Every coach is responsible for completing USA rugby coaching requirements to have an “active” standing with USA Rugby.

USA Rugby Coaching Overview

Under the new coaching structure every coach, regardless of their background is responsible for completing the following requirements in order to have an “active” standing with USA Rugby. If you want guaranteed liability coverage than your team needs to be considered “in compliance”. Having a registered and “active” coach is one of the 3 requirements for a team to be considered “in compliance”.

A coach is considered “active” for the membership cycle when they complete the following (for detailed instructions on how to complete each step just click on the text below):

  1. Register as a coach with USA Rugby.
  2. Pass a biennial background screening.
  3. Complete the Player Protection Package.
  4. Complete a certification course.
  5. Annually maintain “active” status.

(Note: These are the minimum requirements in order to be in compliance with USA Rugby regulations. Please be sure to contact your local governing body (SRO, GU, Collegiate Conference etc.) to make sure you are in compliance with any locally enforced regulations).

Register

Register As a Coach

For instructions on how to register click here.
Be sure to select “Coach” as your role.
By selecting “Coach” as your role you will automatically receive a biennial background screening.

Dual Registration
If you are already have a current registration as another role than you can add a second role by following these instructions and only pay the difference in registration costs.

  1. Go to the Dual Registration Form
  2. Fill in the requested information
    • Be sure to include your Social Security number since this is required for your background screening.
  3. In about 1 business day you will receive an email from USA Rugby’s membership department confirming that your dual role form was received.
  4. Follow the email’s instructions to finish the transaction.

Note: Once you have registered as a coach you are responsible for completing all of the USA Rugby Coaching Requirements.

Background Check

All coaches are required to pass a biennial background screening.

Background screenings are conducted automatically upon your registration as a coach. As long as you fully complete the registration process, including providing your Social Security Number, than there is nothing more than you need to do to facilitate this process. If you do not provide your Social Security Number than this process will not automatically take place.

Background Screenings generally take up to 14 business days (from registration) to be completed. Please schedule your registration process with this in mind.

If for some reason you did not include the necessary information to facilitate a background screening, you will be required to complete separate form which will be available by the end of Monday, August 18.

*If you were registered through a bulk upload please contact the USAR membership department to initiate this process.

To read more about USA Rugby’s background screening policy click here

Protection Package

As part of USA Rugby’s continuing efforts to place a stronger emphasis on player safety within the sport of rugby, the Player Protection Package was added to the core list of coaching requirements.

The Player Protection Package is a one-time requirement and consists of two free online courses revolving around player safety.

  • If you previously completed the PPP than you do not have to retake the requirement.

Completion of these courses is automatically reported to the USA Rugby Coach Development Department.

The two required courses are (click on each to reveal completion instructions):

Complete the NFHS “Concussion in Sports – What you Need to Know”

  1. Go to http://nfhslearn.com/courses/38000
  2. Click “log in to order” beneath the course description (if you are already signed in skip to step 3)
  3. If you do not have an NFHS Account click “register now” at the bottom of the sign in screen
  4. Click “Order” beneath the course description
  5. Follow the prompts to answer your purchasing preferences and state of residence.
  6. Click checkout (the price should be $0.00)
  7. Click complete purchase
  8. To access your course from this “order completion” page, click on the hyperlinked “here” (second sentence)
  9. Under “My Active Courses” Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know should be listed under course names
  10. Click on “Begin”

Complete the NFHS “Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment”

  1. Go to http://nfhslearn.com/courses/28000
  2. Click “log in to order” beneath the course description (if you are already signed in skip to step 3)
  3. If you do not have an NFHS Account click “register now” at the bottom of the sign in screen
  4. Click “Order” beneath the course description
  5. Follow the prompts to answer your purchasing preferences and state of residence.
  6. Click checkout (the price should be $0.00)
  7. Click complete purchase
  8. To access your course from this “order completion” page, click on the hyperlinked “here” (second sentence)
  9. Under “My Active Courses” Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment should be listed under course names
  10. Click on “Begin”

Coaching Certification

Every coach must have completed a USA Rugby Certification course in order to be listed as an “active” coach.

To complete the Level 100 certification follow the instructions at the bottom of the page for the IRB Rugby Ready online course.

Every contact team must have at least one Level 200 certified coach for the team to be considered in compliance–Starting 8/31/2014.

A coach’s certification level will not expire, however their “active” status can lapse if they do not annually maintain their status. For more information on how to annually maintain an active status click here.

Coaching Certifications must be completed in sequence.

To view a list of the upcoming coaching courses click here.

If you are a certified coach in another country it may be possible to receive an equivalent USA Rugby certification. For more information contact Chase Langdon – clangdon@usarugby.org

To complete the IRB 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 14 of the lessons marked with an “X.” These lessons are called
    • Pre-participation
    • Equipment, environment and emergency plan
    • Physical Conditioning
    • Lifestyle
    • Warm up
    • Principles of Play
    • Open Field Play
    • The Tackle
    • The Ruck
    • The Maul
    • The Scrum
    • The Lineout
    • Cool Down & Recovery
    • Injury Management

*Note – you do not need to submit your certificate to the USAR office, but please make sure to keep for your files.

Please contact Chase Langdon at clangdon@usarugby.org with any questions you may have.

Annually “Active”

Coaches are responsible for annually maintaining their “active” coaching status.

Every team requires an “active” coach in order to be considered “in compliance.”

You can maintain “active” status by annually completing 10 Professional Development Credits.

Via usarugby.org
http://usarugby.org/coach-reqs/overview
http://usarugby.org/coach-reqs/register-coach
http://usarugby.org/coach-reqs/background-check
http://usarugby.org/coach-reqs/ppp
http://usarugby.org/coach-reqs/coaching-certification
http://usarugby.org/coach-reqs/annually-active

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