Mar 02

Spring 2016

Reminder: Everyone should confirm that their CMS match schedules and the schedules within their local referee society match.

Event News: MAC Championship locations announced!

On May 7-8, Philadelphia will be hosting the Women’s event.

On May 14-15, Wilmington will once again host the Men’s event.

BOTH of these will take place at Alapocas Run State Park.

CIPP Deadline – April 1st. All players must be CIPP’d.

Any roster submitted for matches played after April 1st must include players that were CIPPd before the deadline.

While you can CIPP someone after April 1st, they are not allowed to play in a competitive match, as that will create a roster violation. Non-league matches are okay.

New Facebook Group – Invite your admin folks to join:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1641770649408428/

Sep 01

2015-2016 CMS Schedules

Everyone should be hearing from their coordinators regarding CMS login information for their club and should be able to soon see their 2015-2016 schedules loaded within CMS.

If you need assistance with using CMS, USA Rugby has provided a user guide. Please reference this as necessary. Clubs with mulitple sides will receive a single login and will be able to access the matches for each side.

If you have not received your login information by September 3rd, please contact Margy Thomas.

Jul 02

Annual Meeting Announcement

On July 26 at 11:00, the Mid Atlantic Conference Competitions Committee will be meeting in person at Hamilton’s in the Washington DC area.

Hamilton’s:
233 2nd St NW
Washington, DC 20001
http://www.hamiltonsdc.com/

The agenda for the meeting includes reviewing and updating several different policies and electing the chairperson for the 2015-2016 term.

The chairperson was originally an appointment made by USA Rugby for a two year term. We are now required to have the current MAC committee members elect the individual to fill this seat on an annual basis.

If you are interested in running for this position, please notify Margaret Dessypris Thomas <greekdaisy@gmail.com> of your intent to run, and be prepared to show up in person at this meeting. The incumbent is seeking reelection as well.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the MAC Competitions Committee, those positions are elected/appointed at the CGU and EPRU AGMs that are organized by your respective union’s administration. Please consult with your local rugby union presidents if you have an interest in seeking a position.

While the meeting is open, MAC Club representatives’ attendance is not required.

May 06

Congratulations 2015 MAC Champions

Congratulations to the following clubs who will represent the Mid-Atlantic Conference in Charlotte NC for National playoffs:

Men’s D1 – Potomac Exiles

Men’s D2 – Rocky Gorge

Men’s D3 – Old Gaelic

Women’s D1 – Pittsburgh Angels

Women’s D2 – Severn River

Congratulations also goes to the MAC Champions for our M-D4 and W-D3 divisions:

Men’s D4 – Whitehorse Rugby

Women’s D3 – Phoenixville Whitehorse

Apr 28

2015 MAC – D3 Championships

The D3 Men’s and Women’s Championship matches were rescheduled. Thanks to these clubs for their patience with our weather situation, and thanks to the new hosting clubs.

The Men’s D3 Championship was held at the Lancaster Roses Pitch at 1pm

Old Gaelic 36, South Jersey 28

MAC Representative: Bryan Dewease

 

The Women’s D3 Championship will be held at the White Horse pitch on 5/16 at 10am.

Phoenixville White Horse v Northeast Philadelphia Irish

MAC Representative: Jean Solecki

Apr 22

2015 MAC Championship Weekend

The 2015 MAC Playoffs will take place on April 25-26 and will be hosted by James River Rugby.

Men’s Playoff Info
Women’s Playoff Info

Schedule Information
Saturday
Field 1
Field 2
Field 3
11:00am to 12:30pm
Men’s D3
Game 5
Men’s D3
Game 6
*
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Men’s D2
Game 6
Men’s D2
Game 5
Women’s D2
N1 v S2
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Men’s D1
Game B
Men’s D1
Game A
Women’s D2
S1 v N2
Sunday
 
 
 
 10:30am to 12:00pm
Men’s D3
Championship
Women’s D3
Championship
12:30pm to 2:00pm
Men’s D2
Championship
Women’s D2
Championship
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Men’s D1
Championship
* Men’s D4 will be played in the EPRU area

Pitch Information: Pole Green Park – Map to Pitch

Traffic Alert: Exits to avoid this weekend for the NASCAR race at Richmond International Raceway are: 1) Coming from I-64 for the Laburnum exits and 2) on I-295, the Meadowbridge exit; The exit for Pole Green is in the same exit number, but is the opposite direction. If you see traffic backed up on either Saturday or Sunday for the race (which exits on 38B), Pole Green Park requires exit 38A.

Hotel Information:
Make reservations now in the Richmond area. NASCAR is also the same weekend, FYI.Best Western Plus Richmond Airport
$131/room (includes taxes and breakfast)
5300 Airport Sq. Lane, Sandston, VA
Call (804) 222 – 8200 before midnight on April 20thMention “MAC Championship” to get the rate and a room from the reserved block.
This might be obvious, but: Teams may be staying one night or two – make sure you understand the cancellation policy when making your reservations.

Rosters:

1) All match ROSTERS and match reports need to be completed in CMS not later than 5pm Tuesday (4/21), particularly for the April 18-19 matches. A score report is not enough. You must have the rosters submitted.

2) You must have your Saturday April 25th match roster loaded by Friday (4/24) by 5pm. The first match of the weekend has been loaded in CMS.

3) This is an event weekend. Prepare your PAPER COPY ROSTER of 28 for ID check-in. We will be at the pitch at 9am Saturday morning for ID check in. Make sure that all of your players bring their IDs. No ID, No Rugby. No Exceptions.
http://usarugby.org/documentation/membership/usa-rugby-roster-form.pdf
List your 28 players in the same order they appear in your CIPP roster.

4) We will be completing Saturday match reports and setting up the Sunday Championship matches on site as we know the results. You must have your Sunday April 26th match roster loaded by 9pm on Saturday night.

Apr 06

2015 Sevens Qualifiers Annouced

The qualifiers this summer are as follows:

June 20th – Richmond (Monk Vaughan – Dorey Park)
June 27th – Wilmington (Blue Ball – Alapocas Run State Park)
July 11th – NOVA (Battlefield/Ruggerrama – Morven Park)

July 18th – Wilmington (Championships – Alapocas Run State Park)

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.