This section is updated regularly to keep the youth rugby community informed of the latest issues and events. Thanks for visiting the website!
The NCYRA Quarterly Board Meeting is on November 6, 2013, at 7:15 pm at the Lafayette Public Library. The proposed new NCYRA Executive Director will be introduced to the members and his/her employment will be voted on by the Board. Other issues of interest will include the review and passage of the 2014 NCYRA Annual Budget, discussion and vote on possible changes to the NCYRA player photo/student ID verification process, to either go to bi-annual verification or stay annual, and the NCYRA Committee Chairman's Reports. Remember that all players, coaches, referees and administrators must register through the NCYRA Competition Management System (CMS) by the Club Administrators.
The 2014 Rugby Season is fast approaching and all NCYRA coaches and referees need to be certified. We have four (4) coaching and four (4) referee courses being offered this fall and winter. The NCYRA, working in conjunction with USAR, has adopted the new USAR standards by making the Level 100 and 200 Coaching Courses required for all coaches. All High School and Middle School coaches are required to be Level 200 certified. All NCYRA coaches that received their NCYRA "B" License in the last three years have been grandfathered in for the on-field training requirements, however, they must still take the USAR required on-line modules, which can be found on the USAR website, before they receive their Level 200 Certification. Please see more information on the Event Registration page of this website. In addition, the NCYRA Policy regarding all Teams having a Level 1 certified and affiliated referee, who must referee at least half as many games as the Teams conference schedule, will be strictly enforced this year. Last year was a grace period, but the Policy is zero-tolerance this year, and could result in forfeits if it is not adhered to. So, please make sure that your Club has a certified Level 1 affiliated referee for each Team. We look forward to another exciting year of rugby.
The NCYRA Summer Sevens Series is winding down with the Championship Tournament next Sunday, July 28th, in Dixon. More than 50 Teams have regularly participated in this exciting and fun summer series, and the Championships are expected to draw even more Teams. The winners of the various Divisions will all take home championship plaques. The 2013 High School All-American (HSAA) program is also drawing to a close with the HSAA Touring Side currently playing in Argentina. This year, between the Boys and Girls HSAA events, the NCYRA produced twenty-one (21) HSAA players. An incredible feet for our State Rugby Organization (SRO). Lastly, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Wednesday, August 7th, in Dixon. The NCYRA Officers will be nominated and elected, the various Committees will give their reports, and the plans for the 2014 Season will be discussed. All Clubs are encouraged to send a representative.
The NCYRA Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity All-Stars have returned from their successful tour to British Columbia, Canada. Both teams went 2 - 0 against their opponents, the Fraser Valley and Vancouver West Regional All-Star Teams. The boys also enjoyed sightseeing at the Capilano Suspension Bridge and a ferry ride excursion to the beautiful City of Victoria on Vancouver Island. The NCYRA Girls Varsity All-StarTeam took second place at the Great Northwest Challenge in Washington and the Girls Junior Varsity All-Stars won the tournament. Northern California continues to show that it is the leading youth rugby organization in the United States. For more information on the Canada Tour results go to the All-Star page, the link is on the left hand side of this Home page. Also, the NCYRA Summer Seven Series is in full swing with two tournaments already behind us and three more on the horizon. The July 14 and 28 tournaments are in Dixon and the July 21 tournament is on Treasure Island. You can register for these tournaments on the Event Registration page of his site, the link is also on the left side of this Home page. There were 52 teams competing in the last tournament in Dixon and that number is expected to rise as we approach the Championship tournament on July 28th.
We want to thank the many people that made the Northern California Invitational Tournament (NCIT) and the NCYRA Championships a great success. The NCYRA High School Committee and the NCIT Tournament Committee, led by Mateo Medrano, and the NCYRA Referee Committee, chaired by Dave Williamson, did a fantastic job. Thanks to all the volunteers that assisted in that massive endeavor. It was a great end-of-the-season event.
The results of the NCYRA Championships and the NCIT Tournament are below. Congratulations to all the teams on their successful season.
