College 7's National Championship

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The 2013 USA Rugby College 7s National Championship will be played at Bryan Park Soccer Complex in Greensboro, N.C. on November 23-24. The 2013 Championship will be the 3rd annual USA Rugby College 7s National Championship. Three separate divisions will be competing at the Championship: Men’s Division I, Men’s Open Division and a Women’s Division. Click here to view the entire events guide as a PDF.

REBROADCAST ON ESPNU

ESPNU will re-air matches on the following dates and times:

  • Men’s: Wednesday, November 27, at 10pm ET
  • Women’s: Thursday, November 28, at 1pm ET

For more information, please visit the USA Rugby Rugby on TV web page.

VENUE

Bryan Park
6105 Towsend Rd
Browns Summit, NC 27214

http://www.greensborosports.org/bryan-park-soccer

TICKETS

There is no charge for admission. Attending fans will only be required to purchase a parking pass for their vehicles.

PARKING

There is a designated parking lot for teams, staff, and match officials only. Teams will be given their parking pass for this area at the coaches & captains reception. Parking is $15 for 2 days and $10 for 1 day per car. Participating coaches and players will not be charged for parking.

For traveling parents, alumni, and supporters, parking permits may be purchased on-site or online. To purchase parking passes online please visit Youthleagueusa.com

WATCH LIVE!

Matches at the 2013 College Sevens National Championship will be streamed live on USARugbyTV.com. Select matches on Sunday will also be available on ESPN3.

MATCH SCHEDULE

Click here for College 7s National Championship schedule

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

Pleas apply for your media credentials here: USA Rugby Media Credentials

Ground Transportation from the GSO Airport

PART (Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation) serves PTI with buses, vans and carpools for affordable, comfortable transportation.  Call 336-883-7278 to make a reservation or visit their Web site. To make reservations or for more information contact Triad Transportation at (336) 668-9808. Triad Transportation
Taxi/van services are provided by Triad Transportation.  They can be reached at (336) 668-9808 or 1-877-796-LIMO (5466).  Triad Transportation is located lower level center in the terminal building.

CONTACTS

USA Rugby On-Site: Erik Geib, egeib@usarugby.org · 720-508-8009
USA Rugby On-Site: Jen Gray, jgray@usarugby.org · 720-508-8013
USA Rugby On-Site: Joe Rosen, jrosen@usarugby.org
USA Rugby On-Site: Dylan Hamilton, dhamilton@usarugby.org
USA Rugby Collegiate Director: Rich Cortez, rcortez@usarugby.org · 720-508-8027
USA Rugby Associate Collegiate Director: Tam Breckenridge, tbreckenridge@usarugby.org
USA Rugby Eligibility: James Wilber, jwilber@usarugby.org · 720-508-8011
Men’s Match Commisioner: Kevin Battle, kevin.battle@me.com
Women’s Match Commissioner: TBD

