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Stage 4

October 26, 2020 – The TRU has determined that Stage 4 of the USA Rugby Return To Play protocol applies to the entire union, putting Texas and Louisiana at the same level as Arkansas and Oklahoma. We are aware that case rates are rising in some counties, but at the same time government restrictions have relaxed and many sports have resumed activities. The TRU fully supports any members that choose not to increase their rugby activity at this stage.

Group size under local government and facility approved amount

Group size under local government & facility approved amount

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Face masks required for coaches & admins; highly encouraged for players

temperature check

Temperature check all participants

Physically Distancing

Adhere to social distancing protocols

Hand sanitizer

Rigorous cleaning of communal equipment & players must hand sanitize frequently

TRU real time updates and status during COVID-19

UPDATED October 26, 2020

The current nature of COVID-19 is an ever-changing situation in the Texas Rugby Union. Please refer to this page for the most up to date information and resources as the situation continues to unfold. Understand that the TRU Return to Play Task Force is monitoring the growing threat on a daily basis, while we keep in contact with USA Rugby and their connections to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and World Rugby.

If you have specific questions the below information does not answer, please email inquiries to admin@texasrugbyunion.com.

RECENT UPDATES

TRU Return to Play Update – Sep 1

USA Rugby has made some key changes in their Return to Play Guidelines: Coaches and administrators are now required to wear masks, earlier versions only recommended social distancing Stage 3

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COMPETITION MANDATE

All sanctioned competition and rugby activities are suspended for the foreseeable future, effective March 20, 2020. Members and clubs are asked to refrain from match play, training or team gatherings during this period. Accident and Liability claims will not be accepted during the above window of time. 

RETURN TO PLAY

This information is based on the proposed framework from USA Rugby to reference as they determine potential return to play plans amidst the COVID-19 climate. 

It is important to understand that the following outline is not official medical advice, whereby your club and athletes should more definitively refer to the instruction of your local health officials when determining a return to play calendar. Given the close contact nature of rugby, it is important to note that our sport lives beyond most when it comes to the threat of spreading respiratory diseases. The collective rugby community must remain patient and considerate through this process.

While we are all eager to return to rugby, the wellbeing of our friends, family and teammates must remain priority. It is on all of us to acknowledge responsibility and do our part to combat the spread of COVID-19.

WILLIAMS PRICE DISTILLING - LIQUID UNSCENTED SANITIZER

Zachary Hiller’s company has graciously extended a 35% discount on liquid unscented sanitizer to TRU members.

  1. Go to https://www.williampricedistilling.com/ and scroll down to the various sizes of liquid unscented sanitizer.
  2. Use discount code “TRU” 
  3. Shipping is charged at cost but local clubs can select pick up.

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REGIONAL HEALTH MANDATE

TRAINING

TEAM ACTIVITIES

COMPETITION

INSURANCE

STAGE ONE

STAY AT HOME

  • At home individual training with personal equipment
  • Participant should be symptom free before engaging in training activities
  • Rigorously clean and disinfect home training area
  • All communication and interaction done via virtual method
  • No competition or inter-squad rugby activity
  • Accident and Liability Insurance claims not accepted

STAGE TWO

STAY AT HOME LIFTED

SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Individual training with personal equipment at home or state approved outdoor locations
  • Adhering to social distancing rules if not at home
  • Coaching occurs virtually
  • Rigorously clean and disinfect training area
  • All communication and interaction done via virtual method
  • No competition or inter-squad rugby activity
  • Accident and Liability Insurance claims not accepted

STAGE THREE - TEXAS & LOUISIANA

SMALL GATHERINGS

NON-CONTACT

  • Group size under local government approved amount
  • Non-contact drills and activities
  • No participation of players or coaches experiencing symptoms within previous 14-days
  • Temperature check all participants on arrival must register lower than 99.6 F
  • Coaches and Admin wear masks
  • All communication and interaction done via virtual method or at distance of 6ft
  • All on site, continue to adhere to social distancing wearing masks
  • No competition or inter-squad rugby activity
  • Non-contact intra-squad scrimmage permitted
  • Accident and Liability Insurance claims accepted

STAGE FOUR - ALL AREAS

MID-LARGE GATHERINGS

OPEN PUBLIC FACILITIES

LIMITED CONTACT

  • Group size under local government and facility approved amount
  • Limited contact drills
  • No participation of players or coaches experiencing symptoms within previous 14-days
  • Temperature check all participants on arrival, must register lower than 99.6 F
  • Rigorous cleaning of communal equipment
  • Coaches and Admin wear masks
  • Team meetings and gatherings under local government approved amount
  • All on site, continue to adhere to social distancing wearing masks
  • Limited contact intra-squad scrimmage permitted
  • No scrums, ruck, mauls or lineouts
  • Touch rugby suggested
  • Accident and Liability Insurance claims accepted.

STAGE FIVE

NORMAL SOCIAL ADVENTURES

FULL TRAINING & COMPETITION

  • Traditional training and contact protocol
  • Continue rigorous cleaning of communal equipment
  • Traditional team gathering protocol
  • Continue rigorous cleaning of communal equipment
  • Full sanctioned competition permitted with permission from local rugby organization
  • Fan and crowd attendance permitted with permission from local health officials
  • Continue rigorous cleaning of communal equipment
  • Accident and Liability Insurance claims accepted.

EVENT STATUS

  • 2020 RRRC XVs Championships (May) | Canceled
  • 2020 USA Rugby Club Championships XVs (May) | Canceled
  • 2020 RRRC 7s Series (June-August) | Canceled
  • 2020 TOLA 7s Series (June-August) | Canceled
  • 2020 Club 7s National Championships (August) | Canceled
  • Adjusted 2020 TOLA 7s Series (Mid-July – August) | Canceled
  • Adjusted 2020 Fall Tournaments (Mid-October – December) | Pending
  • 2021 XVs League Season | Pending
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