Boulder, Colorado -- The USA
Rugby Board of Directors has approved a proposal from the
College Management Council for a new Collegiate Sevens
National Championship for Men's and Women's Teams that will
debut in December, 2011.
The USA Rugby Collegiate
Rugby Sevens National Championships will be held on the 16th
and 17th of December, 2011, at a site that is yet to be
determined. The Championships will consist of 24
Collegiate Men's Teams and 16 Collegiate Women's Teams.
More than 125 Collegiate
Men's Teams will be competing in Qualifier Tournaments
leading to the Championship. Those Tournaments, listed
below, will be a mixture of USA Rugby Collegiate Division I
Conference Championships and Collegiate Regional Venues that
include Division I and College Premier Division programs.
The winners of each
Qualifier Tournament will earn an automatic berth in the
Collegiate Men's Championship Tournament. The
remainder of the field will be selected on an 'at large'
basis by a 'to be seated' Sevens Championship Selection
Committee. Criteria for selection will include
performance in a Qualifier Tournament.
For 2011, the Collegiate
Women's Sevens Championship will be a 16 Team Open
Invitational Tournament. Collegiate Women's Teams will
be invited to submit an application to participate in the
Venue, and the Women's Competition Committee will select the
final 16 from the pool of applicants.