The EPRU is happy to announce that our Summer 7s circuit is back for another year, and thanks to a couple of small tweaks, this summer should be even more fun than last year. The changes from last year to this year are that we’ve added another event to the calendar – Delco 7s hosted by Media – and both Schuylkill River and Central Penn Golden Roses have agreed not to have their top sides compete for the championship since they are seeking qualification to Club 7s Nationals so the competition should be wide open on both the men’s and women’s side of things.
[Note that as of this update no women’s sides are excluded from the standings because we haven’t had any seek to qualify for Nationals since 2019. We will reevaluate at the conclusion of this summer.]
As a reminder, this is NOT the pathway to Nationals. If you want to compete in Club Nationals for 7s you should participate in the MAC events that will be scheduled shortly. The purpose of the EPRU Circuit is to create a competitive, but social and fun, environment for teams that wish to play 7s without the commitment or formal club structure necessary to compete for a National Championship.
The events are:
Date: June 3, 2023
Host Club: Media Rugby
Point of Contact: George Brown
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Field Address: Manor Field, Routes 420 & 291, Essington, PA 19029
Lehigh Valley 7s
Date: June 10, 2023
Host Club: Lehigh Valley
Point of Contact: Garrett Link
Email Address: email@example.com
Field Address: 1554 Schoenersville Rd, Bethlehem PA 18018
Date: June 17, 2023
Host Club: Montgomery Bucks Rugby
Point of Contact: Mike Sciarra
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Field Address: John S. Clemens Memorial Park 500 Fairgrounds Rd Hatfield, PA 19440
Date: June 24, 2023
Host club: Harrisburg Rugby Football Club
POC: Scott Strelec
Field Address: Dauphin County Vo-Tech School – 6001 Locust Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17109
Date: July 15, 2023
Host Club: Brandywine Riot Women’s Rugby
Point of Contact: Stephanie Ottino
Email Address: email@example.com
Field Address: 4361 Weldin Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803
You may sign up for as many, or as few, of the tournaments as you would like and non-EPRU teams are also still allowed to sign up and participate in these tournaments like they always have. There is no requirement that you play in all 5 and there is no requirement that teams need to be from the EPRU to play in the events.
The points system that we are using is:
6 points for winning
4 points for runner up
3 points for third place
2 points for fourth place
1 point for winning any consolation bracket
1 bonus point awarded for each EPRU tournament entered
In case there are questions here are some FAQs. As a reminder, we post a weekly recap on our website explaining all scoring related decisions and updating the standings.
What happens if a Club enters multiple sides?
We award the points to the highest finishing side per club and then basically pretend the other sides don’t exist.
Example: Let’s say the finish at Montgomery Bucks is:
- Phoenixville A
- Phoenixville B
In this scenario Phoenixville will only get the 6 points for winning and not the extra 3 points for third, Media will get 4 points for runner up, and we will then slide Blackthorn into the 3rd place spot and award them 3 points with the Gryphons getting 2 points (in other words we are removing the second sides AND sliding everyone up). We are doing this to make sure that the circuit remains competitive throughout the summer.
What happens if a non-EPRU Club finishes in the top 4?
We do the same thing that we would do under FAQ 1. We re-calibrate the standings after the fact and award points to the highest finishing EPRU sides in order to keep the circuit competitive.
Example: Let’s say the finish at Montgomery Bucks is:
- Reading Tulips
- Scion 1
- NOVA 1
- Scion 2
- NOVA 2
In this scenario Reading gets 6 points and Brandywine slides all the way up to 2nd place and takes 4 points. Experienced EPRU folks know that we get extra Capital (and probably Empire as well) sides early on in June because their events haven’t started yet. It would be pointless to basically allow a team to clinch the series in week 1. Sorry to be a broken record but we are designing it so that it remains competitive and fun throughout the summer.
Who is eligible to play in these tournaments?
Everyone is eligible to play in these tournaments just like you always have. We are not asking our hosts to do anything extra or different in terms of registration and we absolutely welcome teams from outside of the EPRU to participate in the events.
Who is eligible to earn points and win the series?
Winning the actual series itself is limited to EPRU teams and on the men’s side we are excluding the teams that are seeking to qualify for Nationals. However, non-EPRU teams can still win individual events and the prizes that go along with that from the host teams. If there’s any question about whether your club is eligible for the series just email Dave Codell at David.firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. Also, in addition to our Senior Club sides, we are also allowing the EPRU Women’s Collegiate sides to compete or to combine.
Collegiate players should also give consideration to joining a club side for the summer.
Hopefully that’s enough info for now. The basic idea is straightforward – sign up for the same events you’ve always played in – someone will be awarded a title in July. See you soon!