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Men’s Collegiate Division 1 Playoff Structure Finalized

USA Rugby has finalized the 2010-2011 playoff structure for Collegiate Men’s Division I. The new structure was necessitated due to the massive restructure of the top-tier of college rugby after the launch of the Division I Premier Division.

Division I now consists of fifteen conferences, leaving much speculation as to how the 16th playoff seed was to be determined. The wait is over as the 16th playoff seed has been annouced as the runner-up of the Midwest East Conference. With Bowling Green poised to claim the Midwest East Championship, Indiana looks a good bet to secure the runner-up spot in the conference and set their site on the playoffs. Newcomers to Division I, Davenport and Miami of Ohio, will do their best to challenge for the additional playoff spot.

The remaining fifteen playoff bids will go to each of the conference champions across the country. The sixteen team playoff field is broken into four, four-team regionals which will allow for a much less cumbersome playoff buildup than in past seasons.

Playoff Structure (conferences and seeds listed below)

East Region

  1. New York State Champion
  2. Ivy League Champion
  3. New England Champion
  4. Met New York Champion

Mideast Region

  1. Midwest East Champion
  2. South Champion
  3. Atlantic Coast Champion
  4. Eastern Pennsylvania Champion

Midwest Region

  1. Midwest West Champion
  2. Texas Champion
  3. Central Champion
  4. Midwest East Runner-up

West Region

  1. Northern California Champion
  2. Northwest Champion
  3. Southern California Champion
  4. West Champion

National Semifinal Pairings

  • Mideast Region vs. West Region
  • Midwest Region vs. East Region


  • Regional Round: April 30 – May 2
  • Championship: May 13 – May 15

Division I Conferences for 2010-2011

Teams in BOLD are ineligible for Division I playoffs due to concurrent participation in Division I Premier or due to being Canadian Universities

  • Northwest: British Columbia, Central Washington, Simon Fraser, Eastern Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Western Washington
  • Northern California: Chico State, Sacramento State, Santa Clara, Stanford
  • Southern California: Loyola Marymount, San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, USC
  • West: Denver, New Mexico, Colorado Mines, Northern Colorado
  • Central: Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Truman State
  • Texas: Sam Houston State, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas State
  • Midwest West: Iowa State, Minnesota, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin, Wisconsin-Stout
  • Atlantic Coast: Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
  • South: Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kennesaw State, South Carolina
  • Midwest East: Bowling Green, Davenport, Indiana, Miami (Ohio), Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue
  • Eastern Penn: Millersville, Shippensburg, Temple, West Chester
  • Ivy League: Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Yale
  • New York State: Albany, Binghamton, Brockport, Buffalo, Buffalo State, St. Bonaventure, Syracuse
  • New England: Boston College, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Northeastern
  • Met NY: Army, Fordham, Merchant Marine, Southern Connecticut, Stonybrook

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This entry was posted on October 8, 2010 by in College Rugby.

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