College 7s National Championship

Event Guide

USA Rugby, in partnership with IMG, will hold the 2016 USA Rugby College 7s National Championships at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC. Sixty of college rugby’s finest men’s and women’s programs will descend upon the University of Denver campus May 27-29 to compete in four tournament fields – Men’s Division I and II, as well as Women’s Division I and II brackets.

WATCH LIVE!

Matches at the 2016 College 7s National Championships will be streamed live on USARugbyTV.com.

VENUE

WakeMed Soccer Park | 201 Soccer Park Dr. | Cary, NC

TICKETS

College 7s tickets are now on sale through Etix.com, with the following packages available:
  • Single-day – $15 (General Admission) – $20 (Premium Seat)
  • Saturday-Sunday package – $25
  • All-event (three-day) package – $35

OFFICIAL EVENT HOTELS

  • Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley (Official Headquarters of College 7s) – $129
  • 4500 Marriott Drive Raleigh, NC 27612
  • 15 minutes from WakeMed Soccer Park
  • Rate includes Airport Shuttle and Parking
  • Book now!
  • Doubletree Raleigh Durham Airport – $99
  • 4810 Page Creek Lane Durham, NC 27703
  • Rate includes 2 Breakfasts per room, Airport Shuttle, and Parking
  • 14 minutes from WakeMed Soccer Park
  • Book now!
  • If booking 10+ rooms, call Carla at 919-941-4825
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Raleigh Crabtree – $109
  • 2201 Summit Park Lane Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Rate includes Breakfast and Parking
  • 16 minutes from WakeMed Soccer Park
  • To Book, call Jennifer Rabanal at 919-720-9798
  • Hampton Inn Raleigh-Durham Airport – $99
  • 1010 Airport Blvd. Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Rate includes Breakfast, Airport Shuttle, and Parking
  • 11 minutes from WakeMed Soccer Park
  • Book now!
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Crabtree – $109
  • 3920 Arrow Dr. Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Rate includes Breakfast and Parking
  • 12 minutes from WakeMed Soccer Park
  • For Booking: Call 919-881-7080 and say that
  • Book now!
  • Holiday Inn Express Raleigh-Durham Airport – $99
  • 1014 Airport Blvd. Morrisville, NC 27560
  • 12 minutes from WakeMed Soccer Park
  • Rate includes Breakfast, Airport Shuttle, and Parking
  • To Book, visit 2016 USA Rugby Collegiate National Championships
  • Hyatt Place Raleigh-Durham Airport – $119
  • 200 Airgate Drive Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Rate includes Breakfast, Airport Shuttle, and Parking
  • 12 minutes from WakeMed Soccer Park
  • For Booking: Call 1-888-HYATT-HP and use Group Code G-TRIA
    Please note that there are two Hyatt Place options and make sure you book the one that you want
  • Hyatt Place Raleigh West – $119
  • 710 Corporate Center Drive Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Rate includes Breakfast and Parking
  • 5 minutes from WakeMed Soccer Park
  • For Booking: Call 1-888-HYATT-HP and
    Please note that there are two Hyatt Place options and make sure you book the one that you want
  • Springhill Suites by Marriott Raleigh/Cary
  • 1128 Ledsome Lane Cary, NC 27511
  • $109 Double Queens/ $99 Kings
  • Rate includes Breakfast and Parking
  • 9 minutes from WakeMed Soccer Park
  • To Book, Call 919-977-7244, ask for Taralyn Pinder, and indicate you are with College Rugby

ELIGIBILITY

Please contact Nicholas Bridenbaugh (eligibility@usarugby.org) with any questions related to eligibility or to request a waiver of eligibility. Championship paperwork may be directed to eligibility@usarugby.org. The official Tournament Information Packet can be found here.

COMPETITION GUIDELINES

The 2016 USA Rugby College 7s National Championships will be played under current World Rugby rules for Rugby Sevens, except where modified below. In Men’s Division I, the 24 teams competing will be grouped into six pools of four. In Women’s Division I, the 16 competing teams will be grouped into four pools of four. In the Men’s Division II Division, the 12 teams competing will be grouped into three pools of four. Finally, the eight-team Women’s Division II bracket will consist of two pools of four. Play on Saturday will consist of round robin matches between teams in the same pool. No extra time will be played in pool matches. Competition points will be awarded for these matches on the following basis:
Win = 3 points Tie = 2 points Loss = 1 point

DETERMINING POOL STANDINGS

Position in the pool standings shall be determined by competition points as set out above. However, if at the conclusion of the pool stage two teams are equal on competition points for any position in the pool, such position in the pool standings will be determined on the result of the match between the two equal teams. The team that won that match shall finish higher in the pool standings.

