What is Rookie Rugby?

Rookie Rugby is the introductory game for rugby in America. Kids, parents, teachers, fans, referees and coaches learn and compete in a simplified version of rugby played with flag belts. The rules and programs of Rookie Rugby tie together child development, healthy activity, fair play, fun and safety. Rookie Rugby is the official start of the player pathway for USA Rugby and is used in PE classrooms, after-school programs, community programs and rugby clubs throughout the USA.

Development Focused

All types of rugby are free flowing and feature continuous play. Small sides of players work as a team to move the ball across their opponent’s goal line to score a try. These features place an emphasis on skill building, fitness through game-play and developmentally appropriate rules. Rugby has long held a set of core values— Integrity, Passion, Solidarity, Discipline, and Respect. Rookie Rugby continues these values and adds the value of friendship to its core principles.

Rugby is governed by The Laws of Rugby. "How to Play Rookie Rugby" contains the official rules and methods, from USA Rugby and coaches across the country, for Rookie Rugby competition in the USA.

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