Put simply, the 2018 edition of Carolina Ruggerfest being held in Matthews, a small town just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, is massive. The tournament, for its 15 year history, has always been an early season friendly for youth and high school teams. Already a large event in years past, this time around they will break all their own records. Here’s a look, just by the numbers:
The 34th Annual Kickoff Tournament starts up Jan 27-28, with over 130 teams at high school level down to under 10.
The event, held in Sacramento, is California-heavy but also features teams from Washington and Hawaii. Played on nine fields over two days, the tournament requires the assistance of 74 referees, 14 of them coming in from Canada.
The concept behind the Ruck in Rock Hill was very simple - hold the inaugural Rugby NIT for middle school to meet the demands of the exponentially growing ranks of middle school rugby in the USA.
It was something that was long overdue, and this past weekend the fact that it happened made it a success, and how it expanded was a win, too.
The Ruck in Rock Hill is set for this weekend, with a national Middle School invitational, a girls Middle School 7s tournament, a boys HS 7s tournament, and a South Girls HS All-Star event.
The tournament has expanded markedly after the initial promotion of it as a Middle School NIT. It has since filled up with other teams looking for competition.
Below is the schedule.
The Middle School NIT is growing and expanding as the tournament approaches.
Slated for June 24-25 in Rock Hill, SC, the tournament has now expanded into three brackets.
The first is the Boys Middle School bracket, which will include Washington DC, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, Virginia, and two teams from North Carolina.
A year after USA Rugby first started looking into guidelines for how young players are introduced to the game, and some action is going to be taken this summer.
USA Rugby Soliciting HS-Youth Eligibility Opinions
Five teams ave already accepted invitations to the inaugural Middle School National Invitational Tournament in June.
Dubbed The Ruck in Rock Hill because it will be held in Rock Hill, SC June 24 and 25, the tournament already has signed up the following teams:
North Texas Barbarians
Teams are quickly signing up for the inaugural Middle School Rugby National Invitational Tournament, to be held in June in Charlotte, NC
For more, and to apply, go to: http://www.rugbynit.com
The Inaugural Middle School Rugby National Invitational Tournament is now accepting applications from US based middle school rugby teams.
A new rugby national tournament has been created with the announcement today, Feb. 15, 2017, that a Middle School NIT will be held this coming June in Rock Hill, SC.
The Carlsbad Thunder moved to 3-0 in the Southern California Varsity White San Diego North Division with a 29-17 defeat of previously 2-0 San Pasqual.
The victory was led by some excellent work from hooker Robbie Becker, prop Will Fox and center Jesse Atiga, with good games also from wing Jacob Jenkins, center Michael Cuarenta, and flanker Tim Howell.