The Ohio Youth Rugby Association was created in 2007 to grow rugby in the Ohio Rugby Union. The Ohio Youth Rugby Association, (doing business as “Rugby Ohio”) is a non-profit corporation which has been formed under the laws of the State of Ohio. Rugby Ohio is an Associate Organizational Member of USA Rugby, and governs the State of Ohio’s High School rugby leagues as well as developing middle school and youth rugby. We have partnered with schools, community based organizations and parks and recreation departments to introduce rugby to children ages 5-12 in a non-contact form. The High School rugby in Ohio is a strong and vibrant part of the game. Ohio has led the way in High School rugby for nearly 25 years. New teams are growing every year and the potential for more growth is endless. Our full time staff started in January of 2008. Their focus and the goal of the entire organization will be to professionalize the structure and administration of Rugby while bringing safety and consistency to the game across Ohio.

Rugby Ohio Mission Statement

Strengthen youth character, conditioning, community and academic commitment by integrating the core values of rugby into a distinct and inclusive team sports experience, In doing so, we strive to empower young people to be healthy, vital, successful students who go on to be the best they can be, for life.

Rugby Ohio is organized, and shall be operated exclusively, for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”).

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