It's a very important weekend for qualifiers, as most regions finalize their qualification process July 20.
The qualifiers are:
Can Am7s (Pacific Northwest qualifier for the Pacific Coast finals).
Monk Vaughn 7s (Final in MARFU series with championships to come).
New Haven 7s (Latest in Northeast series).
N California 7s (Last in Northern California series leading to the Pacific Coast finals).
Rock-n-Roll 7s (Latest in Midwest series).
Also on tap this weekend:
Illinois Youth Olympic 7s, Hoffman Estates, Ill.
The Illinois Youth Rugby Association holds its state HS 7s championship with weekend in Hoffman Estate, Ill.
Palo Alto 7s, Palo Alto, Calif.
This second in the Palo Alto 7s series. Last week was the opener in very hot temperatures. Seven women's team participated, including three from the Berkeley All Blues. Men's teams such as Marin, East Palo Alto, and College Park along with some 2nd sides from bigger-name teams played as well. This is a more serious series for the women.
Santa Barbara7s, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Both the Men's Open and Social divisions are eight teams strong as well. In the Open, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Grunions and San Luis Obispo comprise Pool A, while Belmont Shore, Chico, Santa Clarita and Other Guys make up Pool B.
In Social, Denver, Pasadena II, Santa Clarirta II and Ventura are in Pool A; Huntington Beach, Temecula, CSU Northridge and Ventura II duke it out in Pool B.
This tournament is mostly social, but the women’s side is serving as the national qualifier for Southern California. The region is currently slated for two seeds, but whether the area can produce those two teams willing to travel is another question.
Of the eight women’s teams competing, the San Diego Surfers and Berkeley All Blues headline the field. All bets on the two meeting in the final. Since Berkeley competes in Northern California, that second seed will likely determined in the third-place match, probably between Tempe or Santa Monica (San Diego II is in the mix, too, but isn’t a separately CIPPed team).
Cheesesteak 7s, Wilmington, Del.
Nope, this tournament is not in Philadelphia, where one might expect, but across the river in Delaware. The Brandywine women have found a big and better complex in Alapocas Run State Park in Wilmington, and that’s allowed 38 teams in four divisions to participate.
The smallest division turns out to be the most important. The Women’s Premier bracket will award valuable 7s series points to winner, and considering that powerhouses like NOVA and D.C. Furies have opted out of the event, teams like Scion (the favorite) and Philadelphia could clean up on points.
The Men’s Open contains 16 teams from four states, including Whitehorse, Wilmington, Downingtown, Media, Bayonne and Harrisburg, to name a few. The Women’s Open is 12 teams strong, pulling most of their teams from Pennsylvania (Keystone, Harrisburg, Lancaster, etc.), but also seeing the Maryland Stingers, New Jersey’s Morris and New York’s Village Lions in the mix.
And finally, six high school boys teams will compete for a tournament title and include La Salle, Exeter, Wilmington, Doylestown, Calvert Hall and Shanahan.
Cape Cod 7s, Cape Cod, Mass.
In its 28th year, the Cape Cod 7s is the most popular women-only 7s tournament in the Northeast. Of the 24 teams in attendance, spectators will see the top tier of 7s play in the Boston Belles and Beantown; an array of college teams like the Falcons, Brown, UConn and UMass, to name a few; and probably most interestingly of all, a myriad of Boston-area traveling teams. Team Pretty, BATS (Boston Alumni Touring Side) and Pony Express are all born out of the Boston area, and many field recent and not-so-recent Eagles.
As if the field isn’t entertaining enough, Cape Cod 7s chooses an annual theme, to which teams are encouraged to adhere on the pitch. This year it’s all about Disney.
Lonestar 7s, Dallas, Texas
The second stop of the TOLA (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana) 7s Series is the Lonestar 7s Saturday in suburban Dallas, Texas. 14 teams are set to compete in the men’s open division, with the winner taking home $500 and 25 TOLA series points.
The Dallas Harlequins won the first TOLA tournament, Bloodfest, last month. Fort Worth finished second and El Azul finished third. The series consists of four tournaments, so every team is still well in the mix.
Teams competing in the men’s open division: Harlequins, Fort Worth, El Azul, SPERMS, Blacks, HURT, Dallas, Pirates, Woodlands, Griffins, Little Rock, San Antonio, Old Maroon, HARC and Dallas.
Hotlanta 7s, Peachtree City, Ga.
Peachtree City, Ga. will play host to the Hotlanta 7s tournament on Saturday, July 13. Organized by the Atlanta Harlequins RFC, the tournament will have a diverse crowd as it boasts six divisions. With Men’s Premier, Men’s Club, Men’s Collegiate, Women’s Club, Women’s Collegiate and U19 brackets, it should make for an action packed day of rugby. Cash prizes will be awarded to the six division winners.
Redfish 7s, Baton Rouge, La.
The 37th annual Redfish 7s Tournament will take place at Highland Road Park.
Hosted by Baton Rouge RFC, the tournament will feature a Men’s Club, Men’s Social, U19 and a Women’s bracket. As part of the Governors Games, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals will be awarded. Last year, NOLA took the tournament by storm as they captured both the Men’s Club and Women’s championships.
Sweat 7s, Little Rock, Ark.
Often referred to as the “Sweat Bee” 7s, the Tournament earned its nickname from its days at Burns Park. The combination of extreme July heat, and the noticeable crowd of bees on that inhabit the park, distinguished the tournament. As a result, it became a tradition to award the M. V. Worker Bee to a male player and the M.V. Queen Bee to the most valuable female player.
Toys For Tots 7s, Des Moines, Ia.
Des Moines Rugby Club will be hosting the Toys For Tots 7s Tournament this weekend. The tournament entry fee consists of either two or three Unwrapped Toys or $15 per participant. All entry fees will get donated to charities. Each team is guaranteed four games. Awards will be given to the Cup, Plate, Bowl and Shield Winners. The tournament kicks off at 9AM and will conclude with award presentations at 4PM. There will be a post tournament social held on site.