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Try on Rugby

Promoting girls' and women's involvement in rugby around the United States.

What is Try on Rugby?

A USA Rugby initiative dedicated to growing the number of girls and women in rugby. Try on Rugby provides educational and promotional materials for introducing rugby into schools with the goal of starting sustainable girls' programs. To support these programs, Try on Rugby encourages women to try on coaching, refereeing, and administrating.


How Does Try on Rugby Work?

Try on Rugby has multiple components for getting young girls and women involved.

  • Try on Rugby Participation Program - The Try on Rugby Participation Program offers starter kits for anyone looking to introduce the sport of rugby to young girls. Starter kits contain rugby balls, flags, cones, and an extensive curriculum of flag rugby, fitness and nutrition, and life skills for girls under 18. The program is easily implemented and comes complete with everything you need to get started!
  • Try on Rugby for Adults Women have the opportunity to get involved in rugby at any age. Try on Rugby supports pathways to coaching, refereeing, and administrating though educational materials and specific courses for women.
  • Try on Rugby Kit Grant Program - We believe that the growth of rugby starts with the gift of a rugby ball. Try on Rugby offers a kit grant program to help more youth girls' programs expand in the U.S. This kit grant is intended for community organizations looking ot start a new rugby program at their location.

Participation

Introducing Girls to Rugby

Starter Kit

Try on Rugby offers starter kits for new programs that include two rugby balls, flag belts, boundary cones, and the full curriculum.

Click here to purchase your starter kit today!

School and Community Outreach

Rugby provides young girls with a life-changing experience, is easy to implement and guaranteed to get girls up and moving! Try on Rugby has start-up materials and an extensive curriculum focused on three key components:

  • Rugby
  • Fitness and Nutrition
  • Life Skills
  • More info

Introductory Programs for Rugby Clubs

Growing Girls' Rugby is a great resource for taking your participation program to the next level. This great guide has program schedules, equipment and budget requirements, and marketing tools to get your girls' Try on Rugby league started!

Request Your Free Try on Rugby Curriculum or Growing Girls Rugby Today!


Curriculum Components

Rugby Skills

Introduce the basic skills of flag rugby through fun games and structured practices. Each week's practice builds upon the skills learned the week before and culminates with a flag rugby competition.


Fitness and Active Nutrition

With the growing obesity rates in the United States, educating young girls on healthy eating and exercising habits is crucial. Six, thirty minute lesson plans and corresponding worksheets introduce these topics.

  • Week 1 - Start Moving and Get Fit!
  • Week 2 - My Rugby Fitness Test
  • Week 3 - Understanding Active Nutrition
  • Week 4 - Athletes and Nutrition
  • Week 5 - Food Labels
  • Week 6 - Calories In vs. Calories Out

Life Skills

Growing up is not an easy thing, especially as a young girl. Young girls face many societal pressures which can lead to bigger problems emotionally, mentally, and physically as adults. The Try on Rugby curriculum features six, thirty minutes lessons that addresses major issues facing young girls.


  • Week 1 - Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Week 2 - Body Image
  • Week 3 - Diversity and Respect
  • Week 4 - Bullying
  • Week 5 - Leadership
  • Week 6 - Understanding Identities

TOR Adults

Rugby needs you to get involved in coaching, refereeing, and administrating rugby in your community. These roles are both incredibly rewarding and ways to make a real difference.

Try on Coaching

As girls' rugby grows, so does the need for more coaches, especially female role models. Rugby players have a great base knowledge of the game, enabling them to be in a perfect position to coach. Check out how you can get involved today!

  • Coach a Rookie Rugby Team (Non-contact, flag rugby) – Try on Rugby incorporates non-contact, flag rugby into its curriculum. Rookie Rugby is a great entry point to coaching and it is a fun way for kids to try the sport at a young age. Rookie Rugby is easy to coach and you can start by downloading more information at RookieRugby.com. Check with your local state representative for available Rookie Rugby Instructor courses that you can attend.
  • Coach a Youth Team – Youth contact rugby is growing at rapid rates across the country. USA Rugby has a ton of great resources and a Level 100 Coaching Certification that prepares anyone for introducing the basics of the game. Check out USARugby.org/coaching for more information. Contact your local state rep to get started: USARugby.org/sro.
  • Coach a High School Team – For high school girls, seven-a-side rugby is growing in leaps and bounds. This is a great opportunity to introduce the game to our future Olympians. Check out USARugby.org/coaching for more information on the Level 200 Coaching Certification. Contact your local state rep to get started.

