Black River Renegades

Chester • Randolph • Mendham

Black River Renegades play in the Morris Youth rugby league and invite kids from kindergarten through the 9th grade to join in this exciting and fast moving sport. Running, passing, kicking, teamwork and self confidence are a few of the things you will experience in this fast growing non-contact flag version of one of the most popular sports in the world.

Team History

Although only a few years young, the Black River program is quite accomplished. Perhaps the most notable recognition stems from an annual flag rugby festival hosted on the Black River Fields. All the towns from the Morris program, Union, and as far away as Pennsylvania converge in Chester the last Saturday in July to play in a tournament, share their rugby experiences and enjoy the camaraderie associated with the sport. In 2009, this event made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as biggest flag/tag rugby tourney on the planet!

The Renegades have also enjoyed great continuity since 2005, seeing the same leadership and coaches returning year after year. This pays tribute to the truly rewarding experience of being involved with a sport that is low on pressure, yet fast paced and fun. As Black River continues to grow, the team always needs additional volunteers to coach, coordinate, and make the program more exciting. Sign up today and become a part of the tradition that is Black River Rugby.

Bruins Rugby

The Bruins play in the Morris Youth rugby league and invite kids from kindergarten through the 9th grade to join in this exciting and fast moving sport. Running, passing, kicking, teamwork and self confidence are a few of the things you will experience in this fast growing non-contact flag version of one of the most popular sports in the world.

Practices

The 2013 Bruin sessions will begin Tuesday, June 4th from 6:30-7:30 pm for Owls, 6:30-8:00pm for Falcons, Hawks & Eagles. Any participating in the tackle program will have practice until 8:30pm. Location will be at the Byram Intermediate School near the basketball courts. Practices will continue there every Tuesday and Thursday evening through July 20th.  Practice sessions will be held weather permitting. Please check your emails for any updates. Please confirm your email address and contact information with our registrar during uniform hand outs. 

Players will be divided into their divisional teams on Tuesday, June 4th.  PLEASE come to practice ready to play. Cleats, shorts and a water bottle are needed.  Bug spray and sunscreen may be useful. Please make sure we have your child’s registration form before practice. For safety reasons, NO child will be permitted on the field if they are not on the roster. Parents are encouraged to stay during all practices for our younger players.

Games

Tournaments are held every Saturday.  Matches will begin at 9am (please arrive to all tournaments for 8:30am) Games generally last till 12 noon ~ TACKLE GAMES will begin AFTER the flag games. Directions to the different venues are posted on our website. Please let your coaches know week to week if you will be available to play. Our game schedules are due weekly to the hosting towns. The number of games we play will be based upon the number of available players we have scheduled.                                   

Uniforms

Uniforms will be distributed BEFORE our first practice. Location & time TBA. We will make sizing adjustments at the first couple of practices as needed.  Please be patient with us during this time.  All of our players are important to our league and all deserve the one on one attention given at this time. 

Jump in Coaches

Extra help is always needed! As our players grow to age 14, we tend to lose some amazing coaches that have become a part of our Rugby Family!  If you are interested in helping us out let us know. Prior experience is not needed.  We will teach you what you need to know even if you have never coached or played rugby before! 

Home Match

The home team sponsors light food & drink for our guests & players.  Extra hands will be needed during OUR home tournament which is scheduled for Saturday, July 13th at BIS (Byram Intermediate School).

Team Pictures

Location & time slots TBA.

Hudson Farms Charity

This year we will be participating in a local charity walk. Please consider walking for our team. More information to follow….

Team History

In the spring of 2002 Alex Ciaraffo and Wayne Lumkong decided their children need to learn the sport that both of them had enjoyed for years. Alex started playing rugby at West Virginia University and later found his way to Morris RFC. Wayne learned his rugby in Trinidad and later played for Rutgers and then Union RFC. Along they way they pick up a new comer to the neighborhood Peter Arnold who played in that far off rugby mecca of New Zealand.

