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

    North

    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  • Tallahassee have officially withdrawn from league play in 2018.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.

 

Secretary Needed! AGM this weekend

This upcoming Sunday at our Annual General Meeting we will hold elections for the FRU board. While every position is open for election, right now we know our Secretary does not plan to run again and we are not aware of any parties interested in the spot. This would be GREAT for someone looking to build their CV/resume for marketing or communications or someone that already has that experience and is looking to help the Union improve our communication and marketing efforts. If you need more details, please contact our President Kerri via phone or email.

Start Time: 2pm

Orlando Public Library – Downtown Orlando

101 E Central Blvd

Orlando, FL 32801

Conference Room: Albertson Room — 3rd Floor

Agenda

  1. The “President” (as hereinafter defined) will report on the affairs of the Union during the period since the last Annual General Meeting;

  2. The “Treasurer” (as hereinafter defined) will report on the financial affairs of the Union during the period since the last Annual General Meeting;

  3. The Union members shall elect the Union Officers for the coming year;

  4. The Union shall address any scheduling issues related to upcoming year, as a whole group or through subcommittee meetings organized by divisions

  5. The Union shall address the budget related to upcoming year (see role of Officers in setting budget in Article 6)

  6. The Union shall consider any new business (including agenda items submitted by members).

  7. The members will consider any applications for Union membership by new clubs, which consideration shall be subject to the provisions of Section 2.01(a) hereof;