Canton Area Flag Rugby was established in 2021 with teams from Canton and Perry and we anticipate an expansion to include other schools in 2022.  Our flag rugby league is open to any boy or girl in grades K-5 from Stark County, as well as adjacent counties/schools with no rugby teams established. Our Flag Rugby league participates in conjunction with RugbyOhio and USA Rugby. We are seeking to increase the number of flag teams in the Stark/Tusc area, and will assist any area school in establishing a program by providing coaching, resources, and other needs which may arise. Our goal is to have at least three (5) additional teams in the Stark/Tusc area by 2023.

Flag Rugby is a spring sport that runs April-May. Reach out to the main contacts below for registration information. 


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Presented by Canton Parks and Recreation along with Canton Rugby. Little Pups Rugby is a Stark County-wide youth program introducing boys and girls, grades 1-5, to Flag Rugby. The rules are simple and easy to learn!  This program is non-contact. All participants receive a program t-shirt. One day a week commitment April through May. Practices generally held at: E. Jay Welch Park / 2514 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44709. Contact Canton Parks or visit for more information. 


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Presented by Panther Rugby.. Little Panther Rugby is a Stark/Tusc county-wide youth program, comprised mostly of students from Perry Local Schools. This program introduces non-tackle rugby to boys and girls, grades K-5. This program is a 1-2 evening commitment throughout the week with practices held in the Perry/Massillon area April through May. Contact Perry Club president Jason Doyle at 330-412-2967 or visit for more information.



We can help! If you are looking to field a youth rugby team for your particular area or school district within the Stark/Tusc area, please contact our Youth Commissioner Jason Doyle via text/call at 330-412-2967,  or email  
Jason will let you know if there's  already something in the works for your area, or he'll put you in touch with the appropriate person to get the ball rolling. You may also contact us here. 

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