MORRIS COUNTY —The club, formed in 2006, is one of the founding members of the Morris Rugby Club’s Flag Rugby program. The Colonials are kicking off their 8th year calling Madison home. The Colonials team is made up of players from the surrounding towns of Madison, Morristown, Morris Township, Morris Plains, Chatham and Florham Park.
Flag Rugby is a co-ed, non-contact, form of 7 on 7 rugby using flags. The program is open to boys and girls entering Kindergarten through 9th grade (10th grade for girls). The games are seven on seven and focus on teamwork, sportsmanship and most importantly participation for all.
Children play in 4 age groups, each group bringing in more aspects of the game as the players progress.
The Owls: entering grades K-1
The Falcons: entering grades 2-3
The Hawks: entering grades 4-6
The Eagles: entering grades 7-9
All programs are run as clinics, with two evening practices and Saturday morning matches scheduled against neighboring Morris County towns.
“Saturday morning games run approximately 30 minutes. We try and guarantee everyone at least two games. We know it is summer, so we keep things low key-the commitment level is entirely up to you,” says program director Kevin McManus
Practices for all ages will be held at the Madison Borough Athletic Fields (formerly Bayley Ellard Fields) on Monday and Wednesday beginning on June 10. Practice will be held evenings from 6:00 pm. to 7:30 p.m., weather permitting.
The season ends with the Morris Youth Rugby Festival on July 20 at Black River Fields in Chester Township.