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Overview

Coaches receive training and certification to World Rugby’s standards. USA Youth & High School and Rugby Indiana also provide some additional opportunities for coaches to receive additional training. The coaches in Indiana love coaching youth and high school aged players. It gives them an opportunity to share their love for the game by teaching others the skills, techniques, laws, rugby IQ, and love of the game.

Becoming a coach is no difficult. It just requires interest, dedication, desire to do a good job, and be coachable. Anyone age 18 years or older is eligible. Previous experience as a player is helpful but not required. Several of the top coaches in the world were not players.

Indiana’s rugby clubs and coaches would love for you to consider joining them.

Become A Coach

Coach Registration

To become a certified coach individual must create an account inside Rugby Xplorer, and then register as a coach with their Rugby Indiana club. Once their account is created and they pay for their annual USA Rugby Membership, they will need to access the Learning Center to register for and complete the required courses.

Required to complete the L1 Certification:

  • Annual Background Check
  • SafeSport Training
  • Rugby Safety Basics – Free and Online. There are two modules. 1) Rugby Ready, 2) Concussion Management for the General Public
  • Level 1 Coach Course – In Person Class, has a fee
  • World Rugby may have additional course requirements.

To Set Up Your Account

Video Tutorial To Set Up Your Account

Video Tutorial To Register

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Athlete Development

Core Values

Fun and player-Centered

Fun and player-Centered

Fun is the #1 reason players participate in sports. Keep the experience about the players and don’t be afraid to have fun.

Inclusive and Age-Appropriate

Inclusive and Age-Appropriate

The right rugby at the right time. It’s about development and a welcoming environment for all.

Small-Sided and Free Play

Small-Sided and Free Play

More playing, more creativity, more learning. Let players discover and learn through playing and competing.

Trained Coaches

Trained Coaches

Having trained coaches yields better experiences for players. Keep learning and getting better at what you do.

Multi-Sport Participation

Multi-Sport Participation

Many sports and physical activities make great rugby players. Incorporate and encourage rest as well as other athletic activities.

Physical Literacy

Physical Literacy

Knowing how to move and having the ability to do what you want with your body are the building blocks of athleticism.

  • Physical literacy begins as early as infancy, but it is not a finite process. Achieving physical literacy occurs on a continuum, as the skills that are considered "age appropriate" continue to get more complex as kids grow older and the level of competition in sports progresses.

Development Stages

Stage 1

Discovery U8: Gives the youngest players the opportunity to develop basic movement skills like running, jumping, landing, kicking, scooping, throwing and catching in a fun setting, built around informal play and positive reinforcement. Kids play and explore movement through many physical activities.

Stage 3

Foundations U12: This is the “golden age” of learning and sport skill development. Children become less self-centered and are able to reflect on their actions and learn from their mistakes. This is the optimal time to learn and build a large repertoire of Rugby-specific skills and learn the basic principles of play in a fun, challenging environment. Players sample many physical activities and sports in addition to rugby.

Stage 5

Competitive U19: Players are now fine tuning their rugby skills under a variety of competitive conditions in a game format that mirrors adult play. Along with continued refinement of advanced techniques, players work to develop their tactical awareness, discipline and mental toughness. They are honing their performance in competition during this stage. Athletes may start to focus on one or two key sports or continue with a variety of physical activities.

Participate and Succeed (19+)

Athletes who pursue a less intense path than high performance but have the ability, confidence and desire are able to compete at a level appealing to them. Athletes can focus on performance excellence, fitness preparation, and can maximize sport and position specific skill performance for the level of competition. Athletes may choose lacrosse as the primary sport or may still engage in other competitive endeavors.

Stage 2

Fundamentals U10: Allows children to develop their movement ABCs — agility, balance, coordination, and speed — and learn the basics of the game while emphasizing fun, cooperation, and maximum touches with the ball. Kids sample lots of different physical activities and sports.

Stage 4

Emerging Competition U15: This is the stage in which we make or break the athlete; when children choose to continue participation in the sport. This is the time for developing strong technical skills and is the dawning of tactical awareness. Players are also introduced to concepts like mental preparation, goal setting, and coping with winning and losing. Players learn advanced technical skills and position-specific techniques. The major focus is on applying skills, strategies and tactics from practice to competitive situations. Athletes participate in several sports throughout the year or in a variety of physical activities.

Stage 6

High Performance (19+): In this stage athletes are ready to maximize fitness preparation and sport/position-specific skills for performance on demand. The focus of practice and training is fully on optimal performance. Training programs are intense but periodized to prevent injury and burn out. Athletes are mainly focused on one sport for high performance.

