Founded in 1975, USA Rugby is the national governing body for the sport of rugby in America, and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Rugby Board (IRB).
Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has over 115,000 active members. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes.
USA Rugby is governed by a nine member Board of Directors, a Congress representing the membership and a professional staff headed by a CEO.
Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union
The Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union, Inc. (EPRU) is organized under the auspices of USA Rugby and is operated exclusively to promote and foster the growth of Rugby Union Football and to educate the public and players in the game of Rugby Union Football as played under the Laws of the International Rugby Board.
The EPRU is comprised of clubs in Eastern & Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware and is the second largest in the nation with over 6,000 members. Only the New England RU, which has 230 clubs within 7 states has more members. Some of the country’s most successful coaching, refereeing and medical clinics are organized and conducted by the EPRU. International coaches, U.S. national team coaches, top grade referees and some of the world’s best rugby administrators participate in this highly successful service to the rugby community. The EPRU was the first Local Area Union to hold Level I & Level II Coaching Certification programs.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union, Inc. will have concurrent jurisdiction over its members in all matters of a local nature pertaining to the administration of rugby activities to include, but not limited to, local scheduling, discipline, and related matters.
Mid Atlantic Rugby Football Union
In January of 1994, during the LAU Conference in Dallas, representatives from the Eastern Pennsylvania, Potomac and Virginia Rugby Unions met to discuss the possibility of creating a new territory in light of the restructuring of USA Rugby and the desire to have more direct representation on the USA Board of Directors.
The group met again officially in August 1994 to elect officers, discuss finances and gather the information necessary to complete the requirements for a TU application to be presented to the USA Board in November. The new Mid-Atlantic Rugby Union was was admitted to USA Rugby on November 13, 1994 by a vote of 19 to 1.
The Mid Atlantic Rugby Football Union was incorporated on August 10, 1994 in the State of Delaware and comprises three of the Local Area Unions who were formerly members of USA Rugby East (a/k/a the Eastern Rugby Union); Eastern Pennsylvania, Potomac and Virginia. The states which comprise MARFU are: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Membership figures are the highest in the nation in terms of the number of players in a Territorial Union. Over 6,000 players belong to approximately 160 rugby clubs.
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