Minor Rugby

What is Minor Rugby?


Tall or short, fast or not-so-fast, big or little, girl or boy – have fun playing co-ed Youth Flag Rugby, one of the world’s fastest growing team sports for kids! All players will learn the fundamentals of rugby, emphasizing safety & fun!

To learn more about minor rugby visit rookierugby.ca

To learn more about the national age grade law variations, click here

Minor Rugby with the OIRC

Our minor program is based upon Rookie Rugby, the nation-wide introductory rugby program for ages 5 to 13 that is a safe, fun, and inclusive non-contact sport to introduce children to rugby. Rookie Rugby is a game-based curriculum built on national guidelines for Health and Physical Education curriculum. 

While in Step One and Step Two of Ontario's reopening plan, Minor rugby will only take place at Cairine Wilson Secondary School from 5:30-7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Before coming, you will need to: 

  • Register (once a year)

  • Attest on Sportlomo (before every practice)

Please note:  As per regulations, no spectators are permitted at venues. However, a person under the age of 18 years who is engaged in activities in the facility may be accompanied by one parent or guardian. Parents/guardians on the sidelines must wear a mask at all times. 

What to bring to practice


Players should dress for the weather: shorts and running shoes or soccer cleats. Water bottles and sunscreen are also recommended. Mouthguards are not mandatory for now because we will not be playing any contact in step one or two of the reopening plan, but you're more than welcome to wear them to training!


If you are ready to register, please ensure that you register with the Ottawa Irish. Learn more on our Registration page.

The age bands for the 2021 season are as follows: 

  • U6 (athletes born in 2015 and 2016)

  • U8 (athletes born in 2013 and 2014)

  • U10 (athletes born in 2011 and 2012)

  • U12 (athletes born in 2009 and 2010)

  • U14 (athletes born in 2007 and 2008)


If you have any questions about minor rugby, please contact Katy, our minor director: Katyynorton@gmail.com