BC Rugby’s Vancouver Sevens Invitational (VSI) in partnership with Sport Hosting Vancouver will return in 2024.
The two-day tournament returns to the BC Rugby calendar for the first time since 2020 and will take place at UBC’s Gerald McGavin Centre on February 22-23, 2024 ahead of the 2024 HSBC SVNS Vancouver. The event will provide a complete Sevens experience for participants, with gameplay and the opportunity to watch world-class international competition at BC Place.
Taking place in the week leading up to the 2024 HSBC SVNS Vancouver, the VSI aims to provide appropriate competition to motivate, challenge and inspire young athletes, Coaches and Officials, and bring together elite youth 7s players from across all regions of BC.
BC Rugby acknowledges the 2024 VSI will take place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation.
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BC Rugby gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia.
Sport Hosting Vancouver is a partnership between the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association, and Destination Vancouver. The Sport Hosting Vancouver mandate is to proactively identify a balanced portfolio of sport events that deliver significant economic and social benefits for Vancouver.
Location: UBC, Gerald McGavin Rugby Centre, 2765 Westbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC
Dates: February 22-23, 2024
VOLUNTEER AT THE VSI!
BC Rugby is seeking volunteers to help across a variety of roles at the 2024 Vancouver Sevens Invitational.
Without volunteers, this event would not be possible.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Volunteers will be provided details on their role prior to the event. Volunteers will then be given a brief orientation onsite before beginning their shifts. Each shift will be 4 hours and volunteers will be provided with snacks and drinks.
DEADLINE TO SIGN-UP
If you’re wishing to support, please complete the below form no later than Friday, February 9, 2024.
Below are the different roles which will be on offer:
- Score Runners – VSI UBC – Collecting scores from officials and relaying to event HQ
- Site Assistant – VSI UBC – Collecting trash, checking and cleaning facilities as needed
- Field Control – VSI UBC -Make sure games are on time getting teams on field, Identify medical help if required flagging down therapists, Direct teams and personnel in the right direction, Ensure spectators stay off field and officials have room to complete their roles
- Field Set up – VSI UBC – Set up flags and post pads, tents, cameras, and signage near field of play
- Field Take down – VSI UBC – Take down flags, post pads, tents, cameras, signage from field of play
- Scoreboard operator Field 1 – VSI UBC- Score and time keeping (CRITICAL to keeping everything running on time)
- Scoreboard operator Field 2 – VSI UBC – Score and time keeping (CRITICAL to keeping everything running on time)
- Ball Retrievers – VSI UBC -Retrieving balls and keeping games moving
Venue Map: This will appear above once confirmed by BC Rugby.
Accommodation: Please read the Pre-Tournament Package for more information on accommodation.
Parking (Venue): The primary parkade is Thunderbird Parkade (paid parking), located at 6085 Thunderbird Blvd, University Endowment Lands, BC V6T 2A1. It is a -minute walk to the fields.
- Daytime – 6am-6pm – $2.00 for half hour – Max $20
- Evenings & Weekends- $2.00 for half hour – Max $10
Osborne Lot: 6108 Thunderbird Boulevard
Rates: $4.00/hr Max. 4hrs
The 2024 VSI will be live-streamed by BC Rugby. All action from Fields 1 and 2 will be livestreamed throughout Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23.
To watch the livestream, you will need to download the VEO Live App below:
Once you have downloaded the app, follow these instructions:
- Create free VEO Live Account
- Search “BC Rugby” and follow the profile
- Select which stream you wish to watch
You can also cast the feed to a larger screen or device.
Bronze and gold medal matches for each division will take place simultaneously on Fields 1 and 2 on Friday afternoon. Presentations for each division’s gold, silver and bronze medals will take place immediately after their finals. Medals will be presented between Fields 1 and 2 in front of the grandstand.
REMINDER: All parents and fans MUST remain in the grandstand for medal presentations as we are on a tight schedule with game times.
11:20 am PST – U15 Girls Presentations (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
1:20 pm PST – U16 Boys Presentations (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
2:00 pm PST – U18 Girls Presentations (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
2:40 pm PST – U18 Boys Presentations (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
We anticipate the following regions to compete at the 2024 VSI: Fraser Valley Rugby Union, North Vancouver Island Tsunami, Northern BC (Aurora Wolves Rugby), TORA (Thompson/Okanagan), Vancouver Island Tide and the Vancouver Rugby Union.
Key information and contacts can be found below:
TOURNAMENT PACKAGE, LAW VARIATIONS & PLAYER EXEMPTIONS
The 2024 VSI Tournament Package will be uploaded once completed by BC Rugby.
Rugby Canada’s Sevens Law Variations (page 12) will be used for the 2024 VSI.
Important: Please note as per World Rugby’s Age-Grade Law Variations total match play per day for tournament is to be capped as follows
- U15, U16 & U18 – 90mins per day
Further information about Age-Grade Law Variations can be found here.
RESULTS AND STANDINGS
You can keep up to date with all results and Pool standings by visiting the BC Rugby Fixtures Page or downloading the free BC Rugby App, available on Apple and Android phones.
The BC Rugby app also features important Safe Sport information, such as Concussion protocol and Mental Health Resources in BC.
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PATHWAY TO BC BEARS
The 2024 VSI will act as a critical stage of the selection process for the 2024 BC Bears Age-Grade 7s teams.
In line with the BC Rugby Selection Policy, we aim to provide several opportunities for players, as individuals and as part of a team, to demonstrate their ability and character.
BC Bears 7s Program Coaches will attend the 2024 VSI 7s to identify players for selection ahead of the 2024 Global Youth Sevens in December, as well as identifying future talent for 2025 BC Bears Programs.
There are funding opportunities available for players and teams. See below for more details:
BC Ferries Sport Experience Program
BE PREPARED – CONCUSSION MODULE
BC Rugby’s number one priority is player safety and adheres to World Rugby’s policy of ‘Recognise and Remove’ when dealing with concussions or suspected concussions.
IF IN DOUBT, SIT THEM OUT.
Any player suspected or suffering from concussion should be immediately removed from the training session or match, and not permitted to return until they have completed a full Return to Play Protocol and cleared by a physician.
Coaches & Team Staff
BC Rugby requests that all Coaches and team staff complete the World Rugby Concussion Management for the General Public Certification. Note all certifications are only valid for two years, all certifications must have a date of February 24, 2022 or later.
Coaches and staff must upload a copy of their Concussion Module certificate on their Sportlomo profile.
Anyone on or around the Rugby pitch has a responsibility to be aware of the symptoms of concussion and are encouraged to annually complete World Rugby’s online Concussion Management module to learn more.
We also strongly encourage parents, guardians, partners or housemates of Rugby players to complete the online module to be informed.
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