The following are preliminary committee descriptions developed by a Council ad hoc working group. They are included here to assist the nomination process. Final responsibilities will be outlined by the Committees and recommended to the full Council.
The Competitions Committee’s preliminary responsibilities will likely include:
Match Organizer responsibilities in Senior Club Rugby National and Regional Championship competitions
empowering the autonomous conduct and management of competitions by union match organizers
the development of annual competition standards and regulations in a timely and public manner
empowering the autonomous management of Union Club competitions while sustaining development of national playoff structures
hearing and deciding cross / inter-competition disputes and appeal of competitive matters
The Discipline Committee’s preliminary responsibilities will likely include:
the development and annual maintenance of Disciplinary Procedures for Senior Club Rugby in a timely and public manner
empowering the autonomous conduct and management of disciplinary standards by union match organizers
hearing any disciplinary appeals arising from National Championships and coordinating the hearing of any disciplinary appeals that are directed to the Council by member unions
The Eligibility Committee’s preliminary responsibilities will likely include:
the development and annual maintenance of Eligibility Regulations for Senior Club Rugby in a timely and public manner
empowering the autonomous conduct and management of eligibility standards by unions and other match organizers
reviewing requests for waivers of eligibility in a consistent and public manner, to the extent allowable under privacy standards
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee’s preliminary responsibilities will likely include:
ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion is a strategic priority of the Council, its committees, and member unions
reviewing and supporting inclusivity, diversity and gender equity in the membership of the Council and its committees.
contributing to the equitable application of Council programs and standards
Coordinating efforts with the other standing committees to assist in ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion inform their work. At the DEIC’s option, members may sit as observing members of any other Standing committee.
The Training & Development Committee’s preliminary responsibilities likely include:
liaising with the USAR National Office and Unions to develop and administer training, education and administration resources
supporting delivery of training, education and development programs, camps, festivals and courses with and through the Unions
communicating advice for the identification, enhancement, and maintenance of proper rugby facilities
The Audit and Risk Committee’s preliminary responsibilities likely include:
Provide oversight to ensuring that the USAR has an adequate system of internal controls and preparation of financial statements
Exercise oversight of the USAR’s process for monitoring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
Exercise oversight of the USAR’s process for planning and adhering to the short term (e.g., annual) and long-range term financial planning and budgeting processes.
Have the power to approve or reject any non-audit services (including financial advice) proposed to be performed by the independent audit firm.
Review and assess USAR’s operational and financial risk management process, including the adequacy of the overall control environment and controls in selected areas representing significant risk as identified by management, the auditors, the Board, the Committee or others.
Review and approve significant conflicts of interest and related party transactions.
Review and assess USAR’s insurance programs.
Perform such other functions as are required by law and USAR’s bylaws; and attend to such other matters as the Board may from time to time determine. See the excerpt from the current USAR Bylaws below.