Player Policies

Player Participation Policies

No player may play for more than one club in EPRU League matches, or Premier League matches, leading toward an EPRU or higher level championship during any championship season/cycle. This includes any playoff, wildcard or challenge matches. A championship season/cycle is defined as all matches leading to a Local Area Union, Territorial and/or National Championship. In general, Local Area Union matches are played in the Fall with the Territorial and National Championships held the following spring. A championship season/cycle ends when a new National Champion is decided.
*Note* USA Rugby announced on January 9, 2015, that they will allow an exemption for in-season transfers of collegiate players to senior club teams without forfeiting future collegiate eligibility. For details, see http://usarugby.org/college-news/item/college-players-to-be-available-for-senior-club-matches-via-eligibility-exemption?category_id=179

Player Transfers

Players switching clubs must do so before August 31st. (For example: Player A plays a league match, or league matches, with Team X after August 31st. Player A cannot play for any other club in league matches until the following August 31st). A challenge match, a wildcard match, or any match which determines standings in the EPRU or MARFU leagues, will be considered a league match and will fall under this policy)

Should a player join a club during the season/cycle as a result of a residential relocation, that player must have played at least two league matches for that club in the same season/cycle leading to any playoff matches. (For example: Player B moves to Philadelphia in March and joins a club involved in playoff matches. Player B cannot compete in any wildcard, challenge or playoff matches leading to a Championship if Player B has not played at least two league matches for that club leading to those playoffs).

Transfer Application Procedure

If a player wants an exception to the above twelve month rule, they must make application to the EPRU by using the EPRU Player Transfer Application Form) and by notifying their current club, in writing, that they intend to switch clubs.

All requests for exceptions will be carefully evaluated by the officers of the EPRU with decisions rendered within three weeks of receipt of the EPRU Player Transfer Application Form. If approval is granted, the player must then complete and submit the CIPP Player Change/Transfer Form to the USA Rugby office and send a copy to the EPRU Secretary.

EXEMPTIONS: (do not have Apply for Transfer as above, but must complete the CIPP Player Change/Transfer Form )

  1. Collegiate players who transfer to a different college must complete and submit the CIPP Player Change/Transfer Form to the USA Rugby office and send a copy to the EPRU Secretary.
  2. Collegiate players who graduate and join a new club must complete and submit the CIPP Player Change/Transfer Form to the USA Rugby Office and send a copy to the EPRU Secretary.
  3. High school players who have graduated and are now attending college must complete and submit the CIPP Player Change/Transfer Form to the USA Rugby Office and send a copy to the EPRU Secretary.

Member clubs who use players on any team in league, wildcard, playoff or challenge matches who are switching to that club but have not fulfilled the provisions as outlined above, and received approval from the EPRU, will be subject to a fine of $500 per player per match. The matches will be declared as forfeit losses.

Clubs are responsible for informing their membership of these regulations and for notifying the EPRU of any infractions of these rules.