2021 MAC 7s Events and USAR Info


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.

Link: https://assets.usarugby.org/docs/club/2021-Senior-Club-Regulations.pdf
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
206.431.3232
https://www.starfiresports.com/

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 | info@denversevensrugby.com

Sevens Chair – Women’s Teams: Joanne Liu | joanneliu22@gmail.com

COVID-19 Statement UPDATE (03/20/2020)

UPDATE (03/20/2020)

From USAR, “All sanctioned competition and rugby activities are suspended for the foreseeable future, effective March 20, 2020. Members and clubs are asked to refrain from match play, training or team gatherings during this period. Accident and Liability insurance will not be valid during the above window of time. Information on when rugby activities will be able to resume will be communicated by USA Rugby.”

https://www.usa.rugby/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-status-and-updates-usa-rugby/

UPDATE (03/13/2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be suspending all MAC matches for the next few weeks. On Monday, April 13, we will provide an update on the status of match play.

We do not know what this means yet for our conference games, the MAC playoffs, or the National Championships. This depends on local, regional, and national issues.

If you have matches scheduled for the next few weeks, please let your referees know.


Original (03/11/2020).

MAC and Capital had its first query on Tuesday regarding COVID-19 and whether there were currently any plans to alter the Spring rugby season. As most of you know, games have been played throughout the country in the last few weeks (including the west coast, Savannah, Frontier region, etc.).

For the near future, games will go on until state and/or local government authorities declare a shutdown of facilities or movement.

We have not received anything substantive from the USAR National Office on this issue, although the National Competitions Committee is considering a procedure. However, any policy is likely to be regionally based.

Players should not put others at risk (clearly) if they are ill, and clubs should recognize any issues they have.

Keep in mind that makeup games may or may not be possible for some brackets due to the crowded schedule. There is no information if the National Championships will be changed to allow for changes in the schedules. If there are MAC match cancellations, Easter Weekend (Saturday) will need to be in play for makeups, if necessary. If a match is canceled, we will likely record them as 0-0 cancellations until things are sorted out. Finally, the May 2nd MAC Championship event is still too far out to speculate on its status.

USAR 15s Playoffs for Spring 2020

The USAR 15s Eastern playoffs:
Saturday/Sunday, May 16-17 (quarters/semis for most; semis only for some, like D1M)
Location: Temple U. (Ambler Field)

The USAR 15s National Championships:
Sunday, May 31 (one game championship for all divisions)
(Sunday event due to venue availability)
Location: Charlotte, NC

MAC Championships 2020

The MAC Club Championships will be held on May 2nd, 2020 at Wilkes-Barre, PA. This will include Men (D1, D2, D3, and D4) and Women (D2 and D3).

Location: Forty Fort Borough Sports Complex (Camryn Way Forty-Fort, PA18704). From North or South I-81: Take Exit 170 to 309N Cross Valley Expwy to Exit 4: Kingston/Forty Fort, bear Rt toward Forty Fort Rutter Ave. First stop sign turn left onto River St. Proceed to and turn Rt at Wyoming Ave/Rt 11. After 3rd traffic light, Turn Right onto Camryn Way (See Signage).

Event Coordinator Daniel Messinger, dmessstu@comcast.net

More information about the playoff weekends will be posted as the event gets closer.

Tights for both Men and Women

Please see the attached policy passed by the USAR Rugby Committee on November 22, 2019 and approved by the MAC Committee. This policy changes the old policy to include Men; only Women had been included in the previous policy.

Note that the referee is not the mediator on a gameday dispute. The clubs need to work this out and acknowledge this in advance of a match, as they do jersey colors, field issues, and so on.

Tights – Approved USAR Policy (11-20-2019)

Bid form for 2020 15s Championships

Attached (via Google Doc link) is the Bid Application to host Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) 15’s Championship the weekend of May 2, 2020. The Mid Atlantic Conference Championship Event determines the teams which advance along the National Championship pathway for the Men’s D1, D2, D3, D4, and Women’s D2 and D3. The event involves 8 men’s clubs with 4 matches and 4 women’s teams with 2 matches. The event is a single day event requiring 2 fields and a warm-up area.

Bids for all Mid Atlantic Conference MAC Fifteens playoff events must be emailed by November 30 in a PDF format to the Chairperson of the MAC Committee (greekdaisy@gmail.com).

Effective 2014, MAC playoff and championship events are sponsored and funded by two Geographical Unions, the Capital Geographic Union (CGU) and the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union (EPRU) according to an alternating schedule. The Host applicant will be reimbursed by the appropriate Geographical Union.

The bidding is limited to EPRU teams until November 30 since 2020 is an even year. However, if no acceptable bids are provided, bidding will re-open to both Capital and EPRU.

CMS Reporting and Tech Zones (required)!

Beginning this Fall (2019), completion of CMS entries are now required by USA Rugby to be within 48 hours of the match’s completion. Both teams must post the final results, rosters, and player substitution(s), as well as the virtual signing. [Posted 08/15/2019.]

Effective immediately, USA Rugby adopted the USA Rugby Technical Zone and Sideline Management policy this summer for implementation across all club competitions. The field set-up document is at https://assets.usarugby.org/…/USA-Rugby-Technical-Zone-and-…. [Posted May 11, 2019.]

More info on these and other items is at https://www.usa.rugby/2019/08/membership-update-for-2019-20-competitive-season/. [Posted 08/31/2019.]

2019 MAC Champions

Congratulations to our MAC champions!

D1 Men – Rocky Gorge
D2 Men – Doylestown
D2 Women – Harrisburg
D3 Men – Northeast Philadelphia
D3 Women – South Jersey
D4 Men – Washington Renegades D4