FAQ 2016-11-29T16:54:25+00:00
Is this camp 7s or 15s specific? 2016-10-26T22:28:58+00:00

This camp is primarily focusing on 15s specific content. Athletes will be put into groups based on their 15s position.  If an athlete hasn’t played 15s they should still attend and coaches will put them in a group best suited for their skill set!  This camp however is still a selection venue for Atavus All Star 7s team in Vegas!

ATAVUS Tackle System Teams 2015-11-10T20:11:50+00:00

In response to tremendous demand, we have developed an effective and safe rugby tackling program tailored to the American football market, primarily prescriptively guiding high school programs and consulting with collegiate programs.

Girls High School All Americans 2016-11-29T16:55:19+00:00

In 2014, we launched the inaugural Girls’ High School All American squad. We aim to progress young female athletes through the High School / U19 / Collegiate age-grade pathway and have devoted financial and programmatic support to the cause.

Powered By ATAVUS 2015-11-10T20:10:20+00:00

Powered By is a fee-for-service, individualized consulting platform for high schools, colleges, clubs and regional state associations. In response to the lack of dedicated resources to existing club and university coaches, we developed our Powered By platform.

ATAVUS Coach Seminars 2015-11-10T20:09:31+00:00

A series of stand-alone Coach Education seminars and workshops aimed at raising the quality of youth coaching in North America.

USA Rugby Academy Resident Camp – AGES 18+ 2015-11-10T20:08:42+00:00

A series of targeted (e.g., age, gender) Resident Camps that are longer duration (5-7 days), higher-price point camps that train high-potential athletes in conditions that mimic those of a National Team camp, covering skills, S&C, nutrition and sports psychology.

USA Rugby Academy Powered by ATAVUS – AGES 14+ 2015-11-10T20:06:37+00:00

A series of weekend High Performance Training Camps run by ATAVUS coaches and USA Rugby National Team coaches. ATAVUS runs approximately 15-20 of these per year, attracting roughly 100 participants per.

ATAVUS Academy Programming – AGES 16+ 2015-11-10T20:05:20+00:00

The ATAVUS Academy provides sustained and consistent year-round development to athletes and coaches. It includes Resident Senior Academies in Seattle & San Diego; Junior Academies for aspiring players; All-Star squads and an evolving sustained Coach Development program.

Youth Rugby Programming – AGES 4-14 2016-11-29T16:55:19+00:00

We work diligently to increase the number of young athletes exposed to Rugby and to give them fluid technical and game skills at earlier ages. Often, this work is done in partnership with organizations like YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs or Parks Departments.

Summer Camps:
We run week-long summer camps in multiple locations across greater Seattle and San Diego. We operate some of them independently and others in partnership with a municipality, a YMCA or a Boys & Girls Club. Summer camps run 9am to 3pm each day and are led by well- trained and background checked coaches. Camps are game-based and designed to give young athletes a broader introduction to rugby.

Rugby 100/200/300:
Our 100/200/300 series operates very much like our after-school programs but are run in partnership with municipalities, YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs or youth clubs. The 100/200/300 progression allows us to segment by age & ability to give each young athlete a fun & safe experience with appropriate stretch. We register based on age, but allow for kids to play up based on ability. As a general rule, the age breaks are: Level 100 (ages 4-6); Level 200 (ages 7-9); and Level 300 (ages 10-12). Interested parties should contact Kellen Gordon (Greater Seattle) Or visit our page Youth Rugby

Will ATAVUS still hold Rugby camps? 2015-10-28T22:35:21+00:00

Absolutely. Football and Rugby share a common ancestry and at ATAVUS we’re about taking unique characteristics of each sport and how they approach tackling and contact overall and blending the best of both to create an outcome of better, more effective, more efficient and hopefully safer tackles.

As we launch our Football program, we’ll continue to focus on what we were founded on – growing the game of Rugby in North America. We’ll continue to run the USA Rugby Academy around the nation, while building out year-round programming under the ATAVUS Academy, and of course introducing new players to the sports through our Youth Rugby programs in the U.S. and abroad through our partnership with HSBC.

Did you teach the Seahawks how to tackle? 2016-11-29T16:55:19+00:00

Coach Carroll and Coach Seto were well on their way to improving the way their defense tackled when we connected with them. While we have offered ideas to their team on how they may incorporate Rugby style tacking into their current practices. We look forward to continuing our information sharing relationship with this forward-looking organization.

