Florida RDA Picks First 5 for Vegas 7s

The Florida RDA is proud to announce the first 5 women and men to this years Vegas Invitational Tournament where they will once again play in the elite division. 

Matches last year included the women taking on Japan and Frances National teams and the men competing against the USA Falcons and Frances National B side. We look forward to similar matches this year.

 
Cortney Kuehl

Jacqueline Edge

Jessica Warner

Lele Ates

Stephanie Brown

 
Cagney Kobrin

Clemente Damien

Jeff Herron

Malacchi Esdale

Mateo Velazquez

 
We still need to make seven more selections for each side, which we will plan to make after the Jan 22 Training in Sebastian.
For more information please contact:
Steve Braunstein

Florida Director 7’s

239-707-7848

Stevensbraunstein@gmail.com

Winter Rugby Festival

Winter Rugby Festival is being held this Saturday January 14th at the Emery Hamilton Sports Complex in Orlando. We have over 20 teams participating from the Under 10s all the way up to Men’s Division 3 League Matches. 

Key Notes

  • Schedule – it listed out below, it may updated later in the week
  • Referee & Coach Meeting – 9.15am for all tournament teams – not D3 mens teams
  • Rules & Regulations – Please read your division’s rule and regulations. 
  • Post Tournament/Match Social – Held at the Lucky Lure — $10 (advanced purchase) $15 (At the door) bottomless pints – more information is bellow

Tournament Location

Emery Hamilton Sports Complex (Orlando Fairgrounds)
4400 W Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32808

Referees & Coaches Meeting 

It is compulsory for all tournament teams to have coach and/or management representative at the referee meeting at 915am. The meeting will be held in between field #1 & field #2.

*** Please note that D3 Men’s Clubs do not have to have representative at this meeting. However, all D3 teams must complete and ID check with their assigned referee before their match.*** 

Games & Game Structure 

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Men Division Three – League/Matrix Games

  • 80 Minute Matches – Played According to League Rules
  • Indian River v Gainesville @ 1pm — Field # 1
  • Brevard v Pelicans @ 3pm — Field #1
  • Sarasota v Daytona @ 3pm — Field #2
  • Tallahassee v Palm Beach @ 3pm — Field #3

Men’s Open — Teams Entered — UF Men, UCF Men & Jacksonville Men

  • 40 minute matches / 20 minute halves
  • UCF Men v Jacksonville Men @ 11am – Field #1
  • UF Men v UCF Men @ 12pm – Field #1
  • UF Men v Jacksonville Men @ 2pm – Field # 3

Women’s Open – Team Entered — UCF Women, Orlando Women, Jacksonville Women

  • 40 minute matches / 20 minute halves
  • Orlando Women v UCF Women @ 10am – Field #1
  • UCF Women v Jacksonville Women @ 12pm – Field #2
  • Orlando Women v Jacksonville Women @ 2pm – Field #2
  • UF Women v FAU Women @ 2pm – Field # 4 — 80 Minute Match

High School Boys – Teams Entered — Cape Pirates, Tampa Krewe, Orlando HS, Sebastian River HS, Wellington Wizards & Sarasota

  • 40 minute matches / 20 minute halves
  • Rolling subs, only completed through the referee
  • Sarasota HS v Orlando HS @ 10am – Field #1
  • Cape HS v Sebastian River HS @ 10am – Field #3
  • Wellington HS v Tampa HS @ 11am – Field #3
  • Sebastian River HS v Sarasota HS @ 12pm – Field #3
  • Orlando HS v Wellington HS @ 1pm – Field #2

Middle School — Junior Juice —

  • 30 minute matches / 15 minute halves
  • Field size — playing 22 to 22 in length and full width on field #4
  • Rolling Subs, only completed through the referee
  • Cape MS v Wellington MS – 1040am – Field # 4
  • Cape MS v Sarasota MS – 12pm – Field # 4
  • Wellington MS v Sarasota MS – 120pm – Field #4

Under 12s

  • 30 minute matches / 15 minute halves
  • Field size — games will be played between the halfway & 22 lines – with the 5 meter line being the tryline
  • Rolling Subs, only completed through the referee
  • Cape U12  v Wellington U12 @ 10am – Field #4
  • Wellington U12 v Sarasota U12 @ 1240pm – Field #4

Under 10s

  • 30 minute matches /15 minute halves
  • Field size — games will be played between the 10 meter line and 22 lines – with the 5 meter line being the tryline
  • Rolling subs, only completed through the referee
  • Cape U10 v Wellington U10 @ 10am – Field #4
  • Wellington U10 v Sarasota U10 @ 1240pm – Field #4

Field Set Up

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  • We have four match fields.

