Rookie Rugby

Learn to Play Rookie Rugby

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, Respect. Rookie Rugby continues these values and adds the value of friendship to its core principles.

To begin your journey please click HERE to start your new team application!

If you have questions email:

Rookie Rugby in the Community

Protecting the health and safety for all, programs are suspended and will be revisited at a later date. Members of the public should continue checking for the latest information on impacts from the COVID-19 outbreak.