NCR 2020-2021 – Questions and Answers

National Collegiate Rugby

2020-21 Season Q&A

How will things be different under NCR?

NCR is committed to its small college heritage and will continue to run our existing small college championship pathways.  Beginning in 2020, we will also add open divisions which will provide pathways for former men’s DIA, DIAA and DII and women’s DI and DII teams – from both small and large schools.

In addition, NCR has established an independent operating model and will now offer our members full insurance, a registration platform, and a competition management system.

How will the Fall season be affected by COVID-19?

Here is the latest NCR update.

Will players need to register with USA Rugby?

NCR will not mandate USA Rugby membership for our players. We understand that many of our  members are big fans of our national teams, and we are working with USA Rugby to provide optional membership and donation programs to support the national teams.

What insurance will be offered?

Details about insurance coverage for the 2020-21 season can be found on the insurance overview here.

What are the fees?


2020-21 NCR Membership Fees

(includes insurance and processing fees)

Plan 1 Plan 2
Club Fee $160 $1,300
Player Fee $65 $20

What do the plans mean and how do they work?

The two plans are designed to accommodate teams who may received direct funding from their schools and those who do not.  Also, teams who receive direct funding often find that while their school may pay for team/club dues they will not subsidize individual player dues.  

Plan 1

Designed for teams where the school will pay the team dues and the individual members pay the player dues.

Plan 2

Designed for teams who receive little support from the school and have to raise funds for all expenses.  This allows for teams to register and play for a minimal initial outlay.

How will the open division work?

The open divisions will be developed in partnership with our new conferences to ensure that each team participates in an appropriate competition structure. Depending on the type and number of teams that join NCR, there may be multiple championship pathways within the men’s and women’s open divisions.  For more information, please contact Brad Dufek (men) or Angela Smarto (women).

When can my team register for next season?

We are finalizing our new registration platform call SportLomo.  Over the summer, we will be working with our member conferences to populate the system and distribute training materials to teams.  We plan to open registration on August 1.

NSCRO Rebrands to National Collegiate Rugby

NSCRO Rebrands to National Collegiate Rugby

College rugby has a long and storied history. Over the last 40 years, the game has evolved into a competitive sport on college campuses played by thousands of young men and women across the country. Since 2007, NSCRO has accelerated the on and off-field growth and development of 350 small college rugby teams, student-athletes and coaches.

Today, we are announcing the next evolution of college rugby.

We are excited to introduce National Collegiate Rugby (NCR), a new brand that will encompass a broad constituency of collegiate programs. The brand will be guided by the values inherent in rugby – teamwork, respect, and sportsmanship. Through the passion of our staff and the rugby community, NCR will continue to grow the game and create an unforgettable student-athlete experience.

We will continue to provide the same exceptional services to our small college teams as we welcome both new small and larger schools to the NCR family. The organization will expand to include additional services, including registration, insurance, a competition management system and much more. We are proud to have the continued long-term support of our top sponsor, The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, as we work together to create a brighter future for collegiate rugby.

Under the NCR umbrella, the organization remains committed to positively impacting the lives of young adults and growing collegiate rugby.

We look forward to seeing everyone back on the pitch this fall.

Plan For The Future Of Collegiate Rugby – NSCRO Statement

These are difficult times for the world we live in and also for rugby in our country.

We at NSCRO want to assure the collegiate rugby community that we are financially strong and have the funding to continue implementing our new independent operating model and make appropriate investments on behalf of our members. We will be ready for rugby in the Fall.


  • We have obtained a proposal for general liability insurance and personal accident insurance coverage.
  • We will utilize SportLoMo as our new membership platform and competition management system. As part of the implementation, we will also be launching a new website for our members.
  • We are pleased to announce that Lucy Zugschwert has joined the NSCRO team to implement our membership services model and the SportLoMo platform. As the former USA Rugby Membership Services and Database Manager, Lucy is well known to the rugby community and we are excited to add her expertise to our team.
  • We are actively speaking with conferences about our new divisions, which includes both small and large schools. NSCRO has the experience and capacity to welcome conferences and teams that may need a new home in the Fall.
  • As we expand our services to include a larger segment of the collegiate rugby community, we will be rebranding the organization. In the near future we will change our name to the National Collegiate Rugby Organization (NCRO) in order to more accurately reflect the community we represent.
  • We continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the sporting community. While it’s too early to understand any potential impact on next season, we will be guided by our members’ universities and other national sporting organizations.

We want to wish all of our members and their families well during these difficult times. We hope to see you on a rugby pitch soon.

Yours in rugby,

Steve Cohen
President and CEO