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COVID-19

UPDATE

United Rugby has been sanctioned to participate in both Phase 2 and Phase 3 of BCRU’s Return to Rugby! To register, visit the Registration tab of our website.

 
 

 

What do I need to know about Return to Rugby?

 

  • BC Rugby and Rugby Canada have developed a phased return to play plan for organized Rugby to return in BC.

  • Rugby clubs must follow all steps of the sanctioning guidelines with an approved plan before returning to programming.

  • The return to Rugby will take place carefully and gradually in phases that align with ViaSport guidelines and local health regulations.

  • We are now in the Rugby Re-Started phase which is Phase 3 of Return to Rugby. Sports phased approach differs from the BC Restart Plan phases.  

  • Although safety measures are in place, participants who are members of high risk populations (including anyone with compromised immune systems, older individuals (>65), those with co-existing medical conditions including, but not limited to: diabetes, cardiac disease, severe asthma, chronic lung conditions and autoimmune diseases) need to consider the risks involved in participating in rugby.

 

What can you expect during the Rugby Re-Started Phase?

 

  • There are distancing requirements (2m) and participant maximums (50) per field.

  • The focus is on physical preparation, fitness, skills, drills & challenges in small groups. 

  • Non-contact activities which maintain a 2m distance and non-contact rugby games like touch and flag which involve brief breaches of the 2m distance between players

  • No high fives, hugs, elbow fives etc. Air fives and other distanced appropriate celebratory gestures will be used to encourage engagement and fun.

  • Frequent and proper handwashing and equipment sanitization will take place prior to and during the session. 

  • No travel outside of your club for play. No cross regional, provincial or international travel permitted

  • Rugby training will look different but there is still the opportunity to learn and build as players 

  • Social chatting and practice prep will need to take place off site and prior to training. Players may be asked to do pre and post practice prep. 

  • There will be a first aid certified volunteer/coach on site. If there are any medical considerations (Epi-pen, inhalers), please inform the designated person upon arrival. 

 

Rules of Engagement for All United Club Members

 

The United Rugby Club expects all members, participants, coaches, officials, administrators, and volunteers to:

  • Comply with the health directions of government and public health authorities as issued from time to time, including to practice government recommended proper hygiene before, during and after all rugby in-person activities.

  • Understand and act in accordance with our safety protocols as amended from time to time.

  • Comply with any precautionary measures implemented by The United Rugby Club, including being asked to return home if reasonably considered to be showing symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Act with honesty and integrity regarding the state of their personal health and any potential symptoms.

  • Complete the registration process, acknowledging the updated participant agreement and waiver, prior to attending any in-person rugby activities.

  • Honestly complete the COVID Attestation at least 45 min prior to attending every in-person rugby activity you plan on attending.

 

Player Expectations and Safety Protocols 

 

Complete attestation on Sportlomo 45 minutes before each rugby session

  • This is a requirement by the BCRU for tracking purposes.  If assessments are not completed prior to the cut off, players will be sent home.

  • Only registered participants are to be present at training sessions and must complete a daily attestation at least 45 minutes prior to the session.

 

Physical Distancing Measures

  • There will be a maximum of 50 participants (players and coaches) allowed on the field. 

  • Participants are required to maintain a minimum 2m social distance at all times.

  • It is recommended that players avoid social gathering with team mates before or after playing. 

  • It is recommended that participants limit carpooling.

  • It is recommended that parents do not congregate in groups in the parking lot.

  • There will be no pre-session huddle or debrief after the session.

  • Water bottles (in ziploc bags) are required to be placed 2m apart around the perimeter of the field.

  • Non-participants are to remain outside the field zone.

 

Hygiene

  • All participants should wash hands immediately before and after training.

  • Participants must use hand sanitizer upon arrival and half way through practice.

  • Equipment will be cleaned before, during and after each practice session.

  • Water bottles are not to be shared between participants.

  • Participants are to arrive at practice in clean gear and must launder their rugby kit after each practice.

 

Uniform/Gear 

  • All players should arrive dressed in the appropriate kit (including cleats). 

  • All players are required to fill their personal water bottles at home, store in a ziploc bag with a distinguishing mark or name on the bottle/bag. 

  • No sharing of water bottles will be permitted. Bring enough water to sustain activities and travel. 

  • No bags or extra clothing is to be brought onto the field.

  • Medication (Inhalers/Epi-pen) can be brought in the ziploc bag with water.

 

Field information

  • Review the field maps of practice locations for exit and entrance points to ensure proper flow and distancing at the fields. (Field maps available below)

  • Adhere to the field flow plan as laid out in the field maps.

  • A quarantine area will be set up at each field in case a participant starts to feel ill.

  • Access to the field area is restricted to participants only (players, volunteers, coaches). Non participants will not be allowed to enter the playable area.

  • Participants are to leave the field immediately after practice and arrive no more than 15 minutes early to ensure no overlap between groups.

 

YOU MUST STAY HOME IF:

 

  • You don’t feel well or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19

  • Someone in your household has COVID-19 or is showing symptoms of COVID-19

  • You or someone in your household has travelled outside of British Columbia within the last 14 days

  • You have been in contact with a known / presumptive case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days

 

Reporting COVID like symptoms

  • Any participant who has attended an in-person rugby activity within the last 14 days who is experiencing persistent or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, must immediately notify the United Rugby Club COVID Safety Coordinator,  Nicole Brenner-Rae (secretary@unitedrugby.ca ).

  • The unwell participant is required to follow all medical and government instruction on managing their worsening or persistent COVID symptoms.

  • All participants recorded as attending the same in-person rugby activities within the last 14 days are contacted by BC Rugby’s COVID-19 Manager- Brynna Walker and instructed to self-monitor. Any notification to those individuals must avoid identifying the individual who is/was experiencing symptoms.

  • Information on the definition of isolation and quarantine are available at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html#self 

 

Reporting Positive COVID-19 Test

  • Any individual who has attended in-person rugby activities within the last four weeks tests positive for COVID-19 must immediately notify their United Rugby Club COVID Safety Coordinator, Nicole Brenner-Rae (secretary@unitedrugby.ca ).

  • The infected individual is required to follow all medical and government instruction on managing their diagnosis. 

  • The infected individual may only return to rugby activities once cleared as non contagious by provincial or local public health authorities and has provided to BC Rugby written confirmation from a medical doctor of the same.

  • All in-person rugby activities and facilities that the infected person has attended in the last four weeks will be immediately suspended for a minimum of two weeks.

  • All individuals recorded as attending the same in-person rugby activities will be contacted.

 

Recommended Training and Reading

World Rugby online COVID-19 awareness test for players and coaches

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