Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union


  • Maintaining EPRU Membership
  • Dues
  • Mergers/Name Change
Maintaining EPRU Membership

Maintaining EPRU Membership

The EPRU Executive Committee has the authority to drop any club from membership in the EPRU who does not play matches or repeatedly cancels matches, does not submit a schedule to the Referees Society, fails to pay dues and/or is not fully enrolled in USA Rugby’s CIPP Membership program. Full compliance in CIPP includes both Club Membership and a minimum of fifteen (15) enrolled players.

Penalties for Playing Non-Members

Full Members, Associate Members, Recognized Members and Sevens Only Members are not permitted to schedule, play, scrimmage or practice with non-members of the EPRU or any other recognized Union. This includes tournaments. The following penalties will be imposed:

• 1st offense – $100 fine

• 2nd offense – $100 fine, out of league play for one year and no player on that team is eligible for All-Star play

• 3rd offense – $100 fine, out of league play for one year, the team will drop one division, and no player on that team is eligible for All-Star play

• 4th offense – expulsion from the Union

Offenses will be carried from year to year. Recognized, Associate and 7s-only Members who play non-members may jeopardize their status, which could effect their future application for either Full or Associate Membership. For an updated list of EPRU members, go to http://www.epru.org/game/membership/current-members. If you are unsure of a team’s status, contact the EPRU Secretary at secretary@epru.org or the Secretary of the Union that team is in.

Membership Services


Clubs may post team events in the Events Section of this website. Teams may also post requests for players and/or coaches.

To post, please contact publicrelations@epru.org


The Laws of the Game book can be ordered from any rugby equipment supplier. Here’s one to use www.rugbystore.com. To view the Laws of the Game online, go http://laws.worldrugby.org/


EPRU will award a $500 grant to a member club who hosts a USA Rugby Coaching Certification Clinic, such as CDP Workshop. Grants for other clinics may be awarded on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the EPRU Executive Committee.


EPRU will provide a $500 sponsorship to a member club who hosts a USA Rugby national event. A National event is defined as one where a USA Rugby National Champion is declared.

MEMBER CLUBS ATTENDING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (only applies to an event where a USA Rugby or NSCRO National Champion is crowned)

The EPRU offers assistance to all EPRU member clubs whom (at the time of request for assistance) are in Good Standing with the Union (ie. have paid EPRU dues in full and have no outstanding fines, are not on probation and are fully CIPP enrolled under EPRU). The maximum amount of assistance provided is $3,000 for 15’s and $1,500 for 7’s. The goal of this program is to help reduce costs incurred by member clubs who have been given the opportunity to represent the EPRU at a national championship. This program does not apply to play-ins, play-offs, quarter-finals, semi-finals or invitational tournaments. Eligible costs for this program are: Travel costs incurred by the team (airfare and lodging) for players and coaches, and Tournament Fees. The EPRU will not offer assistance for any expenses incurred for meals and entertainment.

The following information must be provided to the EPRU prior to any assistance being issued: (1) Breakout of expenses for which the member club is seeking assistance and (2) Copies of receipts justifying that these expenses have been incurred. Breakout list (#1 above) and receipts (#2 above) should be submitted to EPRU, PO Box 393, Exton, PA 19341.

Treasurer’s Guidelines

Dues are $25.00 per person (player, coach, club referee, club administrator/volunteer) and are paid online at www.usarugby.org through the USA Rugby Membership program (also known as CIPP – Club and Individual Membership Program) and must be paid prior to a player’s first match. The $25.00 per person fee is in ADDITION to USA Rugby’s fees as noted below.

USA Rugby Membership Categories and Costs

• Senior Player: $45.00

• College Player: $40.00

• Coach: $65.00

• Admin/Exec/Volunteer: $30.00

• Referee: $45

All bills, including traveling expense reimbursement for All Star players, MUST be submitted to the Treasurer within ONE (1) MONTH of the incurred expenses. No reimbursement will be made after this period.

A $50 fee will be charged for all returned (bounced) checks and a $10 per month fee will be charged on all outstanding balances.


Dues Structure

Effective September 1, 2013

As of September 1, 2013 EPRU dues will be collected on a per player basis through the USA Rugby Membership Program (a/k/a CIPP).

Dues are $25.00 per person. See paragraph one above.

Checks for Fairmount Park fees, Tournament Application fees and other miscellaneous payments are payable to “EPRU” and should be mailed to: EPRU, PO Box 393, Exton, PA 19341.

