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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!

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To learn more about the national age grade law variations
Minor Rugby with the OIRC

Our minor program is based upon Rookie Rugby, the nationwide 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. 

U6 & U8 - FUNdamentals 

U10 - Learning to Train

U12 - Learning to Train - Introduction to Contact

The age bands for the 2024 season are as follows: 

  • U6 (athletes born in 2018 and 2019)

  • U8 (athletes born in 2016 and 2017)

  • U10 (athletes born in 2014 and 2015)

  • U12 (athletes born in 2012 and 2013)


Rookie Rugby
Mini Athlete
Regular Season Games

Minor players participate in Festivals.  Festivals are tournaments where teams will play about 3-5 games in a day depending on their age category. Teams are from the Ottawa area, but sometimes from other parts of Ontario or Quebec. We are signed up to join other Eastern Ontario team festivals and host our own festival at Twin Elm Rugby Park each summer.


Players should dress for the weather: shorts,