Regional All Star Tournaments announced for 2014

USA Rugby announced Thursday the dates and locations for the USA Rugby 2014 Regional All Star Tournaments (RASTs).

Rugby players enrolled in high school for the 2013-14 academic year will be eligible for selection for his or her respective Regional All Star Tournament. Players interested in participating can contact his or her local State Rugby Organization regarding joining an all-star team or travel team, which may attend one of the RASTs.

The formation of a Girls High School All-American team, coupled with the successes of the Boys High School All-Americans under head coach Salty Thompson, has highlighted the new player development pathway. USA Rugby Selectors at each RAST will scout for the GHSAAs and BHSAAs, with Thompson’s team already scheduled to participate in multiple competitions throughout 2014.

The success of the first set of RASTs was visible in the level of play of the nation’s top boys and girls at the inaugural USA Rugby High School All-American Stars v. Stripes Camp at the University of Northern Colorado. A week-long camp for players with the country’s best coaches and scouts, the Stars v. Stripes Camp gives young players a taste of the work necessary to represent the United States on a national level.

Players wishing to be selected for the Stars v. Stripes Camp are required to participate in at least one Regional All Star Tournament to be seen by USA Rugby Selectors.

Watch match replays and learn more about the High School All-Americans Stars v. Stripes Program

“I think everyone – coaches, USA Rugby and University of Northern Colorado staff included – has left revitalized with the outlook of the development pathway and youth rugby in America,” USA Rugby High Performance Player Development Director Luke Gross said following both Stars v. Stripes matches.

For more information, please contact USA Rugby National Teams Administrator Nick Tricarico.

USA Rugby 2014 Regional All Star Tournaments

Pacific Northwest:
Tournament: Great Northwest Challenge
Dates: June 21-22
Location: Delta Park East | Portland, Ore.
Contact: Jenn Heinrich

Tournament: South RAST
Dates: June 21-22
Location: Life University Rugby Complex | Marrieta, Ga.
Contact: Dan Payne

Tournament: 2014 Challenge Cup
Dates: June 21-22
Location: Founders Field | Pittsburgh, Pa.
Contact: Kurt Mockenhaupt

Tournament: Midwest All Stars
Dates: June 14-15
Location: Moose Rugby Grounds | Elkhart, Ind.
Contact: Bart Bottorff

Tournament: New England Challenge Cup
Dates: June 28-29
Location: Devens Recreation | Devens, Mass.
Contact: Chris St. Onge

Rocky Mountain:
Tournament: Rocky Mountain Challenge
Dates: June 14-16
Location: Aurora Sports Park | Aurora, Colo.
Contact: Bob Lesnansky