Fall Rugby Courses (Coaching, Strength and Conditioning, Refereeing) – 17 September 2016

Montana Youth Rugby, USA Rugby, and the Montana Rugby Referee Society are putting on three different rugby courses this fall – all in the same place – all the same weekend! The three classes are:

  1. Level 300 Coaching 
  2. Level 1 Strength and Conditioning
  3. Level 1 Refereeing

Level 300 Coaching is the next step in the American Rugby Model (ARM). The certification progresses towards advanced coaching skills used in athlete development and program building. The object of the certification is for coaches to increase their ability to coach technical skills to achieve strategic and tactical outcomes

Level 1 Strength and Conditioning is for players, coaches, referees, administrators, parents and others who are involved with rugby. The aim of the course is for participants to develop a foundational understanding of Rugby-specific Strength and Conditioning.

Level 1 Refereeing is an introductory course that enables officials to acquire basic skills to officiate safe, enjoyable competition. Course certification is required for anyone who wishes to referee any match that could potentially lead to a National Championship.

All courses will be offered in Helena, Montana on 17 September 2016 (the coaching course runs through the 18th). Rooms at the Great Northern Hotel have been blocked for those who need to stay the night.

This is one of the best opportunities to advance your rugby education. Sign up and reserve your spot!

Fall 7s – It’s Coming!

To all those who have wondered….

Fall 7s is coming to Montana. If you are a high school student, you can experience the fun of the newest olympic sport here in the Big Sky State.

More information inbound….

Press Release – Rugby in Montana


Montana Parents, Youth and Communities:

Last October a decision was made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that has the ability to affect every child in the United States. It was decided that rugby will return as an Olympic sport for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. We can now make a statement that we have wanted to make for years:

Today’s youth will be tomorrow’s rugby Olympians

In your role, you have the unique opportunity to introduce the youth of America to the newest Olympic sport. You may be thinking, “That’s great, but how does a kid start playing rugby?” The answer may be simpler than you think.

There are grassroots rugby communities all over the country that are motivated to help new programs and talents emerge in order to grow the sport they love.

As you know, sports are an incredible outlet for kids. Sports show kids that through hard work and dedication, anything is possible. Team sports develop social and leadership skills that are necessary to become a positive member of society. Rugby is, in many ways, the ultimate team sport.

Rugby is played by four million athletes world-wide and is filled with fast-paced action, decision making, strategy, inclusiveness, and fun! Kids all over the United States are becoming involved in both the non-contact and contact forms of rugby in schools, after-school programs, community organizations, summer leagues, camps, and backyards.

This is how you can get involved today…

Step 1: Learn what rugby is all about. Visit www.usarugby.org to learn all about rugby and download various resources for any level of Rookie Rugby (Non-contact, Co-ed) through High School and College. Here you will find curriculum for P.E. and athletic programs, posters, guidebooks, and much more. You can also check out some educational rugby videos at www.rookierugbyclub.com/videos.

Step 2: Get in touch with a local representative who can help you get a program off the ground by introducing rugby into your classroom, program, or organization. These individuals have vast rugby experience and are well-versed in introducing rugby to novices. These experts will help you feel comfortable with the game.

  • Your local contact is: Montana Youth Rugby Association

Step 3: Pick up the ball and run with it!

Thank you for your time and I hope that you will see rugby as an excellent opportunity to change a child’s life through sport. We look forward to working with you!


Misty Zahn, Administrator, Montana Youth Rugby Association



Web: www.MontanaYouthRugby.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/montanayouthrugbyassociation

Twitter: @MTYouthRugby


Level 200 Coaching Clinic

Montana Youth Rugby will be hosting a Level 200 Coaching Clinic in Missoula, MT on Saturday March 12.  

Interested coaches can register through the specific event page on the USA Rugby course calendar Participants must be a USA Rugby member. If they have not renewed their membership for this cycle (9/1/2015-8/31/2016) they must do so. Additionally, all participants must complete the online Level 100 course

If anyone has issues registering they can email ksullivan@usarugby.org or call at (720) 508-8008.

Level 1 Referee Course in Missoula, MT

The Montana Rugby Referee Society will offer a spring Level 1 Refereeing Course in Missoula, Montana on 20 February 2016. Anyone who is interested can sign up through USA Rugby.

The Level 1 Referee Course is the entry point for anyone wanting a greater understanding of rugby law and refereeing. The course runs about 8 hours and covers a wide variety of topics both in and out of the classroom. While aspiring referees need to take the course, players, coaches, parents, and spectators can all benefit from the class.

Refreshments will be provided by the MRRS.