The Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference (NCRC) has as members eight schools from the three states (Washington, Oregon, and Idaho) in the Northwest corner of the US.
The NCRC is divided, East and West, into two Divisions along geographic lines. The schools on the West side of the Cascade Mountains are, obviously, the West division and the schools on the East side of the Cascades are the East division. The NCRC is trying to minimize travel and expenses for each of the clubs by going to this division based scheme:
The member schools are, by division:
Western Washington Washington State (website)
NCRC scheduling has each team playing the other teams in their division once each year. The schedule will be ‘home and home’ based and the games for the 2013 Spring season are a continuation of the 2012 schedule. For example, Western played UW in Seattle last year so the UW will visit WWU this year.
In addition each team will play three of the teams from the other division, again, on a ‘home and home’ basis.
At the end of the regular season the top team in each division will host the #2 from the opposite division and the #3 from their own division. The #2 and #3 will play the first day and the winner of that game will play the #1 team the next day.
The next round will have the winners of the playoff rounds from the previous weekend, meeting the next weekend, at Magnuson Park in Seattle, for the NCRC Championship.
The winner of the NCRC Championship game will be the NCRC representative to the “Sweet Sixteen” round of the National Championships.