Click here to learn more about starting your new role as a coach!


Try on Refereeing

Officiating is integral to growing the game. Rugby refereeing is different than many other officiating systems, as rugby refs work to maintain the continuity and safety of the game, instead of merely policing infractions. It is a challenging and rewarding opportunity that you can get involved with today, not to mention getting paid to do it!


Steps to Refereeing

  • Contact Your State Representative – If you are interested in refereeing in your community, start by contacting your local state representative. USARugby.org/sro
  • Take a Referee Course – USA Rugby offers multiple opportunities to get trained as a referee. Start with this introductory course; visit USARugby.org/referee for more information and to find courses in your area:
  • Level 1 – Intro to Officiating: This course is designed to teach the basics of rugby officiating and prepare anyone to step on to the field with a whistle.

Click here to learn more about starting your new role as a referee!


Try on Rugby Referee Development Grant

Try on Rugby and USA Rugby Referees are excited to announce a new initiative to find our next generation of female referees: The Try on Rugby Referee Development Program

Local Referee Organizations will run Level 1 Referee Certification Courses for area women. Course registration will be offered at no cost to the participants with a commitment to refereeing locally after completion on the course.

What's included?

The Level 1 course helps make participants comfortable with rugby refereeing. It is a one-day certification covering:

  • Rugby Laws
  • positioning and basic refereeing.
  • Basics risk management and on field safety

Atlanta 7s, April 8-10

Any participants in these courses will be eligible for assignment to events alongside the Women's 7's Series Weekend in Atlanta GA, April 8th-10th!

A combination of Level 1 Course performance and Local refereeing experience will be used to choose participants.

20 women referees of various levels will officiate at these events including:

  • Referee development program
  • National Panel referees and High Performance Referee Manager mentorship opportunities.
  • hotel accommodation
  • custom jersey
  • ticket to the 7's series!!!
  • Events to be covered:
    • U-19 Men's and Women's 7's and 15's festival, Fri/Sat
    • Collegiate Playoffs @ Life College, Sat/Sun
    • Life vs. Boston ARP, Sat
    • U-19 NACRA 7's, Fri/Sat/Sun
    • Women’s Collegiate 7's qualifier, Sat

Individuals or teams may host Try on Rugby referee development programs. Contact your Local Referee Organization or contact the USA Rugby Referee Manager, Marc Nelson – mnelson@usarugby.org.


Try on Administrating

Another great way to try on rugby is by becoming a rugby administrator. Getting involved behind the scenes to create new programs, help with running leagues, and setting up events are just a few things that grow this game we all love.

Steps to Administrating

  • What’s Your Passion? – Rugby administrating encompasses a lot of different skill sets. Figure out what you love to do or what you are interested in doing to set your niche. Some examples include:
    • Planning and Running Events
    • Setting up and Running Leagues
    • Starting New Programs in Schools and Communities
    • Training Coaches and Referees
    • Media Promotion and Marketing
    • Fundraising and Sponsorship

Click here to learn more about starting your new role as a rugby administrator!

Grant Programs

We believe that all growth of rugby starts with a rugby ball. Try on Rugby offers two major grant programs available that aid in grassroots development of rugby for young girls.

Try on Rugby Starter Kit Grant

This grant program is intended for schools and community organizations interested in starting a new flag rugby program. The program will provide a free starter kit, which is enough to start a program for more than 30 girls! The program requirements are:

  • The request must be from an official school or community organization (non-rugby entity)
  • Organizations are limited to one grant request application for up to five (5) kits.
  • Organizations are required to submit pictures and a small write-up upon receiving the kit and implementing the program.

Before You Apply

Before you submit your application, please review the frequently asked questions below. These questions will help you produce the best application. Please contact us at info@tryonrugby.org if you have any questions.

