Important Update: Is my Practice, Scrimmage, Match or Tournament Covered by USA Rugby Insurance?

USA Rugby has clarified the participation opportunities that are covered by insurance. Protection to our athletes and administrators is our first priority and insurance is key to that protection. Leagues, Events, Teams, Coaches, and Administrators need to understand the steps required to ensure you and your team are protected. Matches played without these items in place may be forfeited and insurance coverage may not be valid. An insured event can be a league match, a friendly match, a qualifying match and a local/national tournament.

To achieve insured status, all participating clubs must be confirmed compliant in advance of the event.

Compliance is achieved when:

  1. A club/team has registered for the current membership cycle and paid its $160 club registration fee. If a club/team has not paid this fee, it is not compliant.
  2. Has a minimum of one Current Level 200 Coach (for contact competition) and a Current Level 100 (for non-contact competition) on the club roster.
  3. Has met the roster minimum for competition. A minimum of 9 players for sevens competition and 15 players for fifteens competition. All players participating must be registered. If a team shows up with 20 players but only 15 on the roster, that team is not compliant.

Here is what you need to know as a Player:

  1. Be registered before you practice or compete. Click HERE to register.
  2. Ensure your club/team compliant and eligible to compete. Only clubs/teams listed as 'Current' on the public roster HERE are compliant and eligible to compete. Clubs listed as 'In Progress' and 'Grace Period' are not eligible to compete.
  3. Is the tournament you are competing in sanctioned? Find the list of sanctioned events online HERE. If your tournament is not listed, you are not insured to compete.

Here is what you need to know as a Coach/Club Admin:

  1. Are you registered and 'Current'? Click HERE to check your status. Coaches and Admins listed as 'In Progress' are not compliant.
  2. Is your club compliant and eligible to compete? Clubs listed as 'Current' on the public roster HERE are compliant and eligible to compete.
  3. Is the tournament you are competing in sanctioned? Find the list of sanctioned events online HERE.

Here is what you need to know as a Referee:

  1. Be registered before you serve as a match official and listed as 'Current'. Click HERE to register. Referees listed as 'In Progress' are not compliant to a referee a match. 
  2. Are the clubs you are officiating compliant and eligible to compete? Only clubs/teams listed as 'Current' on the public roster HERE are compliant and eligible to compete. Review the team requirements above and ensure clubs/teams are compliant before refereeing a team.
  3. Is the tournament you are officiating in sanctioned? Find the list of sanctioned events online HERE. If the tournament is not listed, referees are not covered by insurance.

If you have any questions use these three references to get your questions answered:

  1. Review the USA Rugby Membership FAQs HERE
  2. Email USA Rugby Membership Services Department membership@usarugby.org
  3. Call USA Rugby's Membership Services Department 1-800-280-6302

Please note that office hours are Monday - Friday 7 am - 6 pm MDT.