Suggested Best Practices for Return to Play
September 1, 2020
THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED FOR AS A CONDENSED VERSION OF SEVERAL RETURN TO PLAY POLICIES FOR REFERENCE AND SUGGESTION PURPOSES ONLY.
It is on all of us to exemplify the values of rugby and respect the well being of our community.
Be Diligent, Be Accountable
The COVID-19 pandemic is a global impact that requires diligence and respect. Ensuring clubs and athletes display the utmost consideration for the direction of local health officials is not only appropriate, but contingent to possible recourse of return to play protocol across the greater sports community.
Should the provided guidelines from health officials and USA Rugby be discounted or circumvented, potential re-institution of suspended rugby activities could result along with consequences by local government officials.
Suggested General COVID-19 Protocols for Rugby
- Immediate reporting of COVID-19 related illness needs to be reported as directed by the local municipality/health department.
- All spectators should adhere to the local ordinances regarding face coverings.
- Athletes will not be penalized for not attending training sessions or contests due to COVID-19 concerns.
- Concession stands and/or team stores are strongly discouraged.
- In-person fundraisers are strongly discouraged.
- Athletes should bring their personal training gear which includes but is not limited to water bottles, towel, hand sanitizer, and face covering.
- No sharing of any personal items to include mouth guards, water bottles, face coverings, towels and athletic apparel – Jerseys, Shorts, etc.
- Do not use carriers for water bottles or community water dispensers. Each athlete should bring their own water bottle.
- All athletes are strongly encouraged to bring their own food.
- When entering and leaving a facility, athletes, staff and spectators should adhere to the posted policies regarding social distancing and face covering.