USA Rugby Tournament Sanctioning Process

For Immediate Release
September 28, 2012

USA RUGBY ANNOUNCES NEW TOURNAMENT SANCTIONING PROCESS

USA Rugby to enforce new tournament sanctioning process effective immediately
Sanctioning is free for registered clubs and members
Non-sanctioned tournaments will not be covered by USA Rugby insurance
BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby is announcing a renewed emphasis on the benefits of sanctioning for teams looking to host a rugby tournament or event outside of regular season competition and practices.

From recreational tournaments to elite competition, USA Rugby is continually working to improve safety across all levels of participation in order to set a high standard for the sport in America.

The enforcement of the new USA Rugby sanctioning process and policy will ensure the integrity and safety of rugby matches across the country. Events that are granted sanctioned status will be able to show a commitment to safety and professional standards by their organizers, administrators and participants.

The sanctioning process, which includes the submission of an application and team rosters, should be completed online four weeks prior to the event date. Unlike many other national governing bodies, USA Rugby will not charge for the certification but will require host teams to verify that all coaches and players are registered and active with USA Rugby, and that field, medical, alcohol and USA Rugby Safety Guidelines are followed.

“We want this sanctioning process to be simple and attainable for all teams hoping to host an event. If this is a new process for teams, we encourage them to contact us so we can work with them,” said Membership Services Manager Lucy Zugschwert.

Teams can access the three step application and find resources on USA Rugby’s website, including information on the USA Rugby participant accident policy.

“This sanctioning process will raise the bar for rugby tournaments of all levels and increase player welfare by ensuring all participants benefit from USA Rugby’s insurance, certified coaches and safe play standards,” said CFO Jen Cope.

To apply and find resources for the USA Rugby Sanctioning process, please visit www.usarugby.org and click on Sanctioned Events. For more information, please contact the sanctioning officer via email at sanctions@usarugby.org or by phone at (303) 507-0760.

About USA Rugby
Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has over 110,000 active members. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts over 30 national playoff and championship events every year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced that Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. USA Rugby became an official Olympic Sport member of the United States Olympic Committee in 2010. Visit www.usarugby.org for more.

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Further Information:

Laura Gill | Communications Manager | USA Rugby | lgill@usarugby.org