Florida Rugby Summit 2017 – RESCHEDULED

Due to Hurricane Irma these events will be rescheduled. No date has been set yet.

The Florida Rugby Union in Conjunction with USA Rugby and Eckerd College Rugby will be hosting a summit the weekend of September 16 to include:
Saturday the 16th
Level 1 Officiating (Referees) Course
9 AM to 5 PM

Continuing Coaches Education Info/Time TBA

Sunday the 17th
Level 200 Coaching Certification Course

USA National Assessment Camps for Both Men & Women
The NAC is a one-day event (roughly four hours), open to girls and boys/men and women, aged 15 and older and at all levels of rugby participation: brand new to rugby to experienced. Rugby experience is not required, interested cross-over athletes are encouraged to participate.

The NAC will provide participants a hands-on introduction to High Performance Rugby. The schedule includes a progression of general skills, basic testing, and rugby activities led by USA Rugby national program coaches. The men’s and women’s camp will be conducted separately at the same venue.

The camps also serve as an opportunity for players to demonstrate their rugby potential. Those who show well put themselves in a position to receive an invitation to a Regional Training Camp, Resident Camp, and/or upcoming national pathway event. Local coaches are welcome to attend and either observe or assist

To Register and for full information:

Florida Men: https://rugby.atavus.com/usa-rugby-academy/national-assessment-camps/florida-men/

Florida Women: https://rugby.atavus.com/usa-rugby-academy/national-assessment-camps/florida-women/



New Florida Rugby Partnership

Ryve is a multiple layered apparel company designed to help give back to the communities it serves.

The Miami based athletic apparel company, Ryve, is proud to announce it’s partnership with Florida Rugby as the official apparel provider for matches, events, and All-Star teams within Florida Rugby.

This groundbreaking two-year partnership will see Ryve provide official Florida Rugby match balls to all registered clubs for both the Florida Rugby Union and Florida Youth Rugby Union, provide apparel to select All-Star teams,  and finally be exclusive apparel providers at all Florida Rugby events such as the State Championships and other Florida Rugby hosted events.

“Ryve is a proud supporter of the growth of rugby in Florida, we view this as our way of contributing to the exciting development of the sport in Florida. Our partnership is a natural extension of our brand,” stated Ryve President Luis Cabrera. “This sponsorship is a celebration of our desire to support all of the organizations, clubs, and players involved in Florida Rugby. We are thrilled to extend our support and fundraising platforms to the Florida Rugby Community.”

Ryve have developed a Florida Rugby apparel line, which will include playing gear, supporter gear, and equipment such as the official Florida Rugby Ball. Ryve will provide staff apparel, official supporter apparel, match balls, and most all custom merchandise for clubs.

The Partnership:

  • All Florida Rugby clubs will annually receive Florida Rugby official match balls to be used for all FRU/FYRU league matches. To receive the balls clubs must set up a face to face meeting with Ryve.
  • All full member Florida Rugby clubs will receive partner pricing for apparel. This pricing platform and fundraising mechanism will be discussed within the above meeting.
  • Ryve will be the exclusive apparel provider at all Florida Rugby hosted events, including the Florida State Championship Tournament, Florida Cup’s,  and other Florida Rugby hosted events.  
  • Exclusive Florida Rugby merchandise will be available online at ryve.com

“With their knowledge and expertise in the industry, we know that Ryve will be giving our clubs and players the best apparel available,” said Evan Haigh, General Manager of Florida Rugby. “We see this partnership as a critical driver to push both of our Unions forward, allowing for greater value in membership and long term player participation. We look forward to forging this strong partnership with Ryve for many years to come.”

About Ryve

RYVE was created as commercial company with a strong e-commerce platform that shares the profits with organizations within it’s network. They endeavour to improve people’s lives through what they do. They are committed to contribute to sports organizations (and others) that work for social inclusion. It’s core principles and values are:

  • Freedom of the individual genuine generosity (we do not give our surplus, we work with the culture of giving)
  • Inclusion: We are all equal, without distinction of gender, race or religion.
  • We see new technologies as tools of inclusion.
  • We believe in a culture of work and service.
  • Mutual confidence is the foundation of all satisfactory human relationships.
  • We believe in the power of the community (not only local but also global)
  • We expect integrity of each RYVE member.
  • LOVE, as the foundation of life that corresponds to fraternity behaviors within economic activity.

