Rugby is one of the largest and continually growing club sports in the United States. It has almost 350 collegiate women’s clubs already in existence and 5,000 high school club participants. USA Rugby currently provides start-up kits to assist newly formed clubs become successful on-campus teams. Furthermore, rugby became an Olympic sport in 2016, which will lead to an even bigger exposure of the sport. This trend has also taken place in college sports. More and more rugby programs are being identified as varsity programs that provide scholarships and that receive substantial funding from their schools.
Am I eligible?
Having a high enough GPA or SAT/ACT score is the most overlooked concept by student athletes looking to be recruited. Even if you are oee of the best rugby players in your region, state, or country, if you do not have the right grades, you simply will not be NCAA eligible or you will not get into the university of your dreams. Furthermore, if you do not have high enough grades to compete within the NCAA you will be what is called a “non qualifier”. You will then either need to improves your grades or attend a NJCAA college for two years. Once you have done this, you can then transfer to an NCAA school. With more experience you’ll be ready to complete your bachelors degree.
The College Sports America team has a lot of experience. Therefore, we will help you determine which university is the best fit for you based on your athletic and academic level.
The future of college rugby
The future of college rugby is very bright. The NCAA just recently named rugby of one of its“emerging sports“. This means that the sport is gaining more and more popularity and new teams are created basically every year. All varsity teams practice and compete at a very high and professional level. They have their own strength and conditioning coach, schedules that allow athletes to perfectly combine their studies and rugby, and all the academic help necessary in order to be successful in the classroom as well. So if rugby is your passion and you are looking to continue playing rugby at the same time as getting a university education, coming to the US to play college rugby might be the perfect fit for you!