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Competitions

See below for the competition structures for all TRU member divisions. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to admin@texasrugbyunion.com.

2021-2022 IMPORTANT INFORMATION

April 1, 2022Registration Deadline – Deadline to register as a player to be eligible for playoffs. (The player must still meet the other player eligibility requirements or obtain a waiver from the Senior Club Council Eligibility Committee).

April 9, 2022Red River / TRU Men’s D3 Quarterfinal Round (see below for details).

April 23-24, 2022Red River / TRU Championship Weekend. Location: Burr Field in Austin Texas. Divisions: Men’s D2 & D3; Women’s D2.

May 7-8, 2022Gulf Coast Superregional Tournament (Round of 8) – The Red River Champions will face the Southern Conference winners (FL, GA, NC, SC, GA, LA, AL, MS & TN). Divisions: Men’s D2 & D3; Women’s D2. Location: Aveva Sports Complex, Houston, Texas. 

The Red River Men’s D3 Champion will face the Southern Conference Champion on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

The Red River Men’s D2 Champion will face the True South Champion on Saturday, May 7, 2022, and if they win, will face the winner of the Carolinas/Georgia v. Florida Men’s D2 match on Sunday, May 8, 2022.

Similarly, the Red River Women’s D2 Champion will face the Florida Champion on Saturday, May 7, 2022, and if they win, will face the winner of the True South v. Carolinas/Georgia Women’s D2 match on Sunday, May 8, 2022.

Consolation matches on Sunday are mandatory, but expanded rosters will be allowed. Return to this site after April 15 for further details.

Winners of the Gulf Coast Superregional advance to the USA Rugby Finals Weekend.

May 20-22, 2022USA Rugby Finals Weekend – Teams advancing from the Red River in all Divisions will face the Pacific Conference Champions in the semifinal round, and should the Red River teams advance, they will face the winner of the Northern v. Atlantic Conference semifinal in the Final match. 

Men’s and Women’s Division 1 Semifinal matches will be played on Friday, May 20, 2022. Men’s and Women’s Division 2 & 3 Semifinal Matches will be played on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Finals for all divisions will be played on Sunday, May 22, 2022. Location: TBD. Consolation matches: TBD.

D1

The 2021-22 Men’s Division 1 in the Red River will feature home and away matches between five clubs.  (Rugby HTX is not eligible to advance this season, and all matches against Rugby HTX this season are considered friendlies).

Absent the cancellation of a sufficient number of matches due to COVID, such that the season cannot be completed by the teams in the running to advance, there will be no Men’s D1 playoff. Should a tie in the point standings exist at the end of the regular season competition, the advancing team will be determined by the existing Red River Tiebreaker Policy.

 

The winner of the Red River Conference Division 1 regular season competition, based on standings points, will advance to the USA Men’s Division 1 Semifinal on Friday, May 20, 2022, where they will meet the Pacific Champion. If the Red River team prevails, they will advance to the Final match on Sunday, May 22, 2022 against the winner of the North v. Atlantic Conference Semifinal. 

The Senior Club Council Competitions Committee has not yet informed us of the location of the finals weekend, or whether there will be a Consolation match on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

D2

The Men’s D1b teams will continue to participate in D2 this year. D2 is split into two regions, north and central/south. Clubs will play the other clubs in their area both Home and Away resulting in a four team playoff.

Playoffs & Seeding

The TRU / Red River Championship weekend will be a four team playoff, with the semi-finals on Saturday, April 23, 2022 pitting North #1 vs South #2, and South #1 vs North #2. The winners of those two matches will advance to the Red River Men’s D2 final on Sunday, April 24, 2022.

The winner of the Red River Conference will advance to the USA Rugby National Playoffs (Round of 8) on May 7-8, 2022, as the Red River Men’s D2 Champion. If the Men’s D2 Red River Champion wins both Round of 8 matches, they will advance to the USA Rugby Men’s D2 Semifinal match on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Again, the Saturday match pairing will be against the Pacific Conference D2 champion. If the Red River Champion wins the Semifinal match, they will play in the Final on Sunday, May 22, 2022 against the winner of the North v. Atlantic Conference semifinal.

D3

The Men’s D3 Competition consists of teams split into North, Central, South and D1-C (D1 Sides with D3 Sides) subdivisions. Clubs will play the other clubs in their subdivision both Home and Away.

Playoffs & Seeding

To advance, the top 8 Men’s D3 teams will play in a Quarterfinal Round.

The top two teams from each subdivision will advance to the Red River / TRU Quarterfinal Round (April 9, 2022) with the four subdivision winners hosting the 5th through 8th place teams. The four winners from the Quarterfinal Round will advance to the Red River Championship weekend (April 23-24, 2022).