More information about is available at http://www.ryve.net/about-us/

About Florida Rugby

Florida Rugby is a partnership between Florida Rugby Union and Florida Youth Rugby Union. It acts as the administrative platform for both Unions whilst allowing both organizations to continue to operate autonomously of each other. It includes the employment of Staff Members of the Executive Office, Event Management, Corporate Sponsorships, Grants, and Game Development Programs.



Info on 2017 Law Trials and Game Management Guidelines

Great review materials here on the upcoming law trials.

Webinar – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mLD_bXBbAA&feature=youtu.be

Dropbox link with webinar and files- https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3w7sf3276jts4qb/AAA084KY4jPr0PPSIDYhZ7JWa?dl=0

links to just the law trials and game management guidelines

USARR-Fall 2017 Law Trials


https://www.usarugby.org/referee-resources/ – more information on the laws as well as video resources

2018 Men’s Schedule Finalized

The 2018 Men’s Division 2 & Division 3 schedules have been finalized and can be found here — FRU_Men’s Schedule_2018_Final

Men’s Division Two

  • (8) league game season beginning the weekend of January 20th, 2018
  • Three groups of (3): The (6) south teams were split via random draw into two groups of (3). Here are the Groups.South (1)
    1. Boca Raton
    2. Naples
    3. Ft Lauderdale

    South (2)

    1. Miami Tridents
    2. Okapi
    3. Miami RFC


    1. Jacksonville
    2. Orlando
    3. Tampa Krewe
  • Each team will play home & away within their group
  • Each team will play (4) crossover matches against teams from the other (2) groups, (2) home & (2) away. These crossover matches will count towards your teams standings.
  • The teams who advance into playoffs are as follows:
    • The (3) group champions, which are seeded 1 through 3 based on their overall won-lost-tied record.
    • (1) Wildcard team which is the team with the best overall record of all remaining teams across all groups. This team will be the 4th seed.
    • Seed (1) will host Seed (4) and Seed (2) will host Seed (3)
    • The (2) winning teams will advance to the State Championships on April 21st

The reasoning behind moving to a (3) group division is reduce travel impact. This structure has reduced total travel distance for teams by at least 40%. Which we hope we see an improvement in player availability which should be demonstrated via an improvement in club’s ability to fully compete in Orange Cup.

Please note that Orange Cup like in last three years will be played via the same schedule as the 1st team. We encourage all teams with the new structure to really push to have (2) full squads every weekend with a designated 2nd team coach.

Men’s Division Three

  • Tallahassee have officially withdrawn from league play in 2018. That now leaves (7) teams in the Division.
  • (6) league game season beginning the weekend of February 3rd, 2018
  • Top (4) teams advance to playoffs with 1st hosting 4th and 2nd hosting 3rd.
  • The (2) winning teams will advance to the State Championships on April 21st


Match Schedule Changes

Teams may make changes to their league own schedule, however both teams must mutually agree, along with FRU and FRRA. Without consent from all parties matches will not be allowed to be moved.

Florida Rugby Summit

Please mark your calendars for the weekend of September 15th & 16th 2017. We will be hosting our annual Florida Rugby Summit at Eckerd College in St Petersburg. We will have coaching and referee certification courses, coach development seminars, club administration seminars and player scouting/development camps. This is always a great event and we would love to have all of our clubs and their members attending.

Home Team Logistics

We would like to start providing more detailed information about each league match on our website. If teams could begin working on their home matches and provide Evan Haigh with the following details:

  • Home match location

  • 1st Team Kick Off Time

  • 2nd Team Kick Off Time

  • Special comments about the match: i.e Club Day, Alumni Day, Old Boys Day. ect. ect.

