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Youth & Middle School

Youth and middle school touch rugby opportunities are available in select cities around Iowa. Please check your local parks and recreation catalog for availability.

The youth leagues below are current to 2022. Check back often for updated information.

Norwalk Parks & Recreation - Youth Flag Rugby

Grades Levels: K - 1st 2nd- 3rd 4th - 5th 6th, 7th & 8th Dates: Tent. start of April 11th (6 week program) Days: various by age group, see Norwalk Parks website Times: Location: McAninch Sports Complex Fee: Varies by age group Register: online Description: This introductory, coed rugby program is for children by age group. This will be a non tackle league, using belt flags instead. Players will be assigned to teams. Participants will be introduced to rugby on a beginner level. The focus of this program will be learning how the game is played while developing brand new fundamental skills. Volunteer coaches WILL be needed. T-shirts and mouth guards will be provided. This is a six-week program, once a week.

Des Moines Parks & Recreation - Youth Rugby

Come join Des Moines Parks and Recreation for our first ever Youth Rugby League. Games and practices will be played at James W. Cownie Soccer Park (2600 Hartford Ave.). The registration fee is only $5 per participant for those who qualify through the GRASP or YRSP scholarship program. Grades Levels: 1st - 8th Dates: June 14 (Registration Begins April 1, Ends May 1) Days: Tu/Th Evenings Times: 5:30 - 9 Location: James W. Cownie Soccer Park Fee: $50 per person ($5 for those that qualify thru GEASP or YSRP) Register: online Description: This introductory, coed rugby program is for children by age group. This will be a non tackle league, using the T3 Rugby model (two touch tag). Players will be assigned to teams. This program introduces children to team sports, teammates, and game situations while learning the basics of Rugby in a fun atmosphere. Each team has a parent-coach and will play against a different team once per week for six weeks. All equipment, including a personal team jersey, will be provided.

The youth leagues below are from 2021. Please check back for updates.

Is your child looking for a new sport this summer?
Join the Youth Rugby League Today!
When: Sundays 2pm-3pm May 30th through June 27th
Who: 4 to 14 years old, groups separated by every 2 years
Where: Indian Hills Junior High 9401 Indian Hills Dr, Clive, IA 50325
Cost: $60 per child
What: Learn the basics of rugby from high school coaches, play in matches weekly (no-tackle/two-hand touch), & have fun with this new high-paced sport!
Join Today: https://jrrugby.leagueapps.com/leagues

Bremer County Youth Rugby League

Bremer County Youth Rugby League Hosted by Bremer Co. Bucks Rugby & WSR Rugby Club The Bremer County Rugby Flag League is designed to start teaching the fundamentals of the game of Rugby. This is a non-contact program that will focus on skill development that is essential to playing the game of Rugby. At the end of each practice athletes will be divided into teams and will play in a game. Coed League  Grade Levels: 3rd - 4th, 5th - 6th, 7th - 8th Time: 5:00pm - 6:45pm Fee: $75 Each participant will receive a rugby ball and T-shirt Practice/Mini Tournament Dates Wednesday, June 30th Wednesday July 7th Wednesday July 14th Wednesday July 21st Wednesday July 28th

Cedar Falls Parks & Recreation - Youth Rugby

Grades Levels: 2nd- 4th 5th & 6th 7th & 8th Dates: June 8, 15, 22, 29 Days: Tuesdays Times: 5:30-7:00pm Location: Washington Park Fee: $30 Register: online at or at the Recreation Center 319-273-8636 Description: This new, non-contact, program is provided by Cedar Falls Tiger Rugby in cooperation with the Cedar Falls Recreation Division. Certified Coaches assisted by high school players will provide boys and girls with a safe, fun introduction to this great international sport. Each player will receive a program shirt.

City of Marion- Cedar Rapids Headhunters Youth Rugby Camp

City of Marion and Cedar Rapids Headhunters Rugby, Registration Fee: $50.00 (includes camp shirt and ball), Wednesdays in June 5:30 - 7:00, Wednesdays starting June 2nd, Deadline to register is May 7th

How Can I Help?

To get more people playing, the emphasis of our current development efforts at the youth level is to focus on growing participation through non-contact rugby.  This is a model that has proven widely successful in Australia, where the majority of the their rugby participation is through non-contact leagues and led to unprecedented growth in under-represented areas.  With our lack of suitably trained coaches and referee volunteers, we will be driving growth through T3Rugby (two-tag touch, see rule book below) youth leagues.  T3 is a simple game to coach, officiate, and play but drives the development of basic techniques our players need to excel. Through participation in T3 touch rugby, players develop the skills and will transition to full-contact leagues at the high school level.  The rules for T3Rugby are attached as well as some information on how your organization can run a T3 league.
 
T3 touch rugby is an excellent alternative for schools/teams that are hesitant starting a tackle team. In addition to removing parental/coach/school fears by introducing the game through T3Rugby, this approach also helps us capitalize on our smaller schools - the bulk of our state.  We cannot ignore our rural communities as they are the backbone of our state - if you didn't know, the average HS in Iowa has only 214 students.  T3Rugby is a great way for rural booster clubs to earn money, a great way for kids to be introduced to our sport, and a great way for volunteers to engage in a meaningful way quickly and safely.  All you need to coach your own T3Rugby team is less than 6 hours per week during season!