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 Grant Programs - We believe that the growth of rugby starts with the gift of a rugby ball. Try on Rugby offers two major grant programs to help more youth programs expand in the U.S. The first of these programs is for community organizations looking to start a rugby program at their location. The second grant program rewards women’s rugby teams for volunteering their time growing the sport in their community.
- Give Her the Game – For those women that are dedicated to growing the game of rugby for young girls, Try on Rugby gives them a great philanthropic opportunity. Try on Rugby provides best practice materials and rewards for high school, collegiate, and adult women’s teams looking to raise funds to support new programs. These teams raise money to donate to the cause, which funds and supports Try on Rugby Starter Kits for schools and community organizations.
Try on Rugby Participation Program
Introducing Girls to Rugby
Try on Rugby offers starter kits for new programs that include two rugby balls, flag belts, boundary cones, and the full curriculum.
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:
- 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!
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
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
Try on Rugby for 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 – Rookie Rugby is a great entry point to coaching. 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.
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.
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
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
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.
Adult Team Grant
This program provides monetary awards to teams that commit to running local youth leagues for girls' rugby. The program requirements are:
- Teams commit to starting a local youth rugby league/program for girls.
- Teams link up with their local State Rugby Organization for support and resources.
- Teams will be required to submit pictures and a small write-up after program completion.
- Upon completion of their local program, Try on Rugby will provide monetary awards for each team up to $250-$500.
The application process for the TOR Outreach Grant is currently closed.
Try on Rugby has designed a program that enables individuals and teams to give back to the game in order to get more young girls involved. This philanthropic program allows teams to do charitable work that directly impacts the growth of rugby in the U.S.
Raising Money for Try on Rugby
This program is set up for individuals and teams to raise money for Try on Rugby as their charity of choice. The money donated will fund Try on Rugby Starter Kits used to get more girls involved in local schools and community organizations. The program details are:
- Teams commit to running a fundraising event/program to raise money for Try on Rugby.
- Teams will receive resources and best practice information for running their event.
- Teams donate money to Try on Rugby, which funds Starter Kits for schools and community organizations in their areas.
- Teams receive a 'Thank You' gift for their contribution.
Try on Rugby is happy to provide a wealth of editable resources that you can use locally for growing girl's rugby. Click to download each resource.
Starter Kit*Starter Kits available starting October 1st
- Try On Rugby Overview
- Try On Rugby Adult Booklet
- Flier (8.5 x 11)
- Flier (11 x 17)
- Poster - Young Girl (8.5 x 11)
- Poster - Young Girl (11 x 17)
- Poster - High School Girl (8.5 x 11)
- Poster - High School Girl (11 x 17)
- Poster - College Girl (8.5 x 11)
- Poster - College Girl (11 x 17)
More resources will be available for the Try on Rugby Philanthropy programs. Stay tuned for more information!