Mini Rugby in BC

Our young athletes play a variation of rugby called Rookie Rugby. Rookie Rugby is a fun safe non-contact version of the sport allowing players to learn the Laws of the Game without any bumps or bruises. Not sure where to start? We’ve listed the steps below:

1. Tell your parents you want to play rugby. Direct them to the Parents page on our website for more info.

2. Sign up for Rookie Rugby at a community centre near you and/or attend a Try Rugby event

3. Find a club near you and register to play Mini Rugby

Age-Grade Rugby in BC

If the sport is new to you, that’s ok. It’s not too late to start. Many of Canada’s best players were already in high school when they picked up a rugby ball for the first time. Whether you just want to play with your friends at school, become an Olympian, or end up somewhere in the middle, the sport of rugby offers a world of opportunity. Here’s how to get started:

1. Tell your parents you want to play rugby. Direct them to the Parents section of the website for more info.

2. Come to one of our Try Rugby events. Bring your friends too.

3. Join a school team or find a club near you.

4. Up your skills with our Game Ready program.

5. Participate in our BC High-Performance Academy to further develop your skills.

6. Tryout for your regional rep team and participate in the Provincial Regional Championship and/or tryout for a BC Rep team and participate in National Championships.

7. Catch the eye of the national team coaches and earn selection to the Canada U18 or U20 team.

Senior Rugby in BC

Whether you’re new to BC or new to the sport, we want to get you onto the field. In BC you will have the opportunity to participate in full contact competitive leagues and non-contact social rugby, operated by individual clubs. Find out how you can start playing rugby, develop your skills, represent BC and Canada and more! Here’s where to start:

1. Find a club team in your area.

2. Train and with your new team (don’t forget to register).

3. Compete with your team at venues all across BC and in Seattle.

4. Take your game to the next level as part of the high-performance pathway. Tryout for your regional rep team and participate in the McKechnie Cup, Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup or Dunbar Keg.

5. Get selected to play for a BC Rep Team at the U20 or Senior level.

6. Catch the eye of the national team coaches and earn selection to play for Canada.

7. Compete for Canada at the Americas Rugby Championship, test matches or even the Rugby World Cup.

8. Maybe Sevens Rugby is your game. Play for Canada on the World Rugby 7s Circuit, then make your push for Olympic team selection.

Player Pathway

Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned veteran, there are always opportunities to develop your rugby game at all levels of the sport.  In these tabs, you will find information and links to the different options available for players who want to take their rugby game to the next level.

BC Programs - Locally held programs in your area that focus on core skills.

Competitions - Find out which competitions are held throughout the year and how to get involved with them.

BC Rep Teams - Ever dreamed of playing for your Province?  Find out what it takes to get selected to a BC Rugby Representative Team.

National Programs - If you are aiming to go all the way to the top with your rugby, find out how to make the jump from Provincial player to National player

BC Rugby Programs

BC Rugby offers a number of different programs throughout each year.  Whether you are new to the sport or wanting to advance your game, check out the table below for an overview of the programs available and a link to their dedicated page.  You can also find information on these programs via the main menu of the BC Rugby Website under the Play Rugby option.

If you have any questions about the programs offered by BC Rugby, reach out to our Rugby Development Officers - Aaron Takel (Men's and Boys' Rugby), Darcy Patterson (Women's and Girls' Rugby) and Thomas Viljoen (Mini & Community Rugby)

Competitions

Rugby is a competitive sport and no matter what level of rugby you play, there are multiple competitions held across the province every year.  You can find out more about each of these either through the links below or via the main menu at the top of this website.  Below, we've pulled together a table outlining just some of the many competitions available at each level of play here in BC.

If you have any questions about the programs offered by BC Rugby, reach out to our Rugby Development Officers - Aaron Takel (Men's and Boys' Rugby), Darcy Patterson (Women's and Girls' Rugby) and Thomas Viljoen (Mini & Community Rugby)

BC Rugby is proud to be part of a long tradition of developing elite rugby players and supplying our National Men’s and Women’s Teams with world-class talent.

BC Rugby Provincial Senior and Age-Grade Teams compete at Championships and Tournaments which are attended by Rugby Canada Coaches and Selectors, and we’ve been successful in having many BC Rugby players invited to participate in Rugby Canada National Teams after their performances playing for BC Rugby.

For more information about the different BC Representative Teams, when they play and how to get involved, use the table below or check out the Sevens and XVs Rep Team Hubs in the Play Rugby section of this website.

