TRU Men’s D4 and Women’s D3 Division Regulations

Texas Rugby UnionUpdated 11/16/2018

The proposed competition is intended to encourage clubs to field developmental sides in addition to the sides they field in USA Rugby cup competition, and to provide a league for social clubs and newly formed clubs to build towards inclusion in USA Rugby national divisions.

Season will be generally be played October-April 2018, with the semi finals being held the weekend before the RRRC D1, D2, D3 playoffs, and the Finals played the weekend after RRRC playoffs.

Competition Rules:

  • North and South Divisions
  • Cup Semifinals – #1 N vs #2 S, #1 S vs #2 N
  • Bowl Semifinals – #3 N vs #4 S, #3 S vs #3 N
  • Playoffs the weekend before RRRC finals
  • All matches will be included in CMS and all policies surrounding CMS will be followed:
  • TRU Front Row Waiver required

*Would recommend that all clubs familiarize themselves with the TRU Resources page and the TRU Operating Policies.

Player eligibility:

  • All players must be registered with USA Rugby (aka CIPPed).
  • In regular season matches teams may borrow up to 3 guest players from other teams without the match being declared a forfeit. Players must be of age to play Senior grade rugby and must be CIPP’d.
  • No limitations on player movement for multi-side clubs, and games may be played after upper division matches.
  • No guest players may be used in the playoff rounds.
  • To compete in the playoffs, a player must have played in at least two (2) league matches for their playoff club. Appearances as a guest player for another club do not satisfy the minimum match requirement.
  • Clubs and players may request an eligibility waiver from the TRU competitions committee, as appointed by the TRU Board.
  • Mid-Season CIPP Transfers from MD4/WD3 to Upper Division Clubs
    • To allow players who are registered with TRU Men’s D4-only (“MD4”) or Women’s D3-only (“WD3”) clubs, and who want to try playing at a higher level of fifteen-a-side rugby, an opportunity to apply to transfer their registrations to a different TRU club that plays in a USA Rugby national championship pathway.
      • A player may apply to the Transfer Subcommittee (a joint subcommittee of the Red River Competitions Committee and TRU Board) for a transfer their registration from an MD4-only or WD3-only club to a different club that plays in divisions in the USA Rugby National Championship pathway provided:
      • The player is released by the President of their current MD4 or WD3 club;
      • The President of the club to which the player is transferring approves of the transfer;
      • The TRU Disciplinary Committee confirms the player is not subject to any disciplinary sanction;
      • The player submits a statement as to his/her reasons for requesting a transfer;
      • The Transfer Subcommittee approves the transfer as meeting the purposes of the Rule; and
      • USA Rugby approves the Transfer Subcommittee’s recommendation to approve the transfer.
    • Transferring players must request a transfer by March 15.
    • Transferring players seeking to play with their new clubs in the USA Rugby playoffs must meet all match minimum eligibility requirements with their new clubs without reference to the matches played with the clubs from which they transferred. See, e.g., USAR Elig. Rule 3.4(d).
    • A player who is allowed to transfer under this Rule may return and play with his or her MD4 or WD3 team and not be treated as a “guest player” under the TRU’s eligibility rules of MD4/WD3.

Point system for regular season matches:

4 points Win
2 points Draw
1 point Score 4 tries
1 point Lose by less than 7
-1 point Used guest players, but result stands (e.g. could earn 4 pts for win & -1 for using guest players)
-1 point Played forfeit (e.g. used >3 guest players or did not play a full 80 minutes 15s match, but a game was played). Match scored as 28-0 loss by forfeiting team
-1 pts + potential fine Unplayed forfeit with fine per TRU policy.

End of Season:

For the semifinals, the higher seed will host the lower seed. The finals will be played at a central location. Cup semifinal winners will play for the Championship Cup. Cup semifinal losers will play for the Plate. Bowl semifinal winners will play for the Bowl. Bowl semifinal losers will play for the Shield.

Trophies will be provided by the TRU, and the finals matches will be filmed and made available on the TRU YouTube page.

Based on performance (including forfeits and use of guest players), clubs may be eligible for promotion to RRRC divisions RRRC sides may be relegated to TRU competition, per RRRC promotion-relegation policies.