Harrisburg 7s tournament
The 27th annual Harrisburg 7s tournament, hosted by Campbelltown Volunteer Fire Company, will feature 54 teams. There will be Men’s and Women’s Open divisions as well as U19 boys and girls divisions. Each division will have round-robin pool play followed by single elimination playoffs. The single day affair will culminate will a social for all participants over 21.
The Milwaukee West Side Harlequins RFC will host the 31st annual Lakefront 7s tournament. Taking place at Veteran’s Park in Milwaukee, the focus of the weekend will be the Men and Women’s qualifier tournaments. However, there will be additional men’s competitive bracket, men’s and women’s social divisions and high school boys and girls competition. With an average of 65 teams and over 1000 participants and a scenic view of the Lake Michigan, it should be a great day of rugby.
Monmouth RFC will host its inaugural Showdown at the Shore 7s tournament at Thompson Park in Lincroft NJ. Not only is this the second leg of the Northeast Regional qualifier, it will feature men’s and women’s open divisions. 28 men’s teams and 10 women’s teams have signed up to participate making attendance rather impressive for the first annual Monmouth 7’s tournament.
Midsummer Youth 7s
In Palatine Ill., the Midsummer Youth 7s will only feature high school boys and girls. Hosted by Palatine RFC, this tournament focuses on growing rugby at a grassroots level.
Fort Adams State Park will play host to 20 teams traveling to Newport, RI. The teams will compete for a thousand dollars in prize money. Starting at 9AM, the tournament will run 57 games over three fields. The Rhino Bar and Grill will host post tournament gathering starting at 9PM.
Northern California 7s tournament
San Francisco Golden Gate will host the Northern California 7s tournament. The first leg of the Northern California 7s series will see eight teams compete in the qualifier tournament with hopes of proceeding through the Pacific Coast Qualifiers. The teams are divided into two brackets, with the top two teams from each advancing to the Cup Semi-finals. Games will be played at Ray Sheeran field starting at 9AM
Palo Alto 7s Series
Also in Northern California, the Palo Alto Series starts up again. With there being a qualifier series for the top men’s clubs, this event becomes more what it was designed to be – competitive, but not world-endingly serious. Men, women, and high schoolers all compete.
Santa Monica 7s
This tournament is men’s qualifier – the third in the Southern California series. It’s a big one, too, as a few surprises in Tempe put the top four teams under a blanket. It’s also crucial because teams have to make sure the players they want to play get on the field and are eligible for later competition.
There’s also a women’s bracket and a men’s open bracket. Serevi sponsors a U18 boys bracket as well.
Columbus, Md. Is the site of the Slug 7s, hosted by Rocky Gorge RFC, which won their last effort in a MARFU qualifier. No MARFU qualifier this week, so this is a more mellow outing for all concerned (as evidenced by the fact that almost every men’s team asked to be in the social division).
Tornado Alley 7s
The Tornado Alley 7s in Norman, Okla., a much-anticipated event on the calendar in the region, is part of the TOLA (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas) 7s series. TOLA was revived when the Texas Sevens Series sputtered. The Dallas Harlequins won the first event, at Bloodfest in Austin, Texas. Bonobo and El Azul round out the top three, but there are plenty of other teams that will compete.
The TOLA Series will move on with the Lone Star Classic July 13, the Cherrybone July 27, and the finals at the Horse Shoe 7s August 10.
The Texas Rugby Union says the Texas Series will be back next year.
So is this tournament’s name a nod to Star Trek or to the heat Birmingham, Ala. enjoys in late June. (We always wondered why in Star Trek the fiery planet Vulcan was so named – why would you name a planet of a non-human race after a human god of Ancient Rome? It’s like if we named Washington DC after Pericles because he loved democracy in Ancient Greece.)
No women’s bracket here as all but one women’s team backed out (too bad). Birmingham, Nashville, and Atlanta Old White head up a good men’s bracket if everyone shows. Ten boys teams are led by Phoenix and Maryville.
Oh, and we think it’s because of the heat.