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.

Nov 21

Two notes on match reporting

First:

As the fall portion of the 2013-2014 Competitive cycle is now complete, please make sure all score reports and rosters are complete not later than December 7th. This includes setting the match status to a “Finished” status. If you are still having issues with any aspects of this system, please inform your Representative and Margy Thomas to escalate to USA Rugby.

Second:
In an effort to give feedback to USA Rugby about the Competition Management System used for score reporting, please take a look at the survey at the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DH7QKLM

The competitive region is looking for feedback on the system and would like to receive your input based on your experience using the system this season. The survey should only take about 10 minutes so please complete it as soon as possible. From my understanding, there is no limitation on the number of people who can complete the survey for each team but please limit to the one or two people per club who used the system the most this fall so we can get meaningful data from experienced users.

The survey will close on Friday November 29th.