NSCRO Small College National Championship
April 25-26, 2015
The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO, pronounced EN’-scrow) was co-founded by Steve Cohen and Chip Auscavitch in 2007 to organize the Division 3 and Division 4 college rugby national playoff system and continues to be run by Steve Cohen. These championships have become a vital part in developing collegiate rugby in the U.S. and are now known as the Small College National Championships. The best small college rugby clubs are just that and to refer to them as Division 3 does not fully recognize their level of play, commitment to the sport and accomplishments both on and off the pitch. NSCRO is the Home of Small College Rugby and we encourage all small colleges to participate in our playoff system.
|Semifinal - 1pm||St. John's University (MN) vs. Mount St. Mary's University (MD)|
|Semifinal - 3pm||New England College (NH) vs. PacWest Region Champion (TBD)|
|Third Place||Loser Semifinal 1 vs. Loser Semifinal 2|
|Final||Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2|
There are currently over 210 men's and over 80 women's teams participating in local Unions and Conferences with their eye on the prize of the NSCRO Small College National Championship. This represents nearly 40% of all colleges playing rugby in the U.S. Clubs who want to participate in the NSCRO playoffs must be members in good standing of a local governing body in a league system, be recognized as a club or team in good standing by their college/university and be a member of USA Rugby.
One of NSCRO goals is to establish a "level playing field" for small colleges to compete against schools with similar resources, especially in terms of student enrollment.
|Infinity Park’s rugby stadium|
Since NSCRO was formed we have had a goal to continually better the "stage" for players to showcase their talents. We strive to find excellent hosts for our National Championship events. For men we were hosted at Wake Forest University in 2007, Hamilton College in 2008 and the South Jersey RFC in 2009. In 2010 and again in 2011 we 'raised the bar' with the use of the outstanding Virginia Beach Sportsplex Stadium. In 2011, we added "live web streaming" of all matches as well as post-event DVD production. In 2012, we took 2 major steps forward in raising the profile of Small College Rugby by holding the National Championship event at Infinity Park stadium and by providing National television coverage of the semifinal matches by FOX Soccer Plus. NSCRO continues to provide free live streaming of all of our Men’s and Women’s National Championships. In 2013 and 2104, we continued our Championship at Infinity Park and last April the live stream audience exceeded 10,000 viewers. NSCRO looks forward to returning to Infinity Park for its Champions Cup National Championship on April 25-26 2015. For 2015, NSCRO has inaugurated a new men’s National Championship playoff series called the Challenge Cup and will hold its first Championship on April 18-19 at Founders Field in Pittsburgh, PA.
For 2015, NSCRO will again hold its Men’s 7s National Championship (May 30- 31) in conjunction with United World Sports’ (formerly USA Sevens) Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC 7s) at PPL Park. New England College was the 2014 national champion.
In 2014, NSCRO held its inaugural Women’s National 7s Championship at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan in conjunction with ACRA’s 7s Championship. It was won by Wayne State College (Nebraska) won also won the National 15s Championship last Fall. For 2015, West Point (home of the Army RFC) will host the combined ACRA/NSCRO 7s Championship on May 2-3.
In early 2013, NSCRO and USA Rugby reached an agreement that provide NSCRO with USA Rugby’s support and recognition of NSCRO as an independent organization, sharing similar goals for bettering the collegiate rugby experience.
NSCRO is the home of Small College Rugby and is dedicated to its growth and development.
For more information, visit NSCRO on line at nscro.org.