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FYRU – 2018 AGM

FYRU AGM is on Sunday October 21st at 1pm. The meeting will be held at the Wanderers Club in Wellington it is located at 1900 Aero Club Drive Wellington, FL 33414.

AGM Location
1900 Aero Club Drive
Wellington, FL 33414
Start Time: 1pm

For those clubs who are unable to make it to the AGM, we will have a webinar available. Bellow is the details to log into our webinar. 

FYRU AGM – Oct 21st 2018
Sun, Oct 21, 2018 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 126-729-645

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Congratulations to FIU Men’s Rugby – 2018 FCC 7s Champions

Congratulations to Florida International University Men’s Rugby for winning the the inaugural Florida Collegiate Conference 7s Championship. The (8) team FCC 7s Championship was staged over two tournaments, the first hosted by USF in Tampa on September 29th which was then followed by FAU hosing in Boca Raton on October 13th. Impressively FIU went 10-0 over the course of two tournaments conceding only four tries in their 10 matches.

The final FCC series standings

  1. FIU
  2. UCF
  3. USF
  4. UF
  5. UNF
  6. FSU
  7. UM
  8. FAU

Both tournaments marked a big step forward in College Rugby in Florida. This new alliance of the Florida Colleges is already baring fruit with both tournaments featuring open divisions designed to provide playing opportunities for all players. The spirit and standard of rugby within this division was outstanding and shows the the FCC is beginning on solid foundations.

Match Videos Are Available Here

FIU now head to USA Rugby’s National 7s Championship Tournament for the third year in row. The Florida Rugby Union wishes them best of luck as they take on the best teams from around the country.

Full match results from both tournaments are here

Florida Women’s Rugby Developmental Camp

The FRU is very excited to be hosting the Women’s Rugby Development Camp in Tampa, FL! We hope this day will allow every skill level player to learn and grow, as well as coaches attending the chance to learn something from other coaches. This is as much a player development day as it is a coach development day. Below are the details for the event:

When: October 6, 2018
Where: 4719 E. Regnas Ave. Tampa, FL 33612
Start Time: 9:00am
End Time: Approximately 3:00pm

The field is located very closely to Busch Gardens if anyone plans on staying the weekend. All hotels listed above provide shuttle service to Busch Gardens and are also very close to it as well.

Format for the Women’s Development Camp:

  • 9:00am to 9:30am -Warm up and break up into Rookies and Vets
  • 9:30am to 10:00am 3 drill station rotation
    • Vets -Handling / Decision making / Skill Game
    • Rookies – Pass Tech / Catch & Pass / Decision Making
  • 10:00am to 10:30am  2 drill station rotation
    • Vets: Tackle Tech  / small sided Tackle game
    • Rookies: Tackle Tech / small sided tackle game
  • 10:30am to 11:00am  2 drill station rotation –
    • Vets:  Ruck contest  / Ruck contest game
    • Rookies:  Ruck Tech / Ruck contest game
  • 11:00am to 11:15am -Player breaks & Coach evaluations
  • 11:15am to 12:00p -Team preparations/warm up/practice
  • 12:00pm and on -Scrimmage
    • Most likely two, 40 minute matches
    • If we have enough players, we may set up 4 teams and rotate every 20 minutes or so
    • We will stop play when there is an important teaching moment, however we  do not want to stop the flow of the game too often.

Hotel Information (all within 3 miles of the field):

Holiday Inn Express & Suites= $72 per night
2807 E. Busch Blvd. Tampa, FL 33612

La Quinta Inn= $74 per night
9202 N. 30th St. Tampa, FL 33612

Econo Lodge Busch Gardens= $56 per night
4139 E. Busch Blvd. Tampa, FL 33617

Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Busch Gardens Area= $111 per night
3333 E. Busch Blvd. Tampa, FL 33612

Florida Rugby Union is Recruiting New Referees – up to $500 bonus.

If you are interested in becoming a referee in the state of Florida and want to be notified when we offer referee courses or for more information about becoming a ref, please fill out this contact form. We will refund your course fee after you call (3) fifteen’s matches (high school, college, or senior rugby) and we will pay you $500 if you call (8) fifteen’s matches (on different days) and can achieve a 10-6 score on the beep test within a year of certification. The Florida Rugby Union is sponsoring this program to incentivize more fit people to become active referees in the state.

FRU Moves to Revise Current Discipline Policy

As discussed at the recent AGM, we will be working to review our current discipline guidelines and by-laws. Tonight we will be participating in a webinar hosted by USA Rugby that is meant to inform about efficient and fair processes, review Regulations from World Rugby, and how they apply to local rugby in the USA. We will then be proposing by-law changes based upon discussion at the recent Union meeting and the webinar. We will post those changes and meeting at a later date, however, here are the current World Rugby Sanctions that apply to foul play.

Our current by-laws state:

FRU will utilize USAR discipline guidelines unless USAR lacks a policy. In the event of a conflict between FRU disciplinary policies and USAR disciplinary policies, or if FRU bylaws or policies are silent then USAR disciplinary policies will govern.– added to FRU by-laws on June 29, 2014 

Our by-laws also state . “The business of the D/C and any appeals therefrom to the Executive Committee shall be in compliance with IRB Regulation 17, as promulgated from time-to-time; provided however, to the extent that the terms and conditions of these By-Laws are inconsistent with the terms and conditions of such Regulation 17, the terms and conditions of these By-Laws shall prevail.

Thus, when our by-laws refer that USAR will prevail, if USAR defers to WR, then our by-laws state we should use our own and not WR. These statements all conflict each other in their current form, since USAR deferring to WR was a change made after our by-laws and the 2014 language was added. In addition, it is difficult for someone who gets a red or yellow card or has been cited to know where the policy differs and how that affects them. We want to modify this so it can be more accessible to clubs and players to find the information that they need. The new language and any changes will be posted 45 days in advance of any meeting to vote on these changes. We will email our list of club contacts as well as post here and on facebook when we have new discipline language for review after the board takes part in the webinar and discusses with the current committee what may work best. I know that WR timeline of 48 hours between a card and a ruling is not feasible at the local level as we receive reports up until the Monday following matches.  We will also solicit feedback at our meeting on how this information is shared (the discipline committee rulings). Stay tuned!

Florida Rugby Union – AGM Meeting & Minutes

Florida Rugby Union Annual General Meeting (Adult & Colleges)
Saturday, September 8th 2018
Hyatt Place Orlando Airport
5435 Forbes Pl, Orlando, Florida 32812

Updated (Sep 10th 2018)
2018 Meeting Minutes
Meeting Recording (3hrs)

The Florida Rugby Union 2018 AGM will be held September 8th at 10am in Orlando. Check-in will take place between 9:30 and 10 AM. We will break up the day between the AGM and Summit. Each club in the union should plan to send one club representative and one coach.

The Summit will include lunch and both coaching and club development modules. Here is a link to registration for the Summit, there is a rebate for teams that bring several coaches/players to the Summit portion of the day. Payment for lunch & the summit is via PayPal. Following the summit an informal optional social will take place at the Hyatt.

The working agenda for the AGM includes:
President Report
GM Report
Treasurer Report
Budget Presentation
Voting on New Member Clubs
Schedule Discussions
Elections for the open positions (President, 7s VP/Director, Women’s VP/Director, and Treasurer)
By-Law Changes

We will update the planned content for the modules as they are finalized, currently this includes club development (building a culture, player retention strategies and analysis) and coaching (building a structure/system that works for your personnel, advanced strategies in the set-piece)

Upcoming Coaching Certification Courses

USA Rugby are running three World Rugby Coaching Certification courses in Florida on the Saturday September 22nd. Two are Level 200 courses (the minimum required for all coaches who coach an form contact rugby). The third is Level 300 course which is the certification progression towards advanced coaching skills used in athlete development and program building.

The courses will be held at FAU in Boca Raton and in Vero Beach (L200 only). All course links are listed bellow along with some more details on each course.

Vero Beach Course
Leisure Square
Leisure Square Building
3705 16th St
Vero Beach, FL  32960
Registration Link


FAU / Boca Raton Course
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Rd.
Boca Raton, FL  33431
Registration links

L200 Course

The Level 200 Coach Certification is an introductory coaching clinic, which focuses on player welfare and the technical skills to play safely – specifically the tackle and the scrum. The assessment requires coaches to demonstrate effective coaching techniques, taught in the course. These techniques include teaching through games, technical skill development through progressions, and collaborative coaching. This course is suitable for all experience levels and will likely comprise a mix of veteran players/coaches and those new to the game – each benefitting from a free exchange of ideas/experience.

L300 Course

The Level 300 Course consists of a two-day certification clinic and successful completion of the home study tasks. This course is much more involved than the Level 200 with respect to pre-coursework, the in-person clinic, and post-coursework.

The objective of the certification is for coaches to increase their ability to effectively coach players to develop technical skills and to achieve strategic and tactical outcomes. Coaches will be able to use the coaching process, key factor analysis, functional role analysis, and principles of play to achieve specific short and medium-term goals for their teams.


