Committees

Under the USA Rugby bylaws USA Rugby shall have a standing Nominating Committee, Audit Committee and Rugby Committee with a sub-committee of Referees and Laws (R and L Committee) and such other standing and ad hoc committees as the Board may deem advisable in the administration and conduct of the affairs of the Corporation.

Each committee shall have such composition, power, authority, and duties as provided for in these Bylaws or in the Board resolution creating such committee. All committees shall have twenty percent (20%) athlete representation, as required by the USOC bylaws. Rules governing the appointment and election of committee members and the policies, procedures, and conduct of the committees shall be established by the Board.

Nominations Committee

Marni Vath (Chair) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tom Wacker This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
François Viljoen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Frank Merrill This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Brian McClenahan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Nominating Committee shall consist of at least three (3) and no more than (5) members, including at least one Director and one Qualified Athlete. The Chairman of the Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the Congress for a term of two (2) years. The other members of the Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the Board for terms of two (2) years. Paid employees of the Corporation are prohibited from serving on the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall be responsible for the recruitment and nomination of the At-Large Directors. Pursuant to its nominating duties as set for in section 5.4 of the USA Rugby Bylaws, at least forty-five (45) days prior to the Annual Congress or other meeting of the Congress called for the purpose of electing Directors, the Nominating Committee shall nominate one person for each vacant or expiring At-Large Director position. The Nominating Committee shall cause to be prepared and distributed appropriate ballots for all elections of At-Large Directors, which ballots shall provide sufficient information about each candidate to enable Congress to make informed decisions.

Audit and Risk Committee

Rob King (Chair) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Annie Collier This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Robert Nimmo nimmo.rob(at)gmail.com
Marni Vath This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fred Roedel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Audit Committee shall consist of at least four (4) members, including at least once Congress Member and one Qualified Athlete. The Audit Committee shall (a) develop annual budgeting guidelines and procedures, (b) provide recommendations to the Board regarding appropriate finanical reporting systems for the Corporation and its membership and (c) provide recommendations to the Board on the appropriate allocation of resources to meet the Corporation's strategic objectives. The Audit Committee shall oversee the integrity of the Corporations finanical statements and the Corporation's compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and ethical standards. It shall also solicit, appoint, oversee, and determine the compensation of the Corporation's auditors. A copy of each final audit report shall be made available to each member of the Board and the Congress within thirty (30) days of its receipt by the Audit Committee.

Rugby Committee

Jeff Smolka (Chair) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bruce Carter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gary Heavner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Harry Laws This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ed Matteo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Nigel Melville (Ex Officio Member) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Chris Osentowski This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ellen Owens This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Alan Sharpley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Rugby Committee (RC) will normally appraise recommendations from established committees and ensure that due diligence has been performed, that there are no procedural omissions, that best practices have been applied, and that the decisions and policies of the established committees are not in conflict with each other, prior to sending to the President of Rugby Operations for disposition and/or enforcement.

The Rugby Committee is composed of a Chair, to be nominated by the CEO and affirmed by USA Rugby BOD; Referee Committee Chair or delegated representative, a current Coach, Youth representative, Woman’s representative, a representative of the Competitions and a representative of the Eligibility committee, one other representative appointed by the Chair, and a sufficient number of Qualified Athletes as stipulated by the USA Rugby bylaws. The President of Rugby Operations and/or that person’s nominee shall be an ex-officio member of the Rugby Committee and will provide the secretariat.

Disciplinary Committee

Ed Hughes (Chair) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jon Hinkin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Laurel Lockett This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Frank Merrill This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jan Rutkowski This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bill Sexton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The role of the Disciplinary Committee is to consider and make policy recommendations to the USA Rugby Board of Directors on Disciplinary issues, undertake a formal annual review and revision of disciplinary regulations and procedures and advise appeals committee on specific matters.

The committee submits their findings in an annual report to the USA Rugby Board of Directors.

High Performance Committee

Chris Osentowski (Chair)
Farrah Douglas
Mike Hodgins
Eagle Men's Sevens Player (TBD)
Christy Ringgenberg
Youth/High School Rep
To review and give feedback to the President of Rugby Operations on all USA Rugby High Performance activities:
  • IRB High Performance Plan
  • USOC Performance partnership Agreement
  • Men’s and Women’s Development Pathways (Sevens and Fifteens)
  • Medical Services
  • Player Welfare
  • Anti-doping policies and procedures
  • Discipline
  • International Playing Programs

The Group shall be composed of a Chair who shall be nominated by the USA Rugby Board of Directors, a Men and Women’s International Athlete from both the Fifteens and Sevens games and other high performance specialists elected by the group.

The President of Rugby Operations and/or that person’s nominee shall be an ex-officio member of the High Performance Advisory Group and will provide the secretariat.

The Chairman will invite members of the USA Rugby High Performance department to participate in meetings when required.

The group will meet on a monthly basis.

