RHINOS

Building character
and leaders of the future

ACADEMY

RUGBY

Your pathway to college

ACCOUNTABILITY. RESPECT. TEAMWORK.

COACHES CLINICS

View Rhinos Coaches Clinics led by Orene Ai'i, Tai Tuisamoa and Charles Purdon

Next events
  • U10 - U18 Boys & Girls
    Rhinos I'nal Youth Tournament
    San Fran Bay Area, CA
    July 16-20 2018
  • Coaches - All Levels
    Coaches Clinic w/ Orene Ai'i
    San Diego, CA
    October 29 2017
  • Coaches - All Levels
    Coaches Clinic w/ Orene Ai'i
    Sacramento, CA
    October 21 2017
  • U14 - U18 Boys & Girls
    North American Invitational
    Salt Lake City, UT
    August 4-5 2017
Game Videos

ELIGIBILITY.

PLAYERS

Eligibility to train as “Rhinos Cadet”:

  • Age: 9 – 18 yrs old (U10 – U18)
  • Rugby Club: proof of membership
  • Code of Conduct: sign and abide
  • Community Service: complete 2 hrs/month
  • Fees: pay the monthly fees and academy kit
  • Equipment: bring rugby cleats, mouth guard, running shoes, water bottle

Eligibility to play as “Rhinos Squad”:

  • Age: 12 – 18 yrs old (U14 – U18)
  • Rugby Club: proof of membership
  • GPA: hold minimum 2.5
  • Code of Conduct: sign and abide
  • Rhinos Rugby ScoreTM: hold 270 or above
  • Training: with Rhinos Academy Squad for minimum once/week
  • Community Service: complete 2 hrs/month
  • Fees: pay the monthly fees and academy kit
  • Equipment: bring rugby cleats, mouth guard, running shoes, water bottle

COACHES

Eligibility to qualify as “Rhinos Coach”:

  • Playing experience: collegiate or club level
  • Certifications: Level 200 US standard, First Aid, Ref course Level 1
  • Drills and Skills: physically demonstrate the following skills: passing, tackling, clearing ruck, supporting ruck, ball presentation, tower of power
  • Rhinos Coaches ScoreTM : 40 or above
  • Code of Conduct: sign and abide
  • Personal Background Check: pass
  • Drug Testing (random): pass

TRAINERS

Eligibility to qualify as “Rhinos Trainer”:

  • Certifications: CPR, AED and PT (nationally accredited)
  • Training experience: minimum 2 years
  • Current client base: minimum 5
  • Rhinos Trainer ScoreTM : 56 or above
  • Code of Conduct: sign and abide
  • Personal Background Check: pass
  • Drug Testing (random): pass
 

BENEFITS.

Click on any benefit to learn more.
Rugby

Rugby Skills

The Rhinos Academy focuses on teaching and improving the players’ rugby skills such as: tackle, catching and passing, ball contact, footwork etc. We have developed a testing system that assesses each player’s basic and position-specific rugby skills on a regular basis. Based on each player’s Rhinos Rugby ScoreTM, game film and live performances, we design a program and constantly adjust the training sessions to work on each player’s weaknesses, improve their game and develop their all-around rugby skills.

Strength & Conditioning

The Rhinos Academy focuses, through our team training, on improving the players’ strength and conditioning such as: aerobic, speed, strength, power, agility etc. We have developed a testing system that that assesses each player’s basic, position-specific and age-specific strength and conditioning level, on a regular basis. Based on each player’s Rhinos Rugby ScoreTM, game film and live performances, we design a program and constantly evaluate and adjust the training sessions to improve each player’s rugby conditioning level.

Rugby IQ

The Rhinos Academy focuses on improving the players’ rugby IQ such as: decision-making, space awareness, offensive patterns etc. Through our Rhinos Rugby ScoreTM evaluation program, we identify and focus on each player’s rugby IQ possible improvement areas, while ensuring that the player has a clear understanding about how they apply them in future game situations.

Game video analysis

Our Academy team uses various angles of game videos to analyze the skills, fitness, strategy of the players as a team. The players are given a recommendation report which is position and age specific during team training.
Health

Nutrition Newsletter

We consider proper nutrition as a vital aspect of growth and recovery, both physically and mentally, for the boys and girls in our Academy program. We teach our kids how to have a balanced diet, the importance of eating regularly, and of avoiding harmful ingredients such as sodium and trans-fats. We value instilling good life and eating habits from a young age.

MyZone Heart Rate Monitor

We measure the intensity of effort and fitness schedule from any gym or workout place, including the field.
Check it out at: http://myzone.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/MYZONE_Get_Started_Guide.pdf

Body Metrics

We measure the progress and development of the players from a body metrics perspective as well
Check it out at: https://www.myzonemoves.com/myzone/dashboard/sections/docs/MYZONE%20Biometrics%20Help.pdf
Academics

Minimum GPA

We are a school-first program, and therefore we require a 2.5 GPA to qualify to play for the academy team (“squad”). This is the baseline for any college recruiter to look at any player. We monitor school grades and liaise with parents to make sure our academy members are keeping up with school work. If a player fails to meet the minimum requirement, priority is given to academics before the player can train or play with the team.