With great support from the Morris Flag Rugby program the Byram Bruins began canvassing the local towns for recruits, Byram, Andover, Sparta, Newton, Ogdensburg and Alamuchy for players. Shortly, the program had near 50 players and a team in every age group the Flag Rugby program offered. The Bruins competed in 3 town tournaments that year and the Youth Flag Rugby Festival. The players and parents were energized and so with the help of friends, neighbors and the support of Morris Flag Rugby and the town of Byram, Bruins rugby was born.

Byram, Stanhope, Netcong, Hopatcong, Andover, Sparta & Newton are ALL participants on the Bruins Rugby Team.

Denville Dawgs

Denville Dawgs play in the Morris Youth rugby league and invite kids from kindergarten through the 9th grade to join in this exciting and fast moving sport. Running, passing, kicking, teamwork and self confidence are a few of the things you will experience in this fast growing non-contact flag version of one of the most popular sports in the world.

Team History

The idea of starting a youth rugby program in Morris County first struck Tom Feury at the 1998 Can-Am Rugby tournament in Saranac Lake. It was here that his oldest child Blaze, then 6, participated in a youth rugby clinic organized by Pat Walsh who was then the pioneer of touch rugby in the Baltimore area. With the future of the Morris Old Boys in doubt and A side play beginning to take its toll on Feury's aging body, youth rugby appeared to be a new potential career extender.

Tom spent the next several months securing the permission to run a summer youth rugby program in his hometown of Denville NJ. It was an uphill battle gaining access to fields and becoming an accepted town recreation program, but the battle was won and plans were put in place to start the first Morris Youth Rugby Program in Denville in the summer of 1999. The first priority was to recruit enough children to make the program feasible. Luckily, the Feury's had met several other Denville families through their kids other athletic pursuits and convinced several to sign on. It was also key that several other Morris ruggers lived in town including Gerry Francisco, Rick Merrill, and William Dobbs, all of which contributed kids, coaching skills, or both. The final and most important recruitment tool was getting an application and flyer sent home to all the elementary school kids in town. In the end, 28 applications were received.

Peter Glanvill, then the men's side coach, stepped in to help organize the training sessions. The kids were broken into 2 divisions: Kindergarten through 3rd grade and 4th through 8th grade. The program was run as a clinic and Peter had the sessions well organized with three stations for each kid to pass through, each keying on different rugby skills. Mike Stumpf developed an excellent video entitled "What is Rugby? A Youth Rugby Orientation" which helped tremendously in getting the concept across to kids and parents alike. In the end, the season was considered a success as the parents raved about the great coaching kids received the how much more organized rugby appeared to be to be than some other sports their kids participated in. Not a bad complement for a sport many consider to appear quite unorganized!

Long Valley Wolfpack

Long Valley Wolfpack play in the Morris Youth rugby league and invite kids from kindergarten through the 9th grade to join in this exciting and fast moving sport. Running, passing, kicking, teamwork and self confidence are a few of the things you will experience in this fast growing non-contact flag version of one of the most popular sports in the world.

Team History

In the summer of 2001 the Long Valley program was born. Following the now well-scripted formula for starting a community youth rugby program, they recruited 43 players for the best start yet for a new program. Since that inaugural year, the Long Valley program has continued to grow. For the past several years the Long Valley program has registered over 100 players ranging in age from 5 - 14 and in 2005 had a coaching team of 23 lead & assistant coaches, including several internationals from South Africa, Wales, France & England.

Long Valley has also been on the leading edge of introducing the tackle version of the game to both boys & girls at the Eagle level. Out of these summer tackle clinics came the core of the new Morris Girls U19 team now just finishing their second season as well as lots of new players for the Boys U19 team.

In 2004, Long Valley took a turn hosting what is now known as the American Youth Flag Festival - the end-of-season tournament where all the Flag programs get together and play rugby for hours! Long Valley has also established a relationship with the Warrington Wolves Youth Rugby program from Warrington, PA. The Wolves come up every summer to play in Long Valley in a mini-tournament with a couple of the other town programs. Long Valley also regularly hosts Youth teams from the Union County, NJ program.

