The 2017 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 today to reserve your spot to network with the best of the best in rugby around the country. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!
- Dates: January 13-15, 2017
- Location: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
- Conference Registration: *Earlybird* $175
- Price as of October 17:$200
- Price as of December 5:$250
- Walk-in (January 13, 14, and 15): $400
- Any registrations after January 13, 2017 must be done at the event for $400.
Register today for the 2017 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 Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, MD.
Early Bird pricing ends October 16!
Starting October 17 registration will be $200.
Any questions about the 2017 NDS can be sent to Alicia Allen at email@example.com.
Book Your Hotel
USA Rugby is proud to host this year’s National Development Summit at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. This beautiful hotel and conference center sits right in the heart of the inner harbor in downtown Baltimore, Maryland and just a short train ride away from Baltimore/Washington International Airport.
- Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
- 202 East Pratt Street
- Baltimore, MD 21202
- Single Occupancy: $129+ tax
- Double Occupancy: $129 + tax
- *Room rates include Wi-Fi in each room
- *Room rates expire after 1/2/2017 - following this date, attendees are encouraged to book via Hotels.com, Kayak.com, or other travel sites for the best rate.
- $2.00 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!
Sponsors & Exhibits
Thank you for your interest in supporting the 2017 USA Rugby National Development Summit. We are expecting over 500 of the countries most influential administrators, coaches, referees, and additional stakeholders in the sport of rugby to be in attendance at this one-of-a-kind event.
The purpose of this conference is to share best practices from rugby programs around the country along with discussing exciting new initiatives for 2017. The conference provides state-of-the-art developmental tools to help coaches, administrators, and referees continue to grow the game of rugby. You can help make this happen through your contribution as a sponsor, exhibitor, and/or advertiser.
At the only conference exclusive to growing the rugby game, your company will reach key decision-makers in the country's rugby community. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your products and services.
We anticipate spacing and opportunities to go fast, so act now! We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!
*All exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are subject to USA Rugby approval.
**Deadline for exhibitors and advertisers is January 2nd, 2017. Anyone interested in exhibiting after January 8th will pay an increased price for space.
Apply here to Advertise, Exhibit, and Sponsor at the NDS!
2017 Agenda released - Check back here for the most up to date information!
2017 NDS Speakers
Head Coach, USA Rugby Men's Sevens
Collegiate Director, USA Rugby
HP Referee Manager, USA Rugby
Founder and Owner, The Rugger's Edge
Founder & Owner of The Ruggers Edge
Pacific Western Rugby Conference
Rugby Mass Participation Program Consultant, Rugby Canada
Assoc. Strength and Conditioning Coach & Sports Science Coord., U.S. Naval Academy
Founder and Owner, Smarter Team Training
We look forward to members of the press attending and covering the 2017 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.
☆ 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 contact Nick Sero at firstname.lastname@example.org
☆ Press question and inquiries to Nick Sero, Communications and Digital Media Manager – email@example.com, 303-539-0300 x115
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 Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel and attendees will be able to walk to and from sessions.
3. Will airport transportation be provided?
The hotel is a $1.60 light rail trip from the airport. You can find the map and information on the Baltimore light rail website.
You can also grab a cab or Uber to the hotel, which is only 12 miles from the airport.
4. What is the cost of parking at the venue?
The Marriott has an on-site parking garage at $30/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 casual.
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 for purchase at the hotel by attendees. The hotel 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 Kelley Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com up to January 2nd. After January 2nd, no refunds will be issued. Registrants may request a credit to be transferred to another attendee by January 12th. After January 12th, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
13. Where can I find the "Shoot for the Summit" Video Contest rules and FAQ's?
Rules and regulations for the contest can be found here.