USA Rugby has developed the following policies and procedures to ensure fairness and safety for all registered rugby participants in the United States. Territorial and local area unions may require additional compliance for competition so please verify all eligibility requirements with local administration before starting your season! Click on the Related Links below to get PDFs with more information about eligibility.
In order to practice and/or compete in any rugby-related competition, the following registration conditions must be met:
1. The club must have a current, paid registration with USA Rugby for the appropriate gender and level of play. The club registration status and expiration date may be checked at here.
2. All players must have a current, paid registration with USA Rugby and appear on the online roster as a player for the current registration period. Check your club roster and individual member status here.
3. Each club must have a coach with a current, paid registration affiliated to the club. The coach will appear at the top of the roster after the word: "Coach." (Please note the Primary and Secondary Contact roles are not coach roles, and these are not active paid registrations.) If you already have a paid registration for the current season but would like to add additional roles and levels, you may complete the dual role application.
4. All clubs and individuals must follow all USA Rugby Eligibility Regulations, as well as all LAU/TU regulations and procedures.
For all other questions, please visit our membership FAQs page.
Club (Adult) and Collegiate Policies
☆ USA Rugby Eligibility Regulations
USA Rugby sets minimum eligibility standards that your team must adhere to during all competitive matches. It is your responsibility to review these regulations periodically and ensure that your team is in compliance at all times.
☆ Collegiate Eligibility
USA Rugby announced the new Collegiate Eligibility Regulations on May 25, 2012. The new regulations help clarify terms and vague language evident in the previous regulations.
☆ Collegiate Player Eligibility Form – Grandfather Clause
This form must be completed by your College or University’s Registrar Office prior to competition.
☆ Random Spot Check Procedure
As of October 2006, a random spot check procedure has been put into place for all USA Rugby Championships. USA Rugby will select, at random, at least one team per championship event to do a thorough check of eligibility. Please review this procedure, if your team is selected it is expected that your team knows what will be required and will be able to produce the proper evidence within the appropriate time frame.
Youth and High School Policies
☆ Field Sizes and Match Durations for Youth
USA Rugby has provided a policy for all youth and high school-aged players in relation to time limits for games and time limits for days, as well as field dimensions. Please review this policy when scheduling any fixtures for youth players.
☆ USA Rugby Policy for High School Freshmen Under-15 Playing High School Rugby
Under 15 players should not normally play High School or U19 Rugby. This Guideline relates to players who are Under 15 years old AND in High School who wish to play in or be involved in training for, High School or U19 Rugby. This is not for Middle School players to participate in High School Rugby.
☆ USA Rugby Policy for Under-18s and Under 19s Playing Community Adult (College or Senior Club) Rugby (Effective May 2010)
Under 18 players should not normally play Adult Rugby.This Guideline relates to players who are Under 18 who wish to play in, or be involved in training for, all College or Adult Rugby matches.