All Stages - Lifetime Engagement

Making the transition from physically literate and confident lacrosse athlete to lifelong participant in sport whether it be competitive for life, fit for life, or also engaging as a coach, official, program leader or supporter of the sport. This occurs from the athlete having a positive lacrosse experience in the other stages of development.

Stage 1

Discovery U8: Gives the youngest players the opportunity to develop basic movement skills like running, jumping, landing, kicking, scooping, throwing and catching in a fun setting, built around informal play and positive reinforcement. Kids play and explore movement through many physical activities.

Stage 2

Fundamentals U10: Allows children to develop their movement ABCs — agility, balance, coordination, and speed — and learn the basics of the game while emphasizing fun, cooperation, and maximum touches with the ball. Kids sample lots of different physical activities and sports.

Stage 3

Foundations U12: This is the “golden age” of learning and sport skill development. Children become less self-centered and are able to reflect on their actions and learn from their mistakes. This is the optimal time to learn and build a large repertoire of Rugby-specific skills and learn the basic principles of play in a fun, challenging environment. Players sample many physical activities and sports in addition to rugby.

Stage 4

Emerging Competition U15: This is the stage in which we make or break the athlete; when children choose to continue participation in the sport. This is the time for developing strong technical skills and is the dawning of tactical awareness. Players are also introduced to concepts like mental preparation, goal setting, and coping with winning and losing. Players learn advanced technical skills and position-specific techniques. The major focus is on applying skills, strategies and tactics from practice to competitive situations. Athletes participate in several sports throughout the year or in a variety of physical activities.

Stage 5

Competitive U19: Players are now fine tuning their rugby skills under a variety of competitive conditions in a game format that mirrors adult play. Along with continued refinement of advanced techniques, players work to develop their tactical awareness, discipline and mental toughness. They are honing their performance in competition during this stage. Athletes may start to focus on one or two key sports or continue with a variety of physical activities.

Stage 6

High Performance (19+): In this stage athletes are ready to maximize fitness preparation and sport/position-specific skills for performance on demand. The focus of practice and training is fully on optimal performance. Training programs are intense but periodized to prevent injury and burn out. Athletes are mainly focused on one sport for high performance.

Participate and Succeed (19+)

Athletes who pursue a less intense path than high performance but have the ability, confidence and desire are able to compete at a level appealing to them. Athletes can focus on performance excellence, fitness preparation, and can maximize sport and position specific skill performance for the level of competition. Athletes may choose lacrosse as the primary sport or may still engage in other competitive endeavors.

All Stages - Lifetime Engagement

Making the transition from physically literate and confident lacrosse athlete to lifelong participant in sport whether it be competitive for life, fit for life, or also engaging as a coach, official, program leader or supporter of the sport. This occurs from the athlete having a positive lacrosse experience in the other stages of development.

Abuse Prevention

People enjoy playing sports for many reasons. This includes the social, emotional, and physical benefits. Abuse at any level must not be a part of sports. This is a paramount principle of USA Rugby’s player welfare programs, in accordance with the US Federal SafeSport Act, where any and all forms of physical and sexual abuse or misconduct are strictly prohibited.

USA Rugby’s policies are the foundation for the rules and responsibilities for athlete safety and well-being, and the prevention of abuse.

Working together we can do our part.

  1. Make sure all your coaches, administrators, board members, volunteers register with USA Rugby, and
  2. That they all complete the Background Check, and
  3. That they complete the SafeSport training, and
  4. Your club establishes a policy that requires reporting of any suspected child abuse or neglect (USA Rugby and Indiana State Law makes you all mandatory reporters).
USA Rugby policy requires that all staff members, volunteers, and members of USA Rugby must report any suspicions or allegations of abuse or neglect (including child sexual abuse) to law enforcement and child protective services and notify SafeSport. For issues with any of the following, please file a report with SafeSport: sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, grooming, emotional misconduct, bullying, hazing, physical misconduct, and retaliation.

FAQ

Clubs/Teams traveling out of state must complete the USA Youth & High School Rugby “Inbound / Outbound Travel Application” form and submit it at least 4 weeks in advance of the travel dates.

Clubs/Teams must also be aware of all Rugby Indiana Policies related to travel.

Clubs/Teams requesting matches to be added to their schedule must complete the Rugby Indiana Match Request Form at least 2 weeks in advance of the requested match. Requesting further in advance does facilitate a greater chance of approval – as approvals require the securing of referees, trainers, etc.  Submission of the request is not a guarantee of request approval. 

