About the Tournament
The Vancouver Sevens Invitational (VSI) is a two-day Rugby Sevens Tournament held at the University of British Columbia. Taking place on March 5-6, 2020, the VSI is the ideal stage for elite teams preparing for a packed summer of top-level Rugby Sevens. Now in its fourth year, the VSI has become a regular feature in the West Coast rugby calendar and is one of the highlights of the Vancouver Rugby Festival.
The proximity of the Vancouver Rugby Festival to the HSBC Canada Sevens Tournament means this is more than just a couple of days of competition. Once again, players and staff taking part in the VSI will have exclusive access to reduced rate tickets for both Saturday and Sunday’s action at BC Place. This gives teams access to a perfect combo of playing and watching some of the best examples of Rugby Sevens anywhere in the world.
The Vancouver Sevens Invitational has evolved over the years and found its place as a top-level, development focussed tournament for the rising stars of Rugby Sevens in North America and beyond. As such, the tournament offers three divisions to both male and female teams - Senior, U18 and U16. Find out more about each below and see if your team has what it takes to challenge for the top spot.
Senior - Men’s & Women’s
The Senior Men and Women’s competitions are all about power, pace and performance. This division, open to players of all ages, is a perfect fit for the best collegiate, academy and club teams who are seeking out quality competition. Are your players targeting spots in provincial and national programs? Are they the next shining stars of the Rugby Sevens scene? Then this is the division for you!
U18 Boys & Girls
They might be a step behind in their journey, but the U18 Divisions at the Vancouver Sevens Invitational are bursting with just as much exciting talent as their NextGen peers. Not only will your youth players find a high level of competition on the field, but they will have a unique chance to observe and learn from some of the top athletes in the sport. Give your players something to aim for and let’s inspire them to become the very best Rugby Sevens stars. For U18 players must be born 2002 or earlier.
U16 Boys & Girls
For teams in the U16 Divisions, it is all about exposure to high-quality rugby. We are looking out for ambitious teams and ambitious players, ones that will make older athletes turn their heads and say “wow”. If you’re a U16 team with big dreams and the drive to pursue them, we want you here to show everyone how exciting the future of Rugby Sevens is going to be. U16 players must be born 2004 or earlier.
Venue - Gerald McGavin Rugby Centre
The tournament will once again be proudly staged at the Gerald McGavin Rugby Centre at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The exact field layout is still being confirmed, but meanwhile, you use the resources below to get an idea of the location of the field relative to the rest of the city.
BC Rugby acknowledges that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
If teams have any specific questions about the venue, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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FAQ - Get the Answers
Q. When will registrations close for the 2020 Vancouver Sevens Invitational?
A. Registrations will close on January 31st, 2020. Spaces are limited, so make sure your team signs up ASAP.
Q. Will I be able to purchase discounted tickets for the 2020 HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver Tournament by entering a Team in the 2020 Vancouver Sevens Invitational?
A. Yes! BC Rugby will be offering exclusive discounted Tournament Passes to Teams entered into the 2020 VSI. Availability is limited as these passes are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis when you enter your team. Both 1 Day and 2 Day passes are available, depending on your team's travel needs.
Q. Who do I contact for more information on the Vancouver Sevens Invitational?
A. For information on accommodation and coming to Vancouver, or further information on registering your team, please email email@example.com
Q. How can I volunteer for the Festival?
A. Events like this don't just happen by magic, they require a lot of work from volunteers behind the scenes. You don't need to be able to commit to both days, even just a few hours could make all the difference.
If you would like to volunteer your assistance to this year's Vancouver Rugby Festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. I’m a qualified Referee, how do I get involved?
A. With so many divisions in action at the same time, we are always on the lookout for qualified match officials to get involved. To register your interest in refereeing at this year's Vancouver Rugby Festival, please email Chris Assmus
Get a flavour of the action from some of the snaps at the 2019 Vancouver Sevens Invitational (photographer - Kea Mowat)