This is the first of several spotlights that is being done by YSC so that we can gain a bit more insight into each teams respective coaching staff. Also there will be player spotlights coming as well from each team! Read below for a bit more insight into the coaching staff of Keystone Rugby!
YSC: What team in the WPL do you coach and how long have you been coaching them?
Keystone: The coaches for Keystone are Peter Steinberg, Peter Baggetta and Chris Ryan. Total coaching experience is greater than 50 years (I started very young!).
YSC: What year was your club established and who established it?
Keystone: Club was founded seven years ago by local players looking for a competitive environment to play rugby.
YSC: Is there a specific style of play that your trying to instill in your team?
Keystone: We are looking to play a flexible style, but it will be based on playing a fast paced game.
YSC: As a coach do you have a specific area of expertise (ie: forwards, backs, kicking, scrumhalves etc.)?
Keystone: The responsibilities will split this way Peter Steinberg (Attack/Lineouts), Peter Baggetta (Defense/Scrums), Chris Ryan (Skill development/Back attack)
YSC: What are you doing as a coach to involve your local community in the newly formed WPL?
Keystone: We have a good relationship with our local community that provide us the fields and we hope to offer summer youth camps next year. This year we plan to hold skill clinics for the local community. We already held a kicking clinic with a professional coach from Australia.
YSC: What are your expectations for the WPL?
Keystone: We don't really have any. This is a trial year for us and what happens this year will help us determine whether we want to continue in the future.
YSC: What specific preparations, training camps etc, will your team be participating in to prepare for their upcoming WPL games?
Keystone: The games start too early for us to be well prepared for our games. We have had a one day training camp for the team, but the start of the season needs to be pushed back. We were heavily affected with the All-Star 7s tournament.
YSC: Throughout the season, how will you continue to keep your team on the top of their game?
Keystone: We will target games that we want to win and cycle towards them. This means cycling our training and our practice program with that in mind.
YSC: Where do you see the WPL in 5 years? 10?
Keystone: It will be interesting to see if it lasts beyond one year. Next year the World Cup players will probably not be playing, and the extensive travel that is required is already effecting players ability to commit. This will make it tough on the WPL teams to be able to get players of the quality that makes the WPL worthwhile.
YSC: If you could send a message to all of your alumni and fans, what would it say?
Keystone: Come watch us play!