ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TROPICAL 7s
WHAT DIVISIONS ARE AVAILABLE?
The tournament is open to all teams of various skill levels for boys & girls sides at U18, U16, U14, U12 (Coed) and University/U23 levels. Certain divisions may be offered for both 'elite' and 'open' divisions, including possible invitation-only divisions. =
WHAT ARE THE AGE CUT-OFFS FOR EACH DIVISION?
The age cut off for the 2023 Tropical 7s are as follows:
U18 divisions: born on or after 1 September 2004
U16 divisions: born on or after 1 September 2006
U14 divisions: born on or after 1 September 2008
U12 divisions: born on or after 1 September 2010
U23 divisions: born on or after 1 September 1999
For U18/U16/U14/U12 divisions, a waiver (max 2 waivers per team) may be submitted for players within 3 months of the deadline (i.e. June/July/Aug birthdates). For U23/University divisions, a team may have up to 2 overage players born within 12 months of the age cutoff.
WHY DO I NEED PERMISSION FROM MY HOME UNION TO PLAY IF I AM AN INTERNATIONAL TEAM?
When teams travel to play rugby in another country, it is necessary that they receive "approval" from their governing rugby union (as stipulated by World Rugby's regulations). The home union verifies the applicants' "standing" and will determine whether approval to tour is granted or declined. International teams wishing to participate in the Tropical 7s will need to provide proof of permission to tour at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the tournament as required to present to USA Rugby to maintain proper sanctioning for the event.
HOW EARLY CAN WE ARRIVE FOR THE EVENT?
TROPICAL 7s encourages teams to arrive as early as the Sunday before the tournament and enjoy a full week of training, coaching, and leisure activities.
CAN A PLAYER PLAY FOR MORE THAN ONE TEAM DURING THE TOURNAMENT?
No. A player once registered for a team, irrespective of whether he or she has taken part in the tournament, cannot register or make themselves available for registration in any other team. All players are required to be appropriately insured for all rugby and non-rugby activities while attending the event.
DO YOU PROVIDE CHANGING FACILITIES AT THE PITCHES?
There are no dedicated changing facilities or locker rooms available to teams at the pitches. We encourage teams to change before arriving at the facility.
IS PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE?
Yes, there are multiple parking lots at the Sportsplex facility. Parking is free on training days and is chargeable at $10 (payable in cash) per vehicle for the whole day on tournament days. Each registered team will receive 2 x free parking passes that can be used on up to vehicles on both days of the tournament.
CAN WE SET-UP OUR OWN POP-UP TENT NEAR THE PLAYING FIELDS?
Yes, you are more than welcome to put up pop-up tents for shade as long as they are adequately secured into the ground (as wind gusts do come across the playing area). Please enquire at the tournament office as to where you can set-up your tent.
IS THERE A LIVE STREAM?
Yes, all fields will be live streamed using the Tampa Sportsplex's live streaming subscription service for the tournament which uses automated cameras and innovative ball tracking software. Details of the live stream will be made available on our home page closer to the tournament.