Feb 24

Guidelines and Laws

USA Rugby 2015 FOCUS AREAS (on Vimeo) for ALL REFS
http://vimeo.com/118140542

Game Management Guidelines – 2015
http://usarugby.org/news/item/game-management-guidelines-released-for-2015

The Laws of the Game
http://laws.worldrugby.org/index.php?&language=EN

Protective Equipment and Clothing Guidelines – 2015 (USA Rugby)
http://usarugby.org/documentation/refereeing/protective-equipment-clothing-guidelines.pdf

Jan 30

Men’s D1 and D3-Central Appeals Update

Forfeits – A reminder any forfeits should be marked at 28-0. The policy has been updated and a previous message was sent regarding this change.

The final adjudication of two recent appeals to the National Competitions Committee is as follows:
Division 1 Teams:
When teams look at the CMS standings for Men’s D1, you will see that USA Rugby has added an additional set of matches for Schuylkill River in order to give a -5 point penalty for playing a player that was not CIPP’d in four matches. The match results of those four matches remain in place.
Division 3 Central Teams:
Rocky Gorge has been given a forfeit for playing a player that was not CIPP’d during a match in the Fall.
If you have questions, please contact your coordinator.
Sep 03

New Competition Management System

This applies to Men (D1, D2, D3, D4) and Women (D1, D2, D3).

By 9/4/14 (if not already), everyone’s club officers will have information about the new USAR Competition Management system for 2014-2015. Your rosters must be submitted online prior to your league matches (so-called ‘friendlies’ are not included). USAR guidelines are being distributed along with club IDs and PWs; this has information about due dates and times. This is required by USAR.

The bottomline: make sure your club does this and don’t play around with this.

Aug 13

MAC Division Schedules and Declarations (2014-2015 Season)

Final 2014-2015 schedules 

Men
D1 v4
D2-North
D2-South
D3&D4-North (EPRU)
D3-Central
D3-South
D4-Central

Women
D1
D2-North
D2-South
D3

MAC teams were asked to consider promotion/relegation or declare divisions for the 2014-2015 competitive season. Now that most of our information about team movements has been received, the MAC Division List is provided to confirm with all teams that the information is correct.

Draft Schedules will be published by May 31. Schedules will be finalized by June 15. You need to provide bye dates or home/away considerations to your respective division coordinator not later than Friday May 23rd as previously requested in earlier emails. (Coordinators are listed on the spreadsheet.)

If your team is not receiving emails, please be sure to provide your GU your updated contact information.

Apr 29

Congratulations MAC Champions!

Congratulations to the MAC teams who are advancing the USA semifinals weekend in Pittsburgh on 5/17/14:
D1 Men: Schuylkill River
D2 Men: Rocky Gorge
D3 Men: Washington Renegades
D1 Women: NOVA
D2 Women: Severn River
Each of these teams will be playing the MidWest seed on 5/17/14.  The winner of the match will play the winner of the South v Northeast match on 5/18/14. The semi-final winner will advance to the USA Championship Weekend on May 30th for a final match against the ACR Champion.
Philadelphia Women (D1 #2) will meet the MidWest #2 Chicago in a repechage match.
Best of luck to all these teams in post-season play! 
All final match results from the MAC 2014 Playoff weekend for the men and women have been posted.
Congratulations to the D4 MAC Champions Blue Ridge.
Important MAC Dates:
1) The call for promotion/relegation is to be completed by 5/3/14.
2) Declarations for division assignment for teams are due by 5/10 with final divisions for the 2014/2015 year to be posted by 5/17/2014. Please contact your coordinator to make sure they know your desire to stay or move in a division.
Apr 24

Rosters, Eligibility, Score Reporting, and Check-In for MAC Championship weekend:

Rosters need to be submitted to the MAC Chair for each match. Each game counts individually towards USA’s eligibility for playoffs, so we aren’t treating this as a weekend, with a roster of 28. Each match can have 23 players.  Use this Roster Form. Teams will need to track of the players that played in each match to attain eligibility towards USA National playoffs.

Eligibility for each player is based CIPP before the March 15th date with their club. All transfers should be complete at this point. If a player did transfer from another club, and a waiver is required, it should already be submitted to USA. So if they aren’t already on the team’s roster by the 3/15 date, they are not eligible to play. The waiver will be needed should a team continues to May 16th national playoffs.

We don’t have these matches posted online via the CMS system. Scores will be collected from the referees and posted online to macrugby.org.

Margy Thomas will be there in person at 10am on Saturday to start Roster ID checks for the first teams playing and sign Roster forms. The teams that advance will need to save the signed roster form for future reference.