Principles Behind the Youth Leagues

Rugby Ohio is here to build confidence in our youth through the game of rugby. We help players define their identity both on and off the field. We embody these core values:

  1. Safety is Our First Priority – Everything we say and do focuses on the safety of our players and staff. All coaches are certified through USA Rugby and Level 200 certification training. We begin with flag, then progress to two-hand touch to ultimately reach tackle.
  2. Fun – This program is all about fun, competitive play, where kids are encouraged to make decisions for the team and themselves. Nothing is more fun and better at building confidence than making decisions for yourself.
  3. Equal Play Opportunity – All kids will play and have equal playing time regardless of attendance.
  4. Sportsmanship – Our players are taught to respect the game and their opponents. We do not speak negatively to each other and we do not purposefully hurt one another.
  5. Teamwork – While the game consists of plays, those plays require the involvement of all players on the field.
Youth Conferences

Rugby Ohio has established new fun youth recreational leagues for boys, girls, and co-ed. There will be modified tackle and flag teams to build sportsmanship and help with stress relief for our players. We support an Academy Style training with weekly games where all children have the opportunity to play. We even have a plan to implement adaptive wheelchair programs. The festival atmosphere will teach our youth players safety, character, and respect. A friendly post-season tournament will be held at the end of the season.

League Structure

Regional conferences have been created to simplify, streamline and bring consistency to our regular season play. Our youth programs offer non-contact and tackle clubs across the state of Ohio for the following age groups:

2021 Spring Season

  • U7 Flag: Birthdate between 6/1/2013 – 8/31/2015
  • U14 Flag: Birthdate between 6/1/2006-8/31/2013
  • U8 – U12 Modified Tackle: Birthdate between 6/1/2008 – 8/13/2013
  • U12 – U14 Tackle: Birthdate between 6/1/2006 – 8/31/2009

Find Your Conference

Capital City conference will service Columbus and its surrounding cities. Columbus has led the state in youth rugby development and continues to grow at a rapid pace.

These youth programs are available for boys and girls.

Capital City Rugby ConferenceCityPractice Day (Start Date)Game Day
Bexley Youth RugbyBexleyThursday, April 8SaturdayU7 FlagU14 FlagU8-U12 Modified TackleU12-U14 Tackle
Columbus East Youth RugbyDowntownThursday, April 8SaturdayU7 FlagU14 FlagU8-U12 Modified TackleU12-U14 Tackle
Dublin Youth RugbyDublinFriday, April 9SaturdayU7 FlagU14 FlagU8-U12 Modified TackleU12-U14 Tackle
Hilliard Youth RugbyHilliardThursday, April 8SundayU7 FlagU14 FlagU8-U12 Modified TackleU12-U14 Tackle
Marysville Youth RugbyMarysvilleThursday, April 8SundayU7 FlagU14 FlagU8-U12 Modified TackleU12-U14 Tackle
Obetz Youth RugbyObetzThursday, April 8SaturdayU7 FlagU14 FlagU8-U12 Modified TackleU12-U14 Tackle
Olentangy Youth RugbyOlentangy All: Thursday;
U12-14 Tackle: T/TH; April 6
SaturdayU7 FlagU14 FlagU8-U12 Modified TackleU12-U14 Tackle
Pickerington Youth RugbyPickeringtonFriday, April 9SaturdayU7 FlagU14 FlagU8-U12 Modified TackleU12-U14 Tackle
Warrior RFCPataskalaSaturdaySaturdayU9-U12 FlagU12-U14 Tackle
Westerville Youth RugbyWestervilleWednesday, April 7SundayU7 FlagU14 FlagU8-U12 Modified TackleU12-U14 Tackle
Worthington Youth RugbyWorthingtonAll: Thursday;
U12-14 Tackle: T/TH; April 6
SaturdayU7 FlagU14 FlagU8-U12 Modified TackleU12-U14 Tackle

Black Swamp conference will serve the Toledo area and it’s surrounding cities. Rugby Ohio is actively recruiting for new youth programs in Black Swamp. Interested in coaching? We have the tools to help you launch a new youth program.

Greater Miami conference will serve the Cincinnati and Dayton region of the state and it’s surrounding counties.

Join these youth programs:

  • Northern Force
  • Mad River
  • Dayton Girls
  • Dayton Wee Bolts

Mahoning Valley conference supports the Akron-Canton region of the state.

Join these programs

  • Canton
  • Dover
  • Perry

Western Reserve conference will serve Northeast Ohio. Rugby Ohio is actively recruiting for new youth programs in Western Reserve. Interested in coaching or have an after-school program willing to join? We have the tools to help you launch a new youth program.