Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
Article courtesy of USA Rugby with additional content by Ted Hardy, Editor, Rugby America
It’s been a busy week in Boulder as USA Rugby has named not one, not two, but now three different committee’s to oversee college rugby. On Wednesday the Collegiate Management Council was named, on Thursday is was the Women’s Collegiate Committee, and now the Collegiate Competition Committee.
Whew… did you get it all?
Direction is a good thing, but at some point one can’t help but wonder how anything is going to get done with all of these cooks in the kitchen. There are some very capable rugby people that have been named on all three committees that have been announced, but are there too many?
Right now there are some pressing issues on the collegiate landscape that need addressed immediately. Perhaps the creation of all of these committees and councils will see the game through this period of change and rapid growth. Fans and players alike will hope for the best over the coming months.
That all said, decisions on competitions at the college level will now be in the hands of USA Rugby’s Men’s and Women’s College Competition Committees beginning with the 2011-2012 college postseason.
The competition committees will work with USA Rugby staff to review competition structures, site selection and seeding of playoff brackets at the college Division I and II levels starting with the Spring 2012 championships.
The committees are two of four new groups being seated by USA Rugby as part of the on-going restructuring of college rugby.
Members of the committees are:
Chair: Kevin Battle, UC Santa Barbara
Craig Brown, Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference
Pat Kane, Wake Forest
John Roberts, Furman
Tom Rooney, Ohio State
Josh Smith, Bentley
Todd Streeter, Wis.-Parkside
Chair: Jonathan Griffin, Stanford
Jonathan Atkeison, North Carolina
Austin Hall, Norwich
Scot Prunckle, Wis.-Milwaukee
Roger Riley, Winona State
Amy Shopkorn, American
Pete Steinberg, Penn State
The College Competition Committees will report to the College Management Council with Battle and Griffin serving as non-voting members of the Council.