Mine Hill Tigers

Mine Hill Tigers play in the Morris Youth rugby league and invite kids from kindergarten through the 9th grade to join in this exciting and fast moving sport. Running, passing, kicking, teamwork and self confidence are a few of the things you will experience in this fast growing non-contact flag version of one of the most popular sports in the world.

Team History

Catch the wave - play American Flag Rugby this summer. Flag Rugby is a non-contact “flag” form of rugby intended to develop the skills including running, kicking, passing, teamwork, and self-confidence which are necessary to succeed at any team sport.

The commitment level is entirely up to the participant, with the emphasis on having fun. There are four divisions of play based on age.

Owl Division: For children entering K and 1st
Falcon Division: For children entering 2nd and 3rd
Hawk Division: For children entering 4th, 5th and 6th
Eagle Division: For children entering 7th, 8th and 9th.

Practice will be held every Monday and Wednesday at Firemen's Field starting at 6 pm. Games will be played on Saturday mornings starting at 9 am. Away games are scheduled with teams in Morris County and occasionally in Union and Bergen Counties.

Montclair Blues Youth Rugby

The Montclair Blues play fast paced 7v7 flag rugby for kids from Kindergarten to 9th Grade. We play in the Morris Rugby League against other towns including Ridgewood, Denville, Parsippany and Montville.

The Montclair Blues were founded by Montclair parents who coached for many years at the Montville Wanderers. We realized that many kids were travelling from Montclair to Montville to play rugby.

6 Founding Circle members donated funds to start the club, and here we are!

We will field teams based on current school grade levels (as of May, 2016):  Owls (pre-K, K and 1st grades), Falcons (2nd and 3rd grades), Hawks (4th, 5th and 6th grades) and Eagles (7th and 8th grades).

What is Youth Rugby

Youth Flag Rugby is a CO-ED non-contact version of Rugby designed to introduce kids to Rugby in a fun and enjoyable way.

I don’t know anything about Rugby

It doesn't matter. Rugby is easy for any kid to learn, it has simple rules, and is all about having fun running around with a ball. It’s that simple. Our coaches are Moms and Dads who know Rugby, and who will make sure everyone has maximum fun. To be clear, this is about fun. Everyone plays, everyone scores, everyone wins and everyone has an awesome time. Your kids deserve a break from high pressure sports - heck you deserve a break from high pressure sports.

Girls are Welcome

In our experience, Youth Flag Rugby is more fun and interesting for girls and boys when girls join in.  Girls are as athletic as boys at these ages and bring different strengths to the team dynamic that enriches the experience for everyone.  Co-ed is fun and educational for all!

Montville Wanderers

Montville Wanderers play in the Morris Youth rugby league and invite kids from kindergarten through the 9th grade to join in this exciting and fast moving sport. Running, passing, kicking, teamwork and self confidence are a few of the things you will experience in this fast growing non-contact flag version of one of the most popular sports in the world.

Team History

In the fall of 1999, John Sutherland (Big Toe) organized a great tour to Ireland for the World Cup. John, who also helped coach the youth program in the summer, wound up bunking with a relative newcomer to Morris Rugby, Craig Chapman (Chappy). Ten days, four rugby games, and plenty of great Irish stout provided a perfect opportunity for Feury and Sutherland to sell the youth rugby idea to Chappy and by the end of the trip, Craig had pledged to start a second program up in Montville.

Chappy used the same template Feury used to secure fields and players for his new program and managed to attract close to 30 kids for Montville's first season in the summer of 2000. The Denville program expanded to 50 players, which enabled us to add a third division, thus making things more competitive. The season ended in what can be considered the first "Junior Jersey Cup" when Montville hosted Denville to a fun day of rugby and camaraderie.

Since that first summer of 2000, some 300 different kids have played for Montville. Kids from Butler, Boonton, Mountain Lakes, Fairfield, Wayne, Roseland and as far away as Brooklyn NY have also donned the green jersey.

