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Helpful Information for Parents

Rugby is a great option for your son or daughter, giving them the opportunity to play a game that will teach them how to be a leader on and off the field. We know that there can be concerns with placing your child in a new sport, which we hope to help within this parent section. Check out the great resources for gaining more information on rugby and how to find a team in your area today!

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

Q: I’ve heard rugby described as ‘football without pads’ – is this accurate?A: Football is a sport that originated from the game of rugby, but it is a much different game. Rugby is a very controlled game with a lot of rules in place to keep all players safe on the field. Although rugby players do not wear pads and protection, they are taught the necessary skills to stay safe and successful on the field.

Q: How can my son/daughter try the sport without getting thrown into a full contact game?A: Flag rugby is a great option for kids of any age to try the sport without any contact elements. Flag rugby can be played indoors and outdoors in schools or communities. Many kids start playing flag rugby in P.E. class and move into contact programs after learning the basics. To learn more about flag rugby, visit

Q: How much will it cost for my child to play rugby?A: Rugby is one of the lowest cost options for children in the U.S. Costs will vary across state lines and in various programs. Contact your state representative to learn more about programs in your area.

Q: How does USA Rugby protect its athletes?A: USA Rugby believes in putting a player’s safety above everything else. USA Rugby requires that all rugby coaches register and complete our Level 100 Coaching Certification, which includes a Player Protection Package and a Background Check. Additionally, with every player registration USA Rugby provides Third Party Liability Insurance and Rugby Accident Insurance. We feel that providing these levels of protections keeps our athletes safe and enjoying the game.

Q: What is my job as a rugby parent?A: USA Rugby has put together a helpful guide of expectations for rugby parents. Check it out here!

Q: Who do I contact to get started with rugby in my backyard?A: Youth and High School rugby is run at the state level through USA Rugby’s State Organizations. Click here to contact your local representative today!

Get Involved!We know that being a sport parent is a tough job - being there for our children is a full time job in itself. We want to offer you the chance to get off the sidelines and get in the game by becoming a rugby coach or referee! There are great opportunities to become more involved in the game we all love.

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