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County permit approved!! Waitlist remains open for most divisions.

Permit Approved

Today we received the truly wonderful news that our permit to use Veterans Park has been approved. This was the final hurdle and now we can say that the 2021 Lakefront 7s is most definitely going forward! We can’t wait to host you all on June 26!

A few spots remain for teams in the Women’s Super-Social, High School and HIPPOs divisions. And the waitlist is open for the other divisions. Please do continue to sign up if you can attend.

We’ll have some more information on the event heading into next week, but for now be sure to clear your calendars, pack your sunscreen and cleats and get ready for a great day of rugby!

Six of eight divisions full (or very close to it) for 2021 Lakefront 7s

As of this writing, the 2021 Lakefront 7s is 80% full with six of our 8 divisions full or nearly full.

We’ll be publishing the full list of teams soon, but for now, here is the status of each division.

  • High School Boys โ€” 1 spot available (8 total)
  • High School Girls โ€” 2 spots available (8 total)
  • Women’s Super Social โ€” 4 spots available (4 total)
  • Men’s Super Social โ€” wait list only (8 total)
  • Women’s Social โ€” 1 spot available (8 total)
  • Men’s Social โ€” 5 spots available (16 total)
  • Men’s Competitive โ€” wait list only (8 total)
  • Men’s HIPPOs โ€” 2 spots available (4 total)

Update on county permit

As you may know, we have been awaiting approval from Milwaukee County to host the 2021 Lakefront 7s. We have been receiving very positive indications from Milwaukee County that strongly suggest the tournament will proceed as scheduled on June 26, 2021.

We’ll keep you posted on that front, but we are feeling more confident each day that we are ready to kick-off for 2021!

Of course, we are offering full refunds should the county surprise is and not issue our permit. Either way, please do register ASAP to secure your spot!

Full steam ahead for June 26!

rugby balls basket

While awaiting approval of our permit application from Milwaukee County Parks for the use of our venue (Veterans Park), we announced last month that two dates had been reserved for the 2021 Lakefront 7s. Specifically, the preferred date of June 26th and the backup date of August 21st.

Since then, the CDC has announced that fully vaccinated people can return to normal activities and Milwaukee County has decided to lift their mask mandate on June 1st.

Additionally, Milwaukee County Parks has shared with us their guidance around reopening outdoor sports events such as walks and runs. They have also accepted our reopening plan in support of our permit application for Veterans Park.

With these developments in mind, the Lakefront 7s organizing committee has decided to forego the alternate date in August and put all our efforts into holding the event as planned on June 26, 2021. In other words, we are putting all our balls in one June basket!

We are hoping to receive feedback on our reopening plan by June 4. If accepted, we would expect the permitting process to follow shortly thereafter.


Registration for June 26 remains open

We invite everyone who has been waiting to register for the 2021 Lakefront 7s to do so now. The event is currently at 50% capacity with approximately 30 spots remaining (for 2021 only, we are capping the event at 64 teams per Milwaukee County guidelines).

The Lakefront 7s does not require registration with USA Rugby or any other governing body, so feel free to sign up now and finalize your team later.

Full refunds (if needed)

In the case that COVID-19 restrictions eventually block the approval of our venue permit application, we will issue 100% refunds no later than June 30, 2021.

Papa Joe Golf Outing

Looking ahead, the Lakefront 7s will continue to be held on the last Saturday in June. The Papa Joe Golf Outing and Fundraiser will move to August for 2021 and beyond. This year, it will be held on August 21st (no permit process is needed).

Thank-you to the rugby community!

We know it’s been a confusing few months for those of you who treat the Lakefront 7s as “rugby Christmas”. We’ve done our best to keep you updated and remain transparent.

And we truly appreciate the support and faith you put in us each year to hold a quality, on-time, and fun event. You can be sure that we will exhaust all options to maximize the chances of a 2021 Lakefront 7s on June 26.

If you’d like to continue to show your support, please register your team as soon as possible.


Lakefront 7s COVID-19 Update #3 – two dates reserved for 2021

The heath and safety of the rugby community is one of our top priorities at the Lakefront 7s. That’s why we previously made a commitment to follow all state and local recommendations and mandates regarding the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

With this in mind, we are planning on holding the 2021 Lakefront 7s as planned on June 26. We have not yet received the permit from Milwaukee County for Veterans Park, but we are proceeding on the assumption that this will come through as cases of COVID-19 continue to drop.


Backup date

If we are unable to obtain a permit for June 26, we have also reserved Veterans Park for August 21 as a contingency. All registrations for the event will be valid for either date, and will also eligible for a full refund if the alternate date does not work for your team.

Only 64 teams will be accepted

The Lakefront 7s normally sells 90+ team tickets each year. In the interests of safety for teams and our volunteers, the tackle side of the 2021 event is capped at 64 teams. Given the long stretch without rugby and the limited team numbers, we expect demand in 2021 to be extremely competitive .

Any limits for the non-contact/youth side will be announced separately.


Lakefront 7s COVID-19 Update #2 – golf fundraiser replaces June 27 rugby tournament

The heath and safety of the rugby community is one of our top priorities at the Lakefront 7s. That’s why we previously made a commitment to follow all state and local recommendations and mandates regarding the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

On February 14th we received our permit to hold the Lakefront 7s as scheduled on June 27, 2020 at Veterans Park. Yesterday we received the following update from Milwaukee County Parks who manage Venerans Park:

As always, your health and safety remain our top priority. We continue to monitor local, state, and federal public health guidance to ensure we are making decisions that best support the health of our community. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, gathering size limits, social distancing recommendations, and lower staffing levels Milwaukee County Parks is cancelling all rentals through July 31st.

As such, we must officially cancel the 2020 Lakefront 7s. Registration has been closed for 2020, and all existing registrations will be refunded in the coming days.

We are continuing to explore other options for a tournament later this summer (pending safety issues of course).

However, we have decided to continue our annual Papa Joe Golf Outing & Fundraiser.

The golf event has been moved from its normal day on Friday to Saturday, June 27, 2020. Social distancing and other safety measures can be maintained during golf. So please do mark your calendars and join us for a fun day with the Milwaukee rugby community.

Lakefront 7s COVID-19 Update #1 – Event proceeding as scheduled for June 27, 2020

Athlete safety is the primary concern for all of us here at the Lakefront 7s and Milwaukee Barbarians Rugby. As such, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely.

We have spent the last few weeks consulting with our vendors, sponsors, and other stakeholders, and carefully reviewing state and local guidelines and mandates. Based on this research, we have decided that the Lakefront 7s will proceed as currently scheduled.

Critically, we have been in touch with the venue owner (Milwaukee County) and our insurance carrier and have received their approvals to hold the event on the original date of June 27, 2020. (more…)

Deathicorns win first Women’s Super Social division

2019 women's super social championship deathicorns

The Deathicorns (Chicago, IL) have been crowned champions at the 2019 Lakefront 7s in the first-ever Women’s Super Social bracket.

The Deathicorns were undefeated in pool play (2-0) and met the American AF (Milwaukee, WI) in the first semi-final. Deathicorns were victorious with a 22-5 scoreline.

Turds (1-1 record; Knoxville, TN) met Platteville (Platteville, WI) in the other semi. The 19-7 victory for American AF improved their record to 2-1.

Due to a scheduling error, the final between Deathicorns and Turds was not played. Deathicorns were awarded the Cup Championship based on their 3-0 record.

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