February 4, 2022

Men's Qualification Pathways

The Collegiate Rugby Championship includes over 70 men’s teams across four divisions.  From Division I varsity programs to student-run Small College clubs, the tournament will include the best teams from all competitive levels.

Men’s Divisions

  • 32 Premier Cup teams
  • 12 Division I club men’s teams 
  • 12 Division II men’s teams
  • 16 Small College men’s teams

Depending on your division, there are several ways to join May Madness.

Premier Cup Qualification

Qualification Pathways


Open Regional Automatic Qualifiers

Four Automatic Qualifier tournaments have been scheduled around the country.

Deadlines

Register soon - spots are filling up!


Conference Automatic Qualifiers

NCR conferences are automatic qualifiers provided that the tournament includes 75% member participation and at least five teams.

Non-NCR conferences can apply for Automatic Qualifier status.

Deadlines

Non-NCR conferences must apply by March 1.


At-Large Bids

Several spots will be offered to qualified At-Large bids. To be considered for an at-large bid, a team must be an NCR member and submit a tournament application.

Deadlines

Applications due April 24.

Division I Club, Division II

Qualification Pathways


Conference Automatic Qualifiers

NCR conferences are automatic qualifiers provided that the tournament includes 75% member participation and at least five teams.

Non-NCR conferences can apply for Automatic Qualifier status.

Deadlines

Non-NCR conferences must apply by March 1.


At-Large Bids

Several spots will be offered to qualified At-Large bids. To be considered for an at-large bid, a team must be an NCR member and submit a tournament application.

Deadlines

Applications due April 24.

Small College

Qualification Pathways


Conference Automatic Qualifiers

All conferences interested in hosting an Automatic Qualifier tournament should contact Steve Hiatt.

Deadlines

Apply by February 1.


At-Large Bids

Several spots will be offered to qualified At-Large bids. To be considered for an at-large bid, a team must submit a tournament application.

Deadlines

Applications due April 24.


NCR schools can accept a bid without any additional registration steps. Other schools must register with NCR before they can accept a bid.

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