National Development Summit

The 2016 National Development Summit brings best practices in rugby development for all coaches, referees, administrators, and players 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 year's 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 San Francisco!

Dates: January 22-24, 2016
Location: San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
Conference Registration: $150

  • Walk-in (January 22, 23 and 24): $400

Any registrations after January 22, 2016 must be done at the event for $400.

Register Now

Register today for the 2016 National Development Summit! This years conference includes four 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 San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront in Burlingame, California.

Registration is $150 if you register before December 1st, 2015. Registration after the 1st will increase as the Summit approaches. Any questions about the 2016 NDS can be sent to Alicia Allen 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 10th annual National Development Summit at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront. This beautiful and newly renovated hotel and conference center is located in Burlingame, California just 10 minutes from downtown San Francisco and only a short shuttle ride away from San Francisco International Airport.

San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
1800 Old Bayshore Highway
Burlingame, California 94010
Book Your Hotel Now!
Single Occupancy: $150 + tax
Double Occupancy: $150 + tax
*Room rates include Wi-Fi in each room
*Room rates expire after 1/6/2016 - following this date, attendees are encouraged to book via,, or other travel sites for the best rate.
  • Complimentary Airport Shuttle
  • On-site parking
  • Complimentary internet access
  • Full service FedEx/Kinko's business center
  • Fitness Center
  • Indoor Heated Pool
  • Close distance to Downtown, Golden Gate Park and Ghirardelli Square
  • And more!

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Thank you for your interest in supporting the 2016 10th Annual 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 2016. 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 look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

Download 2016 Sponsor, Exhibitor, and Advertising Packet! Apply Online for Sponsorship, Exhibiting, and Advertising

*All exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are subject to USA Rugby approval.
**Deadline for exhibitors and advertisers is January 4th, 2016. Anyone interested in exhibiting after January 8th will pay an increased price for space.

Agenda and Presenters to be announced soon!

The Call for Presentations has closed. Agenda to be announced within the coming weeks!


1. What is included in my registration?

Your registration fee will include the following:

  • Welcome Reception Admission (including 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 San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront and attendees will be able to walk to and from sessions.

3. Will airport transportation be provided?

Yes, complimentary shuttles will be run from San Francisco International Airport.

Shuttle Instructions: The complimentary San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront shuttle bus service runs 24 hours a day to the Airport and to BART. Please pick up the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront courtesy phone in the Bus/Shuttle Center. The shuttle bus picks up at the Shuttle Center.

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

The Marriott has an on-site parking garage and is providing a reduced parking rate for all summit attendees at $15/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 available for purchase at the hotel by attendees. The hotel offers a wide spread of breakfast options which can be found on their site at:

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 Kelley Sullivan 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 Alicia Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. up to January 8th. After January 8th, no refunds will be issued. Registrants may request a credit to be transferred to another attendee by January 21st. After January 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 Alicia Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


We look forward to members of the press attending and covering the 2016 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 2016 USA Rugby National Development Summit:

☆ Apply for your credential here.

☆ Book your hotel here.

☆ Press question and inquiries to Nick Sero, Communications and Digital Media Manager – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 303-539-0300 x115.


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