Rookie Rugby and Shape Montana!

‘Tis that time of year to start gearing up for Back to School!  Rugby Montana had the privilege of sharing the benefits of Rookie Rugby with the participants of Shape Montana.  We look forward to new programs in P.E. classes across the state!

For participants of the Shape Montana conference make sure to get signed up in August to register to win one of TWO full Rookie Rugby Start up Kits!   The Kits include 2 rugby balls, instructional manuals and lesson plans, skill cards, and a set of 20 flags!  Everything you need to hit the ground running this fall with your own rugby program!  Sign up below to get registered!

For those of you who were unable to attend or who are interested in learning more about the Rookie Rugby program and how it could benefit your school or community, sign up today for more information!

Rookie Rugby is designed to give young players a fun, safe, and enjoyable sporting experience. The rules are simple, the game is easy to learn and minimal equipment is needed!  Check out more information at and get signed up with Rugby Montana today for one on one help starting your own program, discounted pricing on equipment, possible grant funding, and more!

Rookie Rugby can be found in:
  • Physical Education Classes
  • After-School Programs
  • Recreational Leagues
  • Community Based Programs
  • Camps, Clinics, Showcases
  • Summer Camps

What is Rookie Rugby?

  • Rookie Rugby is the non-contact version of rugby developed for schools and communities
  • Flags or two hand touch may be used
  • All players will run, pass, and score
  • For boys and girls of all ages
  • Play is free-flowing and continuous

Rookie Rugby vs. Rugby


  • Object is to score a ‘try’
  • Active and aerobic
  • Basic skills, running, passing, catching, and evasion

Differences –

  • Non-contact
  • Focused on teaching basics
  • No kicking
  • Played on any surface or field size

Playing Rookie Rugby

  • Rookie Rugby can be played in any indoor or outdoor open space
  • Age and ability determines field size and duration of playing time
  • Rookie Rugby is played between two teams of equal size, generally between five and ten players to a team
  • Boys and girls play by the same rules
  • Game can use flags or tags so little to no contact is made between players

Why Rookie Rugby?

Athlete Benefits

  • Emphasis on continuous activity
  • Promotes health and wellness
  • Teaches respect for self and others
  • Enhances motor skill development
  • All ages and genders can participate
  • Encourages good sportsmanship
  • Unique, easy to learn, and safe
  • Fun!

Why Rookie Rugby?

Program Benefits

  • Extremely low cost
  • Easy to implement
  • Minimal equipment needs
  • Instructional support available
  • Game can be tailored to meet
    program needs
  • Creates connections to a global