LAFAYETTE, COLO. – After the launch of the Performance Game Board in 2017, changes are now underway in the performance 7s competition landscape thanks to the hard work of the 7s working group created by the board.
"The 7's working group on the Performance Game Board was tasked with looking at potential improvements to all aspects of domestic Club 7s and following are the recommendations,” said Steve Lewis, 7s working group chair. “We believe that the new qualification process on the men’s side will deliver the most competitive tournament possible, showcasing more of the country's best teams and players, and that the eligibility changes will simplify life for players, coaches and administrators alike"
With that in mind, the group – comprised of 7s specialists such as Lewis, Chris Ryan, Howard Kent, Joanne Liu, Patrick McNally, and Erik Geib – have announced their first round of proposed changes to the 7s senior competition format.
Starting in 2018, the following adjustments have been proposed for the USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship:
After review of the previously-decided date, the 7s working group has also confirmed that the 2018 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship will remain the weekend of August 11-12. The location for the event will be announced no later than March 19, and all bids for the event must be received by USA Rugby no later than February 26.
The champions of the USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship are enshrined on the Emil Signes Cup. The cup is in dedication to Emil Signes, a pioneer of Rugby 7s for the men and women of the United States of America.