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Minnesota Youth Rugby Overview

Minnesota Youth Rugby knows that all parents need important information when deciding to enter their children in new sports programs.  We’ve structured our organization to reflect the standards of established youth rugby organizations around the country and the world.  Below you will find information on safety, governing structure, the game of rugby, and important contacts.  If you have any questions or would like to see more resources, please contact Sean@minnesotayouthrugby.com.

Minnesota Youth Rugby provides an opportunity for everyone in your family to participate in the game.  We offer non-contact Rookie Rugby in school physical education classes and youth community centers around the state. MYR also commissions and governs the Middle School and High School Competitions, as well as hosts the annual Minnesota State Rugby Tournament the first weekend of June. 

Learn the game alongside your player!

There are many opportunities to get off the sidelines and get into rugby! We always need coaches, referees, and volunteers to help kids have the best experience with the game. It is easy to gain education and get involved in your area.


Coaching

Coaching a sports team can be one of the most rewarding jobs you do in your lifetime. As the sport of rugby grows, so does our need for more coaches. Rugby is an easy sport to learn and teach with USA Rugby’s great resources and materials.  Check out how you can get involved today!

 

STEPS TO COACHING

  1. LEARN THE GAME

    Rookie Rugby is a great entry point to coaching. It is a fun way for kids to try the sport at a young age. Rookie Rugby is easy to coach and you can start by taking our Rookie Rugby Instructor Online Training Course. Once you have learned the rules of the game contact MYR to attend/schedule a local Rookie Rugby training course that you can attend.
  2. HELP AN EXISTING TEAM

    To see what teams are in your area contact MYR via email at Sean@minnesotayouthrugby.com
  3. START YOUR OWN TEAM

    If you don’t have a Rookie Rugby team or league in your area you can get started on your own!  For more information on starting your team check out our Find/Start a team page link to start a team page.  Make sure to check out the Rookie Rugby resources section!  There you will find printable game cards, sample lesson plans, and instructional videos just for you.

Refereeing

Officiating any sport is not an easy task, but it is a role that is integral to the game. Rugby refereeing is a unique position where you work to maintain the continuity of the game, focusing on allowing the players to play instead of just blowing your whistle. 

 

STEPS TO REFEREEING

  1. CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

    If you are interested in refereeing in your community, start by contacting your local state representative. Visit  MN Rugby Referee society for information in your area!
  2. TAKE A REFEREE COURSE

    USA Rugby offers multiple opportunities to get trained as a referee. Start with this introductory course; visit www.usarugby.org/referee for more information and to find courses in your area:
    • Level 1 – Intro to Officiating: This course is designed to teach the basics of rugby officiating and prepare anyone to step on to the field with a whistle.

Administration

Another great way to try on rugby is by becoming a rugby administrator. Getting involved behind the scenes to create new programs, help with running leagues, and setting up events are just a few things that grow this game we all love. Every team needs a team parent!

 

STEPS TO ADMINISTRATING

  1. WHAT’S YOUR PASSION?

    Rugby administrating encompasses a lot of different skill sets. Figure out what you love to do or what you are interested in doing to set your niche. Some examples include:
    • Planning and Running Events
    • Setting up and Running Leagues
    • Starting New Programs in Schools and Communities
    • Training Coaches and Referees
    • Media Promotion and Marketing
    • Fundraising and Sponsorship
  2. CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

    If you are interested in administrating in your community, start by contacting MYR at Sean@minnesotayouthrugby.com

Rugby Governing Structure

MYR organizes youth rugby in Minnesota from elementary to high school programs. We work closely with the Minnesota Rugby Union to coordinate referees, offer certification programs and create a development pathway to collegiate rugby.

USA Rugby governs all rugby nationally with over 90,000 members and is responsible for the development of the Men’s and Women’s National Teams.  USA Rugby is an official member of the United States Olympic Committee and World Rugby.

World Rugby is the world governing body for the game of rugby union.  There are a number of tournaments under World Rugby control, including the Women’ and Men's  Rugby World Cup, Rugby World Cup Sevens and HSBC Sevens World Series.