A Division II Women's Collegiate Conference
Founded in the spring of 2012, the New England Small College Rugby Conference (NESCRC) is comprised of the women’s rugby clubs of seven institutions whose athletic departments operate within the New England Small College Athletic Conference. This conference was originally formed in 1971 and contains a group of eleven highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities that share a similar philosophy for intercollegiate athletics. As rugby is a club sport in most of these institutions, the NESCRC functions as an independent entity, working out of a concern for the direction of women’s rugby programs in New England and across the United States, and remains committed to keeping a proper perspective on the role of rugby in higher education at Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Middlebury, Tufts, and Williams Colleges. The primary mission of the Conference is to organize, facilitate, support, and regulate intercollegiate women’s rugby competition among member institutions in a manner that values hard work, sportsmanship, and competition with the highest degree of class.
As is the athletic philosophy of each of these institutions, NESCRC members believe intercollegiate club rugby programs should operate in harmony with the educational mission of each institution. The Conference is committed to establishing common boundaries to build women’s rugby in the Northeast, but not at the expense of the academic involvement of its student-athletes. The NESCRC also believes the rugby squads under its jurisdiction should be representative of their respective student communities. Involvement in rugby should promote life skills including cooperation, respect, preparation, leadership, and sportsmanship. To this end, the NESCRC administration is committed to providing equitable and fair competition among members of the conference, and to observing the highest ethical standards in the conduct of conference business and in the interactions among member institutions.