The 2018 National Development Summit brings best practices in rugby development for all coaches, referees, administrators, and players around the country. This can't-miss event is sure to be one of the best events of the year with sessions and clinics from the country's top experts!

Participants can expect presentations from...

  • Men's and Women's National Team Coaches
  • National Panel Referees
  • National Team Players
  • Top Level Administrators
  • Top Medical Professionals including National Team Doctors and USA Rugby's Medical Services Director
  • Other Coaches, Referees, and Administrators in Rugby
  • Special Guest Keynote Speaker at the Conference Banquet
  • All coaches and referees will receive 10 Professional Development Credits for attending this year's Summit!

Be sure to register early to reserve your spot to network with the best of the best in rugby around the country. We look forward to seeing you in Denver!


  • Dates: January 19-21, 2018
  • Location: Hilton Denver City Center (Previously the Denver Marriott City Center)
  • Registration after September 25, 2017: $200.00
  • Registration after January 2, 2018: $225.00


Register today for the 2018 National Development Summit! This years conference includes four tracks of programming including panel discussions, keynote speakers, and technical workshops on topics in coaching, refereeing, and administration. Your registration includes admission to Friday nights welcome reception, the Dinner of Champions on Saturday, plus access to the exhibitor hall over the entire weekend. The conference will be held at the Hilton Denver City Center (previously Denver Marriott City Center) in Denver, CO.

Starting September 26th registration will be $200.

Price increases to $225 after January 2, 2018.

Any questions about the 2018 NDS can be sent to Alicia Allen at

Book Your Hotel

USA Rugby is proud to host this year’s National Development Summit at the Hilton Denver City Center (Previously the Denver Marriott City Center). This beautiful hotel and conference center sits right in the heart of Denver, Colorado's downtown and just a short train ride away from Denver International Airport.



  • Hilton Denver City Center (Previously the Denver Marriott City Center)
  • 1701 California Street
  • Denver, CO 80202


  • Single Occupancy: $129+ tax
  • Double Occupancy: $129 + tax
  • *Room rates include Wi-Fi in each room
  • *Room rates expire after 1/4/2017 - following this date, attendees are encouraged to book via,, or other travel sites for the best rate.


  • $9.00 light rail ride from the airport
  • On-site parking
  • Complimentary internet access
  • Full service business center
  • Fitness Center
  • Indoor Heated Pool
  • Close to a large variety of restaurants and entertainment
  • And more!

2018 National Development Summit Sponsorship and Exhibiting Opportunities Available Now!

The National Development Summit is the place to market and network with members of the rugby community! The Exhibitor Hall provides exhibitors with up front access to all attendees throughout the entire weekend. The Friday Night Reception and all breaks throughout the weekend are held within the Hall providing participants a first hand look at all of the exhibitors and a chance to mingle and meet with business organizations far and wide. Reserve your spot today in the Exhibitors Hall and don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to share your products with the rugby community!

To learn more about sponsor, exhibitor, and advertising opportunities Click Here

Apply to Sponsor, Exhibitor, and Advertise at the NDS

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!

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Planning your trip to the 2018 National Development Summit? Check out the weekend schedule below!

Full agenda coming soon - check back later for more information!


Call For Presentations

The 2018 Call for Presentations is closed! Stay tuned for speaker and agenda announcements coming soon!

Updated 2017 NDS Speakers List Coming Soon

Head Coach, USA Rugby Men's Sevens
Collegiate Director, USA Rugby
HP Referee Manager, USA Rugby
Morris Rugby Corporation
KJ Feury has been a active member of the Morris Rugby Corporation since 1987. As an administrator for Morris Rugby’s first flag rugby program, the Denville Dawgs, KJ has handled the team’s special projects including public relations, communications, retention and recruitment and fundraising efforts. Much has changed in communication technology since the establishment of the Denville Dawgs in 1999. Every season has brought on a new challenge. The success with the Denville Dawgs led her to assist with the reestablishment of the Morris Rugby Girls U 18 Team in 2013. The Morris Girls U 18 team has had success in recruitment with roster of over 30 girls and successful innovative programming on and off the pitch. KJ is the current President of Rugby NJ. She works as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner for the Trauma Service of Morristown Medical Center and hold her Level 200 coaching and First Aid In Rugby Certification. She is often seen doing sideline medical coverage for rugby matches throughout the region.
Founder & Owner of The Ruggers Edge
Pacific Western Rugby Conference
Rugby Mass Participation Program Consultant, Rugby Canada
Erin Kennedy currently leads Rugby Canada's Mass Participation Rugby Programs and is a World Rugby Educator. Kennedy brings experience from her time with USA Rugby as a Youth Development Manager, where she managed mass participation programs like Rookie Rugby and pioneered Try on Rugby, the female-specific development program for rugby across the United States. Kennedy has also worked for Rugby America's North, developing youth rugby and women's rugby programs in the Caribbean and Mexico. She went on to coordinate programs for the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland, focusing on the Youth Olympic Games. Kennedy holds a Master's degree in Sport and Performance Psychology, is a USA Rugby certified coach and referee, and is a passionate advocate for the growth of youth and women's rugby in North America.
Assoc. Strength and Conditioning Coach & Sports Science Coord., U.S. Naval Academy
USA Rugby Club Department Manager
Erik is currently the national Club Department Manager for USA Rugby and the Vice-President of Rocky Mountain Rugby. As Club Department Manager, Erik is tasked with overseeing 25% of USA Rugby’s member constituency. Previously, Erik served USA Rugby as National Championship Series & Competitions Manager, Competitions Management Coordinator, and Membership Services Coordinator. Erik’s competition management background includes operational roles at 79 major rugby events (national championships, international matches/tournaments, etc.), oversight of USA Rugby’s competition management system, and schedule-writing for over 100 rugby competitions, including the Americas Rugby Championship and PRO Rugby North America’s inaugural season. In 2015, Erik worked with World Rugby, Sport Development Concepts, and the University of Illinois on the Recruit & Retain Study that researched recruitment and retention within the sport of rugby in the United States. Erik began playing rugby at the high school level in Plano, Texas, before transitioning to play collegiate rugby at the University of South Carolina. In college, he was selected for the all-state (LAU) team and represented USA Rugby South in international competition. He was also the president of his college team for two years during its transition to Division I, and an officer of the team for four years in total. Upon graduation, Erik moved into senior club rugby, playing for several teams around the country. His playing career ended after receiving a neck injury while playing for the Glendale Raptors. Erik then officiated for several years – earning a C-1 grade and a national appointment – before injuries also forced a cessation of that pathway.
Founder and Owner, Smarter Team Training
Head Coach, Womens Eagles Sevens


