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United World Sports announced Thursday its partnership with NDP Championships in creating The Sevens Championship. It’s the first formalized 7s championship for school-age teams in the United States.

NDP is a very large, successful lacrosse tournament organization and a branch of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE), which runs the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions, its flagship tournament, along with the Midwest Cup, Atlantic Cup and Colorado Cup, all also title-sponsored by Dick’s.

While the first Sevens Championship, Dec. 29-31 this year, will employ an application process, the plan is to grow in the second year a network of qualification tournaments across the country, both by creating new tournaments and partnering with existing ones.

The partnership with KSE is notable, as its one of the biggest names in sports, counting the MLS’s Colorado Rapids, the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche and the NBA’s Denver Nuggets as properties. The namesake of the company, Stan Kroenke, is also the owner of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams and the largest stakeholder in the English Premier League’s Arsenal. KSE’s involvement in a rugby venture is further proof the sport is finally catching the eye of the biggest fish in American athletics.

The Sevens Championship will run annually at the end of the year, adding another destination spot on the youth 7s calendar. Currently, the most robust brackets for youth 7s are at the Las Vegas Invitational in February, which coincides with the IRB 7s World Series, and the High School Rugby Challenge in June, which is run in conjunction with the Collegiate Rugby Championship.

Add the Serevi Cup, which had its inaugural tournament in August and has aspirations of becoming a destination tournament, perhaps NY 7s in November and the North American Invitational 7s in Salt Lake City in October, and it appears the void of top-notch high school 7s is being filled. 

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Why would the tournament be on during the holidays? Honestly, who thought that was a good idea? Dec 29-31? Come on
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Richard, the NDP staff who have run successfully the NDP Lacrosse for years at same have surveyed parents, coaches and staff over the years...as well as discussing with rugby at similar level for the last year. The consensus is there is no "right" time, but that Winter or summer holidays is where most are off...equally their research shows we would have issues which ever you choose. I think the clear message is a world class and huge American sports group believe in the sport enough to create and manage something dynamic at the HS level for boys and girls and while it will be evergreen in its development this is a great step forward
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The U14 boys and girls brackets are great to see. Definitely shows the growth of youth rugby over the last five years.
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I think Richard is 100% right, There are only a few U 14 teams in Florida to participate and at that time I highly doubt that you be able to have any participation. There is a Ruggerfest Tournament in February in which High School does not play and U14 had last year a small tournament.I think you be better off getting in touch with FYRU to set a better date
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New Years eve is a ridiculously bad time to have a HS "Sevens Championship" 1. It is the holidays. Families spend time together. Bad timing all around. 2. Sevens is not played anywhere north of the Mason Dixon line except in June July and August, after the spring 15s season. It is impossible to train effectively from November to March in the winter. You say above that you surveyed coaches and parents....not up north you didn't. Call it the Southern Championships if you want or the Orlando 7s, but please do not attach a National moniker when half the country will not be represented. Joe Dolan, Boston RFC
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