1. I’m a rugby club, am I eligible for this grant?

The grant is meant for non-rugby schools and community organizations looking to start a new program. If you are a current rugby club, please work with a local school, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, etc. to start a program and have a school or program administrator submit the application. Applications coming from rugby clubs will not be approved and will be asked to resubmit with a school/community organization partner.

2. How many kits can I apply for?

Applicants are limited to submitting one application for up to five (5) kits. Each application will be reviewed and evaluated to determine the overall need. Applications may be approved for the total amount requested or less.

3. Who reviews the applications and what are they looking for?

A grant committee familiar with grassroots rugby development from many levels reviews each application. A quality application clearly outlines what the program looks like, how it will be executed, and what results are expected. Applications missing components or only briefly answering each question are likely to not be approved.


Click here to submit your grant request for a Rugby Starter Kit today!*



Try on Rugby Referee Development Grant

Try on Rugby and USA Rugby Referees are excited to announce a new initiative to find our next generation of female referees: The Try on Rugby Referee Development Program

Local Referee Organizations will run Level 1 Referee Certification Courses for area women. Course registration will be offered at no cost to the participants with a commitment to refereeing locally after completion on the course.

What's included?

The Level 1 course helps make participants comfortable with rugby refereeing. It is a one-day certification covering:

  • Rugby Laws
  • positioning and basic refereeing.
  • Basics risk management and on field safety

Atlanta 7s, April 8-10

Any participants in these courses will be eligible for assignment to events alongside the Women's 7's Series Weekend in Atlanta GA, April 8th-10th!

A combination of Level 1 Course performance and Local refereeing experience will be used to choose participants.

20 women referees of various levels will officiate at these events including:

  • Referee development program
  • National Panel referees and High Performance Referee Manager mentorship opportunities.
  • hotel accommodation
  • custom jersey
  • ticket to the 7's series!!!

Events to be covered:

  • U-19 Men's and Women's 7's and 15's festival, Fri/Sat
  • Collegiate Playoffs @ Life College, Sat/Sun
  • Life vs. Boston ARP, Sat
  • U-19 NACRA 7's, Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Women’s Collegiate 7's qualifier, Sat

Individuals or teams may host Try on Rugby referee development programs. Contact your Local Referee Organization or contact the USA Rugby Referee Manager, Marc Nelson – mnelson@usarugby.org.

Ambassadors

What is a Try on Rugby Ambassador?

Try on Rugby believes in empowering women and men around the world to spread the message of Try on Rugby. This includes the promotion of Try on Rugby's programs and events, encouraging more men and women to become coaches, referees, and administrators...and of course helping to increase the number of girls playing rugby! This network will increase the reach of Try on Rugby to a much wider scale.

If you are someone who believes that girls and women around the US should have greater access to rugby opportunities, then this program is for you! We want you to be a Try on Rugby Ambassador!

Ambassadors can help us recruit:

  • New Coaches
  • New Referees
  • New Administrators
  • New Female Players!

Click here to join the Try on Ambassador program today!

Who Can Join?

Anyone interested in helping grow girls' rugby in America

How Do I Join?

Fill out the application above

$25 joins the program and supports Try on Rugby. Your ambassador kit will include:

  • Try on Rugby trucker hat
  • Try on Rugby t-shirt
  • Try on Rugby ball
  • Try on Rugby business cards and more!

What do Ambassadors do?

Ambassadors are expected to complete one Try on Rugby task each month. Try on Rugby will send you a simple task via email:

  • Take a picture wearing your Try on Rugby shirt and tag @TryonRugby and hashtag #TryonRugby on social media.
  • Shoot a short video on your cell phone discussing the importance of introducing young girls to rugby and tag @TryonRugby and hashtag #TryonRugby on social media
  • Share a tidbit about your favorite female coach and tag @TryonRugby and hashtag #TryonRugby on social media
  • Take a picture of the Try on Rugby ball at a non-rugby location and tag @TryonRugby and hashtag #TryonRugby on social media
  • Reach out to a local school or organization and schedule a session to teach rugby in a P.E. class or after-school program. Take pictures and video and tag @TryonRugby and hashtag #TryonRugby on social media

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    Try on Rugby

    Promoting girls' and women's involvement in rugby around the United States.

    What is Try on Rugby?

