Who is the EY7s Program for?
The Elite Youth Sevens Girls' Program is a program designed for aspiring top level Rugby Sevens players in BC. Available to players in the U16 and U18 age groups, the programs seeks to take the best pool of talented athletes and develop them into high-level Rugby Sevens players.
The program is open to athletes from all backgrounds and they usually fall under three main brackets: Multisport Athletes, Current Rugby Athletes and Identified Rugby Sevens Athletes.
Don't worry if you're unsure which type you are, we've got more detailed explanations below:
You're an athlete in another sort who plays at school, club or even provincial level. You don't need to have rugby skills, or even have handled a rugby ball before.
What you do have, is a set of skills that are readily transferable to Rugby sevens such as pace, agility, stamina, tactical ability, team attitude, strong work ethic etc.
Several of the top female Rugby Sevens athletes started their careers in other sports including World Cup winners Portia Woodman (Netball) and Melissa Ruscoe (Soccer).
So why not come along to one of our Open ID sessions and show us what you've got!
Current Rugby Athletes
Rugby skills are hugely transferrable from one discipline to another. Ball handling, teamwork and tackling are just as much a feature of Sevens as they are of XVs.
Sevens is like the fast and furious sibling of XVs and a huge number of stars on the Women's World Sevens Series started their rugby life in XVs or Touch Rugby before transferring. Examples include Australian Olympic Gold Medalists Alicia Quirk (Touch) and Sharni Williams (XVs).
You're already a fan of rugby and used to handling the ball, so why not come and see if you've got what it takes to be a star in Rugby Sevens?
Identified Rugby Sevens Athletes
This describes you if you have played for one of the BC teams in a Sevens tournament (National Champs or Las Vegas Invitational etc).
We know you and you know us. We've probably got some notes on you and have been watching your performance through the school and club Sevens events over the year.
Identified Rugby Sevens Athletes do not have to attend Open ID Sessions and will be contacted directly by the Program Head regarding Training Camps.
It's always helpful to know what you are signing up for, so we've put together a little infographic to show the pathways through the Elite Youth Sevens Program.
If you haven't already, take the time to consider what type of athlete you are to determine your starting position. After that, just follow the arrows.
If you can't see the graphic below, download a copy - EY7s Pathway PDF (1.0MB)
ID Sessions are FREE to attend, but we do ask that you register in advance so we know to expect you. You can do this by clicking HERE or the button on the right and side of this page. ID Sessions will be held in the following regions:
- Interior - October 19, 2-4pm at Exhibition Park*
- Fraser Valley - November 7, 5:30-7:00pm at Delair Park
- Central Vancouver Island - November 14, 6:00-7:30pm Cowichan RFC
- South Vancouver Island - November 10, 10am, Victoria
Exact times and dates are being confirmed for each region. Please register for a session, click your preferred region and the Program Head will contact you with precise session details as soon as they are confirmed.
* - The Kamloops Sevens Tournament (October 20-21) will also be used as an opportunity for program heads to assess athletes.
For those athletes selected to attend the training camps in January 2019, you'll find the details in the table below.
Dates to be announced after Thanksgiving Weekend.
Register for an ID Session
- ID Sessions are free - registration simply helps us confirm numbers and track each athlete
- If you are already playing in the Elite Sevens Series, confirming your status as an Identified Athlete,
you DON'T need to attend an ID Session
- If you have any questions at all, please contact the Program Head (details at the side of this page)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the age range of athletes who should try out for this program?
All athletes aged 15 – 18 are invited to attend identification sessions and trial for a position within the BCEY 7s program. These are athletes born between 2001-2004. Athletes born in 2004 and 2003 will be eligible for selection to the U16 Team. Athletes born in 2003 and 2002 are eligible selection to the U17 team and athletes born in 2002 and 2001 are eligible for selection to the U18 team.
What age grade teams do you run?
The BCEY 7s program runs teams at U16, U17 and U18 teams. Each of these age grades teams will not attend all tournaments. Developmentally appropriate competitions will be selected for each of the teams.
What tournaments and competitions does BCEY 7s attend?
The BCEY 7s is constantly looking for more competitive opportunities for its athletes. In the past BCEY 7s has sent teams to the Las Vegas Invitational 7s, Vancouver Rugby Festival and Hong Kong to name a few. One U18 team will be selected to represent BC in the National Championship tournament.
Travel and Expenses
Travel and expenses to and from all identification sessions, one-day camps and overnight camps will be the responsibility of the individual athlete. During identification camps and one-day camps, athletes will also be responsible for supplying food and snacks. During overnight camps and competitions athletes will either stay in a hotel or with a host family.
Is there a cost associated with the program?
There is no cost to attend a local identification session. There may be costs associated with selection camps to offset accommodation and food while in camp. Athletes selected to the program are not required to pay to be a part of the training squad. Athletes that are selected to the travelling team are required to pay a team fee which will cover travel, accommodation, food, uniforms and medical throughout the duration of the tour.
Am I responsible for my own travel/accommodation through the program?
All athletes will be responsible for looking after their own travel, food and accommodation costs throughout the duration of the identification process and program. BC Rugby will assist in ridesharing and BC Ferry grant information to alleviate travel costs for families.
Is their financial help available if I am selected to a travelling team?
BC Rugby currently runs its own athlete subsidy program which eligible players can apply for once selected to a travelling team. Athletes are also encouraged to organize their own fundraising efforts once selected to the program.
What happens after I attend an Identification Session?
Following the conclusion of all identification sessions, athletes will be notified of their status within the program. At this stage, athletes will not be provided with individual feedback on selection due to the volume of athletes and duration of the session. Athletes who progress through the selection process will be invited into a selection camp.
What happens if I miss my local identification session?
Athletes that miss their local identification session are encouraged to make the next nearest identification session.
Am I allowed to attend more than one identification session?
Athletes are encouraged to attend more than one identification session when possible. This will give coaches a better opportunity to become familiar with an athlete’s abilities.
If I have been identified by the program in the past do I need to attend an identification session this year?
If you have been identified and selected to the BC Elite Youth 7s it is not Mandatory to attend an identification, however, It is recommended. Athletes that have previously attended an identification session and not been selected to the program must attend a session
If I have played 15s Rugby for BC does that mean I have to attend an identification process
Athletes that have previously represented BC in 15s rugby but have not yet been involved in a BC 7s program are required to attend a BC Rugby 7s Identification session.