Collegiate Draft – June 13, 2020 @ 7 PM ET

The Major League Rugby (MLR) Collegiate Draft will air on the MLR Facebook Page on Saturday, June 13 at 7 PM ET. The MLR Collegiate Draft aims to provide a structure for managing the transfer of men’s rugby players from college to Major League Rugby in the USA. It was conceived with the following goals in mind:

  • To support the college rugby landscape;
  • To provide a pathway for US collegiate players to Major League Rugby;
  • Provide transparency to MLR teams, collegiate players and administrators;
  • To encourage parity among MLR teams.

 

Format

The MLR Collegiate Draft 2020 will take place on June 13, 2020.

MLR will use a “Draft and Follow” approach. Rights to drafted players will be assigned following the MLR Collegiate Draft. MLR teams may activate those rights at any point until 1 competitive MLR season AFTER the player is eligible to play in the MLR (through graduation/expiry of college eligibility/relinquishment of college eligibility). Drafting teams may sign those players or trade player rights with other MLR teams.

A player that isn’t signed by a team within the above-mentioned time period, may enter the subsequent year’s Draft as long as they are eligible. If they lose their Collegiate Draft eligibility, they may enter the MLR if a team desires their services.

 

Order of selections

The order of selection will be based on the reverse order of regular season record during the first 5 rounds of MLR 2020, with expansion teams, Dallas (1) and Los Angeles (2), having first choice. The draft will consist of two rounds in total.

 

Eligibility

Players who are eligible for the 2020 Draft must declare in order to have the opportunity to play for an MLR team. Players who are eligible but do not declare for the draft will not be eligible to play in MLR until one competitive MLR season after their eligibility expires.

For the purposes of the Draft, a collegiate player is defined as anyone who has played collegiate rugby in the 12 months preceding the Draft (between June 13th 2019 and June 12th 2020), as determined by USA Rugby registration and the associated collegiate eligibility rules.

Collegiate players may declare for the MLR Collegiate Draft at any time by submitting the Draft Enrollment Form to the MLR League Office. Forms must be submitted by Sunday, May 17th, 2020 11:59 PM CT.

Key eligibility criteria:

1. Must be a collegiate player, as defined below;

  • For the purposes of the Draft, a collegiate player is defined as anyone who has played collegiate rugby in the 12 months preceding the Draft (between June 13th, 2019 and June 12th, 2020), as determined by USA Rugby registration and associated collegiate eligibility rules.

AND

2. Must have completed 3 years of college OR be at least 21 years of age.

Upon submission, MLR will review submitted documentation and reserves the right to seek additional information in order to confirm eligibility.

Players other than those defined by the eligibility rules above may enter MLR if a team desires their services.

 

Draft Policy Summary

By declaring for the draft, players will be asked to acknowledge policies that include, but are not limited to:

  • Player may potentially lose his college eligibility if an MLR contract is ultimately negotiated and / or signed;
  • Player must be willing to relocate to any MLR team if he is drafted;
  • Player must be willing to allow MLR to use his images and attributes during the 2020 MLR Draft.
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    All MLR contracts fall under two categories:

    • Associate Player Contract – Hourly wage
    • Standard Player Contract – Salaried, fixed term

     

    Once a player is drafted, the specifics of each contract, including type, compensation amounts, and term, will be negotiated between the League, team, and the player, once the player completes his collegiate eligibility.

    A player that isn’t signed within the rights period, may enter the subsequent year’s Draft as long as they are eligible. If they lose their Collegiate Draft eligibility, they may enter the MLR if a team desires their services.

    Players who enroll but aren’t drafted may enter the MLR if a team desires their services and/or enter the subsequent year’s Draft as long as they remain eligible.

     

    Canadian Collegiate Players

    Canadian Collegiate players will not be a part of the 2020 MLR Collegiate Draft. Those are interested in playing within MLR may enter through existing allocation processes.

    Collegiate Draft FAQs

     

    How can I watch the MLR Collegiate Draft?

    Tune into the MLR Collegiate Draft on Saturday, June 13 @ 7 PM ET on the MLR Facebook Page.

    I am a current/recent graduate college player in the US, do I have to declare for the draft to be a part of MLR?

    Yes, you need to declare for the Draft if you are eligible and want to play within MLR. If you are eligible and do not declare for the Draft, you will not be able to play within MLR until one year after your collegiate eligibility expires.

    I played rugby in a US college between 20xx to 20xx, can I declare for the Draft?

    To be eligible for the 2020 Draft, you have to have played US collegiate rugby within the year preceding the Draft – June 13th, 2019 to June 12th, 2020.

    I am a foreign student in a US university/college, can I declare for the Draft?

    Yes, as long as you meet the other necessary eligibility criteria.

    I am a student in a Canadian university/college, can I declare for the Draft?

    No, unfortunately this Draft is for US based collegiate players only. You are encouraged to signify your interest to play in the MLR by filling this form (Draft Enrollment Form).

    I am a student in a university/college outside of the US, can I declare for the Draft?

    No, unfortunately, this Draft is for US based collegiate players only.

    Does it matter what division of US collegiate rugby I play?

    No.

    Where do I declare?

    You can declare through this Draft Enrollment Form.

    Do I lose my collegiate eligibility by declaring for the Draft?

    Your collegiate eligibility depends on the particular level of rugby and competition that you play. Please clarify with the appropriate body for your specific situation.

    For D1A players, you do not lose your collegiate eligibility by declaring for the draft.

    What happens once I am drafted?

    MLR uses a “Draft and Follow” approach. The team that drafted you will have until one competitive MLR season AFTER you are eligible to play in the MLR (through graduation/expiry of college eligibility/relinquishment of college eligibility) to reach an agreement with you.

    Do I lose my collegiate eligibility if I get drafted?

    Your collegiate eligibility depends on the particular level of rugby and competition that you play. Please clarify with the appropriate body for your specific situation.

    For D1A players, being drafted will not affect your eligibility. However, you cannot begin contract negotiations (written or verbal) until your college eligibility has expired. Any contract negations that happen prior to the completion of your collegiate eligibility will result in forfeiture of college eligibility.

    What actions might result in the loss of my college eligibility?

    Eligibility may be lost if any of the below events takes place:

    • Beginning MLR contract negotiations
    • Signing an MLR contract
    • Practicing or playing with an MLR Team outside of the approved training windows

    If I declare for the Draft at the end of my Junior year and I am drafted, can I still play college rugby during my Senior year?

    Yes, as long as you do not begin or execute contract negotiations (written or verbal), you will maintain your collegiate eligibility for your Senior year.

    If I declare for the Draft and I’m not drafted, can I still play for an MLR team during the next season?

    Yes, if you are not drafted, you will be able to play for an MLR team if they are interested in having you.

    If I declare for the Draft and I’m not drafted, can I enter the following year’s Draft?

    Yes, as long as you still meet the eligibility criteria, you may enter the following year’s Draft.

    Are there approved D1A training windows for when a college student can train with an MLR Team?

    Yes, D1A players may participate in MLR trainings and camps during these two windows:

    • December 15th to January 15th; and
    • June 1st to August 15th
    • I have more questions, who can I contact?

      Contact draft@usmlr.com