American flag rugby

American flag rugby (AFR) is a mixed-gender, non-contact version of rugby union and is a variant of the sport Tag Rugby. American flag rugby is designed for American children entering grades K–9.[1] The organization itself exists to provide free start up kits and support to any community looking to add a youth rugby program to their community. The program has received great praise in the USA including an article in Rugby magazine and a spot on Fox Sports Net.[2][3] The initial program from Morris County has helped create various other programs start up and now encompasses thousands of kids and adults across America participating in the youth sport and starting up programs.[4]

American Flag Rugby
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Originated 1998, Denville, New Jersey, United States


American flag rugby is divided up among four different levels based upon the grade level a child is entering. The four levels are:

  • Owls (K–1st grades)
  • Falcons (2nd–3rd grades)
  • Hawks (4th–6th grades)
  • Eagles (7th–9th grades)

Each division itself has a unique set of rules in recognition that there will be different ability levels between the various age groups.[5] The game, while based on rugby union, is actually far more related to rugby sevens. Similarities are seen with the number of players on the field and the arrangement of the line-outs, scrums, and kick-offs.[5][6] Like rugby union, games are played in halves but the halves are significantly reduced. The halves are the same for all four levels at 10 minutes each instead of 40 minutes each.

The rule differences between each division are minor and gradually shift closer towards rugby union rules as the child advances up in divisions and increases his or her skill set. For Owls the game typically revolves around teaching the children to run with the ball, learning to touch the ball down when scoring a try, and learning basic passing skills. Nothing is contested, there is no kicking, and there are no conversions. However, when children reach the Eagle level, many of the prior mentioned restrictions are removed and the children play with contest, are allowed open field kicking, and the game has a more dynamic flow to it.[7]

Field size

  • Owls: Fields are 20 meters by 30 meters. This is around 1/4 the size of a normal rugby union field. There are no goal posts as there are no conversions or open field kicking.
  • Falcons: Fields are 25 meters by 50 meters. This is around 1/3 the size of a normal rugby union field. Goal posts can now be included but are not required.
  • Hawks/Eagles: Fields are 40 meters by 60 meters. This is around 1/2 the size of a normal rugby union field. Field width is significantly increased as children's skills should have developed enough to include more open field kicking and passing.


The first iteration of American flag rugby was founded by Tom Feury in 1998. Feury was initially looking for nothing more than a way to get his children and their friends introduced to the game. In 1999 the town of Denville granted him access to a field in order to do so. The first year began with only one team and 28 children.[8]

See also


  1. ^ Craig Chapman. "About". American Flag Rugby. Archived from the original on 2011-08-17. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  2. ^ Rank, Katy, "Morris Spreads Rugby Fever to 1000+ Youth" (PDF), Rugby Magazine, archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-18, retrieved 25 June 2013
  3. ^ "American Flag Rugby". YouTube. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 25 June 2013. (republished on the website of American Flag Rugby)
  4. ^ Craig Chapman. "Successful Programs | American Flag Rugby | Overview". American Flag Rugby. Archived from the original on 2013-08-18. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b Craig Chapman. "How to Play". American Flag Rugby. Archived from the original on 2013-07-13. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  6. ^ Craig Chapman. "How to Play". American Flag Rugby. Archived from the original on 2013-07-15. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  7. ^ Stumpf, Michael J. (2005), The Laws and Guidelines for American Flag Rugby (PDF), American Flag Rugby, archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-07-10, retrieved 25 June 2013
  8. ^ "Denville Dawgs | Morris Rugby Youth Program". Retrieved 25 June 2013.

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Denville Township, New Jersey

Denville Township is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 16,635, reflecting an increase of 811 (+5.1%) from the 15,824 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,012 (+14.6%) from the 13,812 counted in the 1990 Census.Denville is known as the "Hub of Morris County" for its location along major transportation routes at the center of the county. In 1988, as part of the town's 75th anniversary celebration, a time capsule was buried that contained "artifacts" from that era.

Denville was formed as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 14, 1913, from portions of Rockaway Township.

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Rugby union

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Tess Feury

Tess Feury (b. March 15, 1996) is an American rugby union player. She made her debut for the United States in 2016 against England at the Women's Super Series in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was selected for the Eagles 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup squad. Feury is a Nursing student at Pennsylvania State University where she plays for their women’s rugby team. She grew up playing rugby; her father was introduced to the sport when he attended Rutgers University. He started an American Flag Rugby Program which allowed his sons and daughter to play rugby.She captained the United States Girls team at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics.

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