College Management Committee

Pete Seccia (Chair) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bill Sexton
Ellen Owens
Michele Yarbrough
Mark Wilson
Renee Ovrut
Thomas Rooney
Texas TBD
MidAtlantic TBD

















Men’s College Competition Committee

Kevin Battle (Chair)
Craig Brown
Tom Rooney
Josh Smith
Todd Streeter














Women’s College Competition Committee

Bill Lucas (Chair)
Jonathan Atkeison
Emily Otaga

















College Eligibility Committee

Alan Osur
Michele Yarbrough
James Fonda

The College Management Council has been created to serve the following purposes:

  • Set and implement USA Rugby college operating policy.
  • Consider, rule on and guide implementation of recommendations from college committees.
  • Make policy recommendations to the Rugby Committee or immediate supervisory body related to college rugby.
  • Provide guidance to, and oversight of, college committees.
  • Review appeals by member institutions of decisions made within the college rugby structure.
  • Delegate the resolution of college rugby issues to the college rugby substructure where appropriate.
  • Review and rule on college discipline issues.
  • Supervise compliance with USA Rugby college operating policy.
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    The Council shall be composed of a Chair who shall be a member of the Board of Directors of USA Rugby. The remainder of the Council shall consist of one men’s game and one women’s game representative from each of the four college regions (East, Central, South and West) and one male and one female international athlete representative.

    The Chairs of the Eligibility, Men’s and Women’s Competition and Women’s Strategic committees will serve as ex-officio members of the Council.

    The Council has the power to establish additional committees and/or advisory groups to assist in the development and administration of college rugby.

    The Council has the power to adjust Terms of Reference and/or disband committees at its discretion.

    Meetings: Monthly conference call (at a minimum).



    The Men’s College Competition Committee has been created to serve the following purposes:

    • Support/advise the College Management Council with regards to men’s college competition issues.
    • Supervise all aspects of men’s Division I, II and III college postseason competition (CPL excluded).
    • Consult with USA Rugby Director of Championships on playoff site selection for men’s college championships.
    • Make recommendations to the Management Council for the execution of men’s college championships.
    • Assist the College Management Council in the execution of USA Rugby college operating policies.

     

    Committee shall be composed of a Chair as well as six additional members. The Chair has the authority – with prior approval from the College Management Council – to establish advisory groups to assist the committees in their work. The committee reports to and serves at the will of the College Management Council.

    Meetings: Conference calls as required.




    The Women’s College Competition Committee has been created to serve the following purposes:

    • Support/advise the College Management Council with regards to women’s college competition issues.
    • Supervise all aspects women’s Division I, II and III college postseason competition.
    • Consult with USA Rugby Director of Championships on playoff site selection for women’s college championships.
    • Make recommendations to the Management Council for the execution of women’s college championships.
    • Assist the College Management Council in the execution of USA Rugby college operating policies.
    Committee shall be composed of a Chair as well as six additional members.

     

    The Chair has the authority – with prior approval from the College Management Council – to establish advisory groups to assist the committees in their work. The committee reports to and serves at the will of the College Management Council.

    Meetings: Conference calls as required




    The College Eligibility Committee has been created to serve the following purposes:

    • Support/advise the College Management Council with regards to college eligibility issues.
    • Review and rule on all eligibility waiver requests submitted by college members (teams and individuals).
    • Assist the College Management Council in the execution of USA Rugby college operating policies.

     

    The committee shall be composed of a Chairman as well as three representatives of the men’s college game and three representatives of the women’s college game. The Chair has the authority – with prior approval from the College Management Council – to establish advisory groups to assist the committee in its work. The committee reports to and serves at the will of the College Management Council.

    Meetings: Conference calls as required.

    Club Strategic Committee

    Alan Sharpley (Chair) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Tam Breckenridge This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Jamie Burke This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Adrian Gannon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Martin Gardner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Lisa Gartner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Dre Khoury This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Gary Lobaugh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Keith MacNeal This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Kilian Kerwin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Jim Snyder This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Tim Zern This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Erik Geib (ex-officio) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The Club Strategic Committee has been created to serve the following purposes:

    • To support/advise the CEO in the creation and delivery of a strategy for the development of Men’s and Women’s Club rugby.
    • To consider and make policy recommendations to the Rugby Committee of USA Rugby with regards to Club Rugby
    • The Laws of the Game
    • Health and Safety
    • Medical Welfare
    • Discipline
    • Program and Infrastructure Development
    • High Performance
    • Competition structures
    • National Championships
    • Eligibility
    • Refereeing and coaching development and policies
    • Any other matters pertinent to the development / management of Men’s and Women’s Club Rugby

    The Committee shall be composed of a Chair who shall be approved by the Board of Directors of USA Rugby, he/she will select committee members who will represent all areas of the Club game. The Chair has the authority to co-opt experts to the Committee on a temporary basis to assist in matters such as Health and Safety, Medical matters and/or other areas where expertise is required.

    The committee must include 20% international athlete representation as stated in the USA Rugby bylaws.