  • Parking will be available surrounding the fields, there is no parking allowed within the enclosed areas. Parking and entry to the park is free.

  • Team will have space between all of the fields to set up their team areas.

  • Bathrooms are available between field #1 & Field #2

Medical Coverage

  • We will also have an Athletic Trainer onsite to provide athletic taping and any first aid needs. She will be available at the tournament/Medical tent from 9am on Saturday.

Saturday Evening Social

  • The Lucky Lure, 1427 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804
     
    Additional parking located at Baldwin-Fairchild Cemeteries, 301 NE Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804
     
    $10 Advance, $15 at the Door
Festival Rules & Regulations
  • Teams will be able use an unlimited amount of substitutes during their matches. These substitutes must be made during a break in play and must go through the referee. ****THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE MEN’S DIVISION 3 MATCHES***

  • All coaches and support staff will be required to remain within the technical box. This box is not for fans and/or reserves.

  • This is friendly festival tournament focused on the development players and referees. A strict zero tolerance will put on offensive behaviour from coaches, players and spectators.

  • Yellow cards will serve a 5 minute suspension from play. Red infractions will be suspended from further participation within the tournament. ****THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE MEN’S DIVISION 3 MATCHES***

  • Players may play for multiple sides during a tournament. The aim is to allow teams who are lower in numbers to gain assistance other teams/players.

  • ALL PLAYERS MUST BE REGISTERED WITH USA RUGBY — Teams must show proof of all players registration. Please print out and hand in the roster to the tournament tent — please highlight your participating players on the roster — To get the online USA Rugby Roster please Click here to find your teams roster —

Brumbies Academy Coaching Course

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Two Day Intensive Coach Development Course

Florida Rugby is excited to host the Australian Super Rugby professional team the ACT Brumbies for a two day coach development course in Weston, Florida. We very proud and thankful to our local hosts the Okapi Wanderers and the YMCA of Weston without their amazing support we would not be able to host this event.

Dates: January 7th & 8th 2017
Location: Parks & Recreation, Community Centre, 20200 Saddle Club Road, Weston Florida 33327
Times: 83oam to 630pm – Saturday / Sunday 830am to 4pm
Registration: https://www.brumbies.com.au/brumbies-academy/
Discounts: Early discount until 5pm on December 24th 2016 – Sign Up now!!

FRU & FYRU Reimbursement — All FRU and FYRU member clubs will be able to have one coach receive 50% of the course fee reimbursed by the FRU upon attendance of the course.

World Class Course Presenters

  • Mick Byrne — Mick was the All Blacks skills coach through three World Cup campaigns, including two wins in 2011 & 2015. Know as the man who helped who helped Dan Carter reach his peak. Mick is now the Australian Rugby Union’s National Skills Coach.  Click Here to read more about about Mick Byrne
  • Nick Leah — Nick is Brumbies Rugby Academy Manager, he has successfully developed some Australia’s brightest rugby talents within the Brumbies  Academy system. Nick, has run courses and clinics for Union’s and Clubs from all over the world over the last years.

Course Description
Provides intensive introduction to the the theory and practice and science behind the interdependent networks that promote success in driving programs towards the elite level.

Utilizing case study examples from a range of environments across the world, the course provides effective methods in developing core aspects of individual, team and program development. Underpinning is analysis & intervention programs that drive current trends in the game, as witnessed in the recent world cup, but also 20 years of Intellectual Property from one of the most successful provincial teams in World Rugby.

The course culminates with providing coaches with a well researched and practically applied framework to apply the technical and tactical learnings – so to develop their own individual coaching over the short and long term.

Hotel Deal 

Bonaventure Resort and Spa
250 Racquet Club Road | Weston, FL 33326
Ph:1-800-327-8090

Room Block Name: Florida Rugby Room Block
Room Rate: $119 – they have waived the $16.95 resort fee
Reservations: 1-800-327-8090

About our Course Partners 

We would not be able to host this wonderful course without wonderful course partners the Okapi Wanderers and YMCA of Weston.

Okapi Wanderers Rugby
Okapi Wanderers Rugby, based in Weston, Florida is a family-friendly rugby club, welcoming players of every age and ability. We field 9 divisions starting at Under 8s all the way up to old boys and are proud holders of three State Championships at Youth, High School and men’s levels.

The YMCA of Weston
The YMCA designs programs to help families build stronger bonds, spend more time together and become more engaged in a community place to be.

The YMCA of Broward County serves 78, 928 different people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and financial circumstances. We look forward to you becoming a part of our family.

