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Date: May 25, 2012 5:04:47 PM EDT
To: Cody Mittig <mit...@mail.gvsu.edu>
Subject: USA Rugby levels the playing field with new college eligibility regulations
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For Immediate Release
May 25, 2012
 
USA Rugby levels the playing field with new college eligibility regulations
 
BOULDER, Colo. – Effective September 1, 2012 USA Rugby will adopt a new set of college eligibility regulations that eliminate ambiguity that exists in the previous regulations, define key terms, enable a streamlined appeals process, and foster a level playing field for college rugby athletes.
 
As always, USA Rugby encourages you to read the regulations in full.
 
Summary of College Eligibility Changes
Old
New
Five-year eligibility clock begins on the first day of enrollment in any college or university
Five-year eligibility clock begins the semester following High School graduation or equivalent
Eligibility can be extended for up to two years
Eligibility can be extended for up to one year
Extensions typically granted for active military duty, church service, pregnancy, medical hardship, preventing enrollment, or previously attending a school without a rugby program
Extensions granted for missing one full academic year (for a variety of qualifying reasons) during the five-year window or for medical hardship preventing participation in rugby
Ambiguous rules governing multi-school teams
Consortium agreement defined and documentation required for multi-school eligibility
Basic statement requiring amateur status
Expanded definition regarding amateur status
 
“These new regulations help to do away with the ambiguity of the regulations as they stood,” said Marty Bradley, Chair of the College Eligibility Committee.  “We took the regulations and have more clearly defined who is eligible to compete at the college level.”
 

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