Revise the collegiate eligibility rules to accommodate student-veterans
  • Petitioned Nigel Melville

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CEO, USA Rugby
Nigel Melville

Revise the collegiate eligibility rules to accommodate student-veterans

    1. Bryan Rippee
    2. Petition by

      Bryan Rippee

      Providence, RI

Student-veterans are filling up classrooms in colleges across the nation, and are encouraged to participate in activities that will yield meaningful relationships. Currently, USA Rugby's eligibility rules limit student-veterans from participation by enforcing a strict five-year eligibility window that nearly always renders student-veterans ineligible to play. This prevents an emerging and important pool of rugby players from enjoying the college experience that they have definitely earned. Sign this petition to support the following addendum to USA Rugby Rule 4.3.2:

4.3.2.a

If a student-athlete enlists for Active Duty during any portion of their five (5) Academic Years of eligibility, they will receive an additional year of eligibility for each year of Active Duty service completed, assuming they have not played collegiately at any military acadamy or All-Service level team.

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    1. Reached 30,000 signatures
    2. USA Rugby to Look Over Regulation

      Bryan Rippee
      Petition Organizer

      According to Nigel Melville, the CEO of USA Rugby, they are planning on revisiting the current regulation governing collegiate eligibility. This is a direct result of the petition and all of the support from the rugby community. They haven't agreed to change the rule yet, so keep sharing and write letters to USA Rugby. Let them know we don't appreciate the delay!

    3. Reached 25,000 signatures
    4. Regulation 4.3.2

      Bryan Rippee
      Petition Organizer

      For perspective, I thought I would give you the current rule as it reads, for those of you who aren't familiar with USA Rugby:

      4.3.2

      Every student--athlete has five (5) consecutive Academic Years of eligibility. Eligibility begins in the Academic Year immediately following high school graduation date or the graduation date of his or her class (as determined by the first year of high school enrollment) or based on the prescribed educational path in the student athletes country.

      You can see where this would exclude non-traditional students and veterans; we just kind of fall into a loophole. But the main problem is that they have not been granting waivers for veterans either, so it stands to reason that they didn't just "forget" about us, they are stubborn in their enforcement of what is clearly a bad rule. Please continue to share until we too many signatures to ignore. Free up rugby to be enjoyed by everyone, after all, it's the game they play in heaven!

    5. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Joshua Cox CLAREMONT, NH
      • 4 months ago

      Veteran who wants to play rugby at the school I attend.

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    • Candace Kline MOHTON, PA
      • 4 months ago

      I would love for my daughters boyfriend to live out his dream and play college Rugby.

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    • Kassandra Rodriguez READING, PA
      • 4 months ago

      There shouldn't be a time limit for playing a sport someone loves to play! I support my friend and I believe he shouldn't be restricted just because he is joining the army.

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    • Allison Kline READING, PA
      • 4 months ago

      My boyfriend plays Rugby for a mens team. He just joined the National Guard and his dream is to play on a college team after basic training. Unfortunately, with the rule change he will not be able to.

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    • Christopher Chesonis LAURELDALE, PA
      • 5 months ago

      For people who sever in the milatary they should be able to play once they severed there country

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