WNT Start Eagle Training Centers Program

Feb. 27, 2012, 10:47 a.m. (ET)

Author:Pete Steinberg


USA Women’s Eagles Host Five Regional Training Centers
Thirty-eight women participated in the five Eagle Training Centers held by the USA Women’s Eagles this past weekend introducing an integrated athlete development model. Players from the 15s and 7s pool gathered to implement a model covers rugby skills but also physical development, nutrition, mental skills and life management.
“This is a big step forward for the women’s game,” said Nigel Melville, USA Rugby CEO and President of Rugby Operations.  “Our players have the opportunity to work with our coaches and high performance experts on a regular basis, and this will be critical as we move forward towards Paris in 2014.”
The centers were hosted at UMass-Amherst, Penn State, Univ. of Illinois -Chicago, Impact Sports – Denver and Stanford University.  The players covered everything from evasion skills to tax code, body fat % to developing a growth mindset in an intense weekend. The assemblies were just the start of the program of development for the players this year.
“The Eagle Training Centers are part of our Eagle 365 program where we are supporting the players development away from team assemblies,” said USA Women’s Eagles Head Coach Pete Steinberg. “The players will come back to our centers in 6 weeks and the expectation is they have improved in both their rugby and their elite athlete skills so we can move on to the next step of their development.”
The Women’s Eagles have launched a sports nutrition skill development program where they will be assessed on how they manage their nutrition and then create a pathway for improvement a long with a personal nutrition coach that will work with them regularly.  The centers are also where the players are assessed on their physical development and provided with a local strength and conditioning coach that will help them adjust a program to meet their needs.  Mental skills and life skills are addressed to help the players manage their performance in a sustainable way over the next two and a half years.
“There are short and long term goals of the Eagle Training Centers,” Steinberg said. “The short goal is to provide the players with an 18-week program that leads to the July Elite camp which will be the selection vehicle for the fall tour. The long term goal is to provide the players with everything they need to be world class, and find the players that are willing to make the commitment as elite athletes to help us win the World Cup in 2014.”
Resources from the Eagle Training Centers are available at www.eagle365.net