The requirements for coaching rugby is described in detail on USA rugby's website under coaching. Here is a link to the USA rugby's coaching requirements: https://www.usarugby.org/coaching-requirements
There are 5 things you need to complete:
- Register as a coach with USA Rugby (every year), see below
- Pass a biennial background screening (initiated automatically when you complete #1)
- Complete the Player Protection Package (once), see below
- Complete certification courses (once), see below
- Maintain “active” coaching status (every year, except the first), see below
If you need more help, you can contact Gavin Beaudry, Operations Coordinator at SCYR (CLICK HERE for contact info).
#1 Register as a coach with USA Rugby
Coaches, unlike athletes, need to register themselves directly with USA Rugby at http://webpoint.usarugby.org. The club will reimburse you for the this expense.
SCYR is monitoring the USA rugby registration and will update your status in MatchApt automatically.
Note: if you are already registered as a coach in another club or as player, then click on renew membership and then select the club (see below) under coach. If you are already a coach, you will not be charged to add more clubs.
When you registering as a coach, you need to select one of the Coastal Dragons options as your club as follows:
- U8: Coastal Dragons - Rookie Rugby
- U10-14: Coastal Dragons - Youth Contact
- BU16-18: Coastal Dragons - HS Boys
- GU16-18: Coastal Dragons - HS Girls
#2 Complete the Player Protection Package
USA Rugby require you to complete two online courses:
- NFHS CONCUSSION IN SPORTS
- NFHS BULLYING, HAZING AND INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIORS
Go to coaching on www.usarugby.org (CLICK HERE) and look for Protection Package to complete this requirement.
#3 Complete a certification course
As a coach you need to complete a certification course:
- Level 100 (non-contact) online course
- Level 200 (contact) in-person course
Go to coaching on www.usarugby.org (CLICK HERE) and look for Certification to complete this requirement.
#4 Maintain "active" coaching status
A coach need to complete 10 Professional Development credits each year and report them to USA Rugby.
There are a variety of ways to earn Professional Development credits, including:
- Take courses offered by USA Rugby, which has a page full of links to courses you can take to earn credits (CLICK HERE). Some are free, some are not, some are online, some are in person.
- Take free, online IRB courses as part of their IRB Passport program (CLICK HERE). The IRB Coaching modules are worth 2 credits each, the online S&C is 4 credits (6 more are awarded for completing the in-person course) and the Onside course is worth 5 credits.
- Attend SCYR meetings (Conference on the Game, etc.)
Note: Professional Development credits must be submitted to USA Rugby: www.usarugby.org/professional-development