HSBC ROOKIE RUGBY
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. Click through the different resources below to chart your pathway to delivering Rookie Rugby in your school or community!
Looking to see what the Rookie rugby program is all about? Sask Rugby can visit your school or community and lead your participants through Rookie Rugby sessions. We offer full day and half day booking options to meet your school or community’s needs.
Here’s some information about our services before you book:
- We bring all of our own rugby equipment.
- We do not charge a fee for these services.
- We encourage teachers and program leaders to work together in their schools or programs to schedule multiple classes or age groups into a single full or half day visit.
- We will work with participants of any age or grade (Kindergarten to Grade 12), choosing age-appropriate activities for each group.
- When visiting schools, we prefer and expect to run our sessions within your normal period schedule to cause minimal disruption to your day.
- We appreciate it if you give us a heads up if you will have more than 35 participants in a single class/session. This enables us to bring extra instructors to create a better instructor-to-participant ratio.
- We can run sessions both indoors and outdoors and at any time of year. Please specify whether you want to be indoors or outdoors when booking so that we can plan accordingly for the amount of space and number of participants.
- We encourage you to use the other resources in this section to teach rugby in your classes without our assistance. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t book us into your school as well. If you are also teaching rugby yourself, we will work with you to teach content that supplements what you intend to teach (e.g. leading the intro class, teaching specific skills in your plan, teaching new skills not covered in your classes).
ROOKIE RUGBY LEADERS FOR SUMMER 2023 Coming soon!
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
More Info: https://www.regina.ca/parks-recreation-culture/classes-programs/free-programs/
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.
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
Dates: Monday-Friday, July -August
More Info: https://www.saskatoon.ca/parks-recreation-attractions/recreational-facilities-sportsfields/playgrounds
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 & August
More Info: https://www.yorkton.ca/en/parks-recreation-and-culture/registered-programs.aspx
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!