Divisions & Tournament Rules
Bloodfest7s was designed as a "fun for all" tournament with divisions ranging from premier teams to non-traditional 7s players. Today, some of the top teams in the country travel to Austin every summer to compete in Blooddfest 7s, but we still haven't lost our initial vision. Bloodfest7s continues the Austin Huns' big tent philosophy which invites everyone regardless of size, ability, or knowledge to come enjoy the sport of rugby.
View the playing regulations for each division on the drop down topics below.
Our social divisions goes a bit more relaxed on substitutes and rosters but frequently features some of our best kit designs in the tournament. Many college and non-competitive clubs choose our social division to come out and enjoy the experience of Bloodfest without having to take it too seriously.
Unlimited roster sizes (but still only 7 on the field at a time)
Super Social is the heart of Bloodfest 7s and has been one of our most popular divisions to watch based on the on and off field antics. Special 7s players deserve special variations, which are listed below. Of course, interpretation, and addition, is always up to the referee.
Rolling subs and unlimited roster.
Center the ball between the posts = 7 points, any other try = 5. No kicking for any points.
If a team goes up by 14 or more, the last player to score is "sin binned" in the center of the pitch. They may move within the 10 meter lines, but not past them either way. If they are in an offsides position due to this they may not impede play.
If a player under 200 pounds receives the ball on their half of the pitch they may not score. They must pass to another player or the sanction is a mid-field penalty (i.e. no break aways by skinny backs).
There are no ties. If there is a tie score at the end of regulation an off field contest must be agreed upon by each captain to decide the winner. Winning the contest = 5 game points.
Any team not maintaining the spirit of Super Social may be promoted to another bracket at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
High School Divisions
High school divisions are the most important divisions at Bloodfest 7s. This is the future of our great sport. High school brackets are growing every year.
Eligibility rules for players will be based on USA Rugby High School Competition Rules and Eligibility. Here are the main eligibility criteria for these divisions.
Players are eligible if they have reached the following age by the September 1st that occurs at the start of the school year.
19U= 19 on or before September 1, 2021. If players were 20 on September 1, even if they were enrolled in high school, they would be ineligible.
17U= 17 or less on or before September 1, 2021. If players were 18 before September 1, 2021 then they are not eligible for 17U.
Players must have attended class full time, as defined by the High School registrar, during the 2021-2022 school year.
Bloodfest 7s is proud to be a sanctioned event of USA Rugby. All competing teams must adhere to the policies as stated by USA Rugby and the Texas Rugby Union. For more information visit https://www.usa.rugby/club/.