How have you worked with the Seahawks? 2015-10-28T22:25:31+00:00

We first connected with the Seahawks and then new coach Pete Carroll in August of 2011. Coach Carroll is always looking for a innovative way to improve his team, so when he heard about our high performance Rugby programs, he invited us to a training camp at the Hawks training facility.

From that first meeting, he and our founder Waisale Serevi hit it off and have forged a great relationship, along with Defensive Coach Rocky Seto – who has been to our offices several times to talk about how Rugby tackle could improve their approach to defense.

We continue to work with the Hawks in an informal manner, learning from each other. We very much appreciate their support as we take this product to market.

What is the background of the coaches who lead the Football program? 2015-10-28T22:24:51+00:00

Earlier in 2015 we hired Rex Norris, Jr. as our Head of Football. Rex grew up in Football with a father that coached for several NFL teams and under Barry Switzer at Oklahoma. As a longtime Football and Rugby coach, Norris, Jr. built Kentwood (WA) High School into a perennial powerhouse while also building Kent Crusaders Rugby from the ground up. We think Rex is the perfect mix between the two sports, and as a former high school teacher, he is a highly skilled educator who can adapt programming to any audience.

Rex is assisted by other leading minds in the application of Rugby tackling skills to Football including University of Washington Rugby Head Coach (and former USA national team player) Kevin Swiryn.

How much are the Football services? 2015-10-28T22:24:07+00:00

Our consulting services range in pricing depending on the level of instruction a coach and program are looking for. Coaches interested in learning more can visit rugby.atavus.com/football and fill out the inquiry form so one of our coaches can get right back to you.

What coaches/programs have you/are you working with? 2015-10-28T22:23:24+00:00

We’re excited to be in our initial stages of working with teams across collegiate, high school, and youth Football, but we’re not quite ready to announce our first partners. Expect news in the coming months about our first partners.

Don’t Rugby players get hurt just as much as Football players? 2015-10-28T22:22:28+00:00

Rugby players certainly aren’t immune to injury, yet when taken as a whole, Rugby players have fewer injuries than Football players [National Safety Council. (2015). Injury Facts®, 2015 Edition. Itasca, IL.]. In contact sports such as these there is of course an inherent risk to all players, but we firmly believe that through proper technique and instruction of the tackle, we can make both games safer for all players.

How can Rugby players teach Football players anything when they don’t wear pads? 2015-10-28T22:21:20+00:00

Because Rugby players cannot count on pads and a helmet to make a tackle, the game has evolved to bring the opposing player to the ground strictly through technique and leverage. When Football players apply simple Rugby tackling techniques, they are able to be more effective in bringing a runner to the ground, while taking their head out of the play which will makes the game safer.

What are the biggest benefits to a Football player who learns to tackle like a Rugby player? 2015-10-28T22:20:41+00:00

With a faster game, Football players are problem solving and thinking on the field in a different manner than before. We are creating a new culture in the expectations of tackling, giving athletes the confidence needed to react more instinctively to their surroundings.

In addition to tackling techniques, Rugby’s distributed leadership model, which requires virtually every player to think and make split-second decisions, is appealing as the game of Football increases in speed.

Why are you launching the Football program? 2015-10-28T22:19:56+00:00

As the game of Football is evolving due to players being bigger, faster and stronger through increased strength training, plays are happening quicker and the creation of more space on the field leads to a bigger tackle area than before.

With a larger tackle area comes the need for a new set of training for players to be more efficient, more effective, and safer on the field. As the game has evolved, the education for the player and coach needs to evolve too to keep pace with the game.

What are you teaching Football coaches & players? 2015-10-28T22:19:05+00:00

At its core ATAVUS Football teaches coaches and players how to tackle more effectively, efficiently, and safely.
We provide coaches with onsite and remote assessment, coupled with the development of specific Tackle Plans comprised of four key parts:

  • An introduction to five core drill types;
  • Periodization of a Tackle Plan across off-season, pre-season and in-season;
  • Sequencing of and time allotments for the drill types within each defined period; and
  • Analysis of teams’ tackling programs over time
What are some benefits of playing Rugby? 2016-11-29T16:55:19+00:00

Rugby offers obvious physical benefits such as improvements in health and fitness.  Equally important, Rugby fosters a culture and environment of warmth and inclusiveness based on honor, respect and sportsmanship. Many of our crossover athletes also report seeing the field or court in a whole different light when re-engaging in their other sports because of the emphasis Rugby places on field vision and decision making.

