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 12 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. 


Minor rugby will take place in the east end of Ottawa from 5:30-7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Exact field location is to be determined. Before coming, you will need to: 

  • Register (once a year)

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 u6 to u10 players now because we will not be playing any contact. Mouthguards are mandatory for U12 players. Regardless of your age group, 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 2022 season are as follows: 

  • U6 (athletes born in 2016 and 2017)

  • U8 (athletes born in 2014 and 2015)

  • U10 (athletes born in 2012 and 2013)

  • U12 (athletes born in 2010 and 2011)


In-season practices will be held at Colonel By Highschool (2381 Ogilvie Rd, Gloucester, ON K1J 7N4) 

Practices will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.

Outdoor practices will commence May 24th, 2022


If you have any questions about minor rugby, please contact Ben Rogers, our minor director: ben.pj.rogers@gmail.com