About Mini Club Rugby in BC
Club Rugby is the lifeblood of the sport in BC. With 40+ registered clubs in the Province, there is an abundance of opportunities to get involved in rugby in your local area throughout the year. Mini Rugby is open to children in the K to Grade 5/6 age range and designed to introduce them to the fun and excitement of our sport.
If you're looking to get a quick introduction to Mini Club Rugby in BC, the clubs that take part and how you can get involved, you've come to the right place. Use the tabs on this page get a taste of what happens at Mini Rugby gatherings, Jamborees and how your children can get involved in the fun.
Where Can I Play Mini Rugby?
Mini Rugby is at a large number of clubs across the Province. You can find clubs in your area that offer Mini Rugby by using our Find-a-Club tool. Use the map to identify clubs in your neighbourhood and contact them directly.
In both Fall and Spring each year, a number of clubs also offer TRY Rugby days. These are free events where clubs open their doors to the wider community and encourage children to give rugby a go. Visit the TRY Rugby webpage for more details about the participating clubs, along with dates and times.
Finally, there are the HSBC Rookie Rugby Jamborees that are part of the Vancouver Rugby Festival. Held in March each year, these events take place in Downtown Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, are free to the public and are perfect as a way to sample the sport, meet new friends and talk to clubs directly. Visit the HSBC Rookie Rugby Jamborees webpage for more details about the venues and how you can get involved.
Mini Club Rugby Schedules
Below are the schedules for 2019/20 Mini Club Rugby across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.
Is Mini Rugby Safe?
The rugby you see on your TV screens is a contact sport, but when we are starting out with young children, we want to make it every bit as safe as it is fun. We've created this tab specifically for parents of children who are brand new to the sport or who are considering attending a TRY Rugby event in their local area. But there is no substitution for talking to other parents, so we thoroughly recommend going along to a Mini Rugby gathering at your local club and hearing what they have to say first hand.
New recruits to Mini Rugby play Rookie Rugby (also known as Flag or Touch Rugby). It is non-contact, fast, fun, inclusive and simple for any child to learn. All participants wear belts with flags attached by velcro and try to evade the clutches of their opponents. If a player holding the ball loses a flag, they must pass stop and pass the ball to a teammate. Games are overseen by coaches who help guide the players around the field, encouraging inclusivity and mass participation. The emphasis is on enjoyment, getting children in contact with a rugby ball, meeting new friends and working off all that excess energy. Rookie Rugby is played by all players at K to Grade 3, as well as newcomers in the Grade 4-6 groupings. Keep an eye out TRY Rugby events near you or the HSBC Rookie Rugby Jamborees in March for an opportunity to try for free.
Introduction to Contact
As children become more familiar with the core concepts of the sport, coaches take the opportunity to safely introduce them to simplified rules of contact. This only happens at the Grade 4-6 groupings and is managed by coaches, emphasising proper technique on how to tackle and be tackled. This controlled environment is the safest way for children to learn the next evolution in the sport of rugby, while still maintaining the core themes of inclusion, fun and exercise.
If you have any more questions on the safety of rugby, why not reach out to one of our Rugby Development Officers - Aaron Takel (Island) - Thomas Viljoen (Vancouver) or Darcy Patterson (North Shore, Fraser Valley & Interior)