World Rugby LogoIf you've completed any of USA Rugby's certification courses in coaching, refereeing, touch judge, first aid or strength and conditioning, you also completed some of World Rugby's online educational modules.

If you're interested in ways to improve your knowledge of rugby, safety, and a variety of topics that can help your team, check out this list of additional modules that are free to view and complete through a simple registration process (that works across all the modules). These are great links to provide you with new knowledge or an annual refresh in a small amount of time.

Player Welfare - Resources and guidelines on putting the player first

Strength & Conditioning - learning resources supporting World Rugby's Level 1 and Level 2 Strength and Conditioning courses.

Keep Rugby Clean - Educational resources on World Rugby's Ant-Doping Policy

Officiating - Range of resources to support you in your officiating

Rugby Ready - Resource to raise awareness of good practice around the physical aspects of the game

Coaching - online learning tools for all aspects of coaching the game

Keep Rugby Onside - Educational advice and support on World Rugby's Anti-Corruption Policy

Laws of the Game - Resources and support to help you understand of how the Laws are applied on the field of play

NOTE: These are not a substitute for completing the actual certification courses.

 

Additionally, USA Rugby also offers USA Rugby SafeSport, a required course for anyone working with younger players.

If you take any of the modules and complete them, save your completion documents to share and demonstrate with your team, players, and parents of players to show how you're improving your rugby knowledge.

 

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Team photo of several of the USA Rugby & World Rugby Educators and Educators-in-Training in Colorado, September 9-11. Photo via Rugby Americas North.

As rugby continues to grow and thrive across our country, USA Rugby is working hard to build a more diverse corps of Educators and Trainers to help grow the game through Coaching, Refereeing, and Strength & Conditioning certification courses.

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Starting in October, USA Rugby will kick off its first-ever set of spanish language courses offered for coaching and referee clinics in Weston, Florida. The courses will be fully presented in Spanish by World Rugby Educators. Our rugby community is likely to see additional courses in other languages developed over the coming years as the national office expands its educational options.

USA Rugby also recently hosted a three-day workshop in Denver, Colorado that brought Coaches, Referees, and Strength and Conditioning professionals together for educator continuing development training. This event was a first for USA Rugby with its mix of focus areas and the greater diversity of participants, including three invited attendees with Wisconsin ties: Jessica Burda, Mollie Martin, and Harry Laws.

Both Burda and Martin attended to begin their training to be Educators in Coaching and Strength and Conditioning, respectively.

Hailing from Madison, Wis., Burda recently retired from playing for the Wisconsin Women after their 2015 national championship, is an alumnus of the UW-Stevens Point Women's Rugby team, and has been a long-time coach for Wisconsin all-stars, under-19, collegiate and senior women. Although stepping back from head coaching due to her non-rugby career, Burda will continue to be an assistant coach for the Oregon/Stoughton High Schools Boys team during spring competition.

Calling San Diego, Ca., home now, Martin is an alumni of the UW-Milwaukee Women's Rugby team. Martin is thriving in California, working for the American Council on Exercise and building her own business as a local Strength and Conditioning Coach and Fitness Coach. A speedy veteran of all-star rugby, she most recently played for the Women's Premier League's San Diego Surfers in both 15s and 7s. She also trains several local men's and women's rugby programs.

Only recently relocated to Wisconsin, Harry Laws is a long-time World Rugby referee trainer and a member of USA Rugby's referee leadership. He's reached out to our Wisconsin Rugby Referee Society and the WRFU community looks forward to future training opportunities that may grow from welcoming Laws into the neighborhood.

For more information about the training weekend, Rugby Americas North (RAN) media officer Laura Gill featured the weekend in its article "Diversity Not Just a Talking Point for USA Rugby's Training and Education Department." Also a native of Wisconsin, Gill also captured the weekend's highlights in photos and a great video.

Via the article, USA Rugby Director of Training and Education Kenny Forehand shared "To me the weekend is a big step forward on several levels because this is the most diverse group we’ve ever put through. It’s also the first group in which we really pushed this diversity focus, and so it represents the starting point where our initiatives really take hold.”

Rugby Americas North also interviewed World Rugby Trainer Lisa Rosen for the article: "I’m excited about the candidates,” said Rosen. “There were a large number of applications, and the group that is coming are serious rugby people. This is also the first time we have done multi-strand educator training. In the past trainers worked with coach educators, or referee educators in isolation. Now trainers from differing disciplines will work with all the educator candidates to share best practices and learn from each other."

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Harry Laws leading one of the indoor training sessions. Photo via Rugby Americas North.

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Mollie Martin leading one of her Educator training sessions in Strength and Conditioning. Photo via Rugby Americas North.

