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Rookie Rugby

Rookie Rugby is a non-contact version of rugby that is a played in elementary and middle school programs and leagues until players are ready to be introduced to the traditional contact version of the game. It is popular in PE programs and park district programs as an excellent way to teach fitness, teamwork, decision-making, and inclusiveness. 

Rugby Illinois is here to support educators, parents, and others looking to introduce rookie rugby programs and start leagues. 

PE Teachers Sign Up for Information

PE Teachers, if you are interested in learning about adding non-contact rugby to your program, click this link to express interest.

Rookie Rugby at Grove Junior High in Elk Grove Village

Rookie Rugby at Jack London Middle School in Wheeling

Rookie Rugby at STEM Partnership School in Aurora

USA Rugby Resources

Rookie Rugby Website

The official home of Rookie Rugby has a wealth of information and other resources.

Rookie Rugby Funding Request

USA Rugby offers financial support to assist in starting new Rookie Rugby leagues

USA Rugby - Rookie Rugby

The Rookie Rugby section of the USA Rugby website offers valuable resources

Rookie Rugby in the News

Naperville Youth Programs

By Stephanie Esposito 01/03/2017, 1:30pm CST

Where to play this Winter

Let's Play Rugby!

Naperville Park District 

Activity Code: 5174

January 18 through March 8

Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

River Woods Elementary School

$59 residents / $89 non-residents

Co-ed for 5th through 8th graders

Participants will be placed in age/grade appropriate groups

Coaches are from Naperville Crusaders Youth Rugby Club