Of all the kids who have played David Gibson is being remembered fondly this summer as his initials will be displayed proudly on all our 2006 practice T-Shirts, David was one of our charter members and he left us way too early this past fall. Since moving on to the high school team David always tried to come back during the summer to help out with the kids when he had the time. Coach Craig is very proud of the fact that David as a 16 year old high school sophomore became the youngest player to score a try for The Morris Men's club as he got into a B side game for Morris in the fall of 2004. Our memorial scholarship fund called "The Gibby" has been set up to give Morris high school rugby players money for college or to further their rugby education. As many of us have told his proud parents and family and in reference to his memory, David, " we've got your back".

Morristown Colonials

Morristown Colonials play in the Morris Youth rugby league and invite kids from kindergarten through the 9th grade to join in this exciting and fast moving sport. Running, passing, kicking, teamwork and self confidence are a few of the things you will experience in this fast growing non-contact flag version of one of the most popular sports in the world.

Team History

The idea of starting a youth rugby program in Morris County first struck Tom Feury at the 1998 Can-Am Rugby tournament in Saranac Lake. With the future of the Morris Old Boys in doubt and A side play beginning to take its toll on Feury's aging body, youth rugby appeared to be a new potential career extender.

Tom spent the next several months securing the permission to run a summer youth rugby program in his hometown of Denville NJ. It was an uphill battle gaining access to fields and becoming an accepted town recreation program, but the battle was won and plans were put in place to start the first Morris Youth Rugby Program in Denville in the summer of 1999.

In the fall of 1999, John Sutherland (Big Toe) organized a great tour to Ireland for the World Cup. John, who also helped coach the youth program in the summer, wound up bunking with a relative newcomer to Morris Rugby, Craig Chapman (Chappy). Ten days, four rugby games, and plenty of great Irish stout provided a perfect opportunity for Feury and Sutherland to sell the youth rugby idea to Chappy and by the end of the trip, Craig had pledged to start a second program up in Montville.

Chappy used the same template Feury used to secure fields and players for his new program and managed to attract close to 30 kids for Montville's first season in the summer of 2000. The Denville program expanded to 50 players, which enabled Morris Youth to add a third division, thus making things more competitive. The season ended in what can be considered the first "Junior Jersey Cup" when Montville hosted Denville to a fun day of rugby and camaraderie.

Since Montville's first summer in 2000, Long Valley (2001), Parsippany (2002), Black River (2005) all added programs to the Morris family of youth programs.

In 2006 it was Jane & Mike Stumpf's turn. The Stumpf's coordinated the first summer of youth rugby in Morristown. The program has experianced steady grown ever since.

Morristown Youth rugby provides a low pressure environment where kids are expected to come and go as family vacations allow. There is no experience is necessary. For the convenience of all involved all age groups practice and play matches at the same time & same place. Matches are played in various towns in Morris County on Saturday mornings from 9:00am- 12:00pm.

Parsippany Panthers

Parsippany Panthers play in the Morris Youth rugby league and invite kids from kindergarten through the 9th grade to join in this exciting and fast moving sport. Running, passing, kicking, teamwork and self confidence are a few of the things you will experience in this fast growing non-contact flag version of one of the most popular sports in the world.

Team History

Parsippany Panthers play in the Morris Youth rugby league and invite kids from kindergarten through the 9th grade to join in this exciting and fast moving sport. Running, passing, kicking, teamwork and self confidence are a few of the things you will experience in this fast growing non-contact flag version of one of the most popular sports in the world.

In the summers of 2000 and 2001, Carmine Catalano of Parsippany coached rugby while his kids were playing in the youth program in Montville. In 2002, Carmine started a youth rugby program in Parsippany. Carmine, who played a little rugby in college, was also a football coach in Parsippany and a member of the Parsippany PAL putting him an ideal position to gain the support needed for access to kids and fields.

