Players - Need to Know
This page gives a rundown of the various requirements of being a UGA Rugby club member.
Eligibility & UGA Rec Sports
UGA Rugby operates as a club sport, under the UGA Rec Sports umbrella and subject to the guidelines in the Club Sports Handbook. All club members must be active UGA students, and have a total of 5 years of eligibility, which expire 7 years from their high school graduation.
All club sports are subject to Rec Sports' Administrative Compliance Program (ACP), which includes things like community volunteerism and CPR certifications. Greater compliance means higher ACP points, which are critical for various perks, including selection of desired practice days/times (as multiple clubs are competing for the limited resource of field time). All members are expected to participate as much as they can.
USA Rugby Registration
To be eligible to play in competitive, league-sanctioned rugby matches, you must be registered with USA Rugby (the governing body of rugby in our country). This was (and sometimes still is) referred to as "being CIPP'd." This is MANDATORY - all players on our A-side (competitive) roster must be CIPP'd, otherwise we forfeit the match. As of July 30, 2022, this costs $32 for a full year.
To register with USA Rugby, visit https://usarugby.sportlomo.com/
USA Rugby Membership provides additional levels of accident and liability insurance coverage - for more details, visit https://www.usa.rugby/membership/insurance/.
Like all club sports at UGA, dues are required to pay for our expenses, including but not limited to: field rental, equipment, referees, trainers, and social events. We also receive support from our alumni, and may do fundraising as needed, to keep dues as low as possible.
New members are not expected to pay dues until they've committed to playing, which can be decided after their first match. Dues should be paid to the club Treasurer (for 2022, Tyler Curland)
Fall 2022 dues: $150
Spring 2023 dues: TBC
NOTE: The last thing we want is for money to be the reason you don't play rugby. If you love rugby but are dealing with financial challenges, please talk to the coaches or officers, and we'll do our best to figure out a solution - discreetly of course.
Generally speaking, rugby requires very little equipment. The team will provide jerseys for our matches, but there are a few pieces of gear you'll need:
- cleats: This is your #1 purchase. Rugby-specific cleats are great, especially if you're in the tight 5 - but soccer cleats will also do just fine. Other types of cleats (such as baseball or football) are not allowed.
- a mouthpiece: you are technically allowed to play without one, but we do NOT recommend doing so. Wearing a mouthpiece is much less painful and costly than replacing your teeth.
- rugby shorts: you will need a pair of real rugby shorts - anything else will tear. Check with the officers or coaches to see if we have any team shorts to sell (typically around $20).
- rugby or soccer socks: yes, you can play without long socks, but we recommend against it unless you don't like the skin on your legs. Trust us, socks are well worth the $6 investment.
- a scrum cap: certain players (such as locks/second rows) wear a scrum cap to help protect their ears during scrums. Other players who are particularly concerned about concussions may choose to wear them as well.
- a practice jersey: having a rugby jersey to practice in can be helpful, especially if you're in the forward pack, so that you can do proper binding when we practice scrummaging. Normal t-shirts will most likely tear.