Teaching Rugby


Rookie Rugby has been taking physical education classes by storm over the past few years. Students love playing a continuous game where everyone gets to run, pass, catch, and score! The newest Olympic sport is perfect for any school environment, keeping kids active and safe.

USA Rugby is dedicated to putting Rookie Rugby in every P.E. class in the country. We have designed a full curriculum that is easy to implement for boys and girls of all ages.

We know what you’re thinking – how can I teach rugby when I’ve never played it or even seen it? Not a problem! Rookie Rugby is an easy game to learn with simple rules; anyone can teach it!

Rookie Rugby is the non-contact version of rugby that can be played indoors or outdoors by boys and girls of all ages. It is perfect for a school setting because it keeps kids active, working on team dynamics, and having fun!

The steps to get started are simple:

STEP 1: Learn the Game

  • USA Rugby has a ton of great resources that can help you learn the game of rugby.  Check out our Rookie Rugby Guidebook here to learn the rules:

  • Take the Rookie Rugby Instructor course online for free and test your knowledge!

STEP 2: Get Some Help

  • There are local volunteers all over the country ready and willing to help support you in teaching rugby in your classes.
  • Contact your local State Rugby Organizations (SRO) to find someone in your area.
  • Visit www.usarugby.org/sro for contact information.

STEP 3: Begin Teaching Rugby!

  • Once you have downloaded the curriculum and solicited local help, you are ready to start teaching rugby in class. Your students will love this game!
  • Be sure to record your session!


 1. Instruction and Explanation

  • Plan what you say before you speak
  • Gain players’ attention before you start
  • Keep the message simple
  • Invite questions and check for understanding

2. Demonstration

  • Position yourself so all can see and hear
  • Focus on 1-2 key points
  • Repeat the demonstration
  • Invite questions and check for understanding

3. Observation and Analysis

  • Focus on each key point one at a time
  • Observe action several times and from different positions
  • Compare observation with correct behavior to find matches and mismatches
  • Determine action: build on strengths, correct errors, or do nothing

4. Feedback

  • Ask players questions to generate self-feedback
  • Limit information to 1-2 key points
  • Give specific & simple information

5. Keep it positive

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.