Mount Holyoke College Rugby Player Contract
Members of the MHC Rugby team are expected to attend five (5) practices a week. If three (3) or more practices are attended (at least two (2) being with the head coach), the player will be eligible to be on the week’s roster. If a player attends fewer than three (3) practices or fewer than two (2) practices with the head coach, they may still be called upon under the circumstance that there are not enough eligible players to field a full side.
Acceptable reasons to miss a practice include: class, work, professor meetings, medical appointments, and meetings of other clubs. A practice missed for one of these reasons can be made up for with a two-hour workout to maintain eligibility for that week.
Alcohol and Recreational Drugs
The MHC Rugby team asks that players follow a 12-24 hour rule with regard to alcohol consumption and recreational drug use (any drug that is not prescribed by a doctor to you). This means that a player is not to ingest alcohol or recreational drugs within twelve (12) hours prior to a rugby practice or within twenty-four (24) hours prior to a rugby game.
All players are expected to wear athletic shorts, a sports bra, a sturdy shirt, and cleats to each on-field practice. Mouth guards must be worn at all times during contact.
During the week before each game the Match and Field Secretary (MFS) will send out an email requesting availability for the week’s game. If a player wishes to play in the game they must respond by Wednesday at midnight. Players responding after that time will be considered for subs or for starting positions only if more players are needed to form a complete side.
On the day of an away game players are expected to show up at the time given by the MFS (this will be sent out no later than two (2) days before the game). If a player does not arrive within fifteen (15) minutes of the expected time, the team may leave without them.
On the day of a home game players are expected to arrive at the field no later than one-and-a-half (1.5) hours before kick-off time to set up the field and begin warm-ups. Any player who shows up less than one (1) hour before kick-off time may be removed from the roster. If, for any reason, a player knows ahead of time that they will be late they must email and text their conflict to the captains.
Mount Holyoke Rugby players are expected to exemplify excellent sportsmanship at all times. This includes being respectful to other players on the team, to board members and coaches, and, especially, to players, coaches, and fans of other teams.