Eligibility

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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. Club registration can be confirmed with the presence of a primary contact on a club’s public roster.
  2. Fifteen players must appear on the public roster prior to participation in fifteen-a-side rugby, twelve prior to participation in seven-a-side rugby. All players must have a current, paid registration with USA Rugby and appear on their club’s online roster as a player for the current registration period. Check your club roster and individual registration status via the membership portal.
  3. Each club must have a USA Rugby certified coach with a current, paid registration affiliated to the club. An ‘active’ coaching status on the public roster conveys certification and only active coaches will appear on the public roster. If you already have a paid registration for the current season but would like to add additional roles and levels, you may complete the multiple role form.
  4. All clubs and individuals must follow all USA Rugby Eligibility Regulations as well as all Local Governing Union regulations and procedures.

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Eligibility FAQs

I moved and want to play for a new club. How do I transfer my registration?

Players seeking to change clubs must submit a Transfer Request Form. Transfers will be confirmed in a timely manner once criteria have been satisfied. If there are eligibility concerns involving your transfer, you will be notified by USA Rugby. Transfers must be initiated prior to the specified deadline (Bylaw 3.2-a, 9.2-b).

What eligibility concerns could affect my transfer request?

The Eligibility Regulations do not allow participation with more than one club in qualifying (league/conference/playoff) matches per season. Transfers must be initiated prior to the specified deadline (Bylaw 3.2-a, 9.2-b).

I played in qualifying (league/conference and/or playoff) matches with my former club and wish to continue doing so with my new club. What do I need to submit with my request for a waiver?

If you played in a qualifying match, you must receive a waiver from USA Rugby before you are eligible to play in any league game with your new club (click here for club waiver request form). The request must be completed in full, and include a written personal statement, a written release (approval to transfer) from your former club and a written release (confirmation of no outstanding disciplinary or financial issues) from the Union or Conference to which your former club belongs.

I want to change clubs for non-rugby reasons, such as moving for a new job. How do I apply for a waiver under these circumstances (Bylaw 3.2-e)?

Documentation must be provided with the waiver request to justify the request. For example, if the move was for a new job, you must attach an official statement from the new employer verifying the terms of the job such as title, start date, location of the employment, etc.

My current club is not competitive enough. I would like to play in a higher division. Is this allowed (Bylaw 3.2-e)?

The desire to ‘play up’ is not specifically an allowable reason to transfer clubs with eligibility to play in qualifying matches. If you wish to join a more competitive team after playing in qualifying matches with your original club, you may participate in training, tournaments and friendly/non-league games without a transfer. You may also submit an eligibility waiver request if eligibility with the new club is desired.

My current (15s) club does not play 7s, do I need a transfer to play 7s with a different club?

If you wish to participate in a 7s Qualifying tournament with another club you must transfer to the 7s club. Players must submit a Transfer Request Form (http://usarugby.org/transfer). The 7s registration/transfer deadline is July 1 at 11:59 PM Mountain time (Bylaw 9.2-b).

What is the registration or transfer deadline for participation in qualifying matches?

  • The 15s registration/transfer deadline is April 1 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time (Bylaw 3.2-a).
  • The 7s registration/transfer deadline is July 1 at 11:59 PM Mountain time (Bylaw 9.2-b).
  • WPL clubs are subject to an October 1 registration/transfer deadline (Bylaw 3.2-a).

If you have not registered with (or initiated a transfer request) your club by the specified deadline, you are not eligible for qualifying match competition for the remainder of that competitive cycle. Note: transfer requests received by USA Rugby by the deadline will be considered to have met the deadline even if not processed until later (up to 7 business days).

My club fields multiple sides. What special regulations apply to me (Bylaw 3.3)?

Clubs may field multiple sides, eligible for USA Rugby play-offs, in different divisions, as long as specific criteria are upheld. Outlined in Bylaw 3.3, these include but are not limited to requiring that each player:

  • must participate in at least three (3) qualifying matches prior to the USA Rugby national playoffs;
  • may not participate in the playoffs in a lower division after participating in at least 50% of the higher division’s qualifying matches.
  • must play in at least three (3) matches at the player’s divisional level or lower.