Is Rugby Dangerous? 2015-10-28T21:09:55+00:00

Rugby is a contact sport and that has inherent risks.  However, the majority of our camps and clinics focus on non-contact Rugby skills.  Waisale Serevi, Ben Gollings and Santiago Gomez Cora made long careers out of avoiding contact!  Safety is taught within our drills and Rugby is designed in such a manner that safety is built into fundamental techniques such as tackling and going to ground.

What is Rugby? 2015-10-28T21:09:07+00:00

Rugby is a fast paced, team-oriented, contact sport that originated in England in the 19th Century.

There are two formats: 15 a side and 7 a side. In the 15s format, games are played in two, 40-minute halves. In 7s, each half is 7 minutes long.

The sport is exceptionally dynamic and free-flowing and requires every player to pass, catch, kick, tackle, and run. All athletes play both offense and defense and decision making is widely distributed. There are positions for all body types and the sport is known for being both inclusive and community-minded.

Rules are the same for male and female athletes and very little equipment is required to engage beyond cleated boots and a mouth guard.

Shipping 2015-10-28T21:06:55+00:00

Shipping within the United States will be carried out by Fedex, with an anticipated delivery time of 3-5 business days after the package leaves our warehouse. All shipping charges for orders shipped to addresses inside the United States will be determined at the time of order as a function of product weight and zip code.

You may also request 2nd or next day air for additional charges.

We ship to addresses outside of the United States, its territories and US military post office boxes. International shipping rates apply, again as a function of product weight and exact destination. The recipient is solely responsible for all duties, taxes and other fees assessed at the border.

Return Quality Conditions 2016-11-29T16:55:19+00:00


• Customer Accomodation or Exchange

• Product or Shipping Error

Acceptable with Condition

• Product Defect, Stained or Soiled

• Incorrect Sizing, Label or Fabric Flaws


• Tears, Holes, Rips, Snags

• Washed or Worn

Return Policies 2015-10-28T21:05:29+00:00

• All purchases are final and will appear on credit card statements from ATAVUS LLC.

• We do not issue refunds for items purchased and processed. Items may be returned for product-for-product exchange within 14 days of the ship date listed on the packing slip. If an item that is purchased becomes out of stock due to a sale at an event, this is the only time a refund will be offered.

• Items returned for exchange must be in their original condition when returned. Soiled or damaged goods will be returned to the customer.

Returns 2016-05-16T22:15:23+00:00

We hope that you are happy with your purchase from the ATAVUS® Shop. If, however, you need to return defective merchandise or to exchange your purchase for another product or size, please return the merchandise in question at your expense via UPS, FedEx, USPS or DHL.

Return envelopes or boxes should be addressed to:

Attn: Apparel Return
1560 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134

Please indicate whether you would like to REPLACE or EXCHANGE the item(s). If exchange, please indicate:

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Also, please indicate the reason for the return:

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Can I talk to someone about the apparel? 2016-05-16T21:23:42+00:00

Yes, of please feel free to call our number 206.695.2605 – select the apparel extension and someone would be happy to talk with you.

Do you have a sizing chart for your apparel? 2015-10-28T20:57:13+00:00

No, we are currently developing a size chart for each product. We sourced our apparel line with the rugby player in mind, if you normally wear a Large in other brands, then you will wear a Large with ATAVUS Apparel.

How long does shipping usually take? 2015-10-28T20:55:05+00:00

That all depends on your shipping selection and where you would like the package sent. For example a UPS Ground shipment from our warehouse in Seattle to the East Coast is 5 business days.

Do you ship internationally? 2015-10-28T20:54:07+00:00

Yes, we currently ship to a variety of countries throughout the world. Just select the country upon checking out of the online store. Please read about our shipping options.

What forms of payment do you accept? 2015-10-28T20:52:51+00:00

On our website we accept 4 major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover. At promotional or sales events, we accept credit cards, cash or check (with ID). If you ever have any issues with your payment process online, please contact us.

What are the benefits of attending an ATAVUS Camp? 2015-10-28T20:51:23+00:00

The ATAVUS Academy is equal parts fitness, core skills & fun. Athletes will focus both on tangible Rugby skills and intangibles such as teamwork, sportsmanship, character and determination.

In practical terms, many of our crossover athletes report seeing the field or court in a whole different way when they re-engage in other sports as Rugby requires and builds great vision and decision making on both offense and defense.

