A few highlights from the youth conference last weekend:
-140 people attended the youth conference, the most ever. 27 states had non-profit youth organizations represented, with several more being formed.
-Rookie Rugby and Play Rugby USA are growing significantly in other parts of the country. Checkout the picture used at the top of Rookie Rugby's home page; it features one of Wisconsin's great high school players, and four-time national champion, Lauren Franzen.
-All but three of the attendees said they supported USA Rugby's eligibility proposal focusing on strictly high school teams, instead of u-19 clubs.
-The long-term vision of USA Rugby is to support a single-school team system, with an understanding that we’re a long way off from that.
-The reaction to USA’s All-star schedule was more divided.
-Support for a national championship remained strong.
-There did not appear to be any interest from other states in 7’s or all-star teams for girls in the spring. That’s their team season for now. Indiana has some interest in a fall girls season.