Coach Development

Coach Education Course Registration OPEN NOW! One spot remaining (6/12/23)

2022 testamonial:  “Treat yourself to an amazing environment of coaching immersion that will excite and inspire you to coach!”

  • Use the red link above to register for the Coach Education Course taught by Master Educator, former England U20, and RFU Level 4 Coach Russell Earnshaw.  Residential price includes housing in a private room, all meals from Bowdoin’s top-ranked Dining Service, a camp jersey, course materials, insurance, professional instructor’s fee and ‘live’ coaching practicals; Commuter price includes all the same, plus lunch & dinner without housing.
  • For payment you can select credit card, Venmo or check at the end of the online registration form. If paying 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.

2023 Registration Fees –

  • EARLY Registration (before 6/15/23): $700 Residential/$550 Commuter
  • REGULAR Registration (until 7/09/23): $750 Residential/$600 Commuter
  • Payment Plans and Financial Discounts are available if needed. Please call or email to discuss!

Course Information

Polar Bear Rugby Camp offers a Coach Development Course that gives experienced and new coaches a unique and unparalleled opportunity to learn the practical, philosophical, technical, and tactical elements of effective coaching in a fun and purely positive learning environment!  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. Course includes discussions, videos, games, 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 5th 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 [email protected] 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.

Bowdoin’s Polar Bear Rugby Camp Coach Education Course gave me an entirely new perspective on the game, tactical vision, and the player/coach relationship. The experience was an outstanding investment in my coaching self development.