We welcome print media, television, digital, blogger, audio, radio and others.

☆ All logos and pictures supplied are for use in coverage of the 2014 USA Rugby National Development Summit:

☆ Apply for your credential here.

☆ Book your hotel here.

☆ Press question and inquiries to Chad Wise, Communications Director – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 303-539-0300 x133.

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