USA Rugby’s Partnered Hotels

Hotel Rate Distance to
Byron Park
Clarion Hotel
415 S. Swing Rd.
336-315-1548
$70.00 20 miles
Courtyard Marriott
7811 National Service Rd.
336-668-1090
$74.00 20 miles
Days Inn Airport
501 S. Regional Rd.
336-668-0476
$49.99 20 miles
Embassy Suites
201 Centreport Dr.
336-688-4535
$119.00 22 miles
Fairfield Inn Airport
7615 Thorndike Rd.
336-841-0140
$85.00 22 miles
Hawthorn Suites
7623 Thorndike Rd.
336-454-0078
$57.00 22 miles
Holiday Inn
Express Airport
645 Regional Rd.
336-882-004
$85.00 20 miles
Quality Inn & Suites
7067 Albert Pick Rd.
336-668-3638
$69.00 21 miles
Haynes Bed & Breakfast
320 Gorrell St.
336-378-9984
$95.00 10 miles
Baymont Inn & Suites
2001 Veasley St.
336-294-9100
$69.99 17 miles
Comfort Suites
Four Seasons
3308 Isler St.
336-235-4002
$79.00 17 miles
Best Western
Windsor Suites
2006 Veasley St.
336-294-9100
$75.00 17 miles
DoubleTree by Hilton
3030 High Point Rd.
336-292-4004
$90.00 17 miles
Drury Inn & Suites
3220 High Point Rd.
336-856-9696
$89.95 17 miles
Howard Johnsons
2004 Veasley St.
336-854-8600
$69.00 17 miles
Park Lane Hotel
3005 High Point Rd.
336-294-4565
$79.00 17 miles
Sheraton Four Seasons
3121 High Point Rd.
336-292-9161
$99.00 17 miles
Grandover Resort
1000 Club Rd.
336-294-1800
$139.00 20 miles
Holiday Inn
Express East
3111 Cedar Park Rd.
336-697-0101
$79.00 13 miles
Holiday Inn
Express Wendover
4305 Big Tree Way
336-854-0090
$89.00 18 miles
Hyatt Place
1619 Stanley Rd.
336-852-1443
$109.00 18 miles
Springhill Suites
6006 Landmark Center Blvd.
336-809-0909
$109.00 18 miles
Wingate by Wyndham
6007 Landmark Center Blvd.
336-369-0468
$85.00 18 miles

TRAINING SCHEDULE

To schedule a training session please contact Erik Geib (egeib@usarugby.org).

ELIGIBILITY

Please Contact James Wilber (jwilber@usarugby.org) at USA Rugby if you need to file an eligibility waiver request or have a question about the eligibility regulations. Championship paperwork should be sent to Erik Geib (egeib@usarugby.org).

Step 1
Media Information Form: This document must be filled out and sent to Laura Gill (lgill@usarugby.org) by no later than Wednesday, November 13. This information will be used in programming and broadcast communications by USA Rugby. Teams that fail to fill out this document in a timely manner will risk having their information not included in promotional materials and/or used in broadcast. Please place your team’s name in the saved title of the document.

Step 2
Team Contact Information: Complete online form with general club and contact information.

Step 3
Team Participation Agreement: This form must be signed and dated by your team representative, as well as a Conference official not affiliated with your club. This affirms that you understand what is required of you and your team at a USA Rugby National Championship event.

Step 4
**If any rostered member of your team has received an eligibility waiver for any purpose, please include a copy of that waiver along with your form.

Collegiate Player Eligibility Form: To be completed prior to competition in a USA Rugby College 7s Championship Event.

Collegiate Player Eligibility Form – Grandfather Clause: To be completed prior to competition in a USA Rugby College 7s Championship Event, if your team has players who are not eligible under the standard regulations but who are eligible with the grandfather clause to those regulations.

Step 5
Participation Waiver – Adult (REQUIRED for all participants 18 years of age or older): This form must be signed and dated by all participating championship players 18 years of age and older. A copy of this form must be turned in at team check-in.

Participation Waiver – Minor (REQUIRED for all participants under the age of 18): This form must be signed and dated by all participating championship players under the age of 18, as well as by the player’s parent or legal guardian. A copy of this form must be turned in at team check-in.

Step 6
Event Media Release Agreement: This form must be signed and dated by all participating championship players. Players aged 18 years or older are to sign and date the form on page 1 of this document. If a player is under the age of 18, the player and his/her parent or legal guardian must fill out and sign & date the form on page 2 of the document.

Championship Paperwork Checklist
College 7s Championship Checklist: USA Rugby has assembled a checklist to assist you in the timely completion of the above items (steps 1-6). You may access this checklist by clicking the hyperlink above.

TRAININGS

Training space is available on Thursday, November 21 and Friday, November 22. Trainings must be scheduled through Erik Geib (egeib@usarugby.org). Training times will be allocated by a first come, first serve basis. Teams that attempt to train at the facility without pre-approved arrangements will be subject to sanctioning by their conference and/or USA Rugby.

TEAM CHECK-IN

If there is a problem with your team’s scheduled check in time, please contact your Erik Geib (egeib@usarugby.org) to re-arrange as soon as possible.