NCYRA Champions and Runners-Up
· Boys Varsity Gold: Granite Bay 1st Place, Islanders 2nd Place
· Boys Varsity Single School: Jesuit 1st Place, Dixon 2nd Place
· Girls Varsity Gold: Amazons 1st Place, Danville 2nd Place
· Boys Varsity Silver: Rio Linda 1st Place, Alameda 2nd Place
· Girls Varsity Silver: Lancers 1st Place, Sierra 2nd Place
· Boys Junior Varsity Gold: Granite Bay 1st Place, Danville 2nd Place
· Boys JV Single School: Jesuit 1st Place, Dixon 2nd Place
· Boys Junior Varsity Silver: Pleasanton 1st Place, Sac Eagles 2nd Place
NCIT Open Divisions
· Boys Varsity Gold: Sierra 1st Place, Penn Green 2nd Place
· Boys Varsity Silver: Christian Brothers 1st Place, Hurricanes 2nd Place
· Boys Junior Varsity Gold: Penn Green 1st Place, Sierra 2nd Place
The NCYRA High School Playoffs and Championships and the Northern California Invitational Tournament (NCIT) are at Cherry Island Soccer Complex in Rio Linda on May 3 - 5, 2013. With more than 45 teams competing in 10 separate Divisions, it is one of the largest youth tournaments in the country. The winners of the NCYRA Championships will then go on to play in the California State Cup, which is being held in conjunction with the Pacific Coast All-Star Tournament (PCAT) on May 25/26, 2013, at the San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club fields on beautiful Treasure Island, San Francisco. The PCAT is one of seven approved Regional All-Star Tournaments (RAST) sanctioned by USA Rugby and there will be all-star teams from Southern California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.
NCYRA is holding two college admissions seminars in April to help rugby athletes navigate the process of applying to colleges with the hope of playing college rugby. NCYRA's college admissions advisor, Karen Fong, will be our headline speaker, and will moderate a coaches panel with coaches from CAL, Saint Mary's, Notre Dame College and Western WA. We will also have lots of info on other rugby programs in colleges both near and far. These seminars are appropriate for high school girls and boys players and parents.
For more information click on the links below.
The NCYRA is at the mid-season point and things are moving fast. The NCYRA affiliated referees received their first paychecks for the month of February. This is a milestone for youth rugby. Unfortunately, several of the referees have reported that they refereed additional Conference Matches but the NCYRA did not receive the Match Reports from the Home Team, therefore, they did not get paid for those matches. It is a requirement to receive the Match Report from the Home Team in order to be paid, in addition to being simply a requirement for the Home Team, regardless of the referee issue. Not sending in the Match Report could result in forfeitures, per the NCYRA Policies. On another subject, the NCYRA Junior Youth End-of-the-Year Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 30th, in Orinda. More than 18 Clubs and 60 Teams are registered for this event, which is under new management. The event is sure to be a well organized venue this year.
The 2013 Season is underway and the majority of the Clubs are in compliance with the NCYRA Registration requirements. However, there are still many Clubs that have not properly registered their players and coaches. It is imperative that the players and coaches be properly registered. Club Admnistrators must pay the NCYRA and USAR Annual Dues through the NCYRA Competition Management System (CMS) in order for the players to be insured under the USAR insurance policy. The player's Photo ID and School ID must also be uploaded and then requested to be "verified". Both the dues registration and ID verification process take several days to complete, but they are necessary in order to be properly registered. The Home Team is then required to print the Rosters, Pictures and Match Reports, and then send/email the Rosters and Match Reports to the NCYRA within 72 hours of the match in order for the match results to be considered "official". We look forward to a great season.
The NCYRA Club Information Forms (CIF) are on the Contract Administrator > Forms / Templates page. This form is required annually from all Clubs as it is the only means by which the NCYRA can determine which Teams each Club has so that they will be included in the Conference Schedules, and who is the affiliated NCYRA Licensed Coach and Certified Level 1 Referee for each Team. Without this information the NCYRA cannot properly administrate the program. The schedules are being donwloaded on to the site over the next couple of weeks and this information is critical. Have a safe and Happy Holidays.