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Posted April 26th, 2012

 

 

 

SENIOR RUGBY STATUS REPORT

Originally created by Adrian Gannon, who is on the Club National Championships Committee

Adrian is also a member of the USA Rugby - Club Strategic Committee

Edited for this web page by Shawn McKinney, owner, webmaster, and Editor of the Midwest Rugby Territorial News


SENIOR RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPS 'PROPOSED' RESTRUCTURE

 

Step 1.

National Infrastructure

 

Step 2.

Competition Rules (Promotion and Relegation, etcetera)

 

Step 3.

National and Regional Management (Initial and Long term)

 

Step 4.

Transition

 

Step 5.

National Office - Senior Club Staff

 

Step 6.

Launch Date for 7s and 15s

STEP 1:  NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Why Restructure?

The Competitive Structure is critical to the sustainability of our Clubs and to allow any growth that MAY come from increased Youth Rugby expansion.  Providing a vibrant Conference and/or League plan for all levels of the Senior Rugby game will ensure increased competitiveness and the possible framework that may be applied into a commercial endeavor.

There is no doubt that in the period leading up to future World Cups, Pan American Games, and the Olympics in 2016 and 2020, we will need to put into place competition structures at all levels of the game that help build the capacity of the sport to meet and exceed our collective expectations, aspirations, and opportunities for our future.

There will be challenging decisions to be made, but it is vital that these critical elements of our game, such as the National and Regional Competitions, are the right fit for today's and tomorrow's participants.

As part of this review we have carried out an analysis of our competitions at all levels in an attempt to evaluate and categorize our competitions as either Performance or Participation.

Conclusions are that the majority of our competitions are based on performance, i.e., promotion/relegation or Championship pyramids.

Most distressing was the revelation that when compared to other Rugby playing nations USA Club Rugby was seriously underserved by the number of competitive Conference/League matches played by its participants - thus affecting the quality of the experience and stunting the quality of players, referees, and coaches.

Concerns reviewed or currently under consideration

1.

Cost for Clubs in both time and finances

 

2.

Impact on players, coaches, supporters, sponsors, etcetera, etcetera

 

3.

Impact on travel

   

4.

The influence of regional issues and geography on the ability of Clubs to obtain the necessary quality of Rugby for their players and members

5.

The impact of travel and time spent on fulfilling a Conference/League program

 

6.

The desire of Clubs to play traditional 'local rivalries' that will create interest for each Club and its community

7.

The aspirations of Clubs and players to improve the standard of Rugby that they regularly play

8.

The opportunity to delegate responsibility for local Conference/League Management and structures that take into account local variations to the competitive Rugby environment

9.

The increasing interest in competition participation by Clubs in the area of 7s Rugby and the implications of the Olympics

10.

The impact of Promotion and Relegation on each Club's sustainability

 

11.

The extent of the Conference/League structure, and the pathway between National, Regional, and/or Local Conferences/Leagues - the need to provide Management of Competitions

12.

The extent of which we should require Clubs to provide specific facilities, services, etcetera, to be able to play at a certain level, such as mandating Tier I Clubs to have a competitive 7s Team

NATIONAL COMPETITION STRUCTURE PROPOSAL

USA Rugby Club Championships

East - West Divide

 

USA Rugby American League - From the West Coast to the Mississippi Valley

   

 

USA Rugby National League - From the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast

   

 

The primary East - West alignment, covering all administrative levels of competition,    follows the western boarders of the states immediately west of the Mississippi River

 

Nationally Based Alignment

The American League includes all the states in WHITE . . .

The National League includes all the states in RED . . .

CLUB COMPETITION CYCLE

XVs (15s) Season

Season runs from the first weekend of September through the completion of the National Championships that will be played the first weekend of June

American and National League Championships will be played the weekend prior to Memorial Day weekend

7s Season

Season can begin on the second weekend of June

 

Club American and National League Championships to be played on the last Saturday in July

The National League Championship to be played the second weekend in August

 

The Women's NASC and the Men's Invitational to be played on the last full weekend in August

USA RUGBY XVs (15s) CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

National Division I

 

ACR = American League Competitive Region  |  NCR = National League Competitive Region

 

 

 

ACR 1 = GREEN

|  ACR 3 = PURPLE

 

NCR 1 = GREY

NCR 3 = AQUA

 

ACR 2 = BLUISH

|  ACR 4 = GOLD

 

NCR 2 = BLUISH

NCR 4 = YELLOW

 

 

Northern California would play in the ACR 1

Pennsylvania may remain split, as it is now, with Eastern Pennsylvania staying in the NCR 1

 

MEN'S & WOMEN'S DIVISION I NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Division I Club Rugby National Championship . . .