Quarterfinal Format – 8 Teams

  • Four Subdivision Winners and Four Second Place Teams will participate in the Quarterfinal Round, with the Subdivision Winners hosting.
  • Subdivision Winners will be determined based on standings points within each subdivision, and if necessary, application of the tiebreakers.
  • Seeding will be determined by weighted average standings points (Standings Points earned ÷ Maximum Possible Standings Points), with the exception that teams advancing from the same subdivision will not face each other in the Quarterfinal Round. Instead, the subdivision winner will play the next lowest seeded team from a different subdivision. This exception only applies to the MD3 quarterfinal round of playoffs. Teams will not be reseeded after the Quarterfinal Round. 
  • The Quarterfinal Round is April 9, 2022
  • The four Quarterfinal Round Winners advance to the TRU / Red River Semi-Finals on Saturday, April 23, 2022.
  • Red River Semi-Finals seeding will be:
    • Semi-Final #1 – Top Seed vs. Lowest Seed from Quarterfinal Winners
    • Semi-Final #2 – Remaining Quarterfinal Winners

 

The winners of the Semi-Finals will face off on Sunday, April 24, 2020 for the Red River Men’s D3 Championship.  Red River Conference Champion will advance to the USA Rugby National Playoffs (Round of 8) and play the Southern Conference Champion on Saturday, May 7, 2022. 

If the Men’s D3 Red River Champion wins both their Round of 8 match, they will advance to the USA Rugby Men’s D3 Championships on May 21-22, 2022. The Red River D3 Champion will face the Pacific Champion on Saturday, May 21, and if they win, will face the winner of the North v. Atlantic Conference semifinal on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

D4 – TRU

For the 2021-22 Season, the Men’s D4 competition exists only in the North.  With an emphasis on development of the game, Division 4 is subject to relaxed eligibility and competition rules. For full eligibility regulations, review the TRU Men’s D4 and Women’s D3 Division Regulations. With only three Clubs participating in D4 for the 2021-22 season, there may not be a playoff.

D1

Women’s clubs will play Red River and Rocky Mountain teams home and away. Points will be awarded per league match and recorded in CMS in order to rank clubs for playoffs.

2021-2022 League Guidelines

Playoffs & Seeding

The overall first seed (determined by CMS league standings) of the Red River and Rocky Mountain league will host the overall second seed on May 7. The winner of that playoff match will advance to the USA Rugby National Playoffs (Final Four) on May 20. If they win their final four match, they will advance to the USA Rugby Championship match on May 22.

D2

Women’s D2 clubs will play the other clubs of their conference (North and South) both home and away. Points will be awarded per league match and recorded in CMS in order to rank clubs for playoffs.

Playoffs & Seeding

The Northern and Southern Women’s D2 Subdivision Winners, based on standings points (with application of tiebreakers, if necessary) will advance. 

The remaining two teams will be determined by weighted average standings points (i.e. Standings Points Earned divided by Maximum Possible Standings Points) among the remaining 4 Women’s D2 teams. 

The seeding of the four qualifying teams will be based on weighted average competition points among them.   1 plays 4, 3 plays 2 on Saturday, April 23, 2022. Winners of those matches will play each other on April 24, 2022.

The Red River Women’s D2 Champion will face the Florida Champion on Saturday, May 7, 2022, and if they win, will face the winner of the True South v. Carolinas/Georgia Women’s D2 match on Sunday, May 8, 2022.

If the Red River team advances beyond the Superregional, they will face the Women’s D2 Pacific Champion on May 21, 2022, and if they prevail, will face the winner of the North v. Atlantic Conference Semifinal in the National Final match on May 22, 2022.

D3 – TRU

The women’s D3 structure continues to follow the format announced in 2019. The aim of this structure is to maximize ball in play time, and player development in a set up with more transferability to XV’s than traditional 7s. This should allow clubs to accelerate the growth of new players quicker and more effectively, while providing high involvement levels for experienced players and a competitive environment as you build numbers towards a XV’s squad.

2021-2022 Schedule

  • Dec 18 – @ Grand Prairie
  • Jan 22 – @ McAllen
  • Feb 12 – @ Alliance
  • Mar 26 – @Denton

For full regulations, review the 2019 WD3 Guidelines.

D1

Clubs will play the other clubs home and away. Points will be awarded per league match and recorded in CMS in order to rank clubs for playoffs.

Playoffs & Seeding

Conference championships take place in April of each year. Information will be shared with each team individually.

D2

Teams will play 7s round robin tournaments in the spring.

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