Coach Education

GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR COACHES  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.  The small group size and personalized learning curriculum are designed to meet your individual needs. The curriculum will be shared in small classroom sessions and will actively use the rugby camp as an ‘experiential classroom’. We are fortunate to have Russ Earnshaw lead the Coach Education Course this year.  Russell is a former player and current Coach of England U18s. A member of the Economics faculty, he coaches rugby at Eastbourne College, is a Level 4 RFU coach, Coach Developer, Coach Educator and Level 4 mentor.  We are very excited to have him with us this July!

This course is USAR approved and is worth well above the maximum 10 CDP (Coach Development Points) required to maintain USAR coaching certification.  If you’re looking to improve your coaching expertise with a top rugby coach educator, mark your calendar and register soon!  Space is limited. Registration available offline by emailing mmathews@bowdoin.edu or polarbearrugbycamp@gmail.com

The curriculum includes, and will be expanded with Russell’s guidance:

  • Goal setting
  • Developing your coaching philosophy
  • Creating learning environments
  • Skill acquisition
  • Coaching through games
  • Individual Practice Planning
  • Practical application session in sub-unit skill area of choice
  • Building Skills
    • 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

The cost of the coaching course is $525 for the all-inclusive residential experience/$425 commuter w/meals. (Payment plan & financial aid available.)  In addition to preparatory work online, you’ll receive 3 days of quality instruction, discussion and observation in the classroom 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, access to Bowdoin’s facilities and a camp jersey.  Arrive Thursday afternoon in time for dinner; camp ends Sunday afternoon.

This is a great way to improve or re-energize you or your assistant’s coaching career. Check out what a previous participant had to say:  It will only get better with Coach Earnshaw!

The Coaching Workshop at the Polar Bear Rugby Camp offered the unique and challenging experience of working one-on-one with some of the most accomplished rugby thinkers in coaching today. MaryBeth, Griff, and the other head coaches worked with me to customize their messages to suit my exact experience level and coaching needs. Though only a single weekend long, the intensive workshop pushed me to develop my observational, analytical, introspective, and communicative skills in a nuanced, holistic way. I had never–and have not since–experienced a coaching-educational opportunity that offered such depth and support with a personal touch.