    The President of Rugby Operations and/or that person’s nominee shall be an ex-officio member of the Committee and will provide the secretariat.

    The Committee has the power to establish Sub-Committees, Advisory Groups and Discussion Panels to assist in the development of the Club game.

     

    Referee and Laws Committee

    General
    Bruce Carter (Chair) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Len Borcky This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Randy Campbell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Neal Dill This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Charlie Haupt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Al Klemp This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Gary Patterson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Steve Parrill This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Standing
    Richard Every
    (National Panel Referee Manager)
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    Steve Parrill
    (Training Committee)
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    Patrick McNally
    (National Sevens Program Manager)
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    Peter Simpson
    (Interim Chair, Evaluation)
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    Fred Thomas
    (National Referee Assignments)
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    Ed Todd
    (Referee Selection Committee)
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    Peter Watson
    (Laws)
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    The Referee and Laws Commitee considers and make the policy recommendations to the Rugby Committee with regard to: The Laws of the Game Rulings on Law Match Official (Recruitment and Retention, Development, Training, Coaching, Performance Review) Recommend and review of budgets associated with match officials Create High Performance Pathways The Referee and Laws Commitee is comprised of:

    • Chairman of the R&L Committee
    • Secretary of the R&L Committee
    • Director of the Referree Department of USA Rugby
    • Territorial Representatives (one per current Territory Referee Organization as defined by USA Rugby)
    • A current member of the National Panel of referees
    • One member from the "International Athlete" group

    The Chair has the authority to co-opt experts to the Committee on a temporary basis to assist where particular expertise is required.

    The Committee has the power to establish Operating Rules, Procedures, and Sub Committees or Advisory Groups or Panels or appoint officers to assist in the development of policy or to undertake specific tasks e.g. Performance Review, Coaching, Training, and Development.

     

    Olympic Strategic Committee

    Bob Latham (Chair) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Nigel Melville This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Francois Viljoen* This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Christy Ringgenberg** This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    *Male athlete representative to the AAC (until such athlete is elected, Francois Viljoen shall serve on the Committee
    **Female athlete representative to the AAC (until such athlete is elected, Cristy Ringgenberg shall serve on the Committee)

    The Olympic Committee has been created to serve the following purposes: To support/advise the CEO in his role representing USA Rugby as a full sport member of the United States Olympic Committee. To support/advise the International Athlete(s) elected to serve on the United States Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council (AAC). In this regard, the Committee will establish mechanisms to identify qualified athletes who would be candidates for the male and female AAC representatives. To advise and guide USA Rugby on all areas of Olympic participation and to develop relationships with Olympic organizations, including:

    • United States Olympic Committee
    • Pan American Sport Organization
    • Paralympic Sport organizations

    The Committee shall be composed of a Chair who shall be approved by the Board of Directors of USA Rugby. The Chair will select committee members who will support our Olympic mission. The Chair has the authority to co-opt experts to the Committee on a temporary basis.

    The committee must include 20% international athlete representation as stated in the USA Rugby bylaws.

    The CEO will serve on this committee and provide secretarial support.

    The Committee has the power to establish Sub-Committees, Advisory Groups and Discussion Panels to assist in the development of USA Rugby’s participation as a full sport member of the USOC.

     

    Youth and High School Committee

    Bill Middleton (Chair) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Mark Griffin (Int. Athlete) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Brad Kilpatrick This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Ed Matteo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Jenn Heinrich This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Kilian Kerwin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Paul Petitt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Kurt Weaver (USAR Staff) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Kittery Wagner (international Athlete) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Brandy Medran (USAR Staff) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The role of the Youth and High School Committee is to consider and make recommendations to the Rugby Committee with regard to:

    • Laws of the Game
    • Risk Management (Health, Safety, etc.)
    • Discipline
    • Fundraising
    • Development of the Game
    • Youth
    • High School
    • State-Based Rugby Organizations (SBRO)
    • High Performance
    • Competition structures
    • National Championships
    • Eligibility
    • High Performance
    • Any other matters pertinent to the development of the High School and Youth Game in the USA

     

    Medical and Safety Committee

    Lisa Bartoli, DO This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Tom Caldwell, PT, SCS, ATC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Micky Collins, PhD This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    William W. Dexter, MD, FACSM This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Maury Hayashida, DPT, OCS, CSCS This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Warren King, MD This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Michael Keating, MS, ATC, CSCS This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Scott Lawrence This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Lyle Micheli, MD This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Adam Russell, PhD This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The Medical and Safety Committee was created by USA Rugby to act as a resource that keeps it aware of national and international sports medicine issues, particularly as it relates to rugby football and other Olympic Sports.

    Terms of Reference:

    • To provide USA Rugby and the members with the latest information, policies and position statements regarding healthcare.
    • To work in conjunction with the IRB to implement health, safety, and player welfare policies.
    • To work directly with the IRB, WADA, and USADA to be in compliance with Anti-Doping policies.
    • To review catastrophic injures as determined by the Rugby Board.