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Rugby is Back - Register Now!

Rugby is back in BC! Registration is OPEN for the 2021/22 season – REGISTER NOW!

There are many ways you can get involved in Rugby throughout British Columbia. Whether you or your children want to play, coach, officiate, support, volunteer or donate, we are here to help find the right Rugby for you.

Click on the topics below to explore more:

What is Rugby and why should I join the game?

Is Rugby safe?

What are the types of Rugby?

How can I get involved in Rugby?

Why do I need to register for Rugby in BC?

How do I register for Rugby in BC and what are the costs?

Where can I find a Rugby Club in BC?

WHAT IS RUGBY AND WHY SHOULD I JOIN THE GAME?

Rugby has been played in British Columbia for well over 100 years. It is a sport for everyone and is played by people of all ages, from pre-school to 40+.

Rugby is a physical but safe sport where player welfare is the most important thing.

It is a fun sport, where the focus is on TEAMWORK and WORKING TOGETHER to beat your opponents. Joining a Rugby community is a great way to meet new people and get active!

The best thing about Rugby is there are formats to suit all budgets and people – whether you are a newbie, a veteran, a serious athlete or just want to play for fun!

BC Rugby wants to ensure you play in the right environment, so we break the sport down into groups by age. Once you know the grouping you are looking for, you can search for a local club or venue in your area that provides that level of Rugby.

Our young athletes play a variation of Rugby called Rookie Rugby. Rookie Rugby is a fun, safe non-contact version of the sport allowing players to learn the Laws of the Game without any bumps or bruises.

Rookie Rugby is about being active, having fun and learning a new sport in a positive, safe environment. It is also a great way for young children to make new friends!

Many of Canada’s best players were already in high school when they picked up a Rugby ball for the first time!

Whether you want to play socially, become an Olympian, or somewhere in the middle, the sport of Rugby offers a world of opportunity.

Rugby can open many doors academically. High schools throughout BC offer great Rugby programs for student athletes, while several top universities such as the University of British Columbia and University of Victoria offer Rugby scholarships for male and female athletes.

Lots of our Member Clubs offer Age-Grade programs for juniors.

After 18 months without Rugby, coaches from universities, provincial and national programs will be on the lookout for future talent.

For juniors, there has never been a better time to get involved in the sport!

Whether you are new to BC or new to the sport, we want to get you onto the field.

In BC, you will have the opportunity to participate in full contact competitive leagues and non-contact social Rugby, operated by individual Clubs.

Many of our Member Clubs offer men’s and women’s senior Rugby programs.

Our Member Clubs welcome new members from all backgrounds and nations, regardless of previous experience!

Masters Rugby Programs are offered at numerous Member Clubs throughout BC.

Masters Rugby is traditionally played by people over 35 years old.

Masters is centred around the core values and traditions of contact Rugby, often pitting old friends and foes against each other. When safe to do so, many Masters teams tour both nationally and internationally and make bonds that last a lifetime across generations.

Masters allows both seasoned players and newbies an opportunity to bond over fond memories while playing the sport they love most.

IS RUGBY SAFE?

When it comes to Rugby, safety and player welfare is the most important thing. Rugby is a physical but safe contact sport but, like most sports and recreational activities, it comes with some risk of injury.

Whether you are playing Senior Rugby for your Club or signing your child up for Rookie Rugby, we want you to have a safe and positive experience. At BC Rugby, we’re committed to treating all individuals with respect and consideration, and providing an organisation, community and environment that is welcoming, safe, and supportive for everyone to enjoy Rugby.

There are lots of resources to help protect both your physical and mental wellbeing in Rugby.

Visit our Resources section for more information on player welfare.

Learn more about Safety in Rugby by visiting our Safe Sport section.

Is Rugby Safe?

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF RUGBY?

There are several types of Rugby to suit all individuals.

‘Traditional’ Rugby

15s, or XVs as it is also known, is the traditional full-contact and most common form of Rugby. Each team has 15 players in dedicated positions with specific roles. The 15s format is suited to people of all shapes and sizes, with specialist positions suiting certain athletic profiles.

