Stronger binds: Hosting national events, highlighting local partnerships
At the set piece, body position is paramount. An athletic, safe body position creates a strong individual foundation, but quality binds between individuals can be the difference between success and failure as a unit.
Much like the bind between athletes, every rugby club has ties to its community. Strong connections with the community can be just as integral to the success of a rugby club off of the pitch as strong binds are to the success of its players on the pitch.
Each and every year, 42 domestic club events are featured at 17 unique locations, bringing together more than 5,000 participants from across the country in interest of crowning 17 USA Rugby National Champions. All events are awarded to specific locations through a comprehensive bidding process, which includes an in-depth review of each applicant. We encourage you to get involved with said process by viewing a potential host application here.
If your club's home pitch is under construction or worn from a recent season, look to other facilities in your community, such as a collegiate complex or public park facility. Wisconsin Rugby Club's hosting of the 2014 Men's and Women's Club National Championships was done at Breese Stevens Field, a public park owned by the city of Madison, as opposed to the club's home field setup.
Bidding for an event for which your club might actually qualify can lead to considerable cost savings and exciting home-field advantage. Just look at this past year's Club 7s and Women's Premier League National Championships: Seattle Saracens won the Men's Club 7s title at Starfire Sports Complex in Washington, while the Atlanta Harlequins nearly made it to the WPL Final at Life University in Georgia.
When speaking to potential partners, be sure to communicate how often you bid for large local or regional events to reinforce the message that yours is a unique opportunity for exposure. Wisconsin Rugby Club may not have reached the Final of the Championship it hosted, but the city of Madison benefited from visits of clubs from all corners of the country, including California, New York, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.
If there are challenges associated with hosting a national event, consider pairing with another local rugby organization and remember that there is also need for regional hosts across all competition levels. While each National Championship is live-streamed, families and fans of clubs in the Rounds of 32 and 16 still support their colors.
Any local event is encouraged to seek event sanctioning in the interest of promoting sustainable rugby competition. Sanctioned events fall under USA Rugby's accident and liability insurance coverage and will receive additional promotional services.
We welcome your submission of a host application through the hyperlink above.