How To Start A New Club

Want to Start a rugby club in your area. Whether it is a single team, a multi divisional club, a school or community program, Rugby NorCal is happy to help you get up and running.


What You Will Need:

  • A level 200 certified coach for each team you will have. 
  • A referee (all clubs are required to help recruit and develop new referees so we can ensure we have a sustainable pool of refs.)
  • A referee coordinator
  • A field to practice on
  • Players! (How will you recruit, how will you ensure your club is sustainable year after year?


Budget and Fees. Things you will need to pay for include:

  • Athletic Trainer for all home games
  • Jerseys
  • Field usage/lights (if applicable)
  • Annual club registration dues of $160
  • Player registration fees (vary depending on age)


Resources that Rugby NorCal provides:

  • Club start up kit: includes balls, ball bag, water bottle and water carrier, pennies
  • Administrative support: our Operations Manager is always available to assist you with any questions you may have.
  • Referees: RNC pays referee fees and does our best to assure that a certified referee is assigned to all league games.

All new teams/clubs must apply to be a part of Rugby NorCal. Please find application HERE to answer the questions below:

  1. Why do you want to start a rugby team?
  2. Where are you located/where will you practice?
  3. What division(s) will your team/club have? (i.e. U8, U10, U12, boys/girls middle school, boys/girls high school)
  4. Who will coach?
  5. Do you have someone who can get certified as a referee?
  6. Who will be your team/club admin?
  7. Will this be a school affiliated team or a community club?
  8. What kind of support do you have either from a school or community members, parents, businesses, etc.?
  9. Do you have a budget/Where will you receive funding from?
  10. How will you market your club and recruit players?/where will you recruit players from?
  11. Please provide any other relevant information you would like to share.