The Chairman of International
Gay Rugby, Jeff Wilson has today announced the launch
of two IGR tournaments for North America:
2017 Eastern North American and Western
North American IGR Championship Tournament Bid Process
"On behalf of the IGR Trustees and the North
American Regional Representatives, I wanted to take
the time to announce the opening of the bid process
for two North American Championship tournaments
in the 2017 calendar year.
"After much discussion of the successes of
the Union Cup in Europe and the Purchas Cup in the
Southern Hemisphere, the North American Regional
Representatives made the decision for the 2017 calendar
year to officially bid out two officially sanctioned
IGR tournaments in North America. These tournaments
will be recognised as the 2017 Eastern North American
IGR Championships and the 2017 Western North American
IGR Championships. As an organisation, there is
a market and player appetite for large tournaments
which bring the NA IGR community together in a way
that can be supported by sports tourism, Convention
and Visitors Bureaus, USA Rugby and Rugby Canada.
"Given the potential attendance and size of
these events, the Regional Representatives agreed
that there should be a process that is similar to
the Bingham Cup Bidding Process, but, should not
be quite as labour intensive. Also, these dates
are tentative, and can move at any time based on
business or unforeseen events".
2017 Eastern and Western North American IGR Championship
Tournaments Bidding Process
29 February 2016 : Bid Intention Deadline
Deadline for formal intention to bid for either
tournament, completed in writing by the Organising
Committee of the host club. The written intention
to bid must be in the form of a letter from the
Chairman/President of the Member Host Club addressed
to Jeff Wilson, Chairman, International Gay Rugby
Association and Board, 71 Holland Road, West Ham,
London, England E15 3BP, United Kingdom. A scanned
copy can be sent to Jeff.Wilson@igrugby.org.
29 March 2016 : Published Bid Book and/or Multimedia
Each club is expected to provide Bid Book and/or
Multimedia presentation highlighting the points
of differentiation of the potential bid –
allowing for questions from each board member. NA
Regional Representatives will review for completion
prior to the inquiries from the NA Voting Clubs
Week of 7 April 2016: Conference Call to Answer
Questions and opening of Vote
Supplementary North American Club meeting to clarify
any questions or issues related to bids. Secret
ballot voting for 2 weeks opens at the conclusion
of the meeting via igrugby.org email address. Voting
will be as follows:
• All active IGR clubs in good standing that
are located in North America are eligible to vote.
• Votes should be cast by each club’s
IGR Representative via either the club’s @IGRugby.org
email account or the Representative’s account
on record with the IGR Secretary.
Number of Votes
• Associate member clubs have a weight of
one (1) vote
• Full member clubs have a weight of two (2)
• Voting clubs may only vote in the selection
of one (1) of the two North American Cups (Eastern
• Voting clubs may vote for either, but not
both the Eastern or Western Cup, at their discretion.
• Clubs bidding to host either Cup may only
vote for the Cup on which they are bidding. (Example:
Phoenix is bidding to host the Western Cup; Phoenix
may not cast its vote(s) for the Eastern Cup.)
• Clubs with two votes (i.e., Full Member
clubs) may not split their votes between bids or
within a single Cup. (Example: Gotham, Minneapolis,
and Charleston are bidding for the Eastern Cup.
Charlotte may cast their weighted vote for one of
the three candidate clubs in the Eastern Pool, but
NOT one for a Western Cup bid.)
• In the event that no bid receives 50% +
1 of the votes for a given Cup, the top two (2)
bids will have a runoff vote. Only clubs that originally
voted for that Cup’s selection may vote in
Week of 28 April 2016: Finalisation and Announcement
of 2017 Tournament Hosts
Press pack and marketing packet completed. Formal
announcement via Skype Call and Press Conference.
FAQ and bid highlights created.
Questions about any of this can be addressed to
Matthew Whiteley, Gustavo Ventura, Jeremy Dykes,
Tim Lom and/or Tyler Moser.
Thank you for your support and good luck to any
of the bidding organisations.
International Gay Rugby