The EPRU’s Tax ID # is 21-0401373

Approximate Startup Costs for a Rugby Team


EPRU Dues (7s Only Membership, Recognized Membership, Associate Membership or Full Membership)

$25.00 per person

Membership Application Fee – $50.00 (effective 1/1/03) – check to be submitted with application

USA Rugby Club & Individual Participant Program (CIPP)

Membership Dues – Individuals

• Adult Individual – $45/person affiliated with a men’s or women’s club, referee society, or those who want to register “At-Large” (not affiliated with a specific team or referee society) – multiply by # of participants

• Collegiate Individual – $40/person affiliated with a collegiate men’s or women’s team – multiply by # of participants

• Coach – $65/person affiliated with either a men’s or women’s club or men’s or women’s collegiate team. All teams must have a certified coach and that coach must be CIPP enrolled.

• Administrator/Exec/Volunteer – $30/person affiliated with either a men’s or women’s club or men’s or women’s collegiate team

• USA Rugby membership INCLUDES insurance for rugby-related accidents at practices, matches and travel to and from those activities. You must be registered prior to the time of injury. This is secondary coverage but will serve as primary coverage in the absence of other medical coverage.

Membership Dues – Club – $150

All clubs must register/enroll with USA Rugby. Third party liability insurance is included with this enrollment. This insurance covers accidents and bodily injury to third parties. It also reduces the liability for registered members and enables members to use facilities that require third party liability insurance coverage. Proof of Insurance Certificates are available through USA Rugby by completing the online request form in the Insurance section of www.usarugby.org.

Referees Fees

$100 per match for individual matches. All referees receive the same amount regardless of grade level of referee. If an additional B side referee is assigned, the fee is $100. If the A side referee does the B side match, the fee is $75.

Multiple Matches Per Day or Tournaments $150 for full day, $100 for half day

see http://eastpennrugby.org/index.php/assignments/referee-match-fees-menu

Player’s Kit/Equipment*

Numbered Jerseys $40 to $75 each (EPRU policy requires all jerseys be properly numbered by position)

Rugby Shorts $25 to $29 each

Socks $7 to $9 each

Boots $60 to $125 pair

Mouthguard $2 to $20

Headgear $45 to $55

Extra Cleat Studs $10 to $15

Extra Laces $2

Law Book $10 each

Laws in Plain English $8 each

Other items to consider: shin guards, scrum caps, shoulder vests

Field Equipment*

Goal Posts $2,220

Goal Post Pads $750 to $850

Field Marking Kit $145

(4 wheel paint liner, 14 flexible poles, 1 case of paint)

Touch Flags (14) $14

Game Balls $30 to $60 each

Spectator Ropes & Posts (both sides of field)

Practice Equipment*

Cones (12) $20

Practice Balls $20 each

Ball Bag $10

Ball Pump $12

Needles (pk of 3) $4

Rucking/Mauling Pads $55 each

Tackling Dummy (2) $230

Tackle Suit (Adult) $60

Scrum Machine $1,000+

(Plans to build your own) $15

Scrimmage Vests (10) $135

Whistles $5 to $10 each

Kicking Tees $15 each

Coaching Books $15 to $25 each

Training Tapes $20 to $30 each


First Aid Kit (mandatory!) $75 to $168 (along with someone who knows First Aid)

*source: Matt Godek Rugby Supply — Order Toll Free 1-800-USA-RUGBY or online at www.rugbystore.com.

Mergers/Name Change

Club Mergers

Any Member club wishing to merge with another Member club must declare that intention, in writing, to the EPRU Secretary before the September Board of Directors meeting to be voted on at the next meeting.

Successor club will be responsible for any obligations of the merged club. All clubs merging after December 1st will be responsible for all dues and obligations to the EPRU as separate clubs.

The Board of Directors, along with the Divisional Play Chair, will reserve the right to place the new team in the division it feels is appropriate.

Member Club Name Change

Any Member club wishing to change its club name must submit a letter, signed by least two club officers, requesting such a change, along with reasons for the change, to the EPRU Secretary at least 60 days in advance of the change. Minutes of the meeting in which club members voted for the change (to include the vote count) as well as updated by-laws for the club should be submitted as well.

All paperwork should be mailed to:


PO Box 393

Exton, PA 19341

The EPRU retains the right to deny any name change deemed offensive, inflammatory, or not in the best interests or promotion of the sport of Rugby.