Frequently Asked Question
Do I need to have rugby experience to play?
Nope! We welcome all manner of players. We also have two teams that compete in different leagues, one in the more competitive D1 league, and the other in the more developmental D3 league. Both teams practice together, so you can find the best fit for you!
What gear do I need to play?
You'll need a mouthguard and cleats. For matches, you can buy our maroon rugby shorts ($25) and maroon rugby socks ($12). Coordinate with us, so we bring the correct sizes to your first match with us. Once you buy the shorts and socks, they are yours for life!
How is the season and league structured?
Our league matches are broken up between the Fall season (September-early November) and Spring season (March-early May). League matches are determined by MAC (Mid-Atlantic Conference). The Spring season may be extended by the Championship season (May) if we qualify.
The D1 team competes with three other teams (Pittsburgh, Raleigh, and NOVA). We play those teams twice during the regular season (once at home and once away). We will also schedule friendly matches with other teams (including MAC D2 teams) to round out our match schedule. In the early Spring, we try to enter into a 15s tournament. We typically try to schedule 5-7 matches per season.
What are dues?
For new players (and students), dues are $100 per season. The Fall and Spring are separate seasons. For returning players, dues are $125. Dues are typically due by your first match of the season. However, we are flexible and can set you up with a payment plan that may extend throughout the season if you require it and stay in communication with our treasurer.
What is CIPP?
CIPP means to be registered with USA Rugby. USA Rugby requires that every player be CIPPed with their rugby club before their first match. CIPP expires at the end of every August, so all players must renew their CIPP at the beginning of the Fall season.
Our public (CIPP) roster can be viewed at https://www.usarugby.org/membership-resources/public-rosters/. From the dropdown menu, search by State - Pennsylvania, then by Club - Philadelphia Women's Rugby Football Club.
How do I CIPP?
Login or create a USA rugby account at https://webpoint.usarugby.org/
CIPP as a Senior Club Player with Philadelphia Women's Rugby Football Club.
CIPP costs about $75 and must be renewed each year prior to the Fall season. If you need assistance in paying this CIPP fee upfront, we encourage you to talk to our treasurer about setting up a payment plan.
How much does it cost to play rugby with PWRFC?
A new player will spend a total of $217 ($100 for dues, $37 socks and shorts, $75 for CIPP) in their first season. If that player joined in the Fall, then the cost of the next season (spring) only be $125 (for dues). If that player joined in the Spring, then cost of the next season (fall) will be $200 (for CIPP and dues).
We do our best to keep the cost of playing rugby a low as possible, which is why we have an additional requirement that players contribute some of their time toward administrative and fundraising efforts. Read about the Points System and the Linc for more information.
What is the "Points System"?
In order to keep the cost of dues low, players are expected to contribute their time toward the administrative and fundraising tasks that sustain our club. We use a points system to ensure that the burden of these tasks is fairly distributed to all players. Points are given for almost any task a player does on behalf of the club off the field. The "points system" is enforced at the end of spring season, when players that earned below average points (contributed less) barter with players that earned above average points (contributed more) before those players are fined for their delinquent points. Rookies earn double points in their first season with us. Because the time-commitment expectations are different between D1 players and D3 players, the average season points are calculated on a per team basis. D1 players are accountable to other D1 players, and D3 players are accountable to other D3 players.
What is "the Linc"?
"The Linc" refers to Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles. We have a contract with Aramark to run a concession stand at the Linc during summer concerts (May-August) and home Eagles football games (August-January). Due to our strict contract with the Linc, we require every active (fall season) D1 player to attend Linc training and work 3-5 events during the season (the exact number varies year to year). Players do earn points for working the Linc. D3 players are invited to attend training and pick up some Linc shifts if they would like to earn their points that way, but working the Linc is not a required of D3 players. In the past, Linc shifts contribute to about 50% of the points given out for the entire year.
Who are the governing organizations?
The Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union (EPRU) is our local Geographic Union (GU). The EPRU is sometimes referred to at the East Penn Geographic Union (EPGU).
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