FAQs

ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TROPICAL 7s

WHAT DIVISONS ARE AVAILABLE?

The tournament is open to all teams of various skill levels for boys & girls sides at U18, U16, U14, and University/U23 levels. At U18 level, we typically offer both 'elite' and 'open' divisions. 

WHAT ARE THE AGE CUT-OFFS FOR EACH DIVISION?

 The age cut off for the 2021 Tropical 7s are as follows:

  • U18 divisions: born on or after 1 September 2002.

  • U16 divisions: born on or after 1 September 2004

  • U14 divisions: born on or after 1 September 2006

  • U23 divisions: born on or after 1 September 1997

 

For U18/U16/U14 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 divisions, a team may have up to 2 overage players.

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.

DOES MY TEAM NEED TO HIRE OUR OWN TRANSPORT?

If you are staying at the Omni host hotel, your team can walk to the pitches every day. Transfers to/from the Orlando International Airport to the Host Hotels can be arranged. Meal options are available within the resort or within walking distance to the town center of Championsgate at 10 minutes.

If you choose not to stay at the Omni hotel, you may need to look into providing transportation for your team e.g rental van. Contact the team to take advantage of discounted rental rates from our partners.

 

DO YOU PROVIDE CHANGING FACILITIES AT THE PITCHES?

There are no dedicated changing facilities or locker rooms at the pitches. However, there are large restrooms so it is possible to change in there if needed.

IS PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE PITCHES?

Yes, there is a parking area at the sports facility by the main clubhouse. Any overflow parking goes to the guest parking area of the Omni Hotel. Note there is a $10 parking charge (operated by the hotel) during the competition days.

 

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 WATER & ICE AVAILABLE AT THE PITCHES TO FILL UP WATER COOLERS?

There is a tap on the side of the clubhouse that can be used free of charge by teams for filling-up water coolers, etc. Note that the tournament provides ice water at various points at the playing facilities. There is no ice available to the teams but can be obtained from garages and supermarkets in nearby Championsgate.

 

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.