Putting Player Welfare First!
CSU Men's Rugby perennially ranks in the top 25 men's intercollegiate rugby programs in the country, but as the resource gap continues to widen at the men's D1A level, both expenditures and level of play continue to increase. Conference fees, uniforms, equipment, travel, lodging, and referees are just some of the operating costs incurred almost entirely by the CSU Men's rugby student athletes.
To better ensure player welfare, CSU Men's Rugby is asking for your support that will have direct and immediate impact in the following areas:
- Bus travel to all away games. CSU is in a conference in which some opponents are as many as 8 hours from Fort Collins. Historically, the player funded operating budget has narrowly allowed for van travel - over great distances - by student drivers only; student drivers who have just engaged in the rigors of a full contact sport and who do not have significant or any experience driving large capacity passenger vehicles. Travel by bus will allow for rest, recovery, and ensure the safest transportation possible by professional drivers.
- Certified Athletic Trainers for all away games. Rugby is a full contact sport. There is a need for proper, dedicated medical oversight and support for ALL GAMES, not just home games. While often times hosting teams will extend their own limited ATC services to visiting teams, it is untenable for a squad of 40+ visiting athletes to receive the proper care before, during, and after each game that is often necessary. ATC support for all away games is vital for player welfare and continuity of care for student athletes.