 

 

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Men's Clubs to play 16 League matches  -  Women's Clubs to play 10 League matches

 

 

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Each Division I Conference has 6 Clubs that play home and away matches.  Each Men's Conference would be paired with a corresponding CR for 3 more home and away matches (16 matches)

 

 

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The Club that finishes on top of their CR League Standings wins their CR League and will advance to the League finals

 

 

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The American and National League Champions will play in a National Title Match

 

It would be expected that Division I Men's Rugby would be made up of current Super League Clubs and the upper echelon of the current Division I Clubs

The Women's Division I would be made up of current Division I Clubs and the upper echelon of

the current Division II Clubs

Each Division I Club will be expected, as part of its minimum standards, to provide a competitive

7s Team for the CR competition and the National Championships . . . those minimum standards may include such things as administration, competitions, services, and facilities

MEN'S & WOMEN'S DIVISION II NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Division II National Cup

Each Competitive Region (CR) will organize its own Division II . . .

 

 

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Men's Clubs to play 16 League matches with a minimum of 9 Clubs

 

 

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Women's Clubs must play 10 League matches

 

 

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All League matches must be played within each Club's respective CR

 

 

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Clubs that finishes on top of their CR League Standings wins their CR League and will advance to the League finals

 

 

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The American and National League Champions will play in a National Title Match

 

It would be expected that Division II Men's Rugby would be made up of current lower echelon Division I Clubs and upper echelon of the current Division II Clubs

 

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The purpose would be to create a robust and very competitive Division II competition

 

The Women's Division II would be made up of current Division II Clubs and the upper echelon of the current Division III Clubs

 

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The purpose would be to create a robust and very competitive Division II competition

 

MEN'S DIVISION III NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Division III National Shield

Each Competitive Region (CR) will organize its own Division III . . .

 

 

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Men's Clubs to play 14 League matches with a minimum of 8 Clubs

 

 

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All League matches must be played within each Club's respective CR

 

 

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Clubs that finishes on top of their CR League Standings wins their CR League and will advance to the League finals

 

 

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The American and National League Champions will play in a National Title Match

 

 

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No relegation from Division III unless it is requested by a Club

 

It would be expected that Division III Men's Rugby would be made up of current lower echelon Division II Clubs and upper echelon of the current Division III Clubs

 

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The purpose would be to create a robust and very competitive Division III competition

 

WOMEN'S TIER III XVs (15s) & MEN'S TIER IV XVs (15s)

Women's Tier III Regional Championships

Men's Tier IV Regional Championships

Each Competitive Region (CR) will organize its own Tier, Tier III for Women & Tier IV for Men, with the following requirements . . .

 

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Within each Tier it would be recommended that each Club play 10 League matches

 

 

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No advancement beyond each Regional Championship

 

 

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A possible reduction of CIPP Registration fees on Club dues

 

 

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Allows for Development and Social Rugby

 

 

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Fulfills the participation element within the game for some Clubs and players

 

 

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This level would be comprised of current lower echelon Men's Division III Clubs, Social Clubs, and be an entry level for new Clubs

 

 

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Promotion would be possible into the higher levels of competition

 

NATIONAL 7s STRUCTURE

USA Rugby 7s Competitive Regional Championships

Men's & Women's 7s

Use current iRB Circuit Competition model

Each Men's Competitive Region (CR) will run a 7s Circuit with a minimum of 6 competitive Clubs

Each Women's Competitive Region (CR) will run a 7s Circuit with a minimum of 4 competitive

Clubs

Each Men's CR will have a minimum of 4 designated Circuit Championships

Each Women's CR will have a minimum of 3 designated Circuit Championships

The top 4 Men's Teams from each CR will compete at their respective League Championship

(16 Teams)

The top 2 or 3 Women's Teams from each CR will compete at their respective League Championship (8 to 12 Teams)

USA Rugby 7s Regional Championships

&

National All Star Competition

 

WCR = Western League Competitive Region  |  ECR = Eastern League Competitive Region

 

 

 

WCR 1 = GREEN

|  WCR 3 = PURPLE

 

ECR 1 = GREY

ECR 3 = AQUA

 

WCR 2 = BLUISH

|  WCR 4 = GOLD

 

ECR 2 = BLUISH

ECR 4 = RED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   

National All Star 7s - Men & Women

The Men's All Star entity has clearly passed its effectiveness, as a competition, having been replaced by a more potent Club/Team Championship

The Women's All Star entity is still a viable competition

Suggestions that the National Staff have an invite/combine camp should be reviewed

All Star Teams should now be based on the Competitive Regions