At the beginning of the USA Rugby membership year, a new coaching development program was set into action. This program raises coaching quality and holds coaches to a higher standard.
After the first two weekends of the program’s implementation, more than 170 coaches were trained in six different cities across the United States. So far, feedback from participants has been positive with coaches stating that their confidence in coaching and ability to teach safely has increased.
The program also benefits coaches by cutting the cost from $180 to $90 and increasing accessibility by reducing the program to a single day.
In the long term, USA Rugby is planning to supplement the program with two additional training courses. The program seeks to enhance the integrity of the league and add to the value of a USA Rugby membership.