Do the coaches have first aid training? 2015-10-28T20:45:09+00:00

Yes. Our coaches are periodically trained and certified in basic first aid and come to the field equipped with first aid kits. We also have incident reporting procedures to ensure that any camp injuries are properly communicated to parents and documented.

Do the coaches have background checks? 2015-10-28T20:43:43+00:00

Yes, they do. In fact, our entire staff has been screened! Safety in every aspect is important to us.

Is Rugby really safe? 2015-10-28T20:42:57+00:00

Like any sport, Rugby has inherent risks. That said, Rugby’s injury rate is actually less than many other sports because athletes are taught to tackle and be tackled safely, with head to the side and arms wrapped. It is illegal to lead with the head in Rugby.

What’s more, we emphasize operating in space and spend very little time in contact drills. With very limited exceptions, we do not expose athletes to contact drills until they are older than 14.

What ages and skill levels do your camps cover? 2015-10-28T20:42:08+00:00

We cover the Rugby development spectrum from Rugby 100 (ages 4-6), Rugby 200 (ages 7-11), Rugby 300 (ages 12-14), High School (15-19) and Adult (18+). Where more than one age group is represented on the pitch, athletes are segmented by age & ability to ensure safety and to provide appropriate stretch to each athlete.

Refund & Cancellation Policy 2016-02-09T16:21:43+00:00

Please note that we plan our staffing needs well in advance based on registrations. This allows us to ensure a safe and fun environment for all athletes.

If you or your child is unable to attend the program after registering and you cancel the day the camp begins or before, you can apply the registration fee to a future ATAVUS program by emailing contact@ATAVUS.com. Refund and credit requests will be processed within 7 business days.

In case of injury or sickness, you will receive a full credit for the camp fee to be applied to another camp at a later date, or a refund minus the 20% administrative fee. Refunds related to an in-camp injury will be considered on a case – by – case basis.

If you registered through a partner organization, please contact that organization directly about their refund policy.

ATAVUS reserves the right to cancel any camp. In the event of a camp cancellation ATAVUS will make every effort to reschedule a new event in the proximity of the canceled camp within a 6 month time frame. Campers will be automatically transferred to that event unless specific request for a refund is make to contact@ATAVUS.com.


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Is Serevi still there? 2015-10-28T19:50:24+00:00

You bet! Waisale is a co-founder and as involved with the business as ever. Furthermore, the Serevi brand lives on in some of our programming outside the United States.

How do we do it? 2016-11-29T16:55:19+00:00
  • We are the leader in growing Rugby in the USA by offering a wide range of programs for youth, high school, college-ages, and beyond.
  • We deliver authentic messages promoting the game to the U.S. Rugby community in a way no one else can.
  • We create opportunities that grow, unite and inspire the Rugby family on and off the field.
  • We develop and deliver a progression of broad-based curriculum for all ages to help players and coaches reach their highest potential.
  • We leverage key partnerships by bringing people together to grow the game in the U.S. and beyond.
  • We bring together world class athletic talent and business thought-leaders to create the pathway for making Rugby America’s next big sport.
What do we do? 2015-10-28T19:48:37+00:00


  • We grow the number of people playing Rugby in the U.S. and globally.
  • We promote the values of Rugby: Fun, Camaraderie, Inclusion, Community.
  • We connect the Rugby community to create a common path, vision, and voice.
  • We develop the empower all of the Rugby players we deal with to become the best they can be.
  • We build leaders for the game’s future


What do we believe? 2016-11-29T16:55:19+00:00

We believe:

  • Playing Rugby is fun.
  • Play as much as you can! Cross-training challenges your body in different ways.
  • A Rugby team is inclusive of age, gender, skill levels body shapes and sizes.
  • Preparation, Competition & Recovery are all needed to be the best.
  • Setting Goals is crucial as we strive to achieve the next level.
  • Camaraderie is Rugby’s heartbeat.
  • Perform at your best – commit and bring your best for yourself and your team.
  • Life requires adaptability and, like Rugby, is fast and fluid.
  • Rugby’s community extends around the globe. There are opportunities to connect no matter where you are in the world.
Who are we? 2015-10-28T19:47:19+00:00

We are:

  • Former and current players and lovers of the game
  • Men and women, young and old
  • Business and Sports leaders
  • People passionate about success
  • A team authentic in our commitment to Rugby
What does ATAVUS mean? 2015-10-26T19:50:30+00:00

ATAVUS means an ancestor from which character is inherited. We believe character and community are hallmarks of the Rugby World and sought a name that reflected those characteristics.

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