New teams provide aspirational pathway for young women and men


[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap1′]S[/bra_dropcaps]EATTLE (June 26, 2015) – ATAVUS (rugby.atavus.com) today announces the creation of the ATAVUS All-Stars, select teams of aspiring men and women brought together from across ATAVUS programming to provide competitive opportunities in rugby athlete development. Comprised of men’s and women’s teams in both 15s and 7s, the All-Stars will be selected by ATAVUS coaches who identify players with high performance abilities and potential at the ATAVUS Academy, the USA Rugby Academy, and on “Powered By ATAVUS” teams and clubs across the nation.
“The ATAVUS All-Stars are a true aspirational pathway for the players in our programs,” said Emilie Bydwell, Head of Rugby Programming at ATAVUS. “Through these teams we’ll provide unmatched competitive opportunities for athletes to play together and learn what it takes to perform under pressure.”
The All-Stars program includes Women’s/Men’s (18+), Collegiate Women’s/Men’s, and High School Girls’/Boys’ in both the 15s and 7s games. Along with on field skill and teamwork building, All-Star athletes will learn proper physical preparation, strength and conditioning, and recovery techniques critical to elite success.
ATAVUS will work with USA Rugby Age Grade programs and coaches to ensure the All-Stars program is part of the National Team Pathway. To kick off the collaboration, USA Women’s 7s Assistant Coach Richie Walker will lead four ATAVUS All-Stars Women’s 7s teams in the Denver 7s on Saturday, June 27th. Additionally, USA Women’s Collegiate All-American Coach Sue Whitwell will coach the ATAVUS All-Stars Collegiate Women’s team that will face Ontario (Canada) in July.
“At its core, the All-Stars program provides something we haven’t offered in the past – a true pinnacle of our programming pathway,” said Bydwell. “It’s an exciting time as we’ll be filling out the All-Stars roster through talent we ID at our summer Women’s and Men’s Resident Camps and our West and East Cost High School Resident Camps.”
The current ATAVUS All-Stars Schedule for 2015-2016 includes:
  • Denver 7s – June 27th, 2015
    • ATAVUS All-Stars Women’s 7s
  • Great Northwest Challenge 15s – June 27-28th, 2015
    • ATAVUS All-Stars High School Boys’ 15s
    • Washington Loggers High School Girls’ 15s, Powered by ATAVUS
  • ATAVUS All-Stars Women’s Collegiate 15s vs. Ontario Blues at University of Niagara  – July 2015
  • Serevi RugbyTown 7s – August 14-16, 2015
    • ATAVUS All-Stars Men’s 7s
    • ATAVUS All-Stars High School Boys’ 7s
  • Las Vegas Invitational – February 2016
    • ATAVUS All-Stars Men’s 7s
    • ATAVUS All-Stars Women’s 7s
    • ATAVUS All-Stars High School Boys’ 7s
    • ATAVUS All-Stars High School Girls’ 7s

 

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About ATAVUS
ATAVUS is an ancestor from which character is inherited, passing along Rugby while instilling values in every player. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, ATAVUS is relentlessly driven to breed character, develop skills and champion Rugby in the USA and beyond.  The company builds and executes sustained, progression-based programming that provides coaching inclusive of any age, skill set or gender. Programs includes the year-round ATAVUS Academy, the USA Rugby Academy Powered by ATAVUS, customizable “Powered By ATAVUS” consulting services, and international programs with key partners including the worldwide HSBC Rugby Festivals.  ATAVUS also provides a brand identify, through social media and apparel, for the Rugby community that helps raise the level of noise around the sport in the U.S. For more information on ATAVUS, including upcoming player and coach training sessions visit ATAVUS.com.
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