Team Check-in Times: Friday, November 22 at Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons
3121 High Point Rd, Greensboro, NC 27407:

5:00 – 5:15:
Men’s Division I Pool C 4                    Men’s Division II Pool A 4
Men’s Division I Pool D 4                    Men’s Division II Pool B 4
Men’s Division I Pool E 4                    Men’s Division I Pool A 4
Men’s Division I Pool F 4                    Men’s Division I Pool B 4
5:15 – 5:30
Men’s Division I Pool A 3                    Men’s Division II Pool A 3
Men’s Division I Pool B 3                    Men’s Division II Pool B 3
Men’s Division I Pool C 3                    Men’s Division I Pool E 3
Men’s Division I Pool D 3                    Men’s Division I Pool F 3
Men’s Division I Pool D 3                    Men’s Division I Pool F 3
5:30 – 5:45
Women’s Division I Pool A 4               Men’s Division II Pool A 2
Women’s Division I Pool B 4               Men’s Division II Pool B 2
Women’s Division I Pool C 4               Men’s Division I Pool A 2
Women’s Division I Pool D 4               Men’s Division I Pool B 2
5:45 – 6:00
Women’s Division I Pool A 3               Men’ Division II Pool A 1
Women’s Division I Pool B 3               Men’s Division II Pool B 2
Women’s Division I Pool C 3               Men’s Division I Pool C 2
Women’s Division I Pool D 3               Men’s Division I Pool D 2
6:00 – 6:15
Women’s Division I Pool A 2               Men’s Division I Pool E 2
Women’s Division I Pool B 2               Men’s Division I Pool F 2
Women’s Division I Pool C 2               Men’s Division I Pool A 1
Women’s Division I Pool D 2               Men’s Division I Pool B 1
6:15 – 6:30
Women’s Division I Pool A 1                Men’s Division I Pool C 1
Women’s Division I Pool B 1                Men’s Division I Pool D 1
Women’s Division I Pool C 1                Men’s Division I Pool E 1
Women’s Division I Pool D 1                Men’s Division I Pool F 1

Note that the check-in schedule will be updated on Monday, November 11 after the pools are announced on Sunday, November 10.

2013 COLLEGE 7s WELCOME RECEPTION AND COACHES & CAPTAINS MEETING: Friday, November 22 at 7:00 pm at the ACC Hall of Champions – 1921 West Lee St., Greensboro:

Each club is expected to bring its captain and one coach to the coaches & captains reception. This reception is your club’s opportunity to ask any and all questions about the event, as well as to be notified of any last minute changes. You must have at least one representative from your team at this meeting! Attendees should wear slacks/khakis and a polo, jersey, or shirt/tie combination representing their team.

WARM-UP FIELDS

Warm-up space is available immediately adjacent to the playing field. Please be respectful of other activities going on at the park, if any.

COMPETITION GUIDELINES

The 2013 USA Rugby College 7s National Championships will be played under current IRB 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/III Open Division, the 8 teams competing will be grouped into 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.

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. Points differential
2. Tries differential
3. Points for
4. Tries for
5. Coin toss between team captains

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
2. Tries differential
3. Points for
4. Tries for
5. Coin toss between team captains

During the Sunday 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.

Before extra time starts, the referee will organize a coin toss between captains to decide whether to kick-off or choose an end to defend. If the winner of the coin toss decides to choose an end, the opponents must kick off and vice versa. Subsequent kick-offs will alternate between the two sides.

The duration of matches, other than the Championship Final, will be seven minutes each half with a two-minute half time interval. The duration of the Final will be 10 minutes each half with a three-minute half time interval.

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 Division I, 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/III Open Division
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.

ROSTER SIZE

Teams may dress 15 players for each match but 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.

Players Village

A Players Village will be located on site. The Village will host individial areas for each team to assemble before and after matches. A medical facility and a replenishment booth will be on site as well. Food and beverage concessions will also be available for all in attendance.