Youth Rugby

Established in 2005, the Ottawa Indians Rookie Rugby program is for players 4-12 years of age. Our mandate is to offer a youth rugby program that keeps players active, helps develop new friendships, build confidence and self-esteem, along with other life skills such as respect, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Players will learn the basic rules of rugby, rugby skills such as kicking/catching and throwing a rugby ball. The program is divided up into 4 age categories: U6s (ball skill and activity driven), U8s and U10s (Flag Rugby) and for players in the U12s we introduce tackle rugby in a safe learning environment.

The season begins in early April1 with pre-indoor training to get the cobwebs out of the system. The indoor sessions are fun filled for both players and parents to join in. We encourage parent involvement so they can better understand the game and the rules. Outdoor practice then begins in May2, once the city turns them over to us. Game season is from June3 to the end of July, consisting of four main rugby festivals; two per month, ending with the National Youth Rugby Festival. Games consist of half-day festivals. Although we practice in Kanata, our home games are played at Twin Elm Rugby Park near Richmond, Ontario. Fees include a rugby ball and a t-shirt for every player. Players in the tackle programs will receive rugby socks and shorts; jerseys will be supplied by the club. All programs are co-ed.

Our practices are held each Wednesday evening starting at 6:00 pm at Holy Trinity High School in Kanata and go until the end of July, where we end the year with a friendly parent-player scrimmage followed by a BBQ at the pitch.

We are a family friendly program that welcomes people of all race and gender.

So come out, have fun, stay fit and enjoy learning the newest summer Olympic sport!

To register, please use the following link:

Youth Contacts:

Director, Rookie Rugby: Murray MacDonald –

Communications: Kim Gray –

U12: $210.35

1 2017 – April 8th and April 22nd –
2 2017 – outdoors training starts May 17th.
3 See below

Rookie Festivals 2017

June 10th – Blues/Irish festival – to be held in East end
June 24th – Scottish Festival
July 8th – Kingston Festival – to be confirmed
July 22nd – National Capital Rugby Youth and Indians Festival – Twin Elm