2022-2023 Conference Rules

1 - Code of Conduct
All student athletes and coaches in the Rugby East Conference are required to adhere to USARugby's Collegiate Code of Conduct. Any breach of this Code of Conduct will be forwarded to the appropriate Disciplinary Committee for action.

USA Rugby Collegiate Code of Conduct

2 - Eligibility
Teams must follow the USARugby and/or NCR Eligibility guidelines. Players must be registered prior to their first match. Any teams or players not registered will forfeit their match, as decided by the Rugby East Disciplinary Chairs. Coaches must also meet NCR registration and course requirements to be fully compliant. This rule is also valid for Second Side and Spring XVs rosters. All players must be a currently enrolled student and must be registered with NCR to your institution.


3 - Match & Roster Reporting
Each program is responsible for reporting accurate game information, including Match Rosters, into either yet to be determined Competition Management System (CMS) or Google Form developed by Conference.

4 - Communication
For all conference matches, the host team must communicate with their opponent no later than a week prior to the match. It is mandatory to communicate sooner if there are changes to the standard match day and kick-off time (standard match time is Saturday at 1:00pm.), or you will not have a second side available. Host teams are responsible for communicating with their assigned match referee no later than the Wednesday prior to their match.

5 - Forfeits
No-shows or forfeits must be coordinated between the program directors and the Rugby East Commissioner no later than 8 days prior to the match. Not showing up to a match will be an automatic forfeit and the team will be barred from playoffs. The Rugby East Disciplinary Committee will determine when disciplinary and/or administrative penalties will apply against the forfeiting team, which may include compensation due to the non-forfeiting team, not to exceed $500. Forfeits will be recorded as 20-0 win to the non-offending team, and recorded as 4 tries scored and 1 bonus point.

6 - Travel Consideration
Although match play on each program’s home field is encouraged by the conference, special consideration shall be given to those visiting teams required to travel more than a 8 hour drive from their respective institution to the designated home field location of their opponent. Visiting teams in these situations reserve the right to request that the match be played at a neutral field location on the normally scheduled match date. The visiting team's request must be made prior to the Conference season and must be communicated to the administrators of the host program as well as the conference commissioner in order to determine a mutually agreed upon alternate location. The host club is responsible for ensuring this field is adequately lined, has the appropriate protective padding and ensuring an Athletic Trainer/First Responder present. Requests for fee reimbursements for those additional costs incurred may be submitted to the Conference Commissioner and may require Board approval.

7 - Medical Trainer
The host team must have a medical trainer present for all home matches. If no athletic trainer is present prior to kick off, the visiting team is within its right to refuse to participate without penalty. In that event, the host club will be assessed a forfeit for the match; and will be subject to all penalties outlined in Forfeits Rule, including potential compensation to the visiting team up to $500.

8 - Filming of Matches
Each program will be responsible for recording and sharing each match to be uploaded in a yet to be decided Conference managed virtual share location. This courtesy will not only assist with game planning, but will also assist with Referee Development and talent evaluation. It is also encouraged that the Home Team provide access to a Live Streaming of their matches.

9 - Referee Requirement
Each program is required to have at least two certified referees within their membership. Those individuals should be available to officiate each club’s home second side match. Each program should encourage those members who are injured, retired from play and or may never contribute to the A-Side to pick up the whistle and become a referee. https://usa.rugby/training-and-education-course-calendar/

10 - Match Balls
Each program will be provided ten (10) match balls with our Conference's seal on them. These must be used for all Conference matches and no less than two of these balls should be available for each match.

11 - Technical Zone
The Technical Zone is a roped line 10 meters off the sidelines on both sidelines, starting 10 meters from the Goal line to the opposite 10 meter goal line. All Clubs must have this present during all matches and must direct all coaches, reserves and spectators to stand behind it.

USA Rugby Technical Zone and Sideline Management Guidelines

12 - Conference Sponsored Spring Sevens Competition
The Conference will sponsor multiple Sevens tournaments in the Spring Semester of each academic year. The Conference encourages all programs to participate in all Conference sponsored Sevens events, including the Conference Championship, however it will not be mandatory.

Rugby East Conference