College 7's National Championship

Event Guide

USA Rugby, in partnership with IMG, will hold the 2015 College 7s National Championships at the University of Denver. Forty-eight of college rugby’s finest men’s and women’s programs will descend upon the University of Denver campus May 23-24 to compete in three tournament fields – Men’s Division I, Men’s Division II, and the Women’s Division.

 

WATCH LIVE!

Matches at the 2015 College 7s National Championships will be streamed live on USARugbyTV.com.

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

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

ELIGIBILITY

Please contact Nicholas Bridenbaugh (nbridenbaugh@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 James Wilber (jwilber@usarugby.org).

 

COMPETITION GUIDELINES

The 2015 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, the 16 competing teams will be grouped into four pools of four. In the Men’s Division II 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 
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
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.