We look forward to members of the press attending and covering the 2018 USA Rugby National Development Summit. Please register below to receive your press pass and information on our press activities throughout the weekend. Each member of the press will gain access to our press room, with plenty of workspace and resources including printers and wifi. We will also be making all our presenters available for interviews after their sessions in the press room interview area. Press is welcome to take video, audio or photography during the NDS pending approval of your registration. We ask that you do not film full sessions for production or sharing on social media.

☆ Each member of the press will receive a pass to the event, including light hors d’oeuvres Friday evening, lunch and dinner on Saturday.

☆ We welcome print media, television, digital, blogger, audio, radio and others.

☆ If you would like a media credential, please complete the Media Credential Request Form.

☆ Press questions and inquiries to Calder Cahill –


1. What is included in my registration?

Your registration fee will include the following:

  • Welcome Reception Admission (including two drink tickets)
  • Summit Programming for Saturday and Sunday
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Dinner and Evening Reception on Saturday
  • Refreshments on Sunday

2. Will transportation be provided to the venue?

All meetings will take place at the Hilton Denver City Center (Previously the Denver Marriott City Center) and attendees will be able to walk to and from sessions.

3. Will airport transportation be provided?

The hotel is a $9.00 light rail trip from the airport. You can find the map and information on the Denver light rail website.

You can also grab a cab or Uber to the hotel, which is only 25 miles from the airport.

4. What is the cost of parking at the venue?

The Hilton has an on-site parking garage at $32/night.

5. What is the dress code for the Development Summit?

There is no set dress code for the conference, most individuals dress smart casual. Some of the sessions are practical, interactive sessions, so please wear appropriate clothing for participation. Saturday's dinner will be business formal.

6. Will contact information be provided for presenters and attendees?

Contact information will be provided for all presenters throughout the conference. Attendee information will not be available as to protect privacy. Attendees are encouraged to bring and distribute business cards should they desire someone's contact information.

7. Is breakfast provided at the hotel?

Breakfast will be available at the hotel with your hotel room rate. The hotel also offers a wide spread of breakfast options which can be found on their site. There are also a wide variety of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel where breakfast can be had.

8. Can I obtain Professional Development Credits if I am a certified coach?

Yes! Attendance at the conference will get you 10 PDCs for towards your coaching certification. For more information on obtaining PDCs please contact Katie Dyke at

9. Will conference attendees have copies of the presentations from the conference?

All conference materials will be posted online after the conference. Attendees are encouraged to bring a notebook to take notes during presentations.

10. This is my first National Development Summit, what can I expect?

The National Development Summit is geared towards anything and everything in rugby development. All sessions are hands-on, dynamic presentations that contain relevant information to help you grow your program/organization. Come expecting to network with others in the rugby community and also be ready to obtain a wealth of information that you can take back to your area.

11. What do I do if I already registered and need to cancel?

Refunds will be issued if requested via email to Alicia Allen at up to January 8th. After January 8th, no refunds will be issued. Registrants may request a credit to be transferred to another attendee by January 17th. After January 17th, no refunds or credits will be issued.

12. Who do I contact if I have questions leading up to the summit?

If you have any questions that come up prior to the summit you can contact Alicia Allen at

13. What is NDS Rugby Development School?

Rugby Development school is a focused series of topics designed for development officers, parents, volunteers and coaches working on the growth of rugby at the 5-14 year old level.