To help out, Morris Youth juggled some coaches around freeing up Parsippany residents Alex Panas and Andy and Sue Steinberg. The result was instant success in Parsippany, where 70 kids turned out to play. With the addition of Parsippany and the contined growth of the programs in Montville, Long Valley and Denville, the Morris Rugby Youth Program grew to over 300 kids in 2002.

Come Join the Parsippany Youth Rugby Program

The flag rugby program is intended for children entering K-9th grade.  It is a coed, non-contact “touch” form of Rugby using flags.  Skills including running, kicking, passing, space strategy, teamwork, and self-confidence will be developed.

What you need to know:

  • Practices are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Knollwood School Field beginning Tuesday June 2nd.
  • Morris Rugby will organize the teams and sessions along with help from parents
  • We will also offer tackle Rugby lessons after practice to those Eagles interested in learning
  • To learn more about American Flag Rugby watch the video below.

Ridge Flag Rugby

The Ridge Flag Rugby team will play in the Morris Youth rugby league and invites boys and girls from kindergarten through the 9th grade to join in this fun and fast moving sport.  The children will be divided into age based groups and will learn and participate  in a non-contact version of the most popular sport in the world.  

Practice will be Monday & Wednesday 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Team History

The Ridge Flag Rugby league will have its inaugural season in 2016.  It stems from an enthusiasm within Bernards Township from the inaugural season of the Ridge Rugby Club which kicked off in 2015. The Ridge Rugby team is for high-school age boys living in Bernards Township, and is a member of USA Rugby (www.usarugby.org) and New Jersey Rugby (www.sbronj.com), one of USA Rugby’s State-Based Rugby Organizations for youth development.

The flag league will look to provide a foundation of knowledge and generate enthusiasm and passion for the sport of rugby.  We will be looking for volunteers to coach, coordinate, and make the program more exciting.  No prior knowledge of the sport is needed as training is provided for all coaches and volunteers.  Sign up today and be a part of something new and exciting.  Sign up today.

Tri-Town Mountaineers

Mtn Lakes • Boonton • Boonton Twp

Tri-Town Mountaineers play in the Morris Youth rugby league and invite kids from kindergarten through the 9th grade to join in this exciting and fast moving sport. Running, passing, kicking, teamwork and self confidence are a few of the things you will experience in this fast growing non-contact flag version of one of the most popular sports in the world.

Team History

The idea of starting a youth rugby program in Morris County first struck Tom Feury at the 1998 Can-Am Rugby tournament in Saranac Lake. It was here that his oldest child Blaze, then 6, participated in a youth rugby clinic organized by Pat Walsh who was then the pioneer of touch rugby in the Baltimore area.

Tom spent the next several months securing the permission to run a summer youth rugby program in his hometown of Denville NJ. It was an uphill battle gaining access to fields and becoming an accepted town recreation program, but the battle was won and plans were put in place to start the first Morris Youth Rugby Program in Denville in the summer of 1999.

The first priority was to recruit enough children to make the program feasible. Luckily, the Feury's had met several other Denville families through their kids other athletic pursuits and convinced several to sign on. It was also key that several other Morris ruggers lived in town including Gerry Francisco, Rick Merrill, and William Dobbs, all of which contributed kids, coaching skills, or both. The final and most important recruitment tool was getting an application and flyer sent home to all the elementary school kids in town. In the end, 28 applications were received.

Since that first summer, eight additional youth rugby programs have been started in Morris County in much the same way as the Denville Dawgs. The Black River Renegades, the Bruins, the Long Valley Wolfpack, the Montville Wanderers, the Morristown Colonials, the Mine Hill Tigers and the Parsippany Panthers all now participate in the Morris County Summer Youth Rugby Program.

In 2010 the Tri-Town Mountaineers take to the field for the first time under the direction of Kelly Miniter and Jeff Gresack. The Tri-Town Mountaineers encompass the towns of Mountain Lakes, Boonton and Boonton Township. Look for great things from the Mountaineers.