Coaching and Refereeing


Rookie Rugby Coaching starts with USA Rugby’s Level 100. This is the base level of certification required of all coaches and includes education on:

  • Athlete Protection
  • Creating a Safe & Respectful Environment
  • Concussion Awareness
  • and Rugby ReadyWorld Rugby’s industry standard for rugby fundamentals.

Your State Rugby Organization (SRO) has qualified instructors who can set up a 2-4 hour coach training for your league. This training includes Rookie Rugby basics for coaches and referees.


Anyone can be a Rookie Rugby Referee! Parents, high school and college players, and coaches can quickly learn the ropes and help referee a youth flag game.

6 Basic Calls for Rookie Rugby Referees:
When refereeing Rookie Rugby, understanding and teaching of the rules is the primary goal. With each call, blow your whistle loudly, make your hand signal and loudly let the players know what you have called. If necessary, also explain why, and how they can avoid the infraction in the future.

  1. Try: Hand raised after scoring
  2. Forward pass: Both Hands moving forward
  3. Knock-on: One hand raised, moving forward
  4. Offside: Swing one arm down around waist, along offside line
  5. Into Touch: Arm in the direction of team entitled to throw in.
  6. Foul Play: Make an X with your arms above your head and stop play. Clarify behavior with player and coach.

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USA Rugby has developed three sets of 6-week coaching plans to supplement this certification. These lesson plans may be used for age based leagues (3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th-8th), or may be phased in based on the level of player (beginner, intermediate, advanced). Find our Rookie Rugby Coaching manual and Coaching pack in the Rookie Rugby Shop.

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