Rookie Rugby(flag rugby for beginners) is the first step in USA Rugby’s player pathway to the Olympic podium. USA Rugby is devoted to providing the right opportunities for today’s children to become tomorrow’s Olympians.

Registration steps:
Club name - Rising Stars Rugby​ Academy (rookie rugby & youth)
Club ID# 120477
  1. Learn the laws of Rookie Rugby @ Online Course
  2. Complete player questionnaire
  3. Attend a no cost clinic. (See calendar)
    1. If you want to play on a team or in the league, go to step #4
  4. Submit club annual membership @
  5. Print and complete semester registration
  6. Online registration payment (click here)
  7. Attend practice or local camps
  8. Parents get involved (Bring forms to coach/administration)
        1. Online course completion
        2. Player questionnaire
        3. Membership completion
        4. Player registration
  9. Students have fun!
  10. Repeat in September

Annual Membership Categories and Costs

Team/Club dues, not included in USA rugby membership, varies.


Rookie Rugby rules

Protective Equipment and Clothing Guidelines

Pathways to Olympic Rugby

  • Try On Rugby & Rookie Rugby entry programs (ages 5-15)
  • Youth (ages 8-13)
  • High School (All American based on performance)
  • College (All American based on performance)
  • Club (Adults)
  • Elite All Stars (by age groups)
  • International
  • Professional
  • Olympics

Rugby joined the Olympic games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. The last time rugby was in the Games was in 1924 when Team USA took Olympic gold! Both men and women will participate in a version of rugby called Rugby Sevens. It is a fast-paced, exciting version of rugby found all over the world.

Academy Rugby AZ/NM

Renew USARugby membership in September.

FALL (October - November)
  • Co-ed 7 a side flag rugby
  • 7s Tournaments
WINTER (December - January)
  • Co-ed 7 a side flag rugby
  • mini Tournaments
  • Skills Clinic
SPRING (February - May)
  • Flag and Tackle rugby
  • State championships (all ages)
SUMMER (June 1 - August 31)
  • All Star tournament (June)
  • Camps ($)
  • Clinics to be announced (Free)
    • June
    • July
    • August