Level 100

Level 100 serves as an introduction to the game of Rugby and the basics of the coaching process. Completion of this course is required prior to attending a Level 200 course.

While USA Rugby finishes the Level 100 online course, coaches can complete the World Rugby Rugby Ready course to receive equivalency for Level 100 accreditation. Rugby Ready certifications of completion should be emailed to Education@usarugby.org

To complete the World Rugby “Rugby Ready” free online course:

  1. Go to rugbyready.worldrugby.org and click on the Register button
  2. Enter your personal information and create a Username and Password
  3. Complete all 14 of the lessons marked with an “X.” These lessons are called:
    • Long-term player development
    • Pre-participation
    • Equipment, environment and emergency plan
    • Physical Conditioning
    • Lifestyle
    • Warm up
    • Principles of play
    • Open field play
    • The tackle
    • The ruck
    • The maul
    • The scrum
    • The lineout
    • Cool down & recovery
    • Injury management

*Note – Once completed please email your Rugby Ready certificate to Education@usarugby.org to have it associated to your USARugby profile

Level 200

All contact teams require an active Level 200 Coach to be in compliance with USA Rugby.

Coaches must already be a Level 100 coach before registering to attend a Level 200 clinic. Once you take the Level 100 please email your Rugby Ready certification to Education@usarugby.org to have it associated to your profile.

The Level 200 Coach Certification consists of online pre-course work and attendance at an in-person clinic. The course structure helps to blend the “how to coach” theory with the practical implementation of coaching Rugby.

The Level 200 Coach Certification focuses on player welfare and teaching players the technical skills to play safely. The assessment requires coaches to demonstrate effective coaching techniques. These techniques include teaching through games, technical skill development through progressions and collaborative coaching.

What do I have to do to complete this level?

  1. Complete the Level 100 (Rugby Ready) requirements and send the certificate to education@usarugby.org
  2. Attend the one-day, in-person Level 200 clinic


There are no Level 200s in my area, what can I do?
You and your club can apply to host a coaching clinic in your area!

  1. Clinic Host Application
  2. Clinic Host Handbook (Level 200)
  3. Clinic Host Handbook (Level 300)
  4. Clinic Host Handbook (Level 1 Strength & Conditioning)

What Will be Expected of Coaches?
The minimum USA Rugby coach certification requirement will entail the completion of the Level 100 Coaching Course and the Player Protection Package. These courses will be provided online at no additional cost and concentrate on familiarizing coaches with the game and essential ethical issues including player safety and abuse. For more information, click here.

Are Coaches Still Eligible to Dual Role?
Yes. For members to register multiple roles with USA Rugby (coach and player for example), it will be necessary to complete the Dual Role request. This form can be filled out electronically. To locate the form, go to our membership forms page. The very last link on the top of the page is entitled “dual role registration” form. Be sure to fill out every field accurately. A member from our membership department will reach out to you if there is a price increase involved with your registration.

Level 300

The Level 300 Coaching Certification is the next step in the American Rugby Model (ARM). The certification progresses towards advanced coaching skills used in athlete development and program building.

The Level 300 Course consists of a two-day certification clinic and successful completion of the home study tasks.

 The object of the certification is for coaches to increase their ability to coach technical skills to achieve strategic and tactical outcomes. Coaches will be able to use the coaching process, key factor analysis and functional role analysis to achieve specific short and medium term goals for their teams.

 What do I have to do to complete this level?

  1. Complete Level 100 & Level 200 Coaching Certifications
  2. Complete the World Rugby Laws Exam
  3. Complete and bring to the course a 3 game diary including practice sessions and game preparation
  4. Show competence at the 2-day Level 300 Certification clinic

 Who should be at this level?

A coach is recommended to have a minimum of 1 year as a Level 200 coach. This course is appropriate for coaches at all age levels and abilities, who are looking to increase their tactical and strategic coaching abilities.

 USA Rugby recommends this course for all coaches wishing to enter the Elite Coaching Pathway. It is also a requirement as of 8-1-17 for all College D1A coached to obtain this level. 

Course Calendar

To view the USA Rugby Coaching Course Calendar, CLICK HERE