Requesting Matches with teams from out of state also requires the submission of the USA Youth & High School “Inbound / Outbound Tour Application.”

Players must play for their school or community team. If no school or community team exists, players are permitted to join another nearby (closest) team. Any player wishing to register to play with a club other than their home club MUST submit a petition request in writing, stating their reason for that request to the Executive Director. The Petition should be submitted before the player has registered. Submission after season
registration may negatively impact the petition. The Executive Director may approve such requests only under exceptional circumstances. Careful consideration will be given to both the player and the effect his/her leaving would have on the home club. The Executive Director may share the petition with the Administrator of the affiliated team and receive their input before the Executive Director makes a determination.

Players wanting to play for another team for higher competition or performance is NOT an exceptional reason.

  • Form: Petition For Exception On Home Team Eligibility Requirement
  • Due Date: Petition must be submitted prior to team’s/player’s first practice.
  • Last Date to Submit Petition: 1-week before any games (scrimmages, tournaments, or regular season matches)
  • Expiration: All petitions, granted or not, only apply for the current season and year. Petitions must be re-submitted for each new season and year.

Certificates of Liability Insurance are provided by USA Rugby.  Clubs must have 8 registered players and at least one Level 1 Certified (and current/good standing) coach to receive the insurance.  

Insurance applications take USA Rugby approximately 10-15 business days to process. 

  • Before you apply, make sure you know exactly how the insurance holder (property owner) needs their name and address to appear on the certificate.
  • Be sure to include Rugby Indiana Executive Director to receive a copy of the certificate.
  • Be sure you check the box to get a copy of exactly what you submitted on your application. This may be needed in case the insurance certificate is not issued. 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE USA RUGBY CERTIFICATE OF LIABILITY INSURANCE

All players have a supplemental injury insurance policy for rugby injuries as part of their player fees.  Insurance claims must be filed within 30 days of the injury. The injury also needs to have been reported  the time of the injury in the Rugby Xplorer system. 

Contact the Rugby Indiana Executive Director if you have an accident/injury you wish to file a claim on.

RUGBY Tours

Inbound Tours

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March 2024

  • 16 March 2024: Brother Rice Boys HS (IL) / Bishop Dwenger / Ft Wayne, IN
  • 23 March 2024:  Grandville Girls HS (MI) / Warsaw Area Girls / Warsaw, IN

April 2024

  • 17 April 2024: La Salette HS (IL) / Mudsock Boys JV / Fishers, IN

May 2024

  • 01 May 2024: La Salette HS (IL) / Pendleton Boys B, C Sides / Pendleton, IN

Outbound Tours

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October 2023

  • 22 Oct 2023: Pendleton Girls HS / Knoxville Halloween 7s / Knoxville, TN

December 2023

  • 02 Dec 2023: Carmel Girls HS / Silverbacks Rugby X / Yorkville, IL
  • 09 Dec 2023: Carmel Girls HS / Silverbacks Rugby X / Yorkville, IL
  • 09 Dec 2023: Pendleton Boys HS / Greer Christmas 7s / Greer, NC
  • 09 Dec 2023: Pendleton Girls HS / Greer Christmas 7s / Greer, NC

February 2024

  • 17, 18, 19 Feb 2024: Pendleton Boys HS / Friendship Cup / Knoxville, TN
  • 24 Feb 2024: Westside Boys HS /  / Nashville, TN
  • 24 Feb 2024: Westside Girls HS /  / Nashville, TN

March 2024

  • 01, 02, 03 March 2024: Westside Boys HS /  / St. Charles, MO
  • 02, 03 March 2024: Westfield Boys HS / / Memphis, TN
  • 09 March 2024: Pendleton Boys HS / St. Ignatius / Obetz, OH
  • 09 March 2024: Penn Boys HS / St. Edwards HS / Lakewood, OH
  • 08, 09 March 2024: Bishop Dwenger Boys HS / / Cincinnati, OH
  • 08, 09 March 2024: Louisville Crash Boys HS / / Cincinnati, OH
  • 08, 09 March 2024: Mudsock Boys HS / / Cincinnati, OH
  • 08, 09 March 2024: Carmel Boys HS / / Cincinnati, OH
  • 16 March 2024: Penn Boys HS / St. Ignatius HS / Cleveland, OH
  • 16 March 2024: Pendleton Boys HS / Archbishop Moeller / Cincinnati, OH
  • 29, 30 March 2024: Pendleton Girls HS / Topical 7s / Tampa, FL

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