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? There are many opportunities available across the province, depending on whether you are looking to try rugby for the first time or looking to enroll in a weekly program. Check out the various programs below.

Please be aware that some activities on the lists below may require registration through a school, municipality, or community organization. Please contact us if you are unsure about whether a specific program requires registration.

Try Rugby Events - Led By Sask Rugby

Sask Rugby works with a number of community organizations to provide opportunities for kids to be introduced to the sport of rugby through Rookie Rugby activities. Check out the programs below that Sask Rugby participates in.

Free Children’s Summer Program or PlayEscapes is an inclusive summer program for ages 5 to 12, which offers leader-facilitated play opportunities to help develop and foster life skills, creativity, imagination, and positive self-image while promoting a physically active lifestyle.

Host: City of Regina
Type: Registration Required
Location: Various
Dates: Tuesday-Thursday, July 6 to August 10
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Girls in the Game provides young girls with opportunities to build their sport skills, and more importantly, to use sport as a tool build friendships, improve their self-esteem, and to teach important life long lessons.

Host: Girls in the Game
Type: Registration Required
Location: Lakeview United Church, Regina
Dates: July 12, 19, and 26
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The Summer Play program is a free, drop-in activity program operating at spray pads and paddling pools around Saskatoon in July and August. In addition to the water-based programming, Summer Play features community organizations providing drop-in sports, crafts, games, and music opportunities.

Host: City of Saskatoon
Type: Drop-In
Location: Various (See 2022 schedule below)
Dates: Monday-Friday, July 4 to August 24
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S-CAPE is a summer program based on culture, arts and physically active experiences. S-CAPES provides a safe, positive, energetic program and environment that incorporates sports, culture, arts, recreation, and leadership components for children and youth between the ages of 6 and 12.

Host: City of Yorkton
Type: Registration Required
Location: Gallagher Centre, Yorkton
Dates: July 8, July 25, August 5
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Sask Rugby Member Organizations

Sask Rugby Member Organizations run community-based Rookie Rugby programming for youth between the ages of 3 and 18. These programs typically run in the spring for 8 to 12 weeks with a goal of developing physical literacy, growing the sport of rugby, and – most importantly – having fun!

See the full list of Sask Rugby Member Organizations, sorted by age and location, HERE!