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Monday, 26 of June of 2017

Keystone Essentials

The cornerstone of Keystone’s success is recruitment of athletes interested in expanding their rugby skills as part of the team’s elite experience.  These athletes must be willing to stretch themselves outside of their limits and to not be afraid to make mistakes.  The team has between 25-30 active players at any time and current Keystone players range from 19 to 33 years of age, from all types of background and economic strata.   A typical member of the team dedicates 10-20 hours per week to rugby including games, practice time, weight and cardio training, individual skill workouts and video sessions.  This enormous time commitment requires sacrifices on the part of the player, but is essential to peak performance both as an individual player and as part of the team unit.

Keystone is coached by Kim Magrini, a former Keystone player, and USA Eagle Scrumhalf.

Currently, all of Keystone’s coaches are volunteers.

INDIVIDUAL EXCELLENCE

The success enjoyed by Keystone Rugby is a direct result of the emphasis and commitment to focused player development.  Keystone provides an opportunity for fun, competition-focused rugby that develops new and experienced players to compete at a high level, as well as contribute to growth in the rugby community, enabling them to grow individually and together.  Keystone encourages all players to try-out for competitive select-side or All-Star teams at the local, regional, and national levels.  This level of competition and training exposes players to various aspects of coaching and refines their individual skills.  Keystone has been represented by players at all levels of select-side play including:

  • USA Rugby National Women’s XV’s Team – 4 Players, 31 Caps (A cap indicates internationally recognized competitive play.)
  • USA Rugby National Women’s Under-23 XV’s Team – 14 Players
  • USA Rugby National Women’s Under-20 XV’s Team – 4 Player
  • Northeast Rugby Union Senior Women’s XV’s Team – 8 Players
  • All-American Team – 1st Team – 11 Players
  • All-American Team – 2nd Team – 4 Players

COMMUNITY

Team and player development does not stop when the player walks off of the rugby pitch.  Keystone has a dedication to supporting the greater Philadelphia region and the rugby community.  The Keystone Rugby Club Charter created by the founding players, recognizes the need to instill a sense of civic pride.

Community service projects include:

  • Phoenixville Holiday Decorating Committee – 2008
  • Valley Youth House – Supportive Housing Program Holiday Gift Drive, 2006-08
  • Abington High School Math Education Day – 2006-2008
  • Upper Merion Parks and Recreation: Earth Day Clean-up, 2005-2007
  • Habitat for Humanity, 2002-2004

Support for the Rugby Community:

  • Keystone Rugby Club Collegiate Tournament – 2005-2008
  • Penn State University High School Rugby Clinic – Guest Coaches – 2001-2008
  • Grover Washington Middle School Youth Rugby Clinic – 2008
  • East Stroudsburg Rugby Player Development Camp – Guest Coaches – 2008
  • 9 USA Rugby Certified Referees

Volunteer or Guest Coaches for Area Teams:

  • Princeton University – 2008, 2009
  • Lehigh University – 2008
  • LaSalle University – 2008
  • Temple University – 2004-2005, 2007-2008
  • The College of New Jersey – 2007-2008
  • St. Joseph’s University – 2005-2007
  • North Penn High School – 2006
  • Lansdale Catholic High School – 2005-2006
  • Drexel University – 2003-2004

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