Promotion/Relegation

PROMOTION & RELEGATION POLICY FOR TEXAS RUGBY UNION MEN’S CLUB DIVISIONS

The following regulations apply to mens club sides in good standing with the Texas Rugby Union which compete in USA Rugby Divisions 1, 2, and 3.

A side shall be automatically promoted to the next highest available division if, at the end of the current season:
[a] the side played in the USA Rugby semifinals in their current division OR
[b] the side played in the USA Rugby Round of 16 playoffs in their current division for the second consecutive year OR
[c] the side won the Texas Rugby Union title in their current division for the second consecutive year OR
[d] the side won the Texas Rugby Union title in their current division AND had an average point differential of +28 points/game or greater in cup games within that division.

A side shall be automatically relegated to the next lowest available division if, at the end of the current season:
[a] the side finished last in their current division for the second consecutive year OR
[b] the side finished with an average point differential of -28 points/game or worse in cup games within that division for the second consecutive year OR
[c] the side finished last in their current division AND had an average point differential of -28 points/game or worse in cup games within that division OR
[d] the side forfeited more than one cup match in their current division due to insufficient numbers or refusal to play scheduled matches.

Exception: promotion or relegation is not automatic if the result is two sides from the same club competing in the same division. If the relegation of a clubs A-side will result in that side being in the same division as their B-side, their B-side may also be relegated.

It is possible for more than one side in a given division to be promoted or relegated within the same year. Club sides that are not in good standing, e.g. due to non-payment of dues or CIPP violations, may be relegated even if none of the above criteria apply.

Appeals and voluntary promotion/relegation

A club may appeal automatic promotion or relegation or it may request voluntary promotion or relegation to a new division.

A side may not appeal automatic promotion or relegation from the same division in consecutive seasons. For example, if a club successfully appeals its promotion and then qualifies for promotion again the following year, then it will be promoted. A second appeal will not be allowed.

Criteria that may be considered by the TRU Executive Board when ruling on an appeal may include, but are not limited to, forfeits, margin of loss/victory, club size and location, coaching, anticipated player turnover, past performance, and if the club field sides in other divisions.

Procedure and Notice

The TRU will notify all clubs of the preliminary divisional alignments for the upcoming competitive cycle no later than 21 days after the completion of the USA Rugby Club Championships.

Each club shall then have 21 days in which to submit a written appeal regarding the division in which any of its sides have been placed.

The TRU Executive Board will rule on any appeals and notify all clubs of the final divisional alignment no later than August 1st.

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