Sevens

2018 USA Rugby National Qualification Process

Changes to the USA Rugby Qualification Process for 7s Nationals has impacted the format of both the FRU and Southern Regional 7s process. Those changes are slightly different for Men’s and Women’s Qualification process.

Men’s Changes

  • Southern Conference now only receives (1) seed to nationals
  • Every team cannot have more than 3 players that aren’t U.S. citizens (verified by birth certificate and/or U.S. passport)
  • To play at Nationals, players must have played in at least one qualifying tournament, as well as one other rostered tournament during the 7s season (June 9-August 11).
  • Significantly reduced number of qualifying tournaments for each region
  • The creation Open Qualification Tournaments, (1) East Coast and (1) West Coast. Only teams that have played in 7s qualifying tournaments in the previous 3 years *and* participate in all available qualifiers in their region in 2018 are eligible to enter this tournament.

Women’s Changes

  • Southern Conference will continue to receive (2) seeds to nationals
  • Every team cannot have more than 3 players that aren’t U.S. citizens (verified by birth certificate and/or U.S. passport)
  • To play at Nationals, players must have played in at least one qualifying tournament, as well as one other rostered tournament during the 7s season (June 9-August 11).
  • Significantly reduced number of qualifying tournaments for each region
  • The women’s teams will not have an open tournament like the men’s clubs.

Effective this summer, 2018, there will be (2) qualifiers for both Men’s and Women’s in our region, the cumulative points from these (2) qualifiers will determine the club(s) that moves forward to 7s Nationals.  The Men’s East Coast Open Qualifier Tournament will held on June 30, which means the Southern Region Qualifying tournaments will be held before this date on June 9th & June 16th respectively. These changes have caused a delay in our summer scheduling as we have worked to create a regional schedule that would be appropriate for the competing Unions. The 2018 National Qualification season looks like this:

  • June 9 – Qualifier in Nashville, TN (interested teams should book hotels now, it is Bonnaroo and CMA weekend)
  • June 16 – Qualifier to be hosted by Georgia. Location TBA.
  • June 30 – Open Qualifying tournament, the Mid-Atlantic Union is the host for this tournament, the location is TBA.

In 2019 we will host a qualifier as will Georgia, and our regions will rotate via following process:  

Year Qualifier (1) Qualifier (2)
2018 Deep South – June 9 Georgia – June 16
2019 Florida – June 8 Carlonias –  June 15
2020 Georgia – June 6 Deep South – June 13
2021 Carloinas – June 5 Florida – June 12

2018 – East Coast Open Qualifier will be on June 30.

 

The Florida Sevens Season

Because of the new National Qualification process, we have delayed the traditional start of the Florida Summer Season to June 23rd with Surfin Sevens, also please note that we have not left the June 30th of the USA Rugby Open qualifier open on the Florida schedule as we believe this event will have minimal impact on the teams participating at our local tournaments.

Our tentative summer 7s schedule is as follows. More details will be forthcoming, but we wanted to get this information out to the clubs interested in playing National 7s so they could start to plan accordingly for (2) out of state tournaments vs. (1) out of state tournament as in the past.

  • June 23 – Surfin 7s West Palm Beach, FL
  • June 30 – Todd Miller 7s, Orlando, FL
  • July 14 – Gulf Coast (St. Pete) or Fiji (Miami) – pending FRU approval of dates
  • July 28 – Gulf Coast (St. Pete) or Fiji (Miami) – pending FRU approval of dates

High Performance 7s – Rugby Development Academy 

HP Sevens program is the perfect gateway for the state’s top rugby athletes to get a chance to represent their country on an international stage. One of the programs goals is to get the Florida HP Sevens program recognized as an Olympic Development Academy, which would give every player in the state the opportunity to get a chance to be chosen for the USA Eagles Olympic Pathway.

 

Tournament Application 
  • Tournament Application Form Link Here
  • The summer 7s will be our first time rolling out the new application and guideline process. For those interested in hosting a summer 7s tournament, February 5 will be the first deadline for applications hosting tournaments. On Feb 12, a second application cycle will open for dates and venues that have not yet been selected and will close February 19. After that applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
  • Paypal payments link for Tournament Organizers/Application Fee
  • What does your payment get your club
    • The ability to host a tournament as apart of the Florida Summer Sevens Series
    • Tournament Promotion and Online Registration
    • Creation of the Tournament schedule
    • Help with obtaining USA Rugby Sanctioning which allows FRRA referees to referee the tournament.- start process 4 weeks prior to event. contact FRU for assistance.

Tournament Alcohol Policy
Clubs that want to host a High School or Youth division in their tournament can provide a sectioned off beer garden with a vendor that is licensed to serve alcohol at the event. This will provide an area where alcohol can be enjoyed while also providing an area where transfer of alcohol to those underage could be monitored. If a tournament cannot support this requirement, they would have two additional options. One would be to ban alcohol from the playing fields/area or to not host a high school/youth division at their event.

Paypal payments link for Tournament Organizers/Application Fee

Please note all checks must be made out to “Florida Rugby Union”. Please address the letter Evan Haigh, Florida Rugby Union, 1330 Aguacate Ct, Orlando, Florida, 32837)

Tournament Organizers – Click on these links for informational documents

Sevens Roster Form Link

7s tournaments – referee obligations

Tournament Organizer Checklist and Timeline

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