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2017 Conference on the Game



Event Details

DATE:  Sunday, September 24, 2017

TIME:  9:00 am - 5:30 pm

LOCATION:  Carson Center  
                      801 East Carson
                      Carson, CA 90745


General Information

********** Register at the bottom of this page!*********

SCYR is excited to announce our 2nd Annual Conference on the Game! 

  • Open to SCYR coaches, administrators, referees, parents and all rugby enthusiasts in California and beyond.
  • Full day of presentations and discussions with world class speakers on essential rugby topics! 
  • Meet & speak with SCYR staff, vendors, and sponsors!
  • Network & socialize with other SCYR members!
  • Coaches earn 6 of the 10 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) required annually by USA Rugby!!

Topics will be presented in three tracks:  Coaching, Refereeing and Administration.  Here are just a few of the great sessions: 

  • Introducing safe tackling to younger players
  • Developing your club's coaching model
  • Building a positive & sustainable club culture
  • Refereeing set pieces
  • Key factors for coaching U8-U12
  • Coaching 7s
  • 501(c)(3):  How to Obtain & Protect your Rugby Club's Non-Profit Status
  • Growing a High School rugby program
  • Adjudicating the tackle and the breakdown


KEYNOTE ADDRESS:    Jack Clark on...Team, Culture and Science
A peer to peer presentation focused on the questions and answers driving the ethos of America rugby.


Confirmed speakers (more to come!):

  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Jack Clark - Head Coach, Cal Men's Rugby
  • Salty Thompson - Head Coach, USA Boys High School All-Americans
  • Kurt Weaver - Director, Youth & High School, USA Rugby and International Referee
  • Leah Berard - International Referee
  • Kevin Battle - Head Coach, Santa Barbara Olympic Development Academy & D1A College Commissioner
  • Sarah Efthymiou - Sr. Lead Attorney, Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project, Public Law Center
  • Lise Bernard - Founder & President, Tri-Mastery Group
  • Wyatt Blue - Player Welfare Program Manager, SCYR

Do you have a subject or speaker you would like to see at the 2017 Conference on the Game?  Submit your request here!

Also, SCYR will hold a Silent Auction at the Conference, come prepared to bid on lots of cool things, both rugby-related and not!  Email if you have a good or service to donate to the auction.

Register by August 20 and admission is only $40 for the day and includes lunch! 

Every SCYR member club/high school receives one free admission (email to designate your club's attendee and receive special registration instructions).

Check out the slide show from last year's Conference and check back here often for updates, including the full Conference Schedule!

Hotel Information

There is a DoubleTree hotel adjacent to the Carson Center for those traveling from afar who may wish to arrive on Saturday and/or stay on Sunday.

Please indicate on the registration form if you are interested in a hotel room - if there is enough interest, SCYR will negotiate a discounted room rate.

Registration Information

Save money, register today!!

           Early Bird - includes Lunch (ends Aug 20): $40 - A savings of 27%!!

           Standard - includes Lunch (ends Sep 10): $55

           Standard Block - includes Lunch (ends Sep 10). Receive a group discount: 10 people for $500

           No Lunch (Sep 11 - 21): $55

           Walk-in (Sep 24): $60




Southern California Rugby Referees Society

InjureFree - Online injury reporting/management software designed specifically for youth sports (Key Player Welfare Program partner)

ATVantage - Certified Athletic Trainer provider for all SCYR matches (Key Player Welfare Program partner)


Brock International - Manufacturers of shock pad underlayment systems for artificial turf that dramatically increase safety capabilities; committed to improved safety within youth sports with a specific focus on reduction/elimination of concussion.  Gold Level Player Welfare Program Sponsor!

The Rugger's Edge - The premier college advisory firm focusing on the unique needs of rugby players and a Bronze level sponsor of SCYR's Player Welfare Program!

Fruzinga -  A healthy and nutritious, less sugar, high fiber and vitamin D fortified probiotic drinkable yogurt, made with real fruit and wholesome grade A milk - great for rugby players!  A Bronze level sponsor of SCYR's Player Welfare Program.