The USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championships (CRC) is giving every college 7s program the chance to play on a national stage on national TV.
The CRC already has seven teams invited to participate, but there are still nine spots open, including one where any school can earn its way in through the LVI tournament.
On February 10-11 in Las Vegas USA 7s will host a Collegiate 7s CRC Qualifier, with the winner earning a spot at the CRC in Philadelphia, which will be broadcast once again on NBC.
This qualifier is open to any college team that wants to enter.
Teams are invited to the CRC based on their ability on the field, their name recognition in American sports, their ability to organize a 7s program, and their fan following. But the qualification tournament takes only one criteria into account: winning on the field.
“If your team didn’t get invited and you think it should, you can do something about it,” said LVI Tournament Director Jon Hinkin. “Enter the CRC qualifier at the LVI and win on the field. You win and you’re in.”
Teams Currently Invited to the 2011 CRC:
California – Berkeley
Penn State University
University of Utah
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
To enter the CRC Qualifier go to: www.lvirugby.com
About the LVI
The Las Vegas Invitational Tournament (LVI) is the official tournament for all ages and skill levels associated with the USA Sevens International Tournament and Festival. The LVI gives you a chance to participate and play over the days preceding the HSBC USA International Rugby Sevens."
The Invitational Tournament features club teams from across the USA and Canada, as well as select sides from around the world. More than 100 teams competed in 2010, which is expected to grow for 2011 with an expansion teams playing in multiple divisions of competition for men, women and youth in both 15s and 7s.
For 2011, the LVI will be on the same grounds as last year, right next to the USA Sevens. Played on at least 14 regulation fields at the Sam Boyd Stadium Complex. Competition will run from Thursday through Saturday morning.
Please go to www.lvirugby.com for more information.