    A USA Rugby initiative dedicated to growing the number of girls and women in rugby. Try on Rugby provides educational and promotional materials for introducing rugby into schools with the goal of starting sustainable girls' programs. To support these programs, Try on Rugby encourages women to try on coaching, refereeing, and administrating.


    How Does Try on Rugby Work?

    Try on Rugby has multiple components for getting young girls and women involved.

    • Try on Rugby Participation Program - The Try on Rugby Participation Program offers starter kits for anyone looking to introduce the sport of rugby to young girls. Starter kits contain rugby balls, flags, cones, and an extensive curriculum of flag rugby, fitness and nutrition, and life skills for girls under 18. The program is easily implemented and comes complete with everything you need to get started!
    • Try on Rugby for Adults Women have the opportunity to get involved in rugby at any age. Try on Rugby supports pathways to coaching, refereeing, and administrating though educational materials and specific courses for women.
    • Try on Rugby Kit Grant Program - We believe that the growth of rugby starts with the gift of a rugby ball. Try on Rugby offers a kit grant program to help more youth girls' programs expand in the U.S. This kit grant is intended for community organizations looking ot start a new rugby program at their location.
  • Participation

    Participation

    Introducing Girls to Rugby

    Starter Kit

    Try on Rugby offers starter kits for new programs that include two rugby balls, flag belts, boundary cones, and the full curriculum.

    Click here to purchase your starter kit today!

    School and Community Outreach

    Rugby provides young girls with a life-changing experience, is easy to implement and guaranteed to get girls up and moving! Try on Rugby has start-up materials and an extensive curriculum focused on three key components:

    • Rugby
    • Fitness and Nutrition
    • Life Skills
    • More info

    Introductory Programs for Rugby Clubs

    Growing Girls' Rugby is a great resource for taking your participation program to the next level. This great guide has program schedules, equipment and budget requirements, and marketing tools to get your girls' Try on Rugby league started!

    Request Your Free Try on Rugby Curriculum or Growing Girls Rugby Today!


    Curriculum Components

    Rugby Skills

    Introduce the basic skills of flag rugby through fun games and structured practices. Each week's practice builds upon the skills learned the week before and culminates with a flag rugby competition.


    Fitness and Active Nutrition

    With the growing obesity rates in the United States, educating young girls on healthy eating and exercising habits is crucial. Six, thirty minute lesson plans and corresponding worksheets introduce these topics.

    • Week 1 - Start Moving and Get Fit!
    • Week 2 - My Rugby Fitness Test
    • Week 3 - Understanding Active Nutrition
    • Week 4 - Athletes and Nutrition
    • Week 5 - Food Labels
    • Week 6 - Calories In vs. Calories Out

    Life Skills

    Growing up is not an easy thing, especially as a young girl. Young girls face many societal pressures which can lead to bigger problems emotionally, mentally, and physically as adults. The Try on Rugby curriculum features six, thirty minutes lessons that addresses major issues facing young girls.


    • Week 1 - Confidence and Self-Esteem
    • Week 2 - Body Image
    • Week 3 - Diversity and Respect
    • Week 4 - Bullying
    • Week 5 - Leadership
    • Week 6 - Understanding Identities
  • TOR Adults

    TOR Adults

    Rugby needs you to get involved in coaching, refereeing, and administrating rugby in your community. These roles are both incredibly rewarding and ways to make a real difference.

    Try on Coaching

    As girls' rugby grows, so does the need for more coaches, especially female role models. Rugby players have a great base knowledge of the game, enabling them to be in a perfect position to coach. Check out how you can get involved today!

    • Coach a Rookie Rugby Team (Non-contact, flag rugby) – Try on Rugby incorporates non-contact, flag rugby into its curriculum. Rookie Rugby is a great entry point to coaching and it is a fun way for kids to try the sport at a young age. Rookie Rugby is easy to coach and you can start by downloading more information at RookieRugby.com. Check with your local state representative for available Rookie Rugby Instructor courses that you can attend.
    • Coach a Youth Team – Youth contact rugby is growing at rapid rates across the country. USA Rugby has a ton of great resources and a Level 100 Coaching Certification that prepares anyone for introducing the basics of the game. Check out USARugby.org/coaching for more information. Contact your local state rep to get started: USARugby.org/sro.
    • Coach a High School Team – For high school girls, seven-a-side rugby is growing in leaps and bounds. This is a great opportunity to introduce the game to our future Olympians. Check out USARugby.org/coaching for more information on the Level 200 Coaching Certification. Contact your local state rep to get started.

