Applications to become one of our approved Geographical Unions are invited from interested clubs, unions and bodies …
In January 2013 the USA Rugby Congress approved Geographical Unions as the local governance model for Club Rugby moving forward. USA Rugby is therefore pleased to announce the opportunity to submit an application to become a Geographical Union (GU).
This came following the 2011-2012 Competitive Season, when the USA Rugby Board named four Geographical Unions (GUs) as part of a ‘pilot program’ to review a new streamlined union structure to support anticipated growth in the game and to provide increased member services in the local areas. At the January 2013 USA Rugby Congress meeting it was approved that the GU structure would no longer be considered a pilot program and would be fully adopted as the local governance model for Club Rugby moving forward.
Geographical Unions (larger than typical Local Area Unions and smaller than current Territorial Unions) are defined based upon a combination of club density in an area and natural geographical boundaries. A GU may be a single state, multiple states, or parts of a large state.
The templates for GU organizational structure, financial models and by-laws were developed over a two-year period by a committee commissioned by CEO Nigel Melville to research the best models from existing LAUs and TUs, other rugby-playing nations, and other national governing bodies (NGBs).
The TU/LAU Review Committee is made up of members from around the country: John Coppinger (Pacific); George Durocher (Mid-Atlantic); Martin Gardner (South); Jeremiah Johnson (Midwest); Danita Knox (South/Committee Chair); Bill Middleton (USAR Board of Directors); Joe Olzaki (New England); Bill Sexton (West); Steve Vent (Southern California).
Regions without GU designation are targeted for GU implementation as quickly as is feasible.
For more information about GU’s or if you have further questions… Find out more…
USA Rugby Geographical Unions