Fast, fun and exciting – perfect for newbies

Rugby 7s is incredibly exciting and fun to play! It is a contact form of the sport, where teams have 7 players on the pitch at a time. The focus is on speed, skill, passing and fitness.

Touch Rugby is a fast, fun and safe non-contact variation of Rugby 7s. Touch Rugby is for everyone, no matter your age, skill level, ability or previous experience! Playing Touch Rugby is super sociable and a great way to learn the basics of Rugby. It is an ideal format for newbies and juniors!

You’re never too old for Rugby!

Masters Rugby is a social form of contact Rugby traditionally played by players 35+ years or older. Masters is for those who maybe cannot train or play as hard as they want to!

To learn more about the different formats of Rugby, visit the Join The Game section.

A Senior Women's Team Celebrates Victory

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN RUGBY?

Whether you or your children want to play, coach, officiate, or support – we are here to find the right Rugby for you.

Rugby isn’t just about playing – our volunteers and supporters are the backbone of BC Rugby

Click on the sections below to learn more about how you can get involved in Rugby in BC:

WHY DO I NEED TO REGISTER FOR RUGBY IN CANADA?

Registration is important – if you are not registered, you don’t have insurance.

Once you are a registered Member, you become insured and covered under Rugby Canada’s insurance policy for the season. This includes Sports Liability Insurance, Sport Accident Insurance, Provincial Excess Medical Coverage, and Travel Coverage while on sanctioned Tours.

To access insurance, every individual must register for Membership with a Club. Insurance is valid starting from August 1st of a new season and is activated from the Member’s date of purchase and expires on August 31st of the following year. As a Member, if you have multiple roles with your club (player, coach, manager, etc.), you must be registered in all these categories to be insured for those activities.

Learn more about Rugby Canada Insurance Policy

Action shot of Masters Rugby

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR RUGBY IN BC AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

BC Rugby Membership is available to any resident of BC. Register as a player, coach, official, volunteer, medical staff, or supporter to become a Member.

Through Membership, we continue to grow, develop, and manage Rugby by offering programs for all ages and skill levels (recreational to high performance), educational opportunities and access to exclusive benefits and services.

You can register as a New Member or Returning Member:

BC Rugby offers a place for everyone to get involved. Whether you play, coach, or just love the Club atmosphere on game days, there are endless ways for you to join the game. To get started, register with BC Rugby or with one of our Member Clubs.

Step 1: Click the ‘Register’ button below.

Step 2: Select BC Rugby as your province.

Step 3: All Sanctioned BC Rugby Member Clubs will then appear in a list. Click on the Club that is best for you.

Step 4: All Membership options for that Club will appear underneath – select the option best for you.

Step 5: Click ‘Register’ and follow the steps to create a SportLomo account. You will then be able to complete your Registration!

If you participated in the previous season as a player, coach, official, or volunteer, log in to your SportLomo account to renew your Membership for the new season.

If you are unsure whether you have an account, contact the BC Rugby Office to avoid duplicate profiles in the system.

How Much Does It Cost?

Because Rugby is played year-round in BC, it provides excellent value for money.

Our registration season is between August 1 and August 31 the following year – 13 months – so we encourage you to sign-up as early as possible to get the best value for your money! Registration is only activated on the date you sign-up.

Registration costs vary throughout BC, depending on what programs our Member Clubs offer. Mini and Age-Grade Rugby ranges between $135-$250 for the upcoming 2021/22 season – much cheaper than a games console!

Senior prices range around $300-$435 depending on the Club, while Masters registration starts as little as $85.

Compared to other team sports such as hockey and soccer, Rugby can offer a longer registration period at a fraction of the cost!

WHERE CAN I FIND A RUGBY CLUB IN BC?

Did you know there are over 60 Rugby clubs spread across British Columbia!

To find a club, use our Find A Club tool.

Click on the Club logo to learn more, including the Club’s contact information, core values and where you can follow them on social media!

Alternatively, you can use the below map to locate a Club! We can’t wait to see you on the pitch!