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Training to be Coach Educators, Coaches worked in small groups throughout the three-day weekend. Jessica Burda, pictured third from left, was impressed by the diversity of the groups. Her eight-person group included six women and participants also included current coaches from some of the country's top teams, in addition to originally hailing from Haiti, Spain, New Zealand, and Trinidad and Tobago. Photo by Rugby Americas North.

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A Long Tradition of Rivalry: Scrum between UW-Milwaukee Women (left) and UW-Madison Women in 2015. 

The Midwest Division 1 Women's Collegiate Conference has seen several changes over the past few years, but this Fall will see growth in the league.

Home to both of our state's D1 teams - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Madison - the conference has added the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Illinois to strengthen the regional competition.

The league also includes Iowa State University, University of Minnesota, and Northern Iowa University.

Here is the full Midwest D1 Women's Collegiate Schedule for this fall:

Midwest D1 Collegiate Women

Hat Tip to Jackie at The Rugby Breakdown for sharing the schedule. Like The Breakdown on Facebook for more collegiate women's news updates.

coachs whistleReferee assignments for Week 4 of Fall 2016 competitions were updated on Monday, September 19 by the Wisconsin Rugby Referee Society Match Assigner Brad Casetta ().

Find contact information for your referees here.

9/22/2016

  • Oak Creek DSHA "B" HSG Dan Warnacut
  • Fond du Lac Kettle Moraine HSG Brad Casetta

9/23/2016

  • DSHA CMH HSG Brandon Golembiewski

9/24/2016

  • Appleton Brookfield HSG Chris Ziegler
  • Pulaski Muskego/Vernon HSG Craig Nehring
  • Green Bay ST Paul Pigs D2M Steve Marvin AR: James Highfield, Chris Ziegler
  • Green Bay Oshkosh D4M James Highfield
  • HS Boys WISCO 7s Green Bay
  • Madison Minotaurs St. Louis, Columbus D4M Grant Thomas
  • Marquette UW-Whitewater CW Dan Channen
  • UW-Eau Claire UW-Oshkosh CW Brad Casetta
  • UW-Eau Claire UW-Madison Black CM Brad Casetta
  • UW-Stevens Point N. Michigan CW John Blakeman
  • UW-Plattville UW-Stout CW Terry Godfrey
  • UW-Milwaukee UW-La Crosse CM Anthony Devito
  • UW-Milwaukee N. Iowa CW Anthony Devito
  • UW-Whitewater UW-Plattville CM Ted Sibilski
  • N. Michigan UW-Stout CM Craig Heiptes-Wilson
  • Michigan Tech UW-Stevens Point CM Rhys Edwards
  • Fox Cities Sheboygan D4M Matt Bittner
  • Milwaukee Black and Blues Oconomowoc D3M Alec Prochniak
  • Fond du Lac Milwaukee RFC D3M Chris Kenth
  • WRFC NW Woodsman D3M Phil Winkler
  • WRFC Metropolis D2M Eric Goetz
  • Milwaukee Barbarians Columbus D1M ARs: Dan Channen, Steve Midthun
  • Milwaukee Scylla Rockford D2W Justin Jaeger
  • UW-Madison Women Iowa State CW Greg Faber

9/29/2016

  • Fond du Lac Appleton HSG Craig Nehring

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison's spring 7s team won the Big Ten, but are now ready for Fall 15s.

The state's lone Division 1 men's collegiate club - the University of Wisconsin-Madison - opened up conference play this past weekend.

Playing in USA Rugby's national D1A competition, the Badgers hosted Purdue University in a Big Ten Rugby league season-opener. Editor's note: We'll share the score against Purdue once it's confirmed.

Wisconsin fields three sides this fall: White competes in the D1A Big Ten "A-side" matches, while the Reds field a competitive side in the Division 3 collegiate men's WISCARFU conference. The Badgers' third side, the Blacks, play developmental or "B-side" matches against other Big Ten development sides on the same schedule as the Whites.

The D1A website shared a preview of the Big Ten teams in two parts this past week - Part 1 and Part 2 (featuring UW). Wisconsin Head Coach Nic Tyson, himself a UW men's rugby alumnus, has big goals for this season, according to the preview:

After winning the 2014 Big Ten Conference Championship, Wisconsin’s one-loss season a year ago wasn’t quite good enough to get the Badgers back into the title game. Ten months later, with a ton of talent back in the fold and a chip on its shoulder, Wisconsin’s goal for the season is simple.

“Our plan is to be back in the Big Ten Championship game,” Head Coach Nic Tyson said.

Here's the Badgers' Big Ten schedule for the remainder of this fall:

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