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Competition Against Canada Gives New Insight For Florida Rugby

By Stephen Sheehan

To be the best, you have to beat the best. And while they weren’t able to notch a win, the Florida High Performance Sevens squad enjoyed an unforgettable and humbling experience at IMG Academy on Saturday, October 28.

Some of the best rugby sevens players from across the Sunshine State gathered in Bradenton to take on Canada’s national sevens side in a quartet of incredibly fast-paced touch matches.

Facing international stars like John Moonlight, Nathan Hirayama and Harry Jones, the 23 Floridians got a first-hand glimpse at the level of professionalism, focus and talent it takes to compete for a spot on an Olympic-quality side.

Though the Florida HPP team failed to dot down a try on the afternoon, players and coaches gained invaluable insight from the nearly two hours of rugby played on one of IMG Academy’s pristine practice pitches.

While the Canadian side obviously boasted better chemistry, fitness and overall skill, they were incredibly down to earth throughout the weekend. Despite being guests themselves at the IMG Academy campus, the Canadians showed great hospitality and sportsmanship in allowing the Florida players to utilize IMG’s state-of-the-art ice baths and training room. In addition, Moonlight and Jones delivered words of wisdom to the aspiring Florida ruggers and even threw in some free Canada team shirts as a token of appreciation for everyone who made the trip.

“We had a squad that got thrown together at the last minute,” said Florida Director of 7’s Steve Braunstein. “A lot of our players are just normal guys who volunteer their own time. However, we’re trying to get our program to compete with the best people in the world.”

The combination of Braunstein and Ronnie Suarez—who also coaches at Florida International University—has catapulted the state’s sevens program to new heights.

“In only two years we’ve been able to put together a program that’s been able to play at a high level,” explained Braunstein. “We have fared very well against Olympic Development Academies across the country out in Vegas, including beating Arizona, Utah and Ohio.”

One player who has been instrumental in transforming the program into a legitimate contender is Jeff Herron. The mechanical designer engineer first picked up a rugby ball in 2005 while attending the University of South Florida, and he’s continued his playing career with Tampa Bay Krewe since 2009.

Herron has been a staple within the Florida HPP 7’s program since 2014 and has been able to play against top-level competition such as Mexico’s national sevens team. Even for an experienced player like Herron, the showdown against Canada was truly eye opening.

“Canada’s pace of play was incredible,” Herron said. “I felt that we matched up with them fairly well in speed. They definitely had us on man-for-man size, but their pace of play was really the difference. Their breakdowns were secured and over with in the blink of an eye.”

Canada and Florida HPP 7s Scrimmage
Canada and Florida Group Photo after the Games

While the scoreboard didn’t fall in Florida’s favor, the chance to play a world-class side at a world-class facility was a welcomed treat for players who often have to pay their own way while working typical day jobs.

“Any opportunity to play against a high level opponent is a chance to test ourselves and also to improve,” Herron said. “There is so much to learn from these matches and the more we are exposed to that level, the sooner we as a group will be able to compete and play at that level. Players with this kind of experience will learn, improve, and then have the chance to take that knowledge back to their club and share that with their local teammates.”

Level 1 and Level 2 Referees Course hosted by FRRA

We have Level 1 and Level 2 Referee courses scheduled for Sept 17th in Sebastian at Sebastian River High School.

Course fee is $60 and registration closes before the event.

All participants must be current registered members of USA Rugby.

You need to complete USA Rugby’s Player Protection Package (PPP) as well as the Laws of the Game and Rugby Ready certifications from World Rugby – these are available on the registration links below.

Level 1: https://webpoint.usarugby.org/wp15/Events2/ViewEvt.wp?EventID=2087

Level 2: https://webpoint.usarugby.org/wp15/Events2/ViewEvt.wp?EventID=2088

Level 200/World Rugby Level 1 Coaching Clinic – University of Florida

The Level 200 Coach Certification consists of online pre-course work and attendance at an in-person clinic. The course structure helps to blend the “how to coach” theory with the practical implementation of coaching Rugby.

The Level 200 Coach Certification focuses on player welfare and teaching players the technical skills to play safely. The assessment requires coaches to demonstrate effective coaching techniques. These techniques include teaching through games, technical skill development through progressions and collaborative coaching.

https://webpoint.usarugby.org/wp15/Events2/ViewEvt.wp?EventID=2048

What do I have to do to complete this level?

Complete the Level 100: World Rugby Rugby Ready online at registration link

Complete the Level 200 online pre-course work online at the registration page above

Attend the 1 day in person Level 200 clinic

Registration closes August 24 and is limited to the first 20 registrants. You must be a member of USA Rugby to register. Cost is $110 for the course.

