Coach Development

Coach Education Course Registration is OPEN for 2022

* This course sells out every year – Register Early!

  • To register for the Coach Development Course taught by Master Wizard, former England U20, and RFU Level 4 Coach Russell Earnshaw, please complete our online registration using the link above. Residential price includes 3 days of full room and board, camp jersey, course materials, insurance, instruction and ‘live’ coaching practicals; Commuter price includes all the same, plus lunch & dinner without housing.
  • To pay for your registration, you will be prompted to pay by credit card, Venmo or check at the end of the online registration form. If you would prefer to pay by check, or need a payment plan, please click the “Pay by Check” box and do not submit your credit card information.  We will contact you to make arrangements.

2022 Registration Fees –

  • EARLY Registration (before 5/16/22): $600 Residential/$500 Commuter
  • REGULAR Registration (by 6/15/22): $650 Residential/$550 Commuter
  • LATE Registration (on or after 6/16/22):  $700 Residential/$600 Commuter

Course Information

Polar Bear Rugby Camp offers a Coach Development Course that gives experienced and new coaches an unparalleled educational opportunity to learn the practical, philosophical, technical, and tactical elements of effective coaching.  Russell Earnshaw is, without a doubt, at the top of his game as a creative and inspiring coach educator. The small group size and personalized learning curriculum are designed to meet your individual needs. The schedule includes discussions and on-the-field learning, using the Polar Bear Rugby Camp as an ‘experiential classroom’.

We are fortunate to have Russell Earnshaw lead the Coach Education Course for his 4th year.  Russell is a former England player and Coach of England U18s. Creator of RFUs Magic Academy and the C.A.R.D.S. coaching philosophy, he is a Level 4 RFU coach, Coach Developer, Coach Educator and Level 4 mentor in high demand across the rugby world.  We are very excited to have him with us this July!

This course is USAR approved and will earn you the maximum 10 CPD points (Coaching Prof. Development) required to maintain USAR coaching certification, but delivers so much more!  If you’re looking to improve your coaching expertise with a top rugby coach educator, mark your calendar and register soon!  Space is limited. Please email with questions or for more information.

“It’s mind-popping to learn how effective and fun coaching becomes when I use questioning, gaming principles, challenges, pauses, co-coaching and reflection!” – J.G.R.

The curriculum includes:

  • Goal setting
  • Developing your coaching philosophy
  • Creating positive learning environments
  • Skill acquisition
  • Gamification:  Coaching through games, optimize learning outcome through changing constraints
  • Practice Design & Individual Practice Planning
  • Co-Coaching: Practical application session in sub-unit skill area of choice

Specific Skill Building:

  • Confidence in Contact – Defensive skills
  • Handling – Catch/Pass/Kick
  • Decision Making on Attack
  • GCA:  Games – Contest Approach, using Outcome Goals
  • Defense
  • Forward & Back Play; Team Play

In addition to preparatory work online, you’ll receive 4 days of quality instruction, discussion and observation in groups and on the pitch, along with on-field practicals and follow up coaching during the year. Each coach stays in a private room with towels and linens, receives all meals in Bowdoin’s top-ranked dining hall, access to Bowdoin’s facilities and a camp jersey.  Arrive Thursday afternoon; camp ends Sunday early afternoon.

A great way to improve or re-energize you or your assistant’s coaching career.

“The coaching clinic at the Polar Bear Rugby Camp was well worth the cross-country flight from California. Marybeth, Rusty, and Griff created such a positive, accessible learning environment that encouraged me to be innovative and critical about my own coaching. The camp provided all of the coaches many opportunities to put their ideas and plans into practice and we also were able to learn from each other. It was my impression that I was able to gain so much from the coaching course because the theme throughout the clinic was that rugby is fun and so it stands to reason that learning how to grow within the game of rugby should also be fun for the players and the coaches. When I first watched Rusty running around with the boys playing touch I initially thought, look at this crazy fool – is he coaching or just having fun? Fast forward to the end of camp games, and the young boys’ game was by far the best display of players who were able to identify and exploit space, work well with their teammates and just have fun playing rugby. It was a testament to how Rusty’s coaching gives players the opportunity to express themselves, have fun, and learn how to play rugby at the same time. Thinking about how to create a positive learning environment and encourage joy and understanding with our players was a very important concept that we were able to expound and study and learn about. I enjoyed the camp immensely and was able to rediscover meaning behind why I continue to coach. The coaching clinic was hard, exhausting at times, lots of work, lots of thinking, and lots of fun. There is great coffee nearby and a beautiful campus to enjoy. I would highly recommend the coaching clinic to all coaches.”