Coach Education & Resources

who IS A Qualified Rugby COACH?

A Qualified coach is USA Rugby certified and works to protect and ensure player welfare. He or she is capable of teaching technical and tactical principles of the game appropriate for a player’s age and skill level. Montana Youth Rugby coaches have demonstrated an understanding of the laws and mandates of the game and are committed to professional development.


Under the coaching structure every coach, regardless of their background is responsible for completing the following requirements in order to have an “active” standing with USA Rugby. If you want guaranteed liability coverage than your team needs to be considered “in compliance”. Having a registered and “active” coach is one of the requirements for a team to be considered “in compliance”.

A coach is considered “active” for the membership cycle when they complete the following (for detailed instructions on how to complete each step just click on the text below):

  1. Register as a coach with USA Rugby
  2. Pass a biennial background screening
  3. Complete the Player Protection Package
  4. Complete a certification course – Refer to the Coach Education page for details on which course you must complete.
  5. Annually maintain “active” status.

(Note: Coaches must register with USA Rugby annually.  The USA Rugby registration cycle runs September 1 – August 31

COACHING resources

Important Coaching Documents and Resources:

2016 HS Game Management Guide (15’s & 7’s)

IRB laws- U19 Variations

USAR Protective Equipment and Clothing Guidelines 2015

USA Rugby Information on Accident & Liability insurance

USAR Rugby Field Specifications Guide under Resources for Coaches & Referees

USAR Technical Zone & Sideline Management Guidelines

Concussion Protocol

Rugby Montana manual – 2016/2017 (coming Soon)


Emergency Action Plan