Tsunami Academy News

The North Vancouver Island Rugby Union (NVIRU) Tsunami Academy is looking for Volunteer Coaches for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2015 season. The Tsunami sides compete against touring sides and are involved in pre-championship matches before culminating in the Provincial Regional Championships (PRCs) at UBC July 3-5, 2015. Note: U15 Boys and U16 Girls are held separately on June 27-28 in Vancouver. 


In order to prepare our athletes for participation, the Tsunami Academy is looking for a Head Coach and Assistant Coach for each of the following sides:

 U18 Men   U18 Women

U16 Boys   U16 Girls 

U15 Boys


PLUS: Victoria 7s July : Ages above AND U14 Boys


Primary Objectives:


  • To ensure the safety and welfare of all participants
  • To develop an environment that promotes a long term passion for the game of rugby 
  • To develop successful rugby players and individuals
  • to find, recruit and develop rugby talent from every area of the North Island Region (all Island for females)
  • to develop and instill a sense of pride and identity playing for the Tsunami Academy


 Coaching Selection Criteria


  • expected that Head Coaches have NCCP Level 2 or trained “Introduction to Competition”
  • expected that all coaches (assistants and skill coaches) should be trained NCCP “Introduction to Competition” or working towards certification, including IRB’s Rugby Ready - www.irbpassport.com
  • must have previous coaching and related experience with youth and junior age groups at a competitive level
  • must have an understanding of youth development at the individual and team level 
  • must have a positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • must provide evidence of leadership and people management skills
  • must have a desire to achieve the highest level of excellence
  • demonstrates a commitment to building the Tsunami Academy year-round
  • demonstrates a commitment to develop athletes throughout North Vancouver Island (whole Island for female teams)
  • successful candidates will be asked to provide a criminal records check


Coaching Responsibilities


  • work closely with the Tsunami Academy members, managers and director
  • have an understanding of the modern game and current trends in training
  • attend all training sessions, games and meetings
  • be a role model on and off the field, demonstrating commitment and leadership skills
  • organize, plan and execute athlete ID camps to be held periodically January -June 2015
  • commitment to player identification and recruitment throughout the North Island region (high school and NVIRU/VIRU club matches)
  • develop and execute a comprehensive selection plan and policy
  • provide feedback to players on areas of improvement on a regular and timely basis, as well as explain selection decisions
  • provide technical and tactical coaching to individual players as appropriate
  • organize, plan and execute PRC team training sessions and provide team progressions in all areas of play
  • develop appropriate game plans, review and measure team performances
  • provide leadership for the players and management
  • supervise all athletes during all tours and matches
  • ensure that all athletes adhere to appropriate and ethical behavior while under supervision


Please fill in the following and scan & return to NVIRU Director Barkley Logan at director@tsunamirugby.ca prior to December 15, 2014. Decisions will be made by NVIRU Executive.




Name:  _____________________________________________________


Address:  ___________________________________________________


Phone Number:_________________(home) ___________________(cell) 




Coaching Preference:  





Coaching Experience - please list any club, school or representative teams by gender and age groups:














Coaching Certification(s), certificates, additional workshops, first aid or professional development- attach copies of certificate(s). You can obtain them from www.irbpassport.com or www.coach.ca:

Athletes throughout the North Island are invited to our first of many ID Camps in preparation for the 2015 Representative Season, which includes Provicial Regional Championships (PRC's) and the Victoria International 7s Tournament.Cumberland Camp Registration

The Tsunami Academy is a year-round rugby academy dedicated to the promotion of rugby excellence through education and participation of junior players, coaches and referees for the North Vancouver Island Region.
North Vancouver Island Rugby Union
     The Academy program is linked directly to LTAD/LTRD principles and the BC Rugby Pathway
. These guiding principles underline the Academy’s goals of offering opportunities for education and participation for multiple levels and streams of rugby development which include male and female pathways, 15s and 7s streams, referee and coach development, opportunities and resources.
      The Academy seeks to complement – not interfere or replace – the quality work being done at NVIRU clubs and schools. However, it is a reality
that certain clubs and schools with limited resources, time and finances would like more support – that is where will the Academy will have the most involvement. It is our hope that all parties of interest in the region will see this as a benefit to the development and strengthening of rugby in the North and Central Island and there support the new NVIRU Tsunami Academy initiative.

      Therefore, the NVIRU Tsunami Academy’s primary focus will be on promoting rugby education and participation in partnership with the schools and clubs in north a nd central Vancouver Island. This includes providing support to clubs and schools that need help in increasing participation levels, finding funding or providing expertise in skill development. Special attention will paid towards designing a development plan for educating and developing potential regional, provincial and n ational team players. For schools and club that do not currently their own development plans, the Tsunami Academy wil l provide rugby specific strength and conditioning programs and will be providing higher quality rugby matches to those aspiring provincial and national players. The above objectives will fall under several topics are to be addressed in more detail in the Tsunami Academy Blueprint, they include:

  1. Clinics – Specific Skill Development

  2. Training Camps – I.D. Camps and Trials

  3. Tracking of Player Development and Evaluations


  4. Rugby Specific Strength and Condition Workouts

  5. Rugby Education: Nutrition and Laws

  6. Support and Partnership with Clubs and Schools

  7. Increased Opportunities for Higher Quality Rugby Competitions & Matches

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