Rookie Rugby

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About Rookie Rugby

Rookie Rugby is the nation-wide introductory rugby program for ages 6 to 14 that provides both teachers and coaches with a safe, fun, and inclusive non-contact curriculum to introduce children to rugby.

Rookie Rugby is a game-based curriculum built on national guidelines for Health and Physical Education curriculums.

The program provides open-access, easy-to-follow game modules for leading a variety of activities that build introductory, non-contact rugby skills and provide teachers – including those that are unfamiliar with rugby – with new methods to promote physical literacy and practice Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS).

rookie rugby resources

The Rookie Rugby program provides clubs, schools, and community groups with all of the resources they need to develop a Rookie Rugby program:

    • A complete Rookie Rugby Games Curriculum, accessible online and provided in each kit. Each comprehensive printable Rookie Rugby game card includes the objective of the game, set-up information, LTAD stages, FMS, a step-by-step breakdown on how to play the game, as well as game progressions and coaching tips.
    • A How-To Guidebook, which includes an overview of the games, a breakdown of rules, and coaching tips for teachers, parents, and volunteers to help participants be successful on the field.
    • Rookie Rugby promotional material, including a promotional video, program flyers, and a presentation template which are easy to edit for your group’s use.
    • Free Rookie Rugby instructor training by Sask Rugby RR Educators. Our Rookie Rugby Educators (seasoned rugby coaches) will demonstrate how to coach several Rookie Rugby games, provide a breakdown of fundamental rugby skills and simplified methods on how to coach them, and discuss possible adaptations to each game to allow different groups to participate inclusively.
    • A complete Rookie Rugby kit, which includes all the equipment needed to teach Rookie Rugby to a class of 30 students, including rugby balls, flag belts, cones, and a kit bag, can be obtained in the following ways:

For groups interested in delivering the Rookie Rugby program into their school or organisation, email for more information.

For groups interested in having a Rookie Rugby Instructor deliver sessions directly to participants, check out our booking links.

book your rookie rugby session here!


Geovonie Sparvier

Geovonie has been playing rugby for 5 years and is currently playing with the Highlanders in Regina. Geovonie will be staying in Regina to attend the U of R this fall. 

Madisyn Pluhowy

Madisyn has been playing rugby for 3 years and is currently playing for the Lady Condors in Regina. Madisyn will be staying in Regina to attend the U of R this fall.

Rookie Rugby In the Community

Looking for Rookie Rugby activities in your community that your child can participate in? Check out the calendar below for dates and locations for activities that we have already scheduled. This calendar will be updated on an ongoing basis, so please check back regularly. You can subscribe to this calendar by clicking the “plus” symbol in the bottom right corner of the calendar.

Please be aware that some activities on this calendar may require registration through a school, municipality, or community organization. Please contact one of our Rookie Rugby Leaders if you are unsure about whether a specific date requires registration.



Sanctioning is the process where Rugby Canada’s accident and general liability insurance coverage is extended to Rugby events outside of league play. Practices and sanctioned league matches where all athletes, team staff and support are registered in the current membership year (including coaches, managers, volunteers, organizers) do not need any additional sanctioning.

Organizations will need to apply to sanction their leagues with Sask Rugby and for additional sanctioning to cover events such as a tournament, camp/clinic, exhibition game, or tours.

league sanctioning

Any competition with scheduled matches between Rugby Canada registered members should be sanctioned by Sask Rugby and associated sub-unions as a league. 

Any contact rugby match played in Saskatchewan needs to be sanctioned, either as part of a league or with event sanctioning (below) as an exhibition match or tournament.

To sanction a rugby league in Saskatchewan:

Only registered Sask Rugby member organizations can host sanctioned leagues. To learn about how to apply and renew organization membership, CLICK HERE

Only registered members can participate in leagues. To learn more about insurance and registration for members, CLICK HERE

League schedules are essential for sanctioning and league organization. Schedules should be submitted to the sub-union where the matches will be taking place: in Regina and Southern Saskatchewan this is the Regina Rugby Union (RRU) and in Saskatoon and Northern Saskatchewan this is the North Saskatchewan Rugby Union (NSRU).  

