- 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 visitwww.usarugby.org and click on Sanctioned Events. For more information, please contact the sanctioning officer via email at [email protected] or by phone at (303) 507-0760.