A. Two Teams

If the match between the two teams equal on competition points at the end of the pool stage was a tie, then the following process shall be used to determine the pool standings:
  1. Result of the match between the two equal teams
  2. Points differential (based on results from games only between teams in consideration)
  3. Tries differential (based on results from games only between teams in consideration)
  4. Points for (based on results from games only between teams in consideration)
  5. Tries for (based on results from games only between teams in consideration)
  6. Coin toss between team captains

B. More than Two Team

**If at the end of the pool stage more than two teams are tied on points then the following process shall be used to determine the pool standings:
  1. Points differential (based on results from games only between teams in consideration)
  2. Tries differential (based on results from games only between teams in consideration)
  3. Points for (based on results from games only between teams in consideration)
  4. Tries for (based on results from games only between teams in consideration)
  5. Coin toss between team captains
**Once the “More than Two Teams” process has reduced the field by one team (either by producing a clear number 1, or a clear number 3), the “Two Team” tiebreaker criteria will be applied to the remaining tied teams. At this point, the “Two Team” process will start again from its first point (the result of the match between the two teams remaining in question) and will work down the process until the teams can be separated.

DETERMINING KNOCKOUT ROUND BRACKETS

Men’s Division I

In Men’s Division I, the six pool winners and the two pool runners-up with the most competition points will advance to the Cup Quarter-Finals and will be seeded 1-8. The six pool winners will be seeded 1-6 and the two runners-up seeded 7-8. The next four pool runners-up and the top four third-place pool teams based on competition points will compete in the Bowl Quarter-Finals. The four pool runners-up will be seeded 1-4. The four third-place pool teams will be seeded 5-8. The remaining two third-place teams and six fourth-place teams will compete in the Shield Quarter-Finals. The two third-place teams will be seeded 1-2. The six fourth-place teams will be seeded 3-8. If at the end of the pool stage two teams are tied on points then the following process shall be used to determine the knockout bracket seeds:
  1. Points differential
  2. Tries differential
  3. Points for
  4. Tries for
  5. Coin toss between team captains

Women’s Division I

In Women’s field, the 4 pool winners and the 4 pool runners-up will advance to the Cup Quarter-Finals and play across pools – A1 vs D2, B1 vs C2 and so forth. The four winners will go on to Cup Semi-Finals; the four losers will go on Plate Semi-Finals. The four third-place pool finishers based on competition points will compete in the Bowl Semi-Finals and play across pools – A3 vs D3, B3 vs C3. The bottom four pool finishers based on competition points will compete in the Shield Semi-Finals and play across pools – A4 vs D4, B4 vs C4. If at the end of the pool stage two teams are tied on points then the following process shall be used to determine the knockout bracket seeds:
  1. Points differential
  2. Tries differential
  3. Points for
  4. Tries for
  5. Coin toss between team captains

Men’s Division II

In the Men’s Division II/III Open Division, the 2 pool winners and the 2 pool runners-up will advance to the Cup Semi-Finals and play across pools – A1 vs. B2; B1 vs. A2 The two winners will go on to the Championship Final; the two losers will go on to the 3rd/4th-Place Match. The two third-place and fourth-place pool finishers based on competition points will advance to the Bowl Semi-Finals and play across pools – A3 vs. B4; B3 vs. A4. The two winners will go on to the 5th-Place Match; the two losers will go on to the 7th-Place Match.

Women’s Division II

The two pools of four will see the top-two sides from each pool advance to a Championship bracket. The bottom half of the pools will advance into a consolation bracket.

Extra Time Policy for Knockout Rounds

During the elimination (knockout round) matches, in the event of a match being tied at the end of normal time, extra time will be played until a winner is determined. After a break of one minute, extra time will be played in periods of five minutes. After each period, the teams will change ends without interval. In extra time the team which scores first will immediately be declared the winner without further play.

ROSTER SIZE

Event rosters can have up to 15 players per team. For each individual match, teams may dress 12 players for each match and will only be allowed the standard five substitutions per match.

DISCIPLINE

  • A player who receives a red card is expelled from the remainder of the tournament.
  • A player who receives yellow cards in consecutive matches is suspended for his team’s next match.
  • A player who accumulates three yellow cards during the tournament is expelled from the remainder of the tournament.
  • All cards are subject to review by the Match Commissioner and the Head Match Official.
Players and coaches should be aware at all times that they are representing their schools and their sport in a national championship event both on and off the pitch. Your conduct will be on full view for current and future rugby players and representatives of our hosts. It is expected each of you will conduct yourself in a manner that will present the sport in a positive light. Failure to adhere to the highest levels of sportsmanship and conduct may result in disciplinary action against teams and individuals by USA Rugby.