Officially organized in the Summer of 2014, the Upstate Small College Rugby Conference (UpSCRC) is comprised of men's teams from Upstate New York. The creation of UpSCRC is in response to USA Rugby's shift to a college conference system. Affiliated with USA Rugby as an Independent Conference and closely aligned with the National Small College Rugby Organization, UpSCRC's goals will be to inspire the overall growth of college rugby, promote safe play, create stronger individual team programs and increase positive awareness on campuses. UpSCRC will have concurrent jurisdiction over its members in all matters of a local nature pertaining to the administration of rugby activities to include, but not limited to, local scheduling, discipline, and related matters.
The eleven Inaugural Teams forming UpSCRC are: Alfred, Canisius, Clarkson, Paul Smith's, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, R.I.T, St. John Fisher, St. Lawrence, Univ. Of Buffalo (Developmental Side) and University of Rochester.
The Conference is committed to providing member teams with a full season of rugby competition, while recognizing a shared concern for the ever increasing impact of travel costs. As such, the Conference will be comprised of two geographically based regions (North and West). During the Fall competitive season weekly competition will remain within each region, with a "crossover" occurring for the overall UpSCRC Conference Championships. The UpSCRC Championship will lead teams to participation in the NSCRO national playoffs series. In addition to the traditional Fall rugby season, the Conference is committed to the creation of a similarly administered Spring 7's championship.
UpSCRC By-Laws' Mission
The mission of the Conference shall be to encourage the introduction, teaching, promotion, and understanding of the sport of Collegiate Rugby throughout the Conference, and to undertake other activities incidental or conducive to the furtherance of the mission.
The Conference is committed to encouraging the highest of ethical standards and the safest level of participation. All teams involved in the Conference shall conduct themselves with integrity, transparency, accountability, and in a safe, fair and equitable manner consistent with the USA Rugby Code of Conduct.
The Conference is committed to continuing a traditional competitive Fall 15's season and to developing and maintaining a competitive Spring 7's season. Coaches, assistant coaches and volunteer coaches operating within the Conference shall be held to the standards set forth in the UpSCRC Coaches Code of Conduct at all times and will follow and uphold all Disciplinary Regulations and Procedures.
Upstate Small College Rugby Conference, Inc. is a Not-For-Profit Non-Charitable Corporation as defined in subparagraph (a)(5) of section 102 of Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York and a Not For Profit corporation as defined in Section 201 of Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York. We are applying to the Internal Revenue Service to be recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit.