Information about the Atlantic Super Regional is below.
The Senior Club Council, club rugby’s voice to USA Rugby, has enacted several changes to the pathways teams navigate to become eligible for the USA Rugby Club 15s National Championship. The seeds for clubs competing in Women’s Divisions 1 and 2 and Men’s Divisions 1, 2, and 3 in the New England RFU, Empire GU, East Penn RFU, and Capital GU will be determined at the Atlantic Super Regional Rugby Festival. The top seeds in Women’s Division 3 and Men’s Division 4 will compete for the Atlantic Region Championship. Leadership from each Union collaborated on this effort and agree on the following details of the event:
Host Union and dates:
- 2022 – Empire GU: 4/30-5/1/22 (Easter 4/17)
- 2023 – Capital GU: 4/29-30/23 (Easter 4/9)
- 2024 – East Penn: 4/28-29/24 (Easter 3/30)
- 2025 – New England: 4/26-27/25 (Easter 4/20)
Men’s and Women’s Division 1:
Men: MAC vs. ARP
Women: #1 vs. #4 – #2 vs. #3
Men’s and Women’s Division 2 and Division 3:
NERFU #1 vs. East Penn #1
Empire #1 vs. Capital #1
Men’s Division 4:
NERFU/Empire Champion vs. MAC Champion
Details pertaining to this year’s Atlantic Super Regional will be forthcoming from the Empire GU. The Unions are committed to delivering a professionally produced event with special consideration to player welfare, athletes’ and coaches’ work schedules, and expense to athletes and coaches. Union leadership will adjust if/when the Club Council changes pathways to a National Championship. As always, Union leadership is open to feedback and comments. Please share any feedback with your Union president.
Important: “Please note that in order to be eligible in the USA Rugby Play-offs, any player who has transferred to a new senior club during the current competitive 2021-22 season, must receive a Waiver from the Senior Club Eligibility Committee.”
***** UPDATE – 09/28/2021 *****
Effective immediately (09/28/2021), we are back on CMS.
See the sidebar for the match reporting link to CMS.
- Each coordinator will be sending clubs their IDs and PWs.
- If you haven’t used CMS before, ask a senior club member or ask for assistance. However, it’s an easy system so try it.
- After entries are finished (roster and scoring breakdowns), you must “sign” your part of the form to acknowledge agreement with final score, etc.
- Rosters will be fed from Sportlomo. Those must be included with the submissions. if you haven’t used CMS before, you enter that in the system and not into a separate spreadsheet.
ALL scores submitted by noon on Tuesday 09/28/2021 are in the system. The standings are updated in real time within CMS. If you did not submit your previous scores (due every Monday night), you must do so in CMS. The Jotform system has been shut down for CMS.
Non-compliance with any of the above may lead to forfeits or other negative actions.
The following link is the current process to handle COVID-19 as it arises: https://bit.ly/3zpfqme
We will note that this is a “living” document and will be added to as needed.
CMS is not ready for use by USAR’s Senior Club Council Competitions Committee due to issues with the import of Sportslomo player data. The projected date is mid-September.
We will announce via Facebook, Twitter, and this site once the system is open for use.
Effective August 1 for 15s and August 16 for 7s. S
The Mid Atlantic 7s series will host qualifiers on the following dates.
7/10 NOVA – Manassas, VA
7/17 East Coast 7s – Downingtown, PA
7/24 Rites of Summer – Columbia, MD
Policies and Procedures for this summer’s series will be announced by the MAC 7s Committee.
Host teams will announce details of their events.
For clubs interested in playing in the National 7s Club Championship, see below.
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From Howard Kent USA Rugby Club 7s Commissioner:
2021 National 7s Team Enrollment Form
Interested teams must complete the 2021 National 7s Team Enrollment Form by June 24 and pay an entry fee by July 1. See: https://forms.gle/7gNCSFxHY4kWPBLp7
Expanded Opportunity – Alert your Teams
Our premise is to encourage participation by expanding the number of teams that play in the 7s National Championship using an Open / Invitational concept. All teams that preregister for the 7s National Competition and make the effort to play in qualifying 7s tournaments are in the pathway for entry in the 7s National Championship event. The top teams each for Men & Women would play in an upper tier competition at Nationals for the Signes Cup. The remaining teams that preregister for the 7s National Competition and qualify would play in a lower tier for the Silver Cup. Over time this model should improve the quality on competition and depth of participation.
2021 National 7s Miscellaneous Items
Pre-qualified teams will be announced June 24. July 1st is the cutoff date for confirming intent to qualify for Nationals.
As this event is unbudgeted by USA Rugby and the Senior Club Council, the Host is picking up all venue costs and competition costs shall be shouldered by an entry fee. The entry fee is expected to be between $650 -$850 (still TBD). We anticipate that if a team withdraws prior to July 1 they will receive a 50% refund and withdrawing later than that there will be NO refund.
Payment types accepted for the fee are Credit card and Debit Card only. NO Cash, NO Cheques.
2021 National 7s Multiple teams from one Club
Clubs may qualify for the Signes Cup and also another team in the Silver Cup if they do not wish to try to qualify two teams for the top tier and NOT have to split their roster for the season, per Section 5, 5.1f.
USA Rugby Player Eligibility Rules—Sevens Rules are Section 5 which is on Page 5
National 7s Location
Aug 14 & 15, 2021
Hosts: Seattle (more info from the hosts soon- do NOT contact them now!)
Venue: Starfire Sports
14800 Starfire Way
Tukwila, WA 98188
Team & Player CIPP
All teams must be registered with USA Rugby and all players must be CIPP to that team.
A Club must be registered and In Good Standing with USA Rugby and the Approved Governing Body by June 15.
A Player must be Registered to the Club and residing in the United States, through initial enrollment or transfer, prior to the earlier of (i) playing in any Qualifying Tournament or, (ii) July 1.
Sevens Chair – Men’s Teams: Howard Kent | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sevens Chair – Women’s Teams: Joanne Liu | email@example.com
In areas where play is allowed, clubs may schedule their own matches (“friendlies”) but there will be no league matches or schedules. MAC 15s scheduling work is planned to resume in mid-May for the Fall. The MAC 7s Committee will be looking at the options as we approach summer.