MADISON, NJ - The Colonials flag rugby team hosted a July 1 holiday tournament at the Bayley-Ellard Fields on Madison Avenue.

Teams from Montville, Montclair, Parsippany and Ridgewood traveled to play. More than 200 kids, grades K-8, participated.

The Colonials have called Madison home for the past five years. This year the Colonials have registered about 75 kids from the surrounding area. All teams are part of the Morris Youth Flag Rugby program, part of the Morris Rugby Club.

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Flag rugby is a coed, non-contact form of rugby for kids K-9 (10th grade for girls) that uses flags. The games are seven on seven and focus on teamwork, sportsmanship and participation.

Children play in four age groups: Owls, grades K-1; Falcons, grades 2 and 3; Hawks, grades 4-6 and Eagles, grades 7-9. Each group brings in more aspects of the game as players progress. 

The Colonials have three games left in the season. They will finish out the year with a July 22 tournament game at the Morris Youth Rugby Festival at Black River Fields, 133 North Rd., Chester, NJ.

To learn more, visit or contact program manager Kevin McManus at