If you have any questions about trying out for a BC Rugby Representative Team, reach out to our Rugby Development Officers - Aaron Takel (Men's and Boys' Rugby) or Darcy Patterson (Women's and Girls' Rugby).

National Programs

BC Rugby is working closely with Rugby Canada to re-work the player pathway that takes athletes from club to National Program status.  The result will provide a clear illustration of how a player, at any level of their rugby development, can achieve the necessary steps required to play for their country at U18, U20 or Senior level.

Check back soon for more information or reach out to our Rugby Development Officers - Aaron Takel (Men's and Boys' Rugby) and Darcy Patterson (Women's and Girls' Rugby)

Concussion Awareness

Concussion is an issue that affects all sports and it is important that everyone in Rugby recognises the symptoms of concussion and removes from playing or training any player with clear or suspected symptoms.

The message is simple – Recognise and Remove. Recognise the symptoms of concussion and permanently remove a player displaying any of those symptoms. 

Working together with players, coaches, administrators, medics, scientists, the media and supporters, we can ensure the welfare of those who take the field at all levels of the game.

All BC Rugby staff, coaches, managers and therapists participate in mandatory Concussion Management training.  Parents, players and anyone else involved in the sport is highly encouraged to take the Free Online Module from World Rugby so that we can keep our sport safe.

Physical Preparation

The modern game of rugby can be a great physical challenge for all ages, levels, and statures. BC Rugby is investing energetically in building a world-class program to support all players, from recreational to competitive, in their physical preparation goals.

While sport practices can help bring players to a general level of physical preparation, following structured speed, strength, conditioning, and recovery programs outside of practices, can help keep athletes injury-free and performing at a higher level.

As players continue to progress into higher levels of competition, physical preparation becomes an essential complement to the technical and tactical demands of the sport. This approach to physical preparation is done with consideration to the sport season, as well as the developmental stages of each athlete. BC Rugby is developing a detailed progression which can offer guidance to coaches, players, and parents.

Nutrition

There’s a myriad of practical ways to nourish and hydrate for rugby, but one fact marries them all: rugby is a high-impact, high-energy sport that needs top quality balanced nutrition and proper hydration. BC Rugby Union Coaches, players, and parents can get exceptional information through many available resources including the World Rugby site and the National Coaching Certification modules on Nutrition and Prevention & Recovery.

On top of a well-balanced diet, the recreational player will need little more than effective hydration during the game and a good post-game meal within the hour. For performance players, the key aspects of nutrition follow the same principles, but diligence will pay off by avoiding junk and low-density nutritive foods on a regular basis. In some reports, game day performance may rely on meals and hydration as much as 2-4 days in advance of the game. The timing of meals, hydration, and electrolyte balance in the hours before kickoff are paramount. During an 80 minute game, elite players will have pre-game, in-game, and post-game nutrition mapped out in quantity, quality, and timing. For players with games multiple days in a row or later the same week, nutritional and hydration approaches can greatly impact capacity and performance in the next days.

For more specific information on effective nutrition, BC Rugby athletes have access to Provincial and National team staff, as well as Nutrition expertise of staff at the PacificSport Network and the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific.

Registration & Insurance

It is important for all players at all levels to register with BC Rugby each season.  Whether you are playing with a club year round or needing to register for a couple of months for a specific tournament, we have different memberships available to suit your needs. 

Visit the Registration page via this link or find it under Membership in various parts of the BC Rugby website menu.

About Rugby Insurance

Why do I need Sports Liability Insurance? Because no matter how careful you are, accidents happen, and you can be sued by anyone who claims injury or damages resulting from your activities. You may not be liable, but you will need to be defended in court. A liability policy will pay for this defense as well as any costs awarded against you. In short, liability insurance gives you peace of mind.

Who is Insured? - All active members, employees, officers, directors, officials, referees, players, coaches, managers, volunteers, and auxiliary workers when entered in the Rugby Canada database.

Activities Covered - Sanctioned or authorized activities, and events such as games, practices, tournaments, training, clinics, seminars, tours, fundraisers, etc. within your sport discipline. For a complete list of sanctioned activities, please refer to the Sanctioned Guidelines on Rugby Canada’s website or contact your Provincial Union.