Any changes to approved schedules (cancelled or postponed games, change of venue) should be communicated to the approving sub-union. 

Schedules submitted for approval should include:

  • Dates of each match
  • Locations of each match
  • Teams and divisions involved in each match


Click any of the links below to read more on the rugby policies.



More more information on Age Grade Rugby competitions (U13-U19) visit our Age Grade Rugby page HERE

event sanctioning

The following events require a sanctioning application to access Rugby Canada’s accident and general liability insurance coverage. Sanctioning is free if completed at least 2 weeks before the event.

  • Exhibition games: any game organized between two teams that is not part of an official league schedule.
    The hosting team applies for sanctioning online then both teams will submit rosters prior to the game.
  • Try Rugby: a non-contact, youth rugby Come and Try Event hosted by a Club or organization.
    Learn more about Come & Try Rugby Events HERE
  • Rugby camp: a camp or special program organized by a team or organization that will have participants from different teams (everyone must be registered with Rugby Canada).
  • Tournament: any tournament organized by a club or organization that is not part of an official league schedule.

Once Sask Rugby and Rugby Canada approve your event you will receive an email with further instructions.

tour sanctioning

All organizations (clubs, schools, academies, provincial and national teams) and individuals (athletes, referees, coaches, managers, medical staff and volunteers) leaving or entering Canada must complete a Tour Sanctioning Application in order to be eligible to play within Canada or in a foreign union. This is in compliance with World Rugby Regulation 16

When on tour, Rugby Canada members will have special access to travel medical insurance. To learn more select the Travel Medical Procedure or Insurance Claim Procedure buttons.

Refer to the sections below for more information on tour sanctioning.

For clubs and teams wishing to tour in another Union, in accordance with WR Regulation 16, all tours travelling outside of Canada must be sanctioned by Sask Rugby and Rugby Canada. International Unions and World Rugby require that all teams must have National Union Sanctioning prior to the departure date.

All high schools, colleges, universities or any other third-party organization travelling outside of Canada to play Rugby must provide adequate insurance coverage. Emergency Travel Medical and Sports General Liability Insurance Coverage (which covers contact sports) from the school/school board or third party must be presented prior to departure.

Click here for more information on applying for Outbound Team Tour Sanctioning

All tours travelling to Canada must be sanctioned by Rugby Canada and the destination Province and subsequent Provincial Union(s). Furthermore, World Rugby requires that all teams must have Home National Union Sanctioning Approval prior to touring.

Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D), Travel Medical and General Liability Insurance Coverage from the inbound tour must be presented prior to departure.

NOTE: Either the Club, the school, a liaison officer, or the touring team can initiate the process to secure tour approval for an incoming tour.

Click here for more information on sanctioning a tour to Canada

All tours wishing to travel to another Province within Canada need to be sanctioned by the home Provincial Union and the destination Provincial Union.

All registered players travelling within Canada are covered under their Provincial Health Care’s Insurance Policy. However, Rugby Canada’s accident and general liability insurance coverage is only extended to a Rugby event which is sanctioned.

The practices and league matches of registered Clubs are the only competitions considered sanctioned by default when all athletes, team management and staff and all participants (volunteers, organising committee) are registered within the current Membership year.

Click here for more information on touring within Canada

international player clearance

In accordance with World Rugby Regulation 4, players (youth & adult) looking to play rugby in another country/Union must obtain international clearance from their current Union (Rugby Canada). 

This should be completed before the athlete leaves the country.

Each Union has its own international clearance application form, which is tailored to their specific processing requirements. Rugby Canada will request its own International Clearance Form to be completed.  The incorrect form being submitted will cause a delay in your processing times.


It is recommended that players moving to Canada to play Rugby obtain a copy of their Unions international clearance from via their club or Union.  Players’ will need to complete and submit this form prior to their departure to Canada.

Rugby Canada can only accept approved clearances directly from the Union of the country you are leaving.  Once we receive an approved clearance from another Union, you will be notified by Rugby Canada.


Forms & Documents



Governance documents are the foundation of Sask Rugby and govern how the organisation is led on behalf of its members. Operations documents set standards for Sask Rugby as an organisation and holds its members responsible for upholding the values of our sport.


