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scores & brackets

Team Check In

Team representatives must check in at the scorer’s table at least 60 minutes before their first scheduled match.

Eligibility & Roster

Roster size — Teams must limit their rosters to 15 players except in the case of for USA Rugby Qualifier matches which have a roster size of only 12. Note that the roster size does not affect the total substitutions in any one match (see below).

Liability Waiver — Each team must give a roster/waiver form to the tournament director before starting play. Players may also be required to give an active membership number from USA Rugby or a similar national governing body.

One player. One team. One bracket — A player may only play for one team in one bracket. Any team that plays an individual that is not on the team roster will forfeit the match.

Seniors Brackets — Players in any “seniors” bracket must meet the minimum age for that bracket (35+, 45+, etc…).

High School/U19 Players — High School teams may not roster players aged 19 years and above. In addition, players with college rugby experience are not eligible for a High School team.

Red Cards — A player sent off with a red card for any reason will be considered OUT of the tournament and not permitted to take part for the rest of the event (see all Disciplinary Guidelines below).


As of June 18, 2016 and following World Rugby Sevens Law Variation 3.4, a team may substitute the same player more than once as long as no more than 5 substitutions are made in total in any one game.

Match Number and Duration

Three (3) matches will be scheduled for each team in the tournament regardless of division. Unforeseen forfeits* may affect the number of matches actually played by each team.

Matches will be played every 20 minutes (i.e. 8:00, 8:20, 8:40, etc…) and will consist of two, 7-minute halves and a 2-minute half-time.

*Any team playing less than three matches due to forfeits should contact the event organizers for a pro-rated refund. 

Team Forfeits

Teams more than 2 minutes late for a scheduled match will forfeit that match.

Competition Format

To provide appropriate competition for all participants, the tournament is organized into Divisions based on age, gender and skill-level.

Teams in each division are sorted into one or more brackets that will compete in Seeding Rounds (a.k.a. “Pool Play”; round-robin format) and Playoff Rounds. Each team will play 3 matches in the Seeding Round (barring unforeseen forfeits). The format of the Seeding Round and advancement to the Playoff Rounds is based on the total number of teams in the Division and will be displayed on-site during the event.

Semi-final, championship, and consolation (3rd place) matches will decide first, second, and third place in each division at the discretion of the event organizers.


In the event of a tie during the Seeding Round, the following tie-breakers will be used:

  1. Most Games Won
  2. Head to head
  3. Points scored
  4. Points differential
  5. Coin Toss

In case of a tie in Playoff Rounds, ‘sudden death’ overtime will determine the winner. Sudden death periods will be 5 minutes in duration with a 1-minute break. These periods will continue until a team scores.

Disciplinary Guidelines

The following guidelines will be used for disciplinary issues:

  • Yellow cards will last for 2 minutes.
  • A player sent off (red card) during any match is ineligible for the remainder of the tournament.
  • Two yellow cards in a single match is a red card.

Qualifier bracket (when appropriate)

When the Lakefront 7s has been selected as a USA Rugby National Qualifier event, results will be forwarded to Midwest RFU following the competition who will assign points to the top-placed teams as appropriate. The format and eligibility for the Qualifier may differ from above and all Qualifier matches will be governed by Midwest guidelines.

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