TRAINING & EDUCATION

Clinics and workshops are generally held in the spring (March, April, May) to precede the regular rugby season. Professional development opportunities may be scheduled any time throughout the year. 

View the sections below for more information about the training and education opportunities offered in rugby, including course descriptions, time commitments, potential locations, prerequisites, and more. Once a course is scheduled, you can find the registration links under the relevant tab.

Please note that the Rugby Canada Training Site has a one-time $25 registration fee to access clinics and workshops. This fee supports running clinics and paying educators. If you have previously registered for a clinic via the Training Site you should be able to login with your existing credentials.

COURSE Interest & feedback

Sask Rugby provides clinics, workshops, and professional development opportunities based on interest from the community. To let us know which courses you would like to see, complete the expression of interest form below.

NOTE: This is not a commitment or registration to any course. Courses will only be scheduled once there is a minimum number of individuals expressing interest. At that point, registration will be opened for anyone interested.

If you’ve taken one of the courses or professional development workshops offered by Sask Rugby, you can complete the feedback form below to share your thoughts and help us improve.

To inquire about a course not listed below or professional development opportunities, contact Sask Rugby’s Rugby Development Officer at rdo@saskrugby.com.

COACHES

Description: Full-day, non-assessed, attendance-based course which provides the novice coach with advice on both what and how to coach in a practical-based environment. This clinic is ideal for individuals looking to start coaching at the community level (e.g. club rugby, minor rugby, etc.).

Pre-Requisites

Time Commitment

  • Online Portion: 1.5 hrs
  • In-Person Portion: 6 hrs

Location: In-Person

Cost: $75

Description: 2-day, competency-based accreditation course which builds on the Level 1 course and further develops tactical and technical coaching as well as coaching process skills in a practical-based environment. This clinic is ideal for individuals looking to take the next step in their coaching journey and working with athletes on a development pathway.

Pre-Requisites

Time Commitment

  • Online Portion: 1.5 hrs
  • In-Person Portion: 12 hrs
  • Post-Course Work: practice planning & evaluation

Location: In-Person

Cost: $75

Description: Activate is a structured exercise programme to reduce injuries in youth and adult community rugby. The Activate workshop will give coaches the information and tools to prepare their athletes for rugby activities and develop general movement control, conditioning, and physical robustness.

Pre-Requisites:

Time Commitment: 2 hrs

Location: In-Person

Cost: TBD

Description: The aim of the Tackle Ready programme is to build on the safe tackling introduction provided in Rugby Ready to increase technical understanding and mastery for both player and coach. This programme will allow coaches to analyse, coach, and assess the individual tackling skills of their players in detail and to foster the development of a “tackle culture” within their rugby environment.

Pre-Requisites:

Time Commitment: TBD

Location: TBD

Cost: TBD

Description: Rookie Rugby Instructor Training is a training program for teachers who want to add the Rookie Rugby program to their Phys Ed toolkit. The Rookie Rugby program was designed for use in a classroom setting – specifically to satisfy the Saskatchewan phys. Ed. curriculum outcomes – and has been endorsed by PHE Canada and PHE Saskatchewan for this use. This session covers what Rookie Rugby is, how to understand and implement the Rookie Rugby curriculum, and allows teachers to get practical experience running activities with their peers. No prior experience with the sport of rugby is required.

Optional Pre-Work:

Time Commitment: 3 hours

Location: In Person

Cost: Free!


UPCOMING SESSION:

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022

Time: 9am to 12pm (noon)

Location: Tommy Douglas Collegiate (Main Gym) – 130 Bowlt Crescent, Saskatoon

Cost: FREE!!

What You Will Need: Teachers should be prepared for both a classroom and practical portion. For the practical portion, teachers should be prepared to run/move and wear suitable clothing/footwear.

REGISTER HERE



UPCOMING SESSION:

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022

Time: 1pm to 4pm

Location: St. Michael School – 911 11th Ave NW, Moose Jaw

Cost: FREE!!

What You Will Need: Teachers should be prepared for both a classroom and practical portion. For the practical portion, teachers should be prepared to run/move and wear suitable clothing/footwear.

