NAI 7s Set for This Weekend
NAI 7s Set for This Weekend
Salt Lake City plays host to the North American Invitational 7s this weekend, with 45 teams expected in five different brackets.
The Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex will play host to U14 boys, U18 Boys Open and Girls Open, and U18 Boys Elite and Girls Elite. The event is sponsored in part by Atavus and Canterbury, and supports Operation Underground Railroad, an organization that combats human trafficking.
The event will have five food trucks and ten other vendors, and will feature some of the best HS-age 7s teams in the country.
The key job for tournament organizer Michael Cressler is to attend to player welfare. Utah is hot and dry in any summer weekend, but this coming weekend promises to be hotter than normal, and so hydration and keeping players cool is a huge part of the plan.
Teams have their own tent in a special tent city set up by the tournament.
“We have a whole heat management plan,” said Cressler.
In addition, the tournament has flown in some high-level referees to make sure that a) the games are officiated well, and b) ensure there are enough officials so they don’t get worn out by the end of the weekend.
The players and coaches get some perks, too, including huge discounts the entry fee to a local water park and a local amusement park. The coaches get a break from one of the big time commitments during tournament time - laundry - as tournament hotels will be doing teams’ laundry.
All games at the tournament will be filmed, with the main field live-streamed. Check back with Goff Rugby Report for the stream link when it is active.
Here is the Friday, July 29 schedule:
|10:00a||RAC Field 2||SLC Rhinos||v||Rhino Jr Rugby|
|10:20a||RAC Field 1||Snow Canyon||v||Rhino Jr Rugby 2|
|10:40a||RAC Field 1||Hunter Jr 7s||v||Celtic Barbarians|
|12:20p||RAC Field 4||Rhino Jr Rugby||v||Celtic Barbarians|
|12:40p||RAC Field 4||Rhino Jr Rugby 2||v||Hunter Jr 7s|
|1:00p||RAC Field 4||Snow Canyon||v||SLC Rhinos|
|2:40p||RAC Field 4||Rhino Jr Rugby 2||v||Celtic Barbarians|
|3:00p||RAC Field 4||Snow Canyon||v||Rhino Jr Rugby|
|3:20p||RAC Field 4||SLC Rhinos||v||Hunter Jr 7s|
|Boys U18 Elite|
|9:00a||RAC Field 1||Atlantis II||v||Atavus Selects|
|9:00a||RAC Field 2||Rhino Academy||v||Utah Lions Elite|
|9:20a||RAC Field 1||Herriman Rugby||v||Play Rugby|
|9:20a||RAC Field 2||Upright Rugby Rogues||v||EIRA|
|11:20a||RAC Field 2||Play Rugby||v||Atavus Selects|
|11:40a||RAC Field 2||Herriman Rugby||v||Atlantis II|
|12:00p||RAC Field 1||Celtic Barbarians||v||Atlantis|
|12:20p||RAC Field 1||Upright Rugby Rogues||v||Utah Lions Elite|
|12:40p||RAC Field 1||Rhino Academy||v||EIRA|
|1:40p||RAC Field 1||Herriman Rugby||v||Atavus Selects|
|2:00p||RAC Field 2||Rocky Mountain Rebels||v||Celtic Barbarians|
|2:00p||RAC Field 1||Play Rugby||v||Atlantis II|
|2:20p||RAC Field 2||Upright Rugby Rogues||v||Rhino Academy|
|2:40p||RAC Field 1||EIRA||v||Utah Lions Elite|
|3:20p||RAC Field 1||Rocky Mountain Rebels||v||Atlantis|
|Boys U18 Open|
|9:00a||RAC Field 15||Triumph Academy||v||Rhino Academy U16|
|9:20a||RAC Field 15||Mambas||v||Cedar Park Warlords|
|9:40a||RAC Field 2||Utah Lions Open||v||Rhino Academy|
|10:40a||RAC Field 2||Rigby Royals||v||Rhino Academy U16|
|11:20a||RAC Field 1||Rhino Academy||v||Cedar Park Warlords|
|11:20a||RAC Field 15||Triumph Academy||v||Mambas|
|12:20p||RAC Field 15||Rigby Royals||v||Utah Lions Open|
|1:00p||RAC Field 15||Triumph Academy||v||Rhino Academy|
|1:20p||RAC Field 15||Rhino Academy U16||v||Mambas|
|2:40p||RAC Field 2||Utah Lions Open||v||Cedar Park Warlords|
|2:40p||RAC Field 15||Rigby Royals||v||Triumph Academy|
|Girls U18 Elite|
|9:40a||RAC Field 1||Upright Rugby Rogues||v||Rocky Mountain Rebels|
|10:00a||RAC Field 1||Atlantis||v||Atavus Selects|
|10:20a||RAC Field 2||Rhino Academy Girls Elite||v||Play Rugby USA|
|11:40a||RAC Field 1||Utah Lions Girls Elite||v||Rocky Mountain Rebels|
|12:20p||RAC Field 2||Play Rugby USA||v||Atavus Selects|
|12:40p||RAC Field 2||Rhino Academy Girls Elite||v||Atlantis|
|1:00p||RAC Field 1||Utah Lions Girls Elite||v||Upright Rugby Rogues|
|2:20p||RAC Field 1||Rhino Academy Girls Elite||v||Atavus Selects|
|3:00p||RAC Field 1||Utah Lions Girls Elite||v||Atlantis|
|3:40p||RAC Field 1||Upright Rugby Rogues||v||Play Rugby USA|
|3:40p||RAC Field 2||Rocky Mountain Rebels||v||Rhino Academy Girls Elite|
|Girls U18 Open|
|10:00a||RAC Field 15||Fullerton Lady Lions||v||Coastal Dragons|
|10:20a||RAC Field 15||Utah Barbarians||v||Idaho Grey Wolves|
|10:40a||RAC Field 15||Mambas||v||Furies Rugby|
|12:00p||RAC Field 2||Furies Rugby||v||Coastal Dragons|
|12:40p||RAC Field 15||Utah Barbarians||v||Mambas|
|1:00p||RAC Field 2||Idaho Grey Wolves||v||Fullerton Lady Lions|
|2:20p||RAC Field 15||Mambas||v||Coastal Dragons|
|3:00p||RAC Field 2||Utah Barbarians||v||Fullerton Lady Lions|
|3:20p||RAC Field 2||Idaho Grey Wolves||v||Furies Rugby|