The American Collegiate Rugby Championship: Revolutionizing College Rugby

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RWU has graciously accepted an invite from the American Collegiate Rugby Championship to help in the evangelizing of this new collegiate championship plan. Please take a minute to read the open invite letter below.

ACRCNEW YORK, NY – The ACRC is extending invitations to all conferences interested in a highly competitive fall rugby competition that culminates in a December championship. We welcome interested conferences and teams from all geographic regions. The goal of the ACRC is to organize a vibrant rugby community that compliments the welfare of the players while enhancing their rugby options during the spring semester.

The Autumn 15‘s competition offers various options. A conference may choose to send their conference champion into the regional and national playoff format or simply crown their conference champion and culminate the season. Teams in any conference may also wish to extend the fall season by participating in an organized ACRC Bowl structure.

CRCThe spring competition offers extensive flexibility that is so refreshingly nonrestrictive, that it will revitalize our sport. The benefits are astonishing when listing the assorted avenues of development. The first path of player development is the ACRC Spring Sevens competition. The ACRC has formed a sevens competition committee to advise and construct a full semester of sevens tournaments in conjunction with participating conferences. There are continuous open spring sevens tournaments slated, along with individual conference sevens championships. The official ACRC sevens season will peak with our sixty-four team championship tournament in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The ACRC recognizes the Las Vegas Invitational in February, as the beginning of the sevens season. Culminating with the CRC tournament in June. This pathway can lead into summer sevens for players that aspire to excel in the abbreviated game.

However, the ACRC spring sevens format is just one option. It is not mandatory to engage in spring sevens. Actually nothing is mandatory in the ACRC. It is specifically designed to promote autonomous conference participation.

Another ACRC advantage is the elite player’s (All-American & Jr. All-American) freedom to attend selection and development camps, as well as select side competitions and tours. The collegiate U-20 players would have the option to reap the benefits of an overseas exchange program or even make a personal decision to take a semester off to prepare for the JWC / JWRT. In addition to these USA Rugby elite development events, players and teams have the ability to compete in the Varsity Cup, Pacific Rugby Premiership (PRP) and eventually the Atlantic Rugby Premiership (ARP). All of this made possible by the all-inclusive national championship season taking place in the agreeable weather of the fall semester.

Pacific Rugby PremiershipAnother benefit of the ACRC Autumn format is the ability to co-ordinate home rugby matches with the college football fan base. Along with the leverage to schedule alumni reunions during the most active time of the college calendar. Teams could also utilize the spring to organize rugby tours or specialize in spring tournament competition. Or a team could concentrate on specific off-season task, like getting bigger, faster and stronger during the spring semester.

An exciting concept for the development of the sport would be college coaches dedicating their spring semester to holding high school player development clinics or tutoring young high school coaches. Not to mention the ability to spend time on the recruiting trail. There is also the opportunity for the revitalization of collegiate select side rugby competition. The goal of the ACRC is to enhance the opportunities of the collegiate rugby players and coaches. Please consider our invitation to join the future of college rugby. If you have experienced restrictions to compete in fall rugby, please feel free to contact the ACRC. Our officers are prepared to answer your questions and discuss our mission. Please consider contacting:

Bruce McLane

Roger Mazzarella
Josh Macy
Doc Jones
Don Ferrell
Eric Taber
Pat Kane

Steven Siano
Biddy Boyle

Matt Trenary

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