Level 100

Rugby Ohio Requires Completion Of Level 100 For All Youth And High School Coaches

Level 100 serves as an introduction to the game of Rugby and the basics of the coaching process. Completion of this course is required prior to attending a Level 200 course.

While USA Rugby finishes the Level 100 online course, coaches can complete the IRB Rugby Ready course to receive equivalency for Level 100 accreditation.

To complete the World Rugby Rugby Ready online module:

1. Go to http://www.irbrugbyready.com/ and click on the Register button.
2. Enter your personal information and create a Username and Password.
3. Complete all 12 of the lessons marked with an “X.” These lessons are called

  • Pre-participation
  • Equipment, environment and emergency plan
  • Warm up,” Cool down
  • Physical Conditioning
  • Lifestyle,” “Taking the ball into contact
  • The tackle
  • Ruck and Maul
  • The scrum
  • the lineout
  • Injury management

Level 200

Rugby Ohio Requires Completion Of Level 200 For All High School And Middle School Tackle Coaches

This workshop is aligned with the ARM (American Rugby Model) designed to continue the learning process and education of a coach with a focus on the progressive implementation.

The new coaching structure focuses on coaching the right thing at the right time with the best interest of the players at hand.  The level 200 courses consist of a required prerequisite online session and a 1-day in person workshop.  The shift in theory in the new course gets coaches on the field with ample opportunity to put into practice there coaching style and technical application.  This course is aligned with the NFHS (National High School Federation), interscholastic coach certification and is required at a minimum for every USAR registered coach teaching the contact game.

The goal of this workshop is for coaches to refine their coaching skills and knowledge with a focus on teaching the technical aspects of the game through the use of games, questioning and progression. Throughout the workshop coaches will not only get hands on experience but participant in continuous feedback, evaluation and a peer review processes aimed at improving and creating more well rounded coaching approach.

PDC (Credits)

Professional Development Credits are similar to Continuing Education Units (C.E.U’s) in the current system. Coaches will receive Professional Development Credit through completion of pre-approved educational courses. This credit is used to fulfill annual certification requirements.

Projected course topics include strategy, safety, officiation, nutrition, conditioning, psychology, and administration in addition to existing course offerings provided through the IRB, the American Sport Education Program, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and other organizations.

Rugby Ohio Personal Development Credit Opportunities
Online Course NFHS – Guide to Heat Illness 5
Online Course NFHS – Guide to Sports Nutrition 5
Online Course NFHS – Engaging effectively with parents5
Online Course NFHS – Sportsmanship5

For more information on courses that are available to keep your Active Coaches Statues, click the button below. Many of these courses are FREE and only require a small about of time to complete online.


Official USA Rugby Concussion Policy

As part of the USA Rugby policy in accordance with IRB regulations, if a player has suffered a concussion or a suspected concussion, he or she must be immediately removed from play. The player should then be referred to and evaluated by a qualified healthcare professional to determine if the athlete has sustained a concussion. It is imperative that the athlete does not return to play until he or she is symptom-free and has been cleared for return to play by a qualified healthcare professional. USA Rugby strongly recommends that the player complete the GRTP (Graduated Return To Play) procedure prior to return to full play and competition. Know the “5 R’s”

Know The 5 Rs

USA Rugby’s policy requires that ALL rugby players, staff, parents, referees, volunteers, and even fans follow these five basic steps when dealing with suspected concussions:

  1. Recognize – Learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion so you understand when an athlete might have a suspected concussion.
  2. Remove – If an athlete has a concussion or even a suspected concussion he or she must be removed from play immediately.
  3. Refer – Once removed from play, the player should be referred immediately to a qualified healthcare professional who is trained in evaluating and treating concussions.
  4. Recover – Full recovery from the concussion is required before return to play is authorized. This includes being symptom-free. Rest and some specific treatment options are critical for the health of the injured participant.
  5. Return – In order for safe return to play in rugby, the athlete must be symptom-free and cleared in writing by a qualified healthcare professional who is trained in evaluating and treating concussions. USA Rugby strongly recommends that the athlete complete the GRTP (Graduated Return to Play) protocol.

“USA Rugby believes in a ‘brains over brawn’ philosophy when it comes to player welfare and head injuries in particular. There is no single play or game worth suffering from a brain injury, and we must all be smart, educated and informed when it comes to player safety issues. Players need to throw pride out the window and NEVER attempt to ‘tough out’ a head injury,” said Nigel Melville, President and CEO of USA Rugby. “Let’s play head’s up rugby out there and commit to taking good care of one another through education and responsible action.”

Lindsay’s Law

Official USA Rugby Concussion Policy

The Ohio Department of Health has announced new legislation referred to as Lindsay’s Law which addresses Sudden Cardiac Arrest in youth athletes.  The law went into effect on August 1, 2017.  You can read more about Lindsay’s Law on the Ohio Department of Health web site:


We have included links to resources below:

The following resources were developed to implement Lindsay’s Law.  Follow the links below to view the video and read the pamphlet.  After you have reviewed the material, it is imperative that you return to this page and submit the form below, affirming that you have viewed the material.

For parents/guardians and youth athletes:

For coaches:

If you are a coach in a community program, please use the following resources: