Westman Youth Rugby Player Pathway
Community, Club, School, Regional, Provincial, National
As with all sports, in rugby there is a clearly defined participation pathway that enables individuals to progress from Community based programs in Clubs and Schools through to Regional representative programs and events and then to Provincial programs and finally National Team selection.
Community Club Programs – Mini Rugby - Non-Contact Rugby
Long Term Rugby Development: Active Start/FUNdamentals
Initial participation begins with Club programs at Youth Rugby. From Kindergarten age through to Grade 4, Clubs in Manitoba introduce rugby through a non-contact version of the game aimed at targeting fundamental core skill development and providing a safe and enjoyable environment for players of both sexes.
Aligned with this program is the NCCP Community Initiation Coaching Course aimed at coaches involved in presenting the non-contact version of the game as well as covering issues such as consideration of the Participants and their Needs, Preparing a practice, Ethical decision Making and Risk Management and Duty of Care.
Community Club and School Programs – Competitive Contact Rugby
Long Term Rugby Development: Learn to Train/Train to Train
This covers participation from Grade 5 to Grade 8 contact rugby as the game moves from adapted smaller numbers up to the full 15-a-side game. Players can participate in Age Grade League Programs offered by Clubs affiliated with Manitoba Rugby and can also participate in School based programs, usually starting at Grade 9.