Club 7s in Denver; RMR launches new programs; Other news
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July 2016 Newsletter
USA Rugby Club 7s Championship heading to Denver Aug. 13-14!
Support your local rugby community! The 2016 USA Rugby Men's & Women's Club 7s National Championships are coming to Colorado, and Rocky Mountain Rugby needs YOU to show up in support of this event! Showcasing the best of Men's & Women's 7s in the U.S. today, the 2016 Club 7s event will take place at Dick's Sporting Goods Park - home of MLS's Colorado Rapids - on Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14. 

Tickets start at $15, with weekend passes available for $20. That's right - two days of action-packed rugby for the low price of $20!

As rugby continues to grow in the United States, it’s critically important that we, as rugby players, coaches, and administrators, continue to show our commercial partners that there is a live audience for rugby in the USA today. And what better opportunity is there to do that than to watch championship-caliber rugby in your own backyard?

Fans in attendance can also take in the plethora of recreational and entertainment options available in the Denver area (including a beer festival Saturday at the park!), as well as purchase USA Rugby gear and championship memorabilia at the stadium!
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West D1A, Rocky Mountain GU, and Glendale launch U20 Competition
Rocky Mountain Rugby is proud to be a founding member of the USA Rugby U20 Initiative, which will seek to bridge the playing gap between high school-to-college and high school-to-club. This initiative is key to continuing the growth of the game, as well as providing more playing opportunities for those in the 18-20 age bracket. 

For the initial 2016-2017 season, the Glendale Raptors have stepped forward to sponsor a U20 men's club program, and it will compete against U20 sides of the West D1A College Conference to form the first-in-the-nation U20 competition. It is hoped that other club programs will also sponsor U20 teams and/or other U20 teams will be formed by new groups. At the end of the Fall season, it is expected that a U20 RMR All-Star program will tour against other select sides, with all players under 20 in an RMR-sponsored competition (D1A, NSCRO, College D2, Club D2/D3, PRP, etc.) eligible to compete. 

Eligible players for the formal U20 league will include those born after September 1, 1996, who have graduated high school. Full-time college students who attend a university that sponsors a college program are expected to play with their university team, not a U20 club team, though their college club may choose to sponsor a U20 program of its own. 
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RMR launches Match Administrator program
In order to continue elevating the quality of rugby administered each week in the Rocky Mountains, the Rocky Mountain Rugby GU passed a resolution this summer to sponsor a Match Administrator program, which will be piloted at the Men's Club Division 2, Men's Club Division 3, and Men's Club Division 4 levels. Funding for this program will come from existing Men's Club player dues, and Match Administrators will be paid $40 per 15s match worked.

If you are interested in earning a little extra cash, or would like to get involved in rugby administration, please let Rocky Mountain Rugby know by signing up for a training course today. Training courses will take place in the Denver area in late July and early August, and RMR is additionally looking into the feasibility of online training for those unable to easily attend a course in Denver.
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Denver Stampede PRO Rugby - Home match on July 17
Denver is one of just five cities in the United States with a team in the inaugural PRO Rugby North America competition, and the Denver Stampede have just one home match remaining in the team's debut season. 

Come out to catch the Stampede in action at CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium as they take on the Sacramento Express in their home finale (July 17, 3PM MT)!
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Men's Club schedules are set for 2016-2017
RMR Men's Club Rep. Erik Geib emailed the 2016-2017 Men's D2/D3/D4 schedules to all known team representatives. The schedule was created in conjunction with D2 Rep. Aaron Bennett and D3 Rep. Charlie Haupt, and approved by the Frontier CR Committee of USA Rugby. If you did not receive your schedule, please email Erik at
Rugby Utah NDA wins first two 7s qualifiers
The Rugby Utah NDA won the Men's Qualifying Division at the 2016 Denver 7s Tournament, as well as the Men's Qualifying Division of the 2016 Heartland 7s Tournament, which puts them in first place in the 3-leg Frontier CR 7s competition. Rugby Utah is now qualified for Nationals and playing for seeding. The KC Blues finished 2nd in Denver and 3rd at Heartland, while the Denver Barbarians finished 3rd at Denver and 2nd at Heartland. The top two teams after 3 tournaments advance to Club 7s Nationals. The final tournament will be the Pioneer 7s Tournament in Salt Lake City on July 23. 
Glendale women qualify for Club 7s
By virtue of their win at the 2016 Denver 7s Tournament, the Glendale Raptors (Women) are the first program in the nation to qualify for the 2016 Club 7s National Championship. This will be the Raptors' second appearance at Club 7s after first participating at the 2011 Club 7s event in San Francisco. 
West D1A expands, sets schedule
The West D1A College Conference is proud to announce the addition of Utah State University for the 2016-2017 competitive season. The Aggies are the second team to join the conference from Utah, and a competitive schedule has been set for teams in the 4-state competition. To read more about Utah State's inclusion, visit
Scoreboard Initiative enters Year 2
For the second year in a row, all Men's Club programs are required to have a scoreboard present and operating at all home matches. It was agreed upon at the 2016 RMR AGM that teams that failed to use a scoreboard in 2015-2016 will see their fines continue into the 2016-2017 season. Those that have operating scoreboards will not be fined, however.
2016 Rocky Mountain Challenge the biggest RCT yet!
The Rocky Mountains continue to lead the way in elite high school player development, as the 16th Annual Rocky Mountain Challenge in Aurora, Colorado, hosted 37 teams in Boys Varsity/JV, Girls Varsity/JV, and Boys Middle School divisions. This year's champions included:
So Cal - Varsity Boys
Utah - Varsity Girls
Indiana - JV Boys
Colorado - JV Girls
Indiana - MS Boys
Rocky Mountain Rugby AGM Elections / AGM
The 2016 Rocky Mountain Rugby AGM was held May 15 in the Denver Tech Center area. Rich Cortez was re-elected as President, Erik Geib was elected as Vice-President, Bob Lesnansky was re-elected Treasurer, and Angel McClarney was elected Secretary. Tom Coburn remains on the Board as Chairman of the Referee Society. Additionally, John Barkmeir was re-elected as the Club Representative to Congress, and both Aaron Bennett and Charlie Haupt were elected to the Frontier CR Committee of USA Rugby. 
8 Rocky Mountain players among USA Rugby AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans 
Ben Pinkelman of Colorado State University was named a First Team 7s All-American, while University of Utah standout Chad Gough was named a Second Team XVs All-American. Honorable mentions for XVs also included Ben Pinkelman (Colorado State), Christian Weissing (Colorado), Jeremy Misailegalu (New Mexico Highlands), Kevon Williams (New Mexico Highlands), Gabriel Ruflin (Utah), Benjamin Mills (Utah), and Cody Jerabek (Wyoming).
SLC Vipers join D1
The Salt Lake City Vipers have joined the Frontier Women's D1 competitive region, and will battle Denver Black Ice for a berth to 2017 Nationals. Black Ice finished 3rd in the USA in 2016, being eliminated by 2-time national champion Seattle.
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