Minors Rugby

The Ottawa Ospreys RFC Minors Rugby program was established in 2005 for players 4-12 (male and female). Our mandate is to offer a youth rugby program that keeps young athletes active, helps develop new friendships, builds confidence and self-esteem, and other life skills such as respect, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Young athletes will learn the fundamentals of rugby (rules, run, catch, pass, and kicking) in a safe practice environment. 

The program is divided into four age categories (co-ed teams): 

  • U6s (Run, Catch, Pass skills, fun activities, and intro to Flag Rugby), 
  • U8s (Run, Catch, Pass skills, fun activities, and intro to Flag Rugby),
  • U10s (Run, Catch Pass skills, fundamentals of rugby and Flag Rugby), and 
  • U12s (Introduction of tackle rugby in a safe learning environment).

About the Season!

In the offseason (January to April), we run monthly indoor training sessions for the minors programs. It is an excellent time for athletes and parents to reconnect with the sport together, relearn the game, and understand the rules at this age group. 

Outdoor training starts in May and runs until the end of July. Minors’ training is on Wednesday evenings in Kanata, ON, and game days, where athletes can apply their knowledge on the field, are in a festival format on the weekends. It is truly an all-hands-on-deck event, which is excellent for building the rugby and social networks of community sports with athletes and parents! 


For our U6s, U8s, and U10s, registration includes a Club T-shirt (used as their game-day jersey) and a game ball! For the U12 athletes, since this program is an introduction to contact, registration will include a Shirt, Shorts, Socks, and a Game Ball. 

This is a family-friendly program run by community volunteers. We welcome all families and athletes of all races and genders. We hope you try our minors rugby program this summer; we’d love to welcome you to our flock!

Minors Rugby Contacts

Director of Minors Rugby: Melissa Duff ospreys.minors@ottawarugby.com