Glendale Hosts Rugby Coaching Clinic

by | May 22, 2018 | Club News

June 15-16, 2018 – Infinity Park, Glendale

In an effort to further develop area coaches and clubs, Glendale Rugby has announced a unique opportunity for regional rugby coaches to gather together at Infinity Park on June 15-16 for a Raptors coaching clinic.

Coaches Clinic

“We really wanted to offer coaches an opportunity to learn from our staff,” Director of Glendale Rugby Mark Bullock said. “Each year, we travel overseas to up skill our own coaching and we wanted to offer the same opportunities to local high school and college coaches. With our club more than 10 years old and our Raptors team competing in its first Major League Rugby season, it’s a great time to share with other coaches what is new in the progression of the game.

“As a coach, it is really important to allow yourself training opportunities,” Bullock continued. “If you don’t look to expand your knowledge base on a topic, you have the potential to get stuck in a rut. The City of Glendale is always pushing us to train among the best, and we take pride in the time we spend learning from outside sources how to better our program. Of course, not everyone can afford to do that with limited budgets and time, and we have taken both factors into consideration when planning this course.”

Kicking off with a fully catered dinner on Friday night, coaches are invited to meet and greet the Glendale Raptors coaches and players starting at 6pm June 15. Attendees will then come back to Infinity Park Saturday morning for a number of coaching sessions with various Glendale staff. The clinic closes Saturday evening, when all in attendance are invited to watch the Glendale Raptors take on the Seattle Seawolves at 7pm Mountain Time. Raptors Head Coach David Williams notes that the clinic and match will offer aspiring coaches a chance to see American rugby played at the highest level: “This is a great opportunity for coaches to gain some professional development and be up-skilled in the current trends of Major League Rugby. They’ll also get to see those skills in a live professional match.”

Topics of discussion will include coaching the 1-3-1 attacking patters, the set piece, safe tackling, defense, the tackle contest, ball skills, decision-making, and mental toughness. Additionally, the clinic will focus on best practices in concussion and injury prevention.

The cost for clinic attendees is $60 if booked by June 1. After that date, the price for admission is $80. The price of admission includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch, in addition to a ticket for the Saturday night MLR match. Additionally, Glendale has a block of rooms at official Raptors hotel partner Hampton Inn & Suites, which includes complimentary breakfast.

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Clinic Itinerary

June 15-16, 2018

6pm – Meet and greet Raptors, Dinner at Infinity Park’s Try Club
Presentation: “Legacy – 15 Lessons in Leadership” (Mark Bullock, Director of Rugby)


  • 9am – Attack Pattern: The 1-3-1 (David Williams, Raptors Head Coach)
  • 10am – Break
  • 10:10am – Set Play: Lineout (Kieran Browner, Raptors Forwards Coach)
  • 10:55am – Break
  • 11:00am – Ball Skills/Decision-Making (Duncan James, Raptors Skills Coach)
  • Noon – Set Play: Scrum (Luke Gross, Glendale WPL/D1 Head Coach)
  • 12:30pm – Catered Lunch
  • 1:00pm – The Tackle (Rex Norris, Glendale Technical Advisor)
  • 2:00pm – Tackle/Contest (Luke Gross, Glendale WPL/D1 Head Coach)
  • 3:00pm – Defensive Systems (Mark Bullock, Director of Rugby)
  • 3:30pm – Mental Skills (Dr. Jim Winges, Glendale Mental Skills Coach)
  • 4:00pm – Injury Prevention (Dr. Amy Valenta, Glendale Medical Director)
  • 4:30pm – Prep for MLR Match
  • 7:00pm – Glendale Raptors vs. Seattle Seawolves