Regional All-Star Tournaments the way to High School All-American teams

For high school rugby players hoping to reach the heights of a USA Rugby national team, the Regional All-Star Tournaments (RASTs) and Stars v Stripes Camp offer the High Performance pathway to the High School All-Americans and on to Junior and Collegiate All-American teams, as well as the Men’s and Women’s Eagles.

Last year’s RASTs produced two boys and two girls all-star teams for the Stars v Stripes Game at University of Northern Colorado. Fifty of the country’s best boys and 50 of the best girls earned the honor to attend the Stars v Stripes Camp in Greeley, Colo., following their play in one of the seven 2013 RASTs.

In 2014, RASTs will be held in six locations across the United States: Portland, Ore.; Marrieta, Ga.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Elkhart, Ind.; Devens, Mass.; and Aurora, Colo. USA Rugby selectors will attend each RAST to nominate athletes for the Stars v Stripes Camp.

“These Regional All-Star Tournaments are not only a great way to showcase the quality of rugby at the high school level, but also a great way to bring the best players in the country together for selection to the high performance pathway,” USA Rugby High Performance Player Development Manager Luke Gross said. “Narrowing down 100 rugby players from the thousands playing is a tough ask, but I think those who attended Stars v Stripes learned a lot and now understand what it takes to play on the national level.”

To compete in a RAST, players must be enrolled in high school for the 2013-14 academic year and join an all-star or travel team participating in his or her local RAST. Players should contact local State Rugby Organizations for more information on all-star and travel teams.

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