Malvern - November 29, 2018 On August 13, 2018 the Rugby Pennsylvania Board of Directors voted to change the registration process for its members for the 2018 - 2019 seasons. This move was made in an effort to better under the seasonal participation of players and teams, as well as be more consistent with procedures of other State Rugby Organizations around the country. As in seasons past, participation during either the Fall or the Spring still gets you membership in USA Rugby’s CIPP program.
Moving forward, both teams and players will now register separately for each season and will pay the corresponding participation fee. These are designed to support the costs associated with that particular season, plus a modest amount for the administration of Rugby PA year-round. This is different from previous years, when registration was only completed once.
Because of the once-per-year registration, the data on when players participated was very limited. With the new model in place for this year, we will gain a better understanding about how our players are participating, which will allow for better decision making on how to allocate the costs of the programs and administration. In the future, this data will also assist in Rugby PA’s ongoing efforts to make the sport of rugby an affordable alternative to other youth and interscholastic sports for families across Pennsylvania.
Team registration on www.RugbyPA.org for the spring season opened on November 9th, 2018. The team participation fees for the Spring are the same as the Fall 7s, which were $50.00 for High School teams and $30.00 for all other teams. All teams must complete their team registration by December 14th, 2018 to be included in the spring schedule.
Player registration has opened up this week on November 26th, 2018 at www.RugbyPA.org. The player participation fees for the Spring season are $100.00 for high school players and $60 for all other players. Rookie Rugby (non-contact youth rugby) will remain an annual participation fee of $10.00 registration fee per player that is unchanged from last year.
In order to be compliant and eligible to play in Rugby PA Spring Season, each team must have an affiliated Coach with a current Level 200 certification from USA Rugby and must have a minimum of 15 registered players on their www.RugbyPA.org public roster. Coaches will continue to register directly with USA Rugby at www.USARugby.org and should assure that their affiliation with their team is reflected on the team’s roster page at www.RugbyPA.org. Questions or issues with the public roster at www.RugbyPA.org should be directed to Rugby PA’s Executive Director, Dylan Hamilton, at DHamilton@RugbyPA.org.