    Click here to learn more about starting your new role as a coach!


    Try on Refereeing

    Officiating is integral to growing the game. Rugby refereeing is different than many other officiating systems, as rugby refs work to maintain the continuity and safety of the game, instead of merely policing infractions. It is a challenging and rewarding opportunity that you can get involved with today, not to mention getting paid to do it!


    Steps to Refereeing

    • Contact Your State Representative – If you are interested in refereeing in your community, start by contacting your local state representative. USARugby.org/sro
    • Take a Referee Course – USA Rugby offers multiple opportunities to get trained as a referee. Start with this introductory course; visit USARugby.org/referee for more information and to find courses in your area:
    • Level 1 – Intro to Officiating: This course is designed to teach the basics of rugby officiating and prepare anyone to step on to the field with a whistle.

    Click here to learn more about starting your new role as a referee!


    Try on Rugby Referee Development Grant

    Try on Rugby and USA Rugby Referees are excited to announce a new initiative to find our next generation of female referees: The Try on Rugby Referee Development Program

    Local Referee Organizations will run Level 1 Referee Certification Courses for area women. Course registration will be offered at no cost to the participants with a commitment to refereeing locally after completion on the course.

    What's included?

    The Level 1 course helps make participants comfortable with rugby refereeing. It is a one-day certification covering:

    • Rugby Laws
    • positioning and basic refereeing.
    • Basics risk management and on field safety

    Atlanta 7s, April 8-10

    Any participants in these courses will be eligible for assignment to events alongside the Women's 7's Series Weekend in Atlanta GA, April 8th-10th!

    A combination of Level 1 Course performance and Local refereeing experience will be used to choose participants.

    20 women referees of various levels will officiate at these events including:

    • Referee development program
    • National Panel referees and High Performance Referee Manager mentorship opportunities.
    • hotel accommodation
    • custom jersey
    • ticket to the 7's series!!!
    • Events to be covered:
      • U-19 Men's and Women's 7's and 15's festival, Fri/Sat
      • Collegiate Playoffs @ Life College, Sat/Sun
      • Life vs. Boston ARP, Sat
      • U-19 NACRA 7's, Fri/Sat/Sun
      • Women’s Collegiate 7's qualifier, Sat

    Individuals or teams may host Try on Rugby referee development programs. Contact your Local Referee Organization or contact the USA Rugby Referee Manager, Marc Nelson – mnelson@usarugby.org.


    Try on Administrating

    Another great way to try on rugby is by becoming a rugby administrator. Getting involved behind the scenes to create new programs, help with running leagues, and setting up events are just a few things that grow this game we all love.

    Steps to Administrating

    • What’s Your Passion? – Rugby administrating encompasses a lot of different skill sets. Figure out what you love to do or what you are interested in doing to set your niche. Some examples include:
      • Planning and Running Events
      • Setting up and Running Leagues
      • Starting New Programs in Schools and Communities
      • Training Coaches and Referees
      • Media Promotion and Marketing
      • Fundraising and Sponsorship

    Click here to learn more about starting your new role as a rugby administrator!

  • Grant Programs

    Grant Programs

    We believe that all growth of rugby starts with a rugby ball. Try on Rugby offers two major grant programs available that aid in grassroots development of rugby for young girls.

    Try on Rugby Starter Kit Grant

    This grant program is intended for schools and community organizations interested in starting a new flag rugby program. The program will provide a free starter kit, which is enough to start a program for more than 30 girls! The program requirements are:

    • The request must be from an official school or community organization (non-rugby entity)
    • Organizations are limited to one grant request application for up to five (5) kits.
    • Organizations are required to submit pictures and a small write-up upon receiving the kit and implementing the program.

    Before You Apply

    Before you submit your application, please review the frequently asked questions below. These questions will help you produce the best application. Please contact us at info@tryonrugby.org if you have any questions.

