Start a League!

Rookie Rugby has created a step-by-step guide for setting up new Rookie Rugby leagues.RR-Admin

Preparation:

  • Field/Gym Space: A normal multi-use grass pitch can hold up to 4 Rookie Rugby fields. Rookie Rugby can even be played indoors in a typical elementary sized gymnaium. So space is not an issue!  
  • Marketing: Connect with schools and youth groups to showcase the sport in a fun and active recruiting session. The Rookie Rugby Coach and Referee training is easily adapted to school demos.
  • Registration: A method to sign up and contact your participants.
  • Equipment: Balls, Flags, Jerseys and boundary cones. All available on the Rookie Rugby Shop,
  • Coaching and Refereeing: Here are three ideas for establishing coaches and referees for your league.
    • Contact your SRO for a Rookie Rugby Coach and Referee training
    • Connect with local high school teams, have high schoolers serve as assistant coaches and referees.
    • Assign each family to “guest coach” one week of practice and serve as a touch judge another week. 

USA Rugby and State Rugby Organization Affiliation:

  • Establish a new club. USA Rugby charges $150 per membership year for each club; however, some State Rugby Organizations pay for their Rookie Rugby clubs.
  • Membership: Rookie Rugby leagues must register through their State Rugby Organization. Registration is extremely low-cost. All participants become USA Rugby Rookie Rugby members, and their clubs and participants have full access to USA Rugby member benefits
  • Coaching: Each Rookie Rugby league must have a minimum of one Level 100 coach. Steps for this include:
    • Register as a USA Rugby Coach.
    • Obtain a Level 100 Coach certification.
    • Rookie Rugby recommends at least one Level 100 per league team, and recommends all coaches take a Rookie Rugby Instructor course.  

Log Activity

  • Please provide a brief summary of the session and any additional information relevant for reporting. Things to include could be the number of volunteers present, types of resources provided, and follow-up/next steps.