Learn more about Sask Rugby's governance and current board at the
Board of Directors page


Rugby Clubs

For details on annual club renewal and setup

Community Programs

For junior and mini rugby programs

Provincial Team Players

For more information on provincial teams,
visit the Team Sask page


These documents are used for rugby competitions by club administration and management, competition organisers, and match officials. 

Match Officials

For more information on officiating visit the Resources for Referees page,
or to access discipline and competitions resources visit the Rules & Regulations page

Registration & Insurance


Sask Rugby memberships are available to anyone playing rugby in Saskatchewan. Register as a player, coach, official, volunteer, medical staff, or supporter to become a member and receive insurance for your activities. Through these memberships, we continue to grow, develop, and manage rugby by offering programs for all ages and skill levels (recreational to high performance), educational opportunities and access to exclusive benefits and services.

For information on how to register and use your insurance, click the links below.


Anyone participating in rugby activities must be registered, this includes players, coaches, managers, medical staff, and volunteers. 

Management who work directly with players are required to complete the Rugby Ready course in addition to their registration. This applies to coaches, trainers, medical staff and managers.

Board members and volunteers (in defined roles) have no individual registration dues. Board and Officer Insurance is done as an annual fee to the clubs. 

More information on registration:


Click the REGISTER NOW button and register with Sask Rugby (Saskatchewan Rugby Club) or with one of our Member Clubs. For a full walkthrough of the registration process, click here

Click the links below to start your registration:


If you participated in the previous season as a player, coach, official, or volunteer, log in to your SportLomo account to renew your Membership for the new season. To find out when registration opens for the new season, contact your Club.


Member Organisations (including clubs and sub-unions) must register each year with Sask Rugby for CRU Directors and Officers Insurance by completing an online Member Organization (MO) Membership Form. 

For information on becoming a member organization with Sask Rugby, visit:


Registered Members

All our members benefit from insurance, as well as community programming, sport development, resources for players, coaches, and officials.

Through our new partnership with Bodylogix, a trusted producer of natural, performance-driven nutrition products, members can receive 20% off their purchases with the promo code: RUGBYSK

10% of profits from Bodylogix sales with this promo code will towards supporting rugby in Saskatchewan.

Registered Member Organizations

Directors and Officers insurance covers board executives and organizers for actual or alleged errors during their role in running a rugby organization.

Registered member organizations also receive Sask Rugby voting privileges and access to Membership Assistance Program (MAP) funding.


To request a refund for your registration fees, log in to your SportLomo account to initiate the request.

Automatic Refunds: If the refund is requested within 14 days of your registration date and you have not participated in any Rugby activity (game or practice), the member qualifies for an automatic refund and the money will go back directly to the credit card used to purchase the Membership.

Manual Refunds: If the refund is requested after 14 days of your registration date and you have not participated in any Rugby activity (game or practice), the refund will be manually processed by Rugby Canada, Sask Rugby and the Club separately and make separate payments to the Member.


If you are moving between Clubs, you must get a transfer release from your old Club. Log in to your SportLomo account to initiate the transfer request. The transfer process can take several days for approval between Clubs and Provincial Unions so please allow at least 5-7 days’ notice of transfer to ensure you are properly registered with your new club.


If you are already a registered Member and you wish to add another role to your Membership (i.e. official, coach, etc.), log in to your SportLomo account and you can upgrade your Membership to include multiple roles without having to create a new account.


Registered members can add additional clubs to their Sportlomo accounts by requesting a dual membership. This would allow you to appear on team sheets and membership databases of both clubs.



Once you are a registered member, you become insured and covered under Rugby Canada’s insurance policy for the season. This includes Sports Liability Insurance, Sport Accident Insurance, Provincial Excess Medical Coverage, and Travel Coverage while on sanctioned Tours.

Under the insurance program, the activities that are covered include sanctioned or authorized activities, such as games, practices, tournaments, camps, events, and tours.

