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What is Rookie Rugby?

Learn Rookie Rugby with MYR!

Minnesota Youth Rugby offers instructors and physical education packages tailored to your school or local non-contact team.  Our Rookie Rugby Program was developed using USA’s Rookie Rugby curriculum and adapted for Minnesota Educators.  

Minnesota Youth Rugby’s Rookie Rugby Program has reached over 40,000 kids in Minnesota thus far, and continues to grow.  We offer educational packages which can be tailored to your school or organization’s needs.  Our staff can run sessions with your students, or we can just get you acquainted with the basics.

To get signed up contact Sean Lindersmith at:

What is Rookie Rugby?

Rookie Rugby is a safe non-contact game for beginners of all shapes and sizes, and is taught in schools and communities around the state.  The goal of Rookie Rugby is to provide a fun and active opportunity for kids to learn the rugby traditions of teamwork, respect, and sportsmanship.  So far we’ve reached over 10,000 kids and we are continuing to grow the program!

Did you know that rugby is the second largest spectator sport in the world and is played by over 4.4 million people in over 100 countries?  Rugby provides great opportunities for children of all ages and skill levels!  The MYR Rugby Continuum is a development pathway to prepare kids for the adult game.

USA Rookie Rugby Resources

USA Rugby’s Rookie Rugby website has all of the resources you will need to start a team at your school or in your community!

If you visit the Rookie Rugby website you can download the guidebook, demonstration outline, brochures, educator presentations and Rookie Rugby games.  You can visit the website and view the resources here:

Check out Rookie Rugby in Action!

Steps for Recruitment through Rookie Rugby Outreach

Step 1: Contact your local PE Teachers (schools that feed into your program) either by email, phone, or meeting.  Feel free to use the letter below when initiating contact with schools and teachers.  Please add your own thoughts and information to the letter!  

Step 2: Once a relationship/communication with the school or teacher has been established, the club liaison or coach should contact to inform MYR of the connection.  

Step 3: MYR will guide and support outreach efforts and maintaining the clubs relationship with the school.  

***The club is expected to be an active participant through the outreach process.  This will ensure a continued relationship with the schools and potential players, which will improve recruitment and retention.