Are You a Talented Young Rugby Player?
Do you want to achieve a University degree whilst continuing your sport to the highest level?
Do you dream of living and studying in the USA?
Are you between the ages of 15 and 19 years old?
*IMPORTANT: You must be between 15 and 19 years of age to be eligible for the FirstPoint USA Scholarship program.
In the United States, Rugby is primarily a club sport played on college campuses. Players generally pay their participation fees and the university may help the teams with access to training and competition facilities and financial help to cover some expenses. Given Rugby’s status as a college club sport, there are currently no full club rugby scholarships available at universities or colleges in the United States.
College is still where many American players first start playing the sport. There are rugby clubs on most college campuses across a wide variety of levels of competition and support.
College rugby provides an outstanding opportunity for students to develop leadership and management skills, bring positive recognition to the college or university, and promote a high standard of physical fitness.
Currently, the majority of American collegiate rugby teams are classified as club sports programs. Women's rugby is considered an NCAA emerging sport.
With the explosion of club high school rugby many high school club players are choosing their college based on the club rugby team. It is recommended that the athlete research any choice they have thoroughly. FirstPoint USA does have a list of college’s that currently offer financial support.
Women's Rugby is currently classified as an NCAA emerging sport in Divisions I, II and III. Official classification as an emerging sport means that the NCAA recognizes women's rugby as a full varsity intercollegiate program and the institution may use the program costs and athlete participation to count towards their compliance with gender equity requirements. Currently, the NCAA houses four varsity women's teams. Of these teams one is DI, one DII and two are DIII.
Rugby is currently the only full-contact sport in the NCAA for women. As one of the largest and continually growing club sports in the United States, women's rugby will look to become the next big sport by expanding within the NCAA and NFHSA. Growth at the high school level has increased from 50 registered female HS players in 2002 to over 6,000 in 2010. The creation of varsity high school girls' rugby is vital to the growth at the intercollegiate level.
5,000 girls participating in Girls' High School Club Rugby
30 High School Varsity student-athletes
11,000 women collegiate club rugby players
347 total women's collegiate rugby clubs
4 NCAA Women's Rugby programs currently
170 female rugby student-athletes in the NCAA
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