Player Subsidies

The BC Rugby Player Subsidy program aims to ensure that no player withdraws from a BC Rugby Team due to financial constraints by providing financial support to players in need in the form of discounts applied against team fees. Targeted towards players who require financial assistance in order to represent their Province, the Player Subsidy program was launched in 2017 and has provided over $40,000 of support to players in BC Rugby XVs and 7s Teams.

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive a player subsidy, you must:

  • Be a registered player with BC Rugby, directly or via a Member Club
  • Be in good standing and have a clean disciplinary record with BC Rugby
  • Be selected to a BC Rugby XVs or 7s Team as a travelling player
  • Fully complete and submit the application form no later than the advertised deadline
  • Provide an accompanying letter from rugby coach or manager, school teacher or counsellor, confirming your financial need and commitment to your rugby pursuits

For clarity, players may apply for a subsidy for both a XVs and 7s Team within the same year or season.

Please note, any recipient of a player subsidy that breaks the Athlete Agreement while participating in the relevant Representative Team will have their subsidy revoked and will be charged the full team fee amount.

Selection Criteria

All eligible Player Subsidy applications will be reviewed on their merit, subject to the following criteria (in order):

  1. Teams fees being charged (that is, the most expensive teams will be given priority)
  2. Value of financial need requested
  3. Compelling detail of player’s financial need
  4. Compelling details of player’s ambitions and supporting goals
  5. Details of ability to access other funding (that is, players that demonstrate a proactive approach to gaining financial support will be rewarded)
  6. Previous representative team selections with Rugby Canada
  7. Previous representative team selections with BC Rugby

Player Subsidy Discounts Available in 2019 and Deadlines for Applications

Please note – total funding is limited and therefore, depending on the number of applications received, players may receive less than the maximum amount available.

Protecting Players’ Privacy

The BC Rugby Player Subsidy program is managed so that applicants and recipients are unknown to Team Staff unless the player choses to share that information. Applications are assessed by a Committee comprised of the Past-Presidents of BC Rugby who are bound by BC Rugby’s Privacy Policy and Conflict of Interest Policy.

Representative Player Bursary

The BC Rugby Representative Player Bursary program aims to ensure the no BC player selected for National Teams or programs withdraws due to financial constraints by providing a $2,500 bursary directly to the player. The Representative Player Bursary program is made possible by donations to a dedicated account held by the National Sport Trust Fund, from which BC Rugby will be able to direct funds to players selected to receive the Representative Player Bursaries. With funds raised to date, four bursaries will be available annually.

If you’d like to support the continuation of the BC Rugby Representative Player Bursary program by donating, please visit the dedicated account held by the National Sport Trust Fund HERE. Donations receive a charitable tax receipt. 

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive a representative player bursary, you must:

  • Be a registered player with BC Rugby, directly or via a Member Club
  • Be in good standing and have a clean disciplinary record with BC Rugby and Rugby Canada
  • Be born between 1996 and 2003, inclusive
  • Represented BC Rugby as a travelling player in a XVs or 7s Team in 2017, 2018 or 2019
  • Selected by Rugby Canada to a National Team or Program in 2018 or 2019
  • Fully complete and submit the application form no later than the advertised deadline
  • Provide an accompanying letter from a relevant Rugby Canada representative confirming your playing potential for one of the four National Senior Teams within the foreseeable future
  • Consent to being publicly named as a recipient of the Bursary

Selection Criteria

All eligible Representative Player Bursary applications will be reviewed on their merit, subject to the following criteria (in order):

  1. Identified playing potential for one of the four National Senior Teams within the foreseeable future
  2. Compelling details of player’s ambitions and
  3. Compelling detail of player’s financial challenges faced to support their rugby ambitions
  4. Details of ability to access other funding (that is, players that demonstrate a proactive approach to gaining financial support will be rewarded)
  5. Previous representative team selections with Rugby Canada
  6. Previous representative team selections with BC Rugby

Applications are assessed by a Committee comprised of the Past-Presidents of BC Rugby who are bound by BC Rugby’s Privacy Policy and Conflict of Interest Policy.

 

Bursaries Available & Deadlines for Applications

Four $2,500 bursaries are available for two male and two female athletes. 2019 applications are due July 15, 2019.

Other Funding Opportunities

BC Rugby is aware of the following opportunities for players to access support.

Find A Club

Looking for a Rugby Club near you?

Use our Find-A-Club page to contact clubs across the Province

Rules of Competition

Play by the Rules

BC Rugby’s Rules of Competition are available both online and in a downloadable PDF