reporter's notebook Kristin Richeimer, who runs USA Rugby’s dues program, sent a lengthy reply to last week’s post on the union’s effectiveness in policing itself.
Her primary point has to do with insurance:
…There are several USA Rugby insurance policies, coverages from which extend to Board, Congress, Staff and all National Team players and staff when operating on behalf of USA Rugby, whether they appear on the public-facing membership roster or not. However, each individual Staff, Congress, Board member or National Team member is required to be registered appropriately before playing or participating on behalf of his/her home club and/or Union.Regardless of whether one is persuaded that the union holds itself to the same standards as everyone else, there seems to be historical irony.
Some 15 years ago, Randy Stainer quarterbacked the dues program to controversial passages with the explicit promise that monies would never be spent on the Eagles. Afterward, Stainer said that were he to do it over again, he would have insisted on bundling health insurance.
The anti-Eagle provision was repealed in the fall 2005 budget crisis, and now it appears test players are insured though they may not be registered.
I’m all for special benefits which help compensate internationals for their opportunity costs, but don’t see why normal rules should be overlooked.
Here are some other gleanings. The full text is in comments (with Kristin’s valid email, of course):
Processing focuses on in-season clubs, and to date has registered some 28,000 players and 950 teams. It is the busiest time of the year. [Note:
In an unusual move, the union opened 2007 registration in December 2006;The union opened 2007 registration in December 2006; in an unusual move, earlier the Board of Directors had minuted that the Arnot shortfalls meant the union would have to “bring forward” some of 2007’s revenues to 2006, as it did the previous year.]
The staff [comprising perhaps 30 individuals] are second priority. The by-laws don’t say they have to register but they do anyway.
The “majority” of the Board were registered in December and January.
The union often [unspecified] grants grace periods to touring clubs.
The union hasn’t yet hired the women’s national team administrator. [Note: Lazy wording was my error; fixed.]