Marist Rugby Canberra

Coach & Manager Roles


Our club is always thrilled to hear from anyone interested in coaching or assisting. We will fund your training and courses. 

Anyone who would like to be involved with Marist Rugby Coaching must hold: 

We also provide extensive resources to ensure we are developing consistent skills, allowing our boys to receive the best possible coaching. Please contact us for guidance on the best courses to undertake to ensure you meet club standards.

To be a coach or referee in Australia SMART Rugby is the minimum qualification required. Accreditation that may be required for your age group includes:

  • Coaching Kids – activities and direction on how to coach younger age groups
  • Foundation (Level 1) – gives participants the basic structure to coach and officiate. To gain an ASC Level 1, you must attend a Foundation course
  • Development (Level 2)– designed  for Senior Coaches (+U16s). To gain an ASC Level 2, you must attend a Development Coach course
  • Emerging Coach Program  – further develops identified coaches (within the ARU Participation & Performance Pathways)
  • Performance (Level 3)– designed for coaches coaching elite or semi-elite. This course is run by the ARU and is the first step to obtaining a Level 3 in Coaching
  • Re-Accreditation – each qualification & accreditation has an expiry date, ensure you are aware of when yours expires. 


The following guidance is provided for Team Managers to assist with the smooth running of your team:

As soon as appointed – 

  • Send an email to your team parents to bring the everyone together
  • Suggest you set up a Team WhatsApp Group. All of your communication will occur through the MCC ‘My Team’ page, however, WhatsApp is a great tool to notify the group to head to the “My Team’ page when you have made updates
  • Assist the Volunteer Co-Ordinator and MCC Web Team to update your ‘My Team’ and Volunteer Roster

Before Round 1 

  • Familiarise yourself with the Match Day App (Rugby Match Day App Instructions) – this will be the tool used to report team scores each week.
  • Please read, and ensure parents and players are aware of, the Marist Rugby Club Policy Handbook and Code of Behaviour  
  • Seek team spectators or a keen parent to act as informal team photographer throughout the year. Players and families will appreciate the photos, and action shots are good for college publications and the Club website. 
  • Ensure that each team has a nominated first aid officer. There are paid professionals at the Home Games at Marist oval, but each team also requires a dedicated volunteer first aid representative, the Club will fund training.

Each Week

  • If an injury occurs, you must complete and lodge a report via the Marist Sporting Club Sports Injury/Incident Form. The Injury/Incident Reporting icon can also be added to your iPhone (details on the form). In addition, mandatory Concussion Referral and Reporting must be completed.
  • Update your ‘My Team’ page and make sure that the team knows where and when they are playing.  In particular, if the team is playing out of town, make sure that the players and their families know the time, venue, and any other necessary details. 
  • Confirm the volunteers lists are accurate on the MCC website and direct families to ensure they are across duties
  • Organise a Touch Judge and Field Marshal to help out each game.  Touch Judge can be parent or sibling who can assist the Referee. They will not be asked to make major decisions. You may choose to roster these roles in advance for the season.
  • Ensure the appropriate kit (provided by the club) is available on game day.  This includes footballs, cones, first aid kit and vests, touch judge flag, orange vest for the field marshals etc.

Game Day

  • Prepare the current player team list on Rugby Xplorer App.
    • Introduce yourself to the other team manager
    • Use the Rugby X-plorer app to record the scoring
    • The Rugby x-plorer app keeps all game information and a record of who played throughout the season, it is important that we keep this data up to date.
  • Please ensure your First Aid Volunteer and Field Marshall are identified and wearing their vests.
  • Confirm the score at the end of the game. Check with referee immediately after the game to confirm the final score. 
  • If you are in an U13 to Open team – Apply the mercy rule when a team is winning by more than 30 points.
    Please note that contact with referees and other officials for any complaint or criticism is to be initiated through Marist Rugby Club. Particularly in the case of refereeing matters, please contact the Rugby Master, Sports Master or Committee in the first instance.

Rugby Australia have mandated all Coaches, Managers, First Aid Officers and team officials must be registered. There is no cost for this registration. 

Please access Rugby Xplorer here and select the “Non-Player Registration” option.

Volunteers must hold a Working With Vulnerable People Card


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