Frequently Asked Questions
Information for Coaches
WhEn / Where / How?
When is the tournament?
November 30, 2019. We start early with some games starting at 8am. Keep an eye out for the schedule which will come out at least a week before the tournament and we'll message teams individually regarding Captain/Coaches' meetings.
Where is it held? How do we get there?
The 103nd St. footbridge is the best way of getting to and from the island and leads directly to the fields in the 80s. There will be signs directing pedestrian & vehicle traffic to the center of NY7s! To access the footbridge, take the 6 train to 103rd Street or the M15 bus to either 100th or 102nd Street. Walk east along 102rd Street to FDR Drive, then walk two blocks north directly onto the crossover ramp leading into the footbridge.
You can also take the 4/5/6 subway trains to 125th St and transfer on the NW corner (by Duane Reade) to the M35 bus marked "Ward's Island" costs $2.75 (subway ride fare) which will take you directly to the Randall's Island fields.
During the tournament, golf shuttles will be available to transport tournament participants between fields 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Please use them!
For driving instruction click here.
How do we enter a team?
For the first time, we’re letting a team book its place at the NY 7s by paying a deposit upfront with the full amount to follow by August 31.
Note that the deposit is non-refundable after one month (or August 31, whichever is sooner). So, if you change your mind after that grace period, there are no refunds. Why? To cover our administration efforts and because we potentially have turned people away.
Who are you guys?
NY 7s is organized by members of New York Rugby Club.
Do you have a map of the fields?
We do! We’ll also have copies available on the day.
Nuts and Bolts
Will there be food available?
The R. Cano concession stand will be available to purchase food and drink items throughout the day. It will open at 7:30AM on Saturday, November 30 and close by 7PM. Hot food items will be available from 10AM-3PM so please plan accordingly.
Can I pay with my cardYes, it's the 21st century.
What can I bring to the tournament?
It’s a public park in NYC so use your common sense but a couple of things you might wonder about:
CLEATS: Randall's Island fields are grass/artificial turf so metal cleats are NOT allowed; players should only wear molded soccer cleats.
FOOD: You can bring food items from home onto the island but cannot set up grills or barbecues of any sort without special permits.
ALCOHOL: There is a strict NO ALCOHOL policy on Randall's Island unless purchased from and consumed by the R. Cano concession stand by the fan village and field 71. Glass bottles are also not allowed on the Island. You will get a ticket and we could lose our field permits if anyone does not abide by the rules. Make sure to check out the Social Events for the NY7s official parties.
How can I follow the fixtures and scores?
We’ll post the schedule up a week before the tournament and will be trialing a new live-scoring system this year. Stay tuned for information on that, I bet you can’t wait. Please don’t refresh the site too much.
How many games are each team guaranteed?
We aim to get everyone at least 3 games regardless of results. The structure varies by division but we try and run a Cup, Plate and Bowl for each division except for the Premier divisions where we operate a league structure to guarantee the requisite number of games.
We have to note that we’re at the vagaries of weather, injuries and teams hitting the beers after being dropped out of the main competition so whilst we try our best to get you 3 games (at least) there may be occasions where we just can’t make that happen..
What divisions are available?
For the adult men and women, there are Premier, Club, College and Social divisions.
For high school boys and girls, there are Premier and Club divisions.
For touch, there is currently only division but we’re keeping an eye on this as it is our first year of trying it out.
For more information, take a look at the detailed descriptions here.
What division should we play in?
It’s a question as old as time itself. Leaving aside the age limits for Boys/Girls/College (which should be self explanatory) you’re down to three options.
Premier - You’re a competitive 7s team who plays a number of 7s tournaments on the circuit and “know what they’re doing”.
Club - You’re decent at 15s, play together through the year and have put some time into learning what all of this 7s malarky is about.
Social - You’re aware that 7s exists, it seems like a good idea but you’re not THAT into it. Preferably you’ve done no to minimal training.
Want more details? Examples of teams who have played at which level before? We thought you might, head over here for that.
Are the limits on teams per division strict?
They're guidelines based on what we have done in previous years. If we get a huge surge of interest in one division we'll try and shuffle things around (both in terms of who is playing in which division and how the division is structured) to make sure as many people as possible get to play. If you have questions on which division you should slot into, please drop us a line.
What are the tournament rules?
Great question - please find our rules here.
Information for Coaches
Can my team play at NY 7s?
Ah Mr. Schmidt is that you again? For the thousandth time, we’re not going to let Ireland play this year. Anyone else, sure, you’re welcome!
How many players can each team have?
12 players maximum. You can change the registration up until 15 minutes before your first match.
What do we need to do before we arrive?
Probably go to the gym, throw a ball around. We’ll reach out to teams with more specifics as we get closer to the time but there will be the standard slate of:
Paying your dues
Letting us know if you want to attend the Social Events etc.
How much is the entry fee?
$450 for full contact 7s and $300 for touch. Sign up here.
Note that for the first time, we’re letting a team book its place at the NY 7s by paying a deposit upfront with the full amount to follow by August 31.
Please note the deposit is non-refundable after one month (or August 31, whichever is sooner). So, if you change your mind after that grace period, there are no refunds. Why? To cover our administration efforts and because we potentially have turned people away.
Can I referee at the tournament?
Our referees are run through the Rugby Referee's Society of NY, and they coordinate all guest referee assignments. We are a big tournament and always need more referees so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest and we'll pass your information along!
Can I sell my merchandise at the tournament?
Not without prior approval from us. The best way to get that is to become one of our official partners, click here for more information.
How do I find a team to play with?
If you’re in the New York area we’ll naturally point you to New York Rugby Club, i.e. us! If you’re further afield we can see what we can do using our network of teams! Email email@example.com in each case!
Can we use the NY 7s logos?
Not without prior approval from us - please email us ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org.