What is the minimum match participation requirement for playoff eligibility (Bylaw 3.2-d)?

Players must play in at least three (3) qualifying matches, or 25% of the club’s total qualifying matches (whichever is fewer) prior to participation in the USA Rugby national playoffs. If a player plays for a club fielding multiple sides, they must play in at least three (3) qualifying matches [see Bylaw 3.3).

What if I am unable to meet the minimum match requirements for playoffs?

If you will not meet the minimum match requirement due to reasons outside of your control (injury, relocation, etc.), you may submit a Eligibility Waiver Request to have your situation reviewed. This request must include documentation confirming details in your personal statement.

  • To have your waiver request considered, you must have registered or initiated a transfer request by the specified deadline (Bylaw 3.2-a, 9.2-b).

I was injured during the competitive season and have been unable to meet the minimum match requirement. Can I apply for a waiver?

Yes. But you must demonstrate circumstances outside of your control prevented meeting the specified participation minimum. Documentation should be attached to your waiver request form confirming the reasons provided, such as date of injury as well as the professional date of clearance to resume playing rugby.

  • To have your waiver request considered, you must have registered or initiated a transfer request by the specified deadline (Bylaw 3.2-a, 9.2-b).

I graduated from college in the middle of the competitive year. Can I play senior club (Fall Term Graduate Waiver 13.5.2-A)?

Players may transfer to a senior club after completing their collegiate education upon submission of the Senior Club Eligibility Waiver Request Form with a personal statement and proof of graduation attached.

  • To have your waiver request considered, you must have registered or initiated a transfer request by the specified deadline (Bylaw 3.2-a).

My college team completed its 15s schedule in the middle of the competitive year. Can I play senior club (Collegiate Guest Player Waiver 13.5.2-A)?

Players may transfer to a senior club after completing their collegiate 15s schedule upon submission of the Eligibility Waiver Request Form with a personal statement accompanied by written approval from the Collegiate Head Coach and confirmation of no disciplinary or financial issues from the Union/Conference Officer.

  • To have your waiver request considered, you must have registered or initiated a transfer request by the specified deadline (Bylaw 3.2-a).

What is the eligibility waiver request process?

Players must complete and submit the Senior Club Player Eligibility Waiver Request Form that includes a written personal statement. Any additional documentation listed as required must be provided with the request. Once the player has submitted all proper paperwork to USA Rugby, the case will be forwarded to the Club Eligibility Committee, who approves or denies the request for a waiver.

My transfer has been held up due to the dates my club plays league matches. What paperwork do I need to complete my transfer request?

If your former club played league/conference or playoff matches between the date of your registration and the date of your transfer request, you must obtain written proof from your former club and its league/conference or union that you did not participate in qualifying matches.

I am a Youth (Under-18) player and I want to play for a senior club. Can I?

Yes and No. World Rugby medical guidelines state that U18 players should not normally play adult rugby. USA Rugby will not approve any players younger than 17 years old to participate in adult rugby.

If a 17-year-old wishes to participate with a senior club, the player must submit a waiver of eligibility. A similar waiver must be submitted by any U19 player hoping to participate in the front row for adult rugby clubs (forms located at http://usarugby.org/eligibility).

These waivers require that a physician perform a physical evaluation and provide written consent that the player will not be subject to increased risk when participating against fully developed adults. Should minors require physicals for participation in athletics or return to school, the physical evaluation may be performed at that time. The waiver must be fully complete, with physician evaluation/consent, to be considered.

My waiver request was denied. What now (Section 13.7. Appeals)?

Players who believe their case was not accurately considered may file an appeal within seven (7) days of receiving a denial. Appellate cases are not a a new trial; they are a review of the process by which your case was handled. You may not introduce new evidence and/or new arguments during the appeals process unless it relates to your right to due process. To make an appeal, you must submit your appeal case and $50.00. If you win your appeal, the $50.00 will be returned to you.

How do I contact USA Rugby?

You may contact USA Rugby by e-mailing the National Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 303.539.0300 x110. Please note that call and message volume fluctuates.