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2017 Annual General Meeting

Our 2017 Annual General Meeting will take place June 25 at 2 PM in Orlando at the Orlando Public Library. More information will be posted to our meeting site once it is available. Please mark your calendars, as each member club is required to send a representative. This year is an election year, in addition, each division discusses the format of the upcoming competitions schedule.

South Championships Venue Announced

South Rugby Championships are being held in Ormond Beach, Florida on May 6th & 7th, 2017. The FRU is proud to be hosting the event in partnership with the Florida Youth Rugby Union, the Daytona Beach Rugby Club, and Visit Daytona. We are excited to have such wonderful partners for this event. Information will be posted as the event progresses:

2017 Florida Summer Sevens Series

2017 Florida Summer Sevens Series

2017 Florida Rugby Summer Sevens Series will follow the same format that was created last summer with three social tournaments to begin with followed by the three qualifying tournaments.

Last year all tournaments made great strides with improving the operations of their tournaments. We want will continue to help clubs make their tournament a success.

FRU 2017 Summer Sevens Series Dates

May 13 – Social Tournament  – Host needed
May 20 – Sunshine State Games in Sarasota
May 27 – Memorial Day Weekend
June 3 – Social Tournament – Host needed
June 10 – Qualifying Tournament – Host needed
June 17 – Break Weekend
June 24 – Open – QualifyingTournament – Host needed
July 1st – 4th July Weekend
July 8th – Open – Qualifying Tournament- Host needed
July 15 – Break Weekend
July 22 – Souths Hosted by GA
July 29 – Break Weekend
Aug 5 – BeerFoot Sevens – Ft Myers Beach
Aug 12 – Nationals – Location TBD

Tournament Applications
If you wish host one of the open tournaments dates. Please follow these three steps

  1. Download and complete the Tournament Application Document
  2. Pay your clubs $200 FRU Tournament Application Payment
  3. Finally upload the document and proof payment via the following link

Please note that this process must be completed by Friday February 17, 2017. The first round of applications will be reviewed by February 25th. This applications will be reviewed with the following factors in mind:

  • Previous experience in hosting a tournament
  • balancing of locations/dates between North & South Florida
  • Quality of the facility provided.

If we have open for dates after the February 25th date we will review applications on a rolling basis.

USA Rugby & FRU Requirements for Tournaments

  • Facility confirmation/contract for your desired date
  • Access/plan for having posts, flags and post pads for at least three fields
  • Tournament Director assigned with backup person engaged
  • Host club must be in compliance with USA Rugby (at least 15 registered player + L200 coach on their roster)
  • Understanding the only teams who are in compliance with USA Rugby are allowed to enter your tournament.
  • Pay the FRU $200 Application Fee
  • Complete USA Rugby online event sanctioning — — Please note that USA Rugby has introduced a $160 application fee for this. — We do need you to complete this until you have been approved by FRU as official Summer Series Tournament.

Please note: USA Rugby has changed their tournament sanctioning process. We will work with teams to help them ensure that their tournament meets their requirements. Without this sanctioning from both the FRU and USA Rugby you will not be able to have FRRA referees assigned to your tournament.

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


  • 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


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
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

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.

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:

Level 2:

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.

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

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.
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 — 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.
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
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