    1. I’m a rugby club, am I eligible for this grant?

    The grant is meant for non-rugby schools and community organizations looking to start a new program. If you are a current rugby club, please work with a local school, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, etc. to start a program and have a school or program administrator submit the application. Applications coming from rugby clubs will not be approved and will be asked to resubmit with a school/community organization partner.

    2. How many kits can I apply for?

    Applicants are limited to submitting one application for up to five (5) kits. Each application will be reviewed and evaluated to determine the overall need. Applications may be approved for the total amount requested or less.

    3. Who reviews the applications and what are they looking for?

    A grant committee familiar with grassroots rugby development from many levels reviews each application. A quality application clearly outlines what the program looks like, how it will be executed, and what results are expected. Applications missing components or only briefly answering each question are likely to not be approved.


    Click here to submit your grant request for a Rugby Starter Kit today!*



    Try on Rugby Referee Development Grant

    Try on Rugby and USA Rugby Referees are excited to announce a new initiative to find our next generation of female referees: The Try on Rugby Referee Development Program

    Local Referee Organizations will run Level 1 Referee Certification Courses for area women. Course registration will be offered at no cost to the participants with a commitment to refereeing locally after completion on the course.

    What's included?

    The Level 1 course helps make participants comfortable with rugby refereeing. It is a one-day certification covering:

    • Rugby Laws
    • positioning and basic refereeing.
    • Basics risk management and on field safety

    Atlanta 7s, April 8-10

    Any participants in these courses will be eligible for assignment to events alongside the Women's 7's Series Weekend in Atlanta GA, April 8th-10th!

    A combination of Level 1 Course performance and Local refereeing experience will be used to choose participants.

    20 women referees of various levels will officiate at these events including:

    • Referee development program
    • National Panel referees and High Performance Referee Manager mentorship opportunities.
    • hotel accommodation
    • custom jersey
    • ticket to the 7's series!!!

    Events to be covered:

    • U-19 Men's and Women's 7's and 15's festival, Fri/Sat
    • Collegiate Playoffs @ Life College, Sat/Sun
    • Life vs. Boston ARP, Sat
    • U-19 NACRA 7's, Fri/Sat/Sun
    • Women’s Collegiate 7's qualifier, Sat

    Individuals or teams may host Try on Rugby referee development programs. Contact your Local Referee Organization or contact the USA Rugby Referee Manager, Marc Nelson – mnelson@usarugby.org.

  • Ambassadors

    Ambassadors

    What is a Try on Rugby Ambassador?

    Try on Rugby believes in empowering women and men around the world to spread the message of Try on Rugby. This includes the promotion of Try on Rugby's programs and events, encouraging more men and women to become coaches, referees, and administrators...and of course helping to increase the number of girls playing rugby! This network will increase the reach of Try on Rugby to a much wider scale.

    If you are someone who believes that girls and women around the US should have greater access to rugby opportunities, then this program is for you! We want you to be a Try on Rugby Ambassador!

    Ambassadors can help us recruit:

    • New Coaches
    • New Referees
    • New Administrators
    • New Female Players!

    Click here to join the Try on Ambassador program today!

    Who Can Join?

    Anyone interested in helping grow girls' rugby in America

    How Do I Join?

    Fill out the application above

    $25 joins the program and supports Try on Rugby. Your ambassador kit will include:

    • Try on Rugby trucker hat
    • Try on Rugby t-shirt
    • Try on Rugby ball
    • Try on Rugby business cards and more!

    What do Ambassadors do?

    Ambassadors are expected to complete one Try on Rugby task each month. Try on Rugby will send you a simple task via email:

    • Take a picture wearing your Try on Rugby shirt and tag @TryonRugby and hashtag #TryonRugby on social media.
    • Shoot a short video on your cell phone discussing the importance of introducing young girls to rugby and tag @TryonRugby and hashtag #TryonRugby on social media
    • Share a tidbit about your favorite female coach and tag @TryonRugby and hashtag #TryonRugby on social media
    • Take a picture of the Try on Rugby ball at a non-rugby location and tag @TryonRugby and hashtag #TryonRugby on social media
    • Reach out to a local school or organization and schedule a session to teach rugby in a P.E. class or after-school program. Take pictures and video and tag @TryonRugby and hashtag #TryonRugby on social media
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