Tutoring

We offer tutoring to our academy members, up to 2 hours a week per player. The program includes checking the kids grades to ensure they meet the minimum Rhinos Academy requirement, as well as consulting with parents to set up a procedure to help our players do better in school.
Pathway to College
This is a platform that showcases the kids complete packages of work from school GPA to Rhino Player ScoreTM test to every work out, bodymetrics and even community service log.
Community Service
We have devised our own community service program for our kids. Helping others is a huge part of teaching kids to think about others who are less fortunate and how rewarding it can be to help others.
Other (Paid)

One-on-one training sessions

We have a fleet of Transport vehicles that pick up and drop off kids that need rides to practice or home. We know everybody is busy and can’t always get kids to and from training.

Transportation

We have a fleet of Transport vehicles that pick up and drop off kids that need rides to practice or home. We know everybody is busy and can’t always get kids to and from training.

Hair Analysis

We have a fleet of Transport vehicles that pick up and drop off kids that need rides to practice or home. We know everybody is busy and can’t always get kids to and from training.
Check it out here: http://www.evenbetternow.com/Hair-Tissue-Mineral-Analysis.php

Personal video evaluation

All Games are recorded and then broken down for player and team analysis. Coach evaluation of player clips and then recommendations for improvements.

Pricing.

To be part of the Academy and train, there is an annual registration cost of $295 and various options of monthly dues. Check them out below and choose the one that fits best for your schedule and goals.

The annual registration cost covers: t-shirt (2), hoodie, rugby shorts, backpack, travel bag, workout shorts, socks, MyZone heart rate monitor. For additional Academy Services, click here.
in-season

1 day Week

  • Strength & Conditioning Program and Regular Testing
  • Skill Set Program and Testing
  • Speed Program and Testing
  • Position-specific training
  • Cardio Program
  • Nutrition Starter Plan
  • Stats & Profile & College Opportunities
  • Body metrics

$50 / month / player

+ $295 Registration Cost*

(and applicable taxes)

Sign Up
in-season /Off-Season

2 days Week

  • Strength & Conditioning Program and Regular Testing
  • Skill Set Program and Testing
  • Speed Program and Testing
  • Position-specific training
  • Cardio Program
  • Nutrition Starter Plan
  • Stats & Profile & College Opportunities
  • Body metrics

$100 / month / player

+ $295 Registration Cost*

(and applicable taxes)

Sign Up
OFF-season

Unlimited

  • Strength & Conditioning Program and Regular Testing
  • Skill Set Program and Testing
  • Speed Program and Testing
  • Position-specific training
  • Cardio Program
  • Nutrition Starter Plan
  • Stats & Profile & College Opportunities
  • Body metrics

$200 / month / player

+ $295 Registration Cost*

(and applicable taxes)

Sign Up
Note: *The Registration Cost can be paid upfront, on a 6-month plan of $55/month plus taxes, or a 3-month plan of $100/month plus taxes.

HISTORY.

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The Rhinos Rugby Academy is the elite youth rugby program of the Rhinos Rugby Crash (rhinosrugbycrash.com). Rhinos Rugby was started in 2013 as a local Orange County rugby club by passionate rugby players and dads who dreamed to do better than the status quo for their kids and the game, and teach them life skills and provide college opportunities through the sport.
The immediate and huge success of the club created a responsibility to evolve the program to teach and promote the game and skills at international standards, while continuing to help the kids learn real core values about both rugby and life, such a respect, honor, discipline, integrity, teamwork and accountability.
The Rhinos Academy was thus created in 2014. We offer kids rugby opportunities beyond club level, and we help develop and nurture them into young adults with character and social and life skills.
The Academy partners with regional clubs all over California and beyond, to advance the game as it is played and coached at international level. We also pave a pathway to college, pro rugby, coaching or other community involvement for our kids.
We measure our success by winning the game on and off the field, with both tries and positive life habits that our kids display outside the sport.
 

Why Rhinos Academy.

IMG_2211 ACCOUNTABILITY
Learn how to take responsibility for your actions and learn from them.
Learn that you are part of a team and the team’s successes and failures are yours as well.
Learn that your behavior reflects on your teammates, family, club and all Rhinos.
RESPECT
Learn how to play the game as hard as you can but within the laws.
Learn how to be a proud, supportive, and positive team member.
Learn how to be tolerant and accepting of different points of view.
TEAMWORK
Learn how to set and accomplish goals, individually and as a team.
Learn how to put the team’s goals before your own, and help your teammates accomplish them.
Learn how to keep going when you feel like quitting and encouraging others to do the same.
 

Who is Rhinos Academy.

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Derek Nellmapius

Founder & President
derek@rhinosrugbycrash.com
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Orene Ai’i

Head of High Performance Rugby
orene@rhinosrugbycrash.com
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Andreea Trufasu

Technology & Communication
andreea@rhinosrugbycrash.com
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Kenji Kikuchi

Finance & Strategy
kenji@rhinosrugbycrash.com