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.
Exhibition Park (see map below)
1031 Lorne St, Kamloops, BC V2C 6K5
Sunday Mornings - March 29th to May 31st, 2020*^
*no session April 12 or May 17
10:30am to 11:30am
Who is it for?
Girls and boys aged 5-12 (inclusive) welcome
$75 for 1 child, $50 for 2nd child and 3rd child is FREE
Brian MacKinnon - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 our Rugby Development Officer (Youth) - Thomas Viljoen