Cancelled Gulf Coast 7s

To Florida Rugby:

I would like to apologize to all for Gulfcoast 7’s being cancelled this weekend.  Unfortunately the FRU was not contacted by St. Pete to help them work through any issues they were having and they cancelled the event without our knowledge.  This will be addressed with them directly. I wish there was something we could have done to generate another event but as you know this takes quite a bit of planning as well as securing a venue which is probably the most difficult task of all.  

I have confirmed with the Director of Miami Fiji tournament that everything is a go so I encourage you to sign up to attend.  This tournament is a fund raiser for the family of a former rugger so not only is it a good time it’s for a good cause. Then on Aug 4th you have the always fun Beerfoot 7’’s on the beach in Ft. Myers.

As a reminder to those who haven’t read the updates or weren’t contact directly by the Florida Rugby Union the process for qualifying for Nationals was changed drastically this year by USA Rugby.  Those changes were made late and then finalized even later and the FRU had to work closely with the other 3 unions that make up the South to set a schedule. This year the qualifiers were in Nashville June 9th and then Atlanta June 16th.  Next year they will be in Florida and the Carolina’s with location’s to be determined at a later time.  Due to dates of those events we had to adjust our summer schedule to allow clubs to participate. I’m happy to say that one of  our women’s teams qualified for Nationals. Best of luck Phoenix! Unfortunately due to funding and players already having summer trips scheduled no men’s teams were able to participate this summer.

We anticipate having another 5 social tournaments next summer in addition to the 1 qualifier we will be hosting for the South.  This depends of course on clubs willingness to host these tournaments, field availability and the calendar itself.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and enjoy the rest of the summer,

Steve Braunstein

Florida Director of 7’s


2018 Florida Summer Sevens

2018 Summer Schedule 

  • June 9 – Qualifier in Music City 7s – Nashville, TN —
  • June 16 – Qualifier to be hosted by the Georgia Rugby Union. Location Fair Oaks Soccer Complex, GA  –
  • June 23 – Surfin 7s West Palm Beach, FL
  • June 30 – Todd Miller 7s, Orlando, FL
  • July 14 – Gulf Coast (St. Pete)
  • July 28 – Fiji (Miami) 


Surfin Sevens –
Saturday June 23rd
Lake Lytal Park
West Palm Beach, Florida 33406

  • High School division contact Ross for pricing.
  • Men’s and women’s divisions $260. (Call or email ross for multiple team discount)
  • Paypal to or Venmo FAURugbyAlumni
  • Please email or message on here if you want to enter a team. Thanks, and hope to see you there!

Todd Miller Sevens –
Saturday June 30th
Emery Hamilton Sports Complex
Orlando, Florida 32808

Early Registration (Until June 24th)

  • Men’s & Women – $250 – 1st team – $150 – 2nd Team
  • U19s Girls & Boys – $150

Late Registration (June 25th to 27th)

  • Men’s & Women – $300 1st team – $250 – 2nd team
  • U19s Girls & Boys – $200

Registrations Close – June 27th @5pm

Florida’s Perry Baker is World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year


MONTE CARLO, MONACO – In the short history World Rugby has honored Sevens rugby players with a yearly award, no United States Man or Woman has won Sevens Player of the Year. On Sunday, that statistic changed as USA Rugby speedster, Perry Baker, won the 2017 Men’s recognition during the gala in South France.

“First of all, it was an honor to even be mentioned with those other guys out there,” said Baker after his win, “being Sevens player of the year was never a dream of mine, but this just shows the hard work paid off.”

The oldest of the nominees at 31, Perry Baker enjoyed a season to remember in 2016-17, topping the charts for tries and points scored on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with 57 and 285 respectively. The USA Eagles flyer has electric pace and can make something out of nothing, but has now developed the all-round game to go with his natural speed.

Since 2004, World Rugby has recognized the top player in Sevens rugby, this being the first time an American has won the award. While Perry himself accepted the honor, he was quick to attribute his success to his players and teammates, “I want to thank my teammates for making this possible for me it means a lot, to take this back home and share this with those guys, my parents and friends … they supported me day in and day out.”

Celebrations however will be brief, as Baker prepares for the beginning of the 2017-18 HSBC Sevens World Series, this Friday December 1 in Dubai. The Men’s Sevens look to improve upon a 5th place finish and where Baker’s speed will play a major role.

More about Perry Baker

Height: 6-1
Weight: 180
Birthplace: New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Hometown: Daytona Beach, Fla.
High School: Spruce Creek High School (Port Orange, Fla.) ’05
College: Fairmont State University ’10, Criminal Justice

Olympic Experience

  • Olympian (2016)
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Personal: Perry played collegiate football at Fairmont State University and was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL), but a knee injury cut his professional football career short…His brother and uncle both played in the NFL…Began playing rugby 2005 for Daytona Mens Rugby Club.