2013 College National Championship schedules announced

BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby announced today the playoff formats for the Men’s and Women’s collegiate divisions for the 2012-13 season.

Men's Division

The Men's Competitions Committee (Kevin Battle, Chair; Pat Kane; Tom Rooney; Josh Smith; and Todd Streeter) developed the following playoff formats for USA Rugby Division I-AA and Division II.

Division I-AA includes a combination of postseason assignments for the automatic qualifying teams emerging from the twelve eligible college conferences, and four at-large opportunities for otherwise deserving and eligible teams. Division II incorporates a combination of postseason slots for the automatic qualifying teams emerging from the 12 eligible LAU/GU leagues/conferences, and four at-large opportunities for otherwise deserving and eligible teams.

Teams may appeal for an at-large consideration by completing and returning the At-Large Application, which have been distributed to all Independent teams and conferences. This form is also available on the USA Rugby website.

Men's Division I-AA

Regionals: April 27-28; Finals: May 11-12

Northeast

(Pittsburgh, PA)

South

(Knoxville, TN)

Midwest

(Madison, WI)

West

(Austin, TX)

East Coast Atlantic Coast Heart of America Northwest
Empire Southeastern Keystone Pacific Mountain West
Ivy South Independent Mid-American Pacific Western
At Large At Large At Large At Large

Men's Division II

Regionals: April 27-28; Finals: May 11-12

Northeast

(Pittsburgh, PA)

Mid-Atlantic

(Pittsburgh, PA)

South

(Knoxville, TN)

Midwest

(Madison, WI)

Empire Upstate Mid-Atlantic Cardinals Gateway
Great Lakes Potomac Southern Northern Lights
New England CRC Tri-States At Large At Large
Rugby Northeast At-Large At-Large At-Large

Women's Division

The Women's Competitions Committee (Bill Lucas, Chair; Austin Hall; Emily Ogata; Pete Steinberg; and Roger Riley) developed the following playoff formats for USA Rugby Division I and Division II.

Division I includes a combination of postseason assignment for the automatic qualifying teams emerging from the eight eligible college conferences, and eight at-large opportunities for otherwise deserving and eligible teams. Division II incorporates a combination of 21 LAU/GU leagues and autonomous conferences.

For Division II, and potentially Division I, there will be a round of play-in contests the weekend of April 5-7; the specific date will be determined by the participating teams. The WCC will set the play-in games in a manner that allows the visiting team a reasonable drive to the match. At-large selections will be filled by deserving teams from a pool of Independent and/or deserving runners-up. Not all at-large slots will necessarily be filled. Some teams may receive an automatic berth directly into the Regionals due to geographical isolation/distance from potential play-in opponents.

Teams may appeal for an at-large consideration by completing and returning the At-Large Application, which have been distributed to all Independent teams and conferences. This form is also available on the USA Rugby website.

Women's Division I

Play-In Round: April 5-7; Regionals 12-14; Finals: May 3-4

Northeast

(Pittsburgh, PA)

Southeast

(TBD)

Midwest

(Grand Rapids, MI)

West

(Palo Alto, CA)

Ivy Mason-Dixon Big Ten Pacific-Mountain
New England South Midwest Southwestern
At Large At Large At Large At Large
At Large At-Large At-Large At-Large

Women's Division II

Play-In Round: April 5-7; Regionals: April 12-14; Finals: May 3-4

Northeast

(Pittsburgh, PA)

Southeast

(TBD)

Midwest

(Grand Rapids, MI)

West

(Palo Alto, CA)

Empire Upstate Carolinas Allegheny Cascade
Excelsior Potomac CARFU-IRU Southern California
Mid-Atlantic Rugby South Great Lakes West
New England Small College Tri-State Great Waters West Coast
Rugby Northeast True South Northern Lights At Large
At Large At Large Ohio At Large
At Large At-Large At-Large At-Large
At Large At Large At Large At Large