Rookie Rugby

Read on to learn how Rookie Rugby could benefit your program!  

Once you have a basic understanding of the program – sign up with Rugby Montana to talk with one of our staff on how to get started with a Rookie Rugby program in your school or community!


Shape Montana Participants!   Sign up before August 30 for your change to win one of two full Rookie Rugby Start Up Kits!  Kits include 2 Rugby Balls, Instructional manuals and lesson plans, activity and skill cards, 20 flags.  

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!

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

Rookie Rugby Resources

  • Rookie Rugby Online Course
  • Rookie Rugby Guidebook
  • Start-Rugby Card Pack
  • Online Coaching Videos
  • Local program support through Rugby Montana

National Standards for Physical Education set by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.

Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.

Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.

Standard 5: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

Standard 6: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.