REGISTER HERE

Description: This professional development opportunity for coaches covers the finer points of kicking techniques and tactics. This workshop will help coaches understand this aspect of the game and prepare their players to execute kicks both physically and tactically.

Time Commitment: TBD

Location: TBD – Online Workshop

Cost: TBD

Description: Wondering how to best structure your season to optimize player performance & recovery? This session will cover the basics of season planning and periodization to help coaches create a practical plan for their team’s activities.

Time Commitment: TBD

Location: TBD – Online Workshop

Cost: TBD

Description: The Respect in Sport Activity Leader program is an on-line training course for coaches, sport leaders and leaders of youth in virtually any activity. While a great number of topics are covered during this program, at the core, Respect in Sport is primarily designed as a tool to assist leaders to identify and respond to abuse, neglect, harassment, and bullying.

Notice: Rugby coaches in Saskatchewan are required to complete Respect In Sport training before participating as a coach. Coaches who have completed Respect In Sport in the past (whether for rugby or another sport) but do not have access to their certificate should contact the Sask Rugby office.

Pre-Requisites: None.

Time Commitment: Self-Directed

Location: Respect In Sport Online Portal

REGISTER HERE

MATCH OFFICIALS

Description: Full-day, non-assessed, attendance-based course which helps the novice referee to referee the basic components of the game in a practical-based environment. This clinic is ideal for new referees and players & coaches that are looking to increase their understanding of the laws of the game.

Pre-Requisites

Time Commitment

  • Online portion: 1.5 hrs
  • In-Person portion: 6 hrs

Location: In-Person

Cost: $75

Description: 2-day, competency-based accreditation course which builds on the Level 1 course to help further develop the referee in a practical-based environment. This clinic is ideal for experienced match officials looking to take the next step in their officiating journey, refine their skills, and gain a better understanding of the role of the match official.

Pre-Requisites

Time Commitment

  • Online Portion: 1.5 hrs
  • In-Person Portion: 12 hrs
  • Post-Course Work: match journals & evaluation

Location: In-Person

Cost: $75

Description: This professional development opportunity for match officials will cover best practices in communication with the various on-field participants that take part in a rugby match.

Time Commitment: TBD

Location: TBD – Online Workshop

Cost: TBD

Description: Video review is a key tool for match officials to use to improve their technique and positioning. This session will cover the things that match officials should be looking for when watching their games back and how to turn these observations into actionable goals.

Time Commitment: TBD

Location: TBD – Online Workshop

Cost: TBD

CLUB ADMINISTRATORS

Description: The emPowering the Prairies Club Development Series is a partnership between Rugby Alberta, Saskatchewan Rugby, and Rugby Manitoba aimed at helping clubs become more successful and sustainable off the field. This 4-week webinar series features expert speakers on topics of interest to club administrators and offers an opportunity to meet peers in other clubs/provinces and share best practices. Past webinar recordings, presentations, and resources for clubs can be found at the link below.

Pre-Requisites: None.

Date(s): February 9, 2022 – March 9, 2022, weekly

Time(s): 7:30pm CST / 6:30pm MST

Location: Zoom

REGISTER & INFO HERE

Description: A review of Sask Rugby’s Rules of Competition (which govern competitions sanctioned by Sask Rugby) highlighting the key information and clauses that clubs need to know prior to the upcoming season.

Pre-Requisites: None.

Date(s): March 31, 2022

Time(s): 8:00pm-9:30pm

Location: Zoom

REGISTER HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtf–spzwjG9EJzpbElpx8Vv41YUAe_8ir

Description: The Respect in Sport Activity Leader program is an on-line training course for coaches, sport leaders and leaders of youth in virtually any activity. While a great number of topics are covered during this program, at the core, Respect in Sport is primarily designed as a tool to assist leaders to identify and respond to abuse, neglect, harassment, and bullying.

Pre-Requisites: None.

Date(s): Self-Directed

Time(s): Self-Directed

Location: Respect In Sport Online Portal

REGISTER HERE