The volunteers of the NGCC share a mission to ensure female athletes have a fair opportunity to compete in a full-contact sport.
To achieve this, we first must ensure that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex or race, be excluded from participation. To achieve this, the NGCC focuses on the following key areas:
to develop opportunities for single-school, high school teams to compete in the sport of rugby.
to give female athletes the opportunity to play rugby with their local school communities. The greatest number of female athletes will have the opportunity to play rugby when an opportunity exists in every local school.
to provide the best possible team experience where every female athlete is valued, regardless of their ability. We recognize that future leaders, coaches, refs, and fans of rugby may come from every level of student-athlete.
to embrace the 15s format of rugby. This aligns with the format of NCAA women’s rugby, and supports an ethos where different kinds of student-athletes are represented and valued.
to help any interested team willing to align with the standards set forth for competition, in order for all to experience the camaraderie, travel, and high level of play achieved when teams from across the country compete.
to procure professional, top-class facilities, medical support, media coverage, and refereeing to properly support a national tournament.
to hold ourselves and participating teams to a higher standard. Athletes must be student-athletes in good academic standing.
Teams must agree not to draw players from other teams and must appeal to student-athletes within their community.
Teams must strive to build bridges with school administrators and teachers and maintain positive relationships in their community. To this end, competition occurs on weekends in order to avoid missing more school than is necessary.
To include competitors who represent a wide geographic range. The goal is to have four regions represented to be considered a true national tournament: East, Midwest, South, West.
to maintain a grassroots growth model; this is not win-at-all-costs culture, but rather how the sport of rugby achieves longevity in communities and long-term growth.
to build relationships with those seeking to grow rugby, especially colleges, athletic directors, and programs that support women’s athletics with sincerity and fairness.
to improve the level of play of rugby in America.
We believe female student-athletes deserve no less.