Tours, exhibition games, tournaments, and camps require all participants to be registered with Rugby Canada and additional sanctioning for the team or event, find sanctioning requirements here:

Safe Sport

Keep Rugby Healthy, Safe and Fun

In 1975 Saskatchewan Rugby’s founding mission statement was to provide rugby under safe conditions in Saskatchewan and today we strive to make rugby in Saskatchewan as safe as possible and welcoming for all participants. Keeping rugby healthy, safe and fun has been a priority of Saskatchewan Rugby for decades and we actively work with our membership and partners to fulfill that goal.

Saskatchewan Rugby has many practices, policies and resources available (listed below) that assist with bullying, abuse, harassment, discrimination, maltreatment and conflict in sport.

Safe Sport Contacts

Sask Sport has a Respect Resource Line available that provides free, confidential and anonymous assistance to calls, texts or email inquiries regarding possible bullying, abuse, harassment or discrimination in sport.

Sask Sport’s Dispute Resolution Officer can assist organizations with best practices regarding how to handle a complaint in sport. Contact Nathan Cole at (306) 780-9350 or

The Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Institute of Saskatchewan provides neutral, third-party case management services to any sport in Saskatchewan.

Safe Sport Training and Resources

As an active member of Sask Sport we have adopted the DISPUTE RESOLUTION POLICY SUITE.

The online RESPECT IN SPORT ACTIVITY LEADER PROGRAM educates youth leaders, coaches, officials and participants (14-years and up) to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination.

Register for Respect Training for Activity Leaders

The online RESPECT IN SPORT PARENT PROGRAM helps define a standard of behaviour for all parents to create a more rewarding, safe and respectful environment for everyone involved.

Read about the Respect Training for Parents Program

Register for Respect Training for Parents

The COACHING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA offers a variety of training programs that empower coaches with knowledge and skills, promote ethics, foster positive attitudes, build competence, and increase the credibility and recognition of coaches.

Coaching Resources

National Coaching Certification Program

Responsible Coaching Movement

The COMMIT TO KIDS program helps child-serving organizations reduce the risk of sexual abuse and create safer environments for children in their care.

Resources and Training

VOLUNTEER CANADA provides national leadership and expertise on volunteerism to increase the participation, quality, and diversity of volunteer experiences.

See Tools and Resources

Download the Screening Handbook

Mini Rugby


Mini Rugby is an excellent way for players ages 3 to 12 to learn about rugby in a fun, non-contact environment. Players can learn about the sport, practice fundamentals like passing and catching, and participate in flag rugby games.

Mini Rugby programs run seasonally in the fall, spring, and summer in different communities. Click the button below to find a Mini Rugby program near you or scroll down to learn more about the playing rugby.

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about flag rugby

Flag Rugby is a fun and exciting form of non-contact rugby suitable for all genders, ages and abilities. There are no scrums, line-outs, or tackling in flag rugby, instead players practice their ball handling skills, offence and defence. 

Flag Rugby can be played without scrums and line-outs and teams can be as small as 5 per side. It can be played on grass, sand or on hard surfaces outdoors and indoors. There is no need for rugby posts and the pitch can be marked as a simple rectangle. Teachers, coaches, and players need no previous knowledge of rugby to get started and this makes Flag Rugby an ideal game for girls and boys of all ages and abilities.


When you sign up for your community Mini Rugby program you will complete your registration online at the Rugby Canada Registration Page.

The video below gives you step-by-step instructions on how to complete your registration. Your program organizer will give you details on which registration to select.

If you have any problems during registration, contact Sportlomo Support.


We want to see everyone on the pitch! If programs fees are too large for your family to field, there are organizations like KidSport that are in place to help families so all kids can play.

Once you have processed your application let your program organizer or the Sask Rugby Office know and we can help complete your registration.

Starting a community program

Mini Rugby Programs are essential to grassroots rugby in Saskatchewan. Anyone interested in volunteering as a program organizer or coach can contact Sask Rugby.

Mini Rugby Program organizers are responsible for the following tasks, all with the support of Sask Rugby:

  • planning program schedules, setting fees, and delivering sessions
  • promoting the program in their community

Contact Sask Rugby and get your program started!

High School Championship

AGM is Scheduled For March 24th at 12p.m.

The Annual General Meeting will take place via web conference on March 24th, 2018 at 12pm. 

Club delegates have been sent log in details.  Speak to your club president to get access. 

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