FRU Men’s D2 and D3 Schedules Released

The Men’s D2 and D3 League Schedules have been released to the clubs. Clubs may change/switch dates upon approval of the Men’s VP and the FRRA Referees Society. We are currently finalizing the Women’s D2, College Women D1 and D2, and the College Men’s NSCRO and D2 Schedules to try to align some of the matches where possible (multiple teams playing in the same city on the same day). The men’s schedules can be found at the following link, and subsequent schedules will be posted to this master page : 2016/2017 Schedules

Stephanie Browne Invited to USA Olympic Training\Tryout Camp

It is with great enthusiasm the Florida Rugby Union and 7’s High Performance Program wish Stephanie Browne the best of luck on her invitation to the Rugby Women’s 7s Academy Camp June 15-June 19 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.

The 2016 USA Women’s Olympic team will be chosen from this camp and we look forward to Stephanie performing like she did in Las Vegas Invitations against France & Japan.  Those efforts earned her this opportunity and the FRU HPP program will continue to provide venues like this for our Florida rugby athletes to showcase their abilities.

 

Stephanie Brown, Florida Rugby High Performance Women's Rugby Chosen for USA Olympic Training\Tryout Camp - Road to Rio
Good Luck Stephanie!
Steve Braunstein
Director of Florida 7’s
Assistant Coach of HPP

Florida 7s Series and National 7 Qualification

We have had three great social tournaments. Now we are about to begin the three tournament qualification series.
Click here to view a document that details on the Florida 7s Series and how the subsequent National Qualification process will work. Please read it carefully so can fully understand what your requirements are as a team wishing to earn one of the two Florida seeds to the South Qualification Tournament on July 23rd.
The document has been created to help guide you through the eligibility and qualification process. We are here to help you, we are not out to try and catch you in technicality we want to ensure that we can get all of your players eligible if you advance onto the South Tournament and hopefully Nationals in Denver.
PLAYER TRANSFERS
 
If your team is wishing to be a qualifying team you need to ensure all of your players are appearing your teams USA Rugby Online Roster. If a player is not on your roster and you wish for them to be eligible play on your qualifying team you need to have them complete the USA Rugby Transfer process. Please note this process can take up to a week or more to complete. Please have your effected players do this ASAP ensure no issues come first tournament next weekend.
There are two methods to completing the transfer process.
Method 1 — Fastest Method
  • Have you player log into their account on the USA Rugby registration system. They can do that by clicking here.
  • Once they logged in, please find the tab of left hand side that says “Change Club Affiliation” it is at top under Member Area.
  • Follow the instructions to complete the transfer.
  • If player is transferring from outside of the FRU they will have pay $15 membership fee to USA Rugby for the transfer to be complete.
Method 2 — Old Method
  • Go http://www.usarugby.org/transfer-request/ — complete the form
  • Once completed you will have to your old club write a email to USA Rugby stating that you have been released. USA Rugby will guide you in this process.
If you have any issues at with player transfers please contact, Justin Holshuh at USA Rugby his number is 303.539.0300 extension 110. Please do not wait until Friday before the tournament to try and solve transfer issues. We can also help as well. The final deadline for transfers is July 1st. Players must be transferred before then and/or before they participate in a Qualifying Tournament.
QUALIFYING TEAMS 
Below is a list (both Men & Women) who have told us that they wish compete for one of the two Florida seeds for the South Qualifier. If you are not on this list and you wish to be on this list please let us know ASAP or if you are on this list and you no longer wish to be on it please also let us know.
Womens Teams
  1. Orlando Women
  2. Ft Miami
  3. Phoenix Sevens
Mens Teams
  1. Miami RFC
  2. Naples Hammerheads
  3. Daytona Beach (Playing as Rolls Royce)
  4. Brevard Red Eye
  5. Orlando Men
  6. Bay Area Barracudas Sevens
  7. Boca Raton
  8. Gainesville Hogs
  9. Okapi Wanderers
  10. Treasure Coast
ROSTERING & PAPERWORK
We still need to exact clarification on team paperwork requirements from USA Rugby and the South Conference Directors. Once we have that we will disburse that to all of the qualifying teams. At the moment we want all teams focusing on ensuring that all their players are correctly rostered. As you can see we have 13 teams total to help with please do not delay in this process.
Lastly the three remaining tournaments registrations are open, it is all of the teams responsibility to ensure that they register for each tournament by the deadline. Fiji Sevens deadline is fast approaching and they only have 4 teams paid so far please get your registration in asap. More information on registration is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/160726104327948/