SUNY Plattsburgh Women's Rugby Sports Club

Photo of Team Blue Balls 2014Women's Rugby Sports Club and the Club's Operating Guidelines

Funded by Student Association, the Women's Rugby Club at SUNY Plattsburgh club is a member of the Empire Rugby Football Union Geographical Union (Empire GU) and play in the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) upstate conference of the Empire GU. During the fall, they participate in Conference league games. The spring schedule consists of either scrimmages or tournaments.

2014 News

There have been numerous changes for the SUNY Plattsburgh D3 Women's Rugby program this past year.

In the fall of 2013, Coach John Bradley, ’85,  long time mentor and coach of Plattsburgh Women's Rugby decided to step down after his years of work developing the program, both on the field coaching, and off the field maintaining schedules, web sites, and as a board member of the Empire GU Conference. JB works for SUNY Plattsburgh in a new role, but still comes out to the games. He will be greatly missed.

The Empire Rugby Football Union (Empire GU) then made the decision to drop the upstate New York college rugby programs from their conference, leaving all the SUNY schools with nowhere to officially play for fall 2014.

Tom Pillsworth, a long time rugby player for the Saranac Lake Mountaineers and D1 player for the Albany Knicks, took over as the new coach. Tom followed in JB’s footsteps, with both on and off field roles, helping to establish a new conference for the Plattsburgh women's team to play in.

The Upstate New York Collegiate Conference Rugby (NYCCRUGBY) was established and approved by USA Rugby in July of 2014.

The new conference represents over 20 women's rugby teams, mostly SUNY schools, as well as two D1 Teams, Syracuse and University of Buffalo.

The fall 2013 season for the women's rugby team went 3-1 in conference play leading them to the division semi finals. In the semi final game against Geneseo, freshman Raeanna Levenson scored in the final seconds of the match, giving Plattsburgh a 20-19 win and a trip to the division finals against Rochester. The team played a good game but lost to Rochester.

During the fall, Plattsburgh men's and women's teams also hosted a friendly 10's tournament to include the women's club from the Saranac Lake Mountaineers. In the spring, the team played scrimmages against Union and Middlebury. They also participated in the Blue Balls Tournament in Fort Drum, NY and hosted the annual TNT Rugby Tournament.

Tom Pillsworth
SUNY Plattsburgh Women's Rugby Coach

Rugby Coach and Student Contact

Photo of the women's rugby team

Empire Geographical Union Upstate NSCRO East
Women's Rugby Fall 2014 Schedule

*All home games at rugby field across from Sibley parking lot and behind four high rise dorms Defrenburgh, Wilson, Whiteface & Moffitt.

Date Away Team  Home Team Time Win-Loss
9/6 Oswego Plattsburgh  1:00  Win 53-0
9/13 Plattsburgh Potsdam  1:00  Win 40-10
9/20  Plattsburgh William Smith 1:00   Win 50-0
9/27 Union Plattsburgh  2:00  Win 24-0
10/18 Plattsburgh Clarkson  2:00  

Rules and Guidelines


Must be a full-time SUNY Plattsburgh student and each member must have a signed SUNY Plattsburgh Sports Club Personal Information Form & SUNY Plattsburgh Participation Agreement/Liability Waiver Form on file to participate each year. (If under 18 years of age, liabilty form must be signed by parent.) Each member is responsible to carry personal health insurance. Each member must be an individual member of USA Rugby. Each club member will be responsible for the cost of the membership in USA Rugby. All members are expected to follow regulations stated in SUNY Plattsburgh Sports Club Program Manual.

PLEASE NOTE: All players must complete participant information and waiver forms which may be downloaded here. These forms cannot be submitted online but must be completed, printed out, signed, and then submitted to team leaders before one can participate in the program.

Season and Practices

The club will be scheduled from September to November each fall and March-May in the spring. No meets will be scheduled during college breaks or finals week. Participation in a game requires each member to attend all practices the week prior to the game. Any missed practices eliminate participation in the game for that week except for class conflicts.


Each member will be responsible for purchasing their own jersey as designated by the club.


Four club members will be required to serve as safety officers for club. They will be responsible for the general safety of all club members during practices and rugby matches and have valid CPR/First Aid certifications. At least one safety officer must attend all practices and competitions. Safety officers are responsible for attending to injured participant consistent with CPR/FA standards until trained medical personnel have arrived.


Travel arrangements are usually by private cars. The college is not responsible for any damages or injuries related to travel. It is strongly recommended that drivers of personal cars obtain additional insurance. Club members wishing to transport other club members must receive approval prior to traveling. To become an authorized driver, a copy of their driver’s license and the SUNY Plattsburgh Private Vehicle Use form must be submitted to the RSC.

Tournaments: Competition must be within 300 mile radius of Plattsburgh.


Student Association monies may be used for coaches salary, Empire GU conference dues, referee society officials, entry fees, mileage (up to maximum of 300 miles one way) @ .25 per mile and lodging. Individual members will be responsible for USA Rugby individual membership and jerseys if needed.

Rugby Coaches and Student Leadership Responsibilities

Rugby coaches are required to be CPR/FA and to be USA rugby coaching certified. The coach and leaders will meet with the Recreational Sports Director (RSD) for orientation at the start of each semester. A Sports Club Manual, Club & Organization Resource Manual and a copy of the club’s operating guidelines will be reviewed at the orientation. All required forms must be submitted for a member to participate or drive for the club. SA Club/Organization Semester Registration and Directory forms must be submitted to the RSD each semester.

Sports Club Leader and Coaching Staff Expectations

Student leaders and coaching staff associated with the rugby sports clubs will coordinate with the Recreational Sports Director (RSD) as described below.

Coaching Staff and Field Captains will:

  1. Not allow a student to participate in a practice or game unless appropriate forms have been submitted.
  2. Allow only those on approved roster from RSD to participate in games.
  3. Take attendance at every practice from approved player roster.
  4. Update approved player roster from RSD. (Deleting names of those no longer participating and are not showing up to practices).
  5. Assure that only those players who have attended practices during the week may play in game or travel with the team.
  6. Set up player coaching staff and work with these students on practices when coach is not available.
  7. Will not allow an injured player to return to practice or a game without a release from qualified medical personnel.

Team President and Vice President will:

  1. Ensure that all players are SUNY Plattsburgh students (by checking on student locator) and carrying 12 credits.
  2. Ensure that all players are CIPP’D and all required forms have been submitted to RSD.
  3. Ensure that the club and its members are aware of and follow all rules and regulations set forth by the College and Student Association regarding Clubs.
  4. Attend or designate attendees at any mandatory meetings set forth by the College, the Student Association, or NYS Rugby.
  5. Submit Club/Organization Semester Registration and Directory forms to RSD each semester.

Treasurer will:

  1. Submit all monies collected to the Recreational Sports Director.
  2. Submit all requests for monies two weeks prior to event.
  3. For all away games, submit the following Monday names and addresses of up to five drivers for travel reimbursement. (Can do by email).
  4. Assign responsibility for managing club equipment and will be responsible for accounting for and securing such equipment at the beginning and end of each season

Match Secretary will:

  1. Work with NYS Rugby on any scheduling/re-scheduling.
  2. Schedule EMT’s for home games by the Sunday prior to home game.
  3. Confirming referees for home games.
  4. Report scores for all home games by Sunday following games.
  5. File an accident injury report for any injury that occurs during participation.

Contact Information


Karen Waterbury, Recreational Sports Associate Director
312 Memorial Hall
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh NY 12901

Phone: (518) 564-4150
Fax: (518) 564-4155