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Founders Discount Announced

2020-2021 NCR Registration Opens Monday August 17, 2020

We want to help our member clubs!

We know our members will be facing new challenges this upcoming rugby season, budgets have been cut and participating on the field will be more difficult than usual.

NCR is announcing a Founders Discount.  Register your NCR club starting Monday August 17, 2020. To help grow your club and keep your bottom line low, NCR club registration is discounted to $900 with $20 player fees.  This is an exclusive discount only valid until September 30, 2020.

Join an organization committed to serving our collegiate rugby members!

From a myriad of services designed to support you on the field and provide recognition for accomplishments off the field, NCR provides everything you need for a better rugby experience!

With limited Fall rugby on the field action expected, NCR is already focusing on expanding our Spring events to included new 15s tournaments in addition to our planned 7s events. Our Men’s 15s All-Star Championship is already planned for early June 2021.

Club registration must first be completed by a club administrator by clicking on the “Club Portal” button above.  Once done, club members, such as players and coaches will register by click the the “Register” button

Final Registration Flyer
above.

 

Vice President Steve Hiatt Named NCR Men’s Director

For Release – Tuesday August 4, 2020

Marlton, NJ

 

National Collegiate Rugby is pleased to announce the appointment of Vice President Steve Hiatt as its Interim Director of Men’s Rugby. NCR CEO Steve Cohen who has been the long term NSCRO/NCR Men’s Director will be stepping down from his role as Men’s Director to focus more of his time on strategic programming for the organization.

 

Hiatt started serving NSCRO in 2014 as a key advisor and was named the NSCRO Vice President in 2017.  He has been the coach of the California State University Maritime Academy’s rugby team since 2010.

 

As Director of Men’s Rugby with NCR, Hiatt’s focus will be helping NCR teams and players achieve the best collegiate athletic experience possible. With the recent exponential growth of clubs joining NSCRO and now rebranded as NCR, Hiatt will look to raise the service bar even higher for NCR’s members. NCR CEO Steve Cohen says “We are thrilled that Steve will be taking over this role.  His commitment to the organization has made him a role model for all of our staff and we cannot wait to see the impact his influence will have on men’s collegiate rugby in the US.”  

 

Hiatt made the US National Team in both of rugby’s formats, 7s and XVs, as well as the USA Collegiate All-American team. Hiatt and his wife Karen live in Northern California with their three daughters.  He received his MBA from Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

About NCR

Formed in 2020, NCR is committed to the development of college rugby by providing a wide array of services and governance for men’s and women’s collegiate rugby programs. NCR is proud to oversee nearly 15,000 men’s and women’s collegiate rugby players from about 600 programs across the United States.

NCR evolved from the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) which was founded in 2007. Originally created to support the growth and development of small college rugby, the organization now serves college rugby programs of all sizes.

National Collegiate Rugby partners with Go4Ellis for Athletic Trainers as preferred vendor

National Collegiate Rugby partners with Go4Ellis for Athletic Trainers as preferred vendor  

National Collegiate Rugby, the Home of College Rugby, is excited to announce an important player safety partnering arrangement with Go4Ellis, the only national, on-demand platform for hiring per diem Athletic Trainers.  Go4Ellis is a Preferred Provider of the NATA (National Athletic Trainers’ Association). Their website is https://go4ellis.com/.

This arrangement will provide teams from NCR member colleges access to thousands of certified athletic trainers for on-site medical care and injury prevention services for matches, practices and tournaments across the country. 

As NCR membership continues to expand, services offered by Go4Ellis continue to show why NCR is the leader in college rugby development. 

NCR CEO and President, Steve Cohen, remarked, “such arrangements play an important part in the success of our organization by providing a valuable resource to our members and—most importantly— serving the welfare and safety of the players.”  Cohen, who has been at the forefront of rugby safety and a proponent of athletic trainers since 1991,  understands that many college rugby teams are situated in areas that makes it difficult to find this coverage. This arrangement can provide a way to access to ATs that before was not available.

“ATs are such a valuable resource for players and teams to help them perform at their best. This is definitely a service I wish we had back when I played. I ended up playing most of a season with a torn pec because we didn’t have ATs on the sideline handling or diagnosing injuries.” remarked Brian Murray, marketing director for Go4Ellis.

In the near future, Go4Ellis will be holding a series of webinars with NCR Conference Commissioners and Club Administrators on how to operate the platform, services provided athletic trainers as well platform best practices. Stay tuned for NCR announcements that will posted on our website and social media platforms.

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About NCR

Formed in 2020, NCR is committed to the development of college rugby by providing a wide array of services and governance for men’s and women’s collegiate rugby programs. NCR is proud to oversee nearly 15,000 men’s and women’s collegiate rugby players from about 600 programs across the United States.

NCR evolved from the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) which was founded in 2007. Originally created to support the growth and development of small college rugby, the organization now serves college rugby programs of all sizes.

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NCR Decision Regarding Use of Ineligible Players

National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) is proud to oversee nearly 14,000 men’s and women’s collegiate rugby players and over 500 programs across the United States. The mission of NCR is to foster the on and off-field growth and development of collegiate rugby teams, student athletes and coaches.

Critical to the growth and development is a strict adherence to all the rules of the game, not the least of which is the requirement that every club field a fully eligible team.

Regrettably, the New Mexico Highlands University Vatos Rugby Club was found to have used ineligible players during the 2018-2019 season and as a result their 2019 NSCRO 7s National Championship has been vacated and they are ineligible for post-season play in 2020-2021. This sanction was necessary to ensure the competitive integrity of all NCR matches.

The foundation of a level and fair playing field for all competitors is the honor and integrity of those playing. All NCR member clubs must uphold their commitment to creating such a playing field.

Please direct all NCR Eligibility questions to eligibility@ncr.rugby.

The South Atlantic Rugby Conference (SARC) Joins NCR

The South Atlantic Rugby Conference (SARC) is pleased to announce its creation as a new competition for women’s collegiate rugby in the south. SARC establishes a new home for like-minded collegiate clubs looking for a National Championship structure of Fall 15’s  and Spring 7s.

Steering the conference are Chris Martin (Lee University, TN), Marty Sarkees (Clemson University, SC), Alley Mitchell (Elon University, NC), and Buck Billings (Lander University, SC). These coaches will make up the working executive board, and can be contacted by interested future members. 

SARC’s goal is to unite similar minded southern teams, to create divisions based on appropriate level of competition, to resolve geographic challenges, and to provide a postseason pathway through National Collegiate Rugby’s Women’s Open Elite, Open, and Small School competitions. 

 

Below listed are the founding teams:

University of Alabama Birmingham (AL)

University of North Carolina – Greensboro (NC)

Elon University, (NC)

University of South Carolina (SC) 

The Citadel (SC)

Clemson University, (SC) 

Lander University, (SC)

Lee University (TN)

University of Tennessee- Chattanooga (TN)

University of Tennessee – Knoxville (TN)

Roanoke College (VA)

For more information on the conference contact:
SARC.Women@gmail.com

https://sites.google.com/view/sarcrugby/news?fbclid=IwAR2KU1eI4G3hgjHYGzVm21J652ZLJldJrImGudPkIvr3ITtn5R0YPb5kJLI

https://www.facebook.com/SARCwomen

For more information on the NCR Women’s Open Division contact:

Angela Smarto

smarto@ncr.rugby

NCR Unity We Support Black Tuesday

National Collegiate Rugby’s mission is to foster on and off-field growth and development. We are committed to uniting everyone in rugby to participate in community activism today. Find ways to help, be positive agents of change and fully support the fight to end racism and social injustice for all. #calltoaction #blackouttuesday

Rocky Mountain Rugby D2 Men Join NCR

NCR is pleased to announce that the Rocky Mountain Rugby Conference has committed their D2 Men’s competition to National Collegiate Rugby for the coming year.

Founded in 2014, the RMRC is currently comprised of 21 collegiate men’s teams across Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming – the Division 2 sides joining NCR are:

– Colorado Mesa University
– Montana State University
– University of Northern Colorado
– Western Colorado University

RMRC already has 6 Small Colleges as members of the NCR. They are the University of Denver, Regis University, Colorado College, Colorado School of Mines, New Mexico Tech,  and New Mexico Highlands University.

National Collegiate Rugby COVID-19 UPDATE

Issued Tuesday May 26, 2020

NCR is working hard to make sure everything’s ready when play returns, including having insurance for players, coaches, and referees, competitions ready to go, and venues selected.  Remember: referees are covered for free under NCR’s insurance plan.  Like you, NCR is monitoring decisions from the state and federal government on reopening.  Once reopening occurs NCR will be putting together a best practices summary specific to the sport of rugby and reporting on decisions from its member institutions.

For collegiate rugby, the primary source of what will be permitted along with related safety/health protocols will be driven by the school itself in concert with its state and federal guidelines. World Rugby guidelines may supplement what is mandated by university and college officials in conjunction with government standards, but they cannot supersede them.

NCR will fully respect and comply with all school decisions in this matter.

The American College Health Association has put forth a comprehensive guidance that addresses facilities, practice, personnel, emergency care and planning to assist in deciding if a college can safely bring back athletes and students to campus. This guide is an excellent resource for understanding the areas of consideration for players, administrators, and coaches, though individual institutions and athletic conferences will make the final determinations on the return to rugby as they govern practice facilities

https://www.acha.org/documents/resources/guidelines/ACHA_Considerations_for_Reopening_IHEs_in_the_COVID-19_Era_May2020.pdf

If you have questions regarding NCR’s policy on return to play, please contact us at info@ncr.rugby.

Other valuable resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NCAA

The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association

World Rugby return to play update

World Rugby Covid-19 Courses

National Federation of State High School Associations

Southeastern Conference

The Great Lakes Women’s Conference joins NCR

The Great Lakes Women’s Conference is proud to announce they are joining National Collegiate Rugby in the fall. Their eight conference members will be competing in both the women’s open division and the small college division.

The eight teams joining NCR this fall.

Bowling Green State University
Calvin College
Central Michigan University
Grand Valley State University
Ferris State University
Saginaw Valley State Univeesity
Oakland University
Western Michigan University

For more information on the conference contact:
Robert Burns
robertmburns@gmail.com

For more information on the NCR Women’s Open Division contact:
Angela Smarto
smarto@ncr.rugby

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