Referee Courses

As many of you may be aware, we are running short on qualified referees. We are looking for clubs who may be interested in hosting a referee courses. If clubs could also begin pushing their players and supporters to becoming qualified referees when courses provided. We will publishing more information about becoming a referee in the coming weeks.

Coaching Courses

If your club would like to host a L200 or a L300 coaching course please contact Evan Haigh directly. I will provide you with more of the detailed information on the requirements and the USA Rugby application process.

New Executive Committee elected

This past weekend at our AGM new officers were elected for the upcoming term. Several positions were re-elected, including President Kerri O’Malley, VP-Women Melissa Newkirk, VP-Sevens Steve Braunstein, and Treasurer Matt Tierney. New to the board, and all hailing from West Coast clubs, are our VP-Men Kevin Murtaugh, VP-College Jessie Premet, and Secretary/Communications Director Mike Geibel. Thank you to our outgoing officers Chris Calvo, Steve Proffitt, and Jane Bolin. Jane will continue to advise the board as legal counsel. https://floridarugbyunion.org/administration/

Florida Seven’s Series Standings

The first of the (2) Florida Sevens Qualification Tournaments was completed on Saturday in Orlando. Congratulations, to Miami RFC for winning the Men’s Bracket and the visiting Atlanta Harlequins for winning the Women’s Bracket. The current Qualification Series Standings are listed below.

The next sevens tournament is the Fiji Sevens this weekend in Miami. Registration is still open — http://events.usarugby.org/e/phillippe-fiji-leka-memorial-7s-fundraiser

The next qualification tournament will be the Gulf Coast Sevens on July 8th in St Petersburg. You can register here — http://www.pelicanrugby.com/gulfcoast-7s-2017/

Men’s Match Scores

  • Orlando Griffins – (33) to Bay Area Barracudas – (14)
  • Boca Raton Buccaneers – (19) to Naples Hammerheads – (12)
  • Miami RFC – (19) to Bay Area Barracudas – (7)
  • Orlando Griffins – (28) to Naples Hammerheads – (7)
  • Miami RFC – (19) to Orlando Griffins – (12)
  • Boca Raton – (12) tied with Bay Area Barracudas – (12)
  • Boca Raton – (19) to Orlando Griffins – (14)
  • Miami RFC – (40) to Naples Hammerheads – (0)
  • Miami RFC  – (28) to Boca Raton – (0)
  • Naples Hammerheads – (19) to Bay Area Barracudas – (5)
  • 3rd Place Playoff – Orlando Griffins – (40) to Naples Hammerheads – (7)
  • Championship Match – Miami RFC – (31) to Boca Raton – (10)

Womens Match Scores

  • Orlando Griffins – (12) to Phoenix Sevens – (5)
  • Miami Amazons – (17) to Atlanta Harlequins – (7)
  • Atlanta Harlequins – (21) to Orlando Griffins – (14)
  • Miami Amazons – (24) to Phoenix Sevens – (0)
  • Orlando Griffins – (12) tied with Miami Amazons – (12)
  • Atlanta Harlequins – (21) to Phoenix Sevens – (7)
  • 3rd Place Match – Orlando Griffins – (22) to Phoenix Sevens – (7)
  • Championship Match – Atlanta Harlequins – (17) to Miami Amazons – (7)

FRU Sevens Series Standings

Men’s Qualifier
Rank Team Todd Miller Gulf Coast Total Series Comp Points Points Differential
1 Miami 22  22 108
2 Boca Raton 19  19 -37
3 Orlando 17  17 61
4 Naples 15  15 -87
5 Bay Area 13  13 -45
Women’s Qualifier
Rank Team Todd Miller Gulf Coast Total Series Comp Points Points Differential
1 Miami 22  22 24
2 Orlando 19  19 15
3 Phoenix 17  17 -60

**(i) In the event of two or more teams being equal on points for any position on the series table, the team with the highest margin of points scored for and against in all the series matches shall be the higher ranked;

**(ii) In the event that the (i) above does not provide a decision, the team which has the best total points scoring record shall be the higher ranking team.

*** (iii) In the event that both (i) & (ii) does not provide a decision, a coin toss by the Sevens Director shall determine the higher ranking team.