For Immediate Release
July 20, 2011
USA RUGBY ANNOUNCES ACCIDENT INSURANCE FOR ALL MEMBERS FOR 2011-2012
BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby is pleased to announce that an exciting new member benefit will be included in the price of registration dues. When the 2011-2012 membership cycle opens on August 15, 2011 all registered members will automatically receive up to $250,000 in accident insurance upon registration.
Individual USA Rugby registration dues for youth, high school, collegiate and senior club players will increase by $10 for the 2011-2012 membership cycle, but Rookie Rugby membership and club registration dues will remain unchanged.
This policy will provide:
• $25,000 per injury resulting from sanctioned rugby events
• $1,000 disappearing deductible for members with primary insurance
• $2,500 deductible for members without primary insurance
• $250,000 Excess Catastrophic Medical Expense Benefit
• Coverage during travel to and from sanctioned rugby events
WHY IS USA RUGBY MAKING THIS CHANGE?
USA Rugby strives to add value to membership and implement programs that will help support the growth of the sport of rugby in the United States.
In 2010, a pilot accident insurance program (Zurich Rugby Accident Insurance) was launched in order to gauge the interest of USA Rugby members in an accident insurance policy. The feedback on the pilot program was tremendous and after the enrollment for the program closed, many clubs contacted USA Rugby seeking to take advantage of the offering.
At that point, USA Rugby recognized the demand for such a policy was significant, and began to explore affordable options to provide this benefit to all members automatically.
In order to make rugby accident insurance included in membership dues, USA Rugby wanted to make sure it was what the members really wanted. On July 7, 2011 a call to action was sent to members soliciting feedback through their local USA Rugby Congress representative. The $10 dues increase was included in that call to action.
Based upon the overwhelmingly positive feedback that was received, USA Rugby Congress and the Board of Directors approved the new insurance policy on Friday July 15, 2011.