Risk & Safety


Securing a safe area for training sessions and matches is important. Programs should make every effort to use adequately sodded or turf surfaces to prevent injuries. Fields must be void of hazards such as broken glass, protruding rocks, sprinkler heads and holes. When examining playing surfaces, size, availability, access for emergency vehicles, available parking, lights, and usage requirements should also be considered.

As a member of USA Rugby, all clubs have access to liability insurance which provides protection in case of property damage or bodily injury to third parties. These parties may include the venue owner, coaches, referees, sponsors, spectators and others. Most venue owners will require this type of insurance before a club is allowed to step on the field of play.

Inclement Weather

Use common sense when it comes to inclement weather! Communication is also critical, the Home team should be in regular contact with the Visiting team, the assigned Referee, and the TRU Admin to confirm match changes, cancellations and or reschedules.

If there is any concerns, questions or disagreement between the parties (home, away & ref) regarding the playing of the match please contact the TRU Admin,  or TRU President directly for final resolution.

Lightening Policy

The TRU adheres to the USA Rugby Lightning Policy:

Severe  Weather  &  Lightning–  General  (Venue  Specific  Policies  may  over-­‐ride  these  recommendations). In  an  attempt  to  educate  the  public  about  dangers  relating  to  sever  weather  the  National  Weather  Service has  established  a  multi-­‐level  awareness  plan.

Level  1  –  If  you  are  planning  outdoors  activities,  obtain  the  weather  forecast  beforehand.  Know  your  local weather patterns.

Level  2  –  If  you  are  planning  to  be  outdoors,  identify  and  stay  within  traveling  range  of  a  proper  shelter. Employ  the  “30-­‐30  Rule”  to  know  when  to  seek  a  safer  location.  The  “30-­‐30  Rule”  states  that  when  you see  lightning,  count  the  time  until  you  hear  thunder.  If  this  time  is  30  seconds  or  less,  go  immediately  to  a safer  place.  If  you  can’t  see  the  lightning,  just  hearing  the  thunder  means  lightning  is  likely  within  striking range.  After  the  storm  has  apparently  dissipated  or  moved  on,  wait  30  minutes  or  more  after  hearing  the last  thunder  before  leaving  the  safer  location.

Level  3  –  When  lightning  strikes,  go  to  a  safer  location.  Do  not  hesitate.  What  is  a  safer  location?  The safest  place  commonly  available  during  a  lightning  storm  is  a  large,  fully  enclosed  substantially constructed  building.  Substantial  construction  also  implies  the  building  has  wiring  and  plumbing,  which can  conduct  lightning  current  safely  to  ground.  Once  inside,  stay  away  from  corded  telephones,  electrical appliances,  lighting  fixture,  microphones,  electric  sockets  and  plumbing.  Inner  rooms  are  generally preferable  from  a  safety  viewpoint.

If  you  can’t  reach  a  substantial  building,  an  enclosed  vehicle  with  a  sold  metal  roof  and  metal  sides  is  a reasonable  second  choice.  Close  the  windows,  lean  away  from  the  door,  put  your  hands  in  your  lap  and don’t  touch  the  steering  wheel,  ignition,  gear  shifter  or  radio.  Convertibles,  cars  with  fiberglass  or  plastic shells,  and  open  framed  vehicles  are  not  suitable  lightning  shelters.

Level  4  –  If  you  cannot  flee  to  a  safer  location,  take  action  to  minimize  the  threat  of  being  stuck.  Proceed from  higher  to  lower  elevations.  Avoid  wide-­‐open  areas,  including  sports  fields.  Avoid  tall,  isolated  objects like  trees,  poles,  and  light  posts.  Do  not  consider  unprotected  open  structures  such  as  picnic  pavilions,  rain shelters  and  bus  stops.  Avoid  contact  with  metal  fences,  metal  bleachers,  or  other  metal  structures.

Level  5  –  If  circumstances  or  a  series  of  bad  decisions  have  found  you  outside  of  a  shelter,  far  removed from  a  safer  place  when  lightning  is  occurring,  there  are  still  measures  to  be  taken.  Put  your  feet  together, squat  down,  tuck  your  head,  and  cover  your  ears.  When  the  immediate  threat  of  lightning  has  passed, continue  heading  to  the  safest  place  possible.

Level  6  –  If  the  worst  happens,  there  are  key  Lightning  First  Aid  guidelines.  First,  if  at  all  possible,  call  “9-­‐1-­‐ 1”  immediately.  Since  all  deaths  from  lightning  strikes  result  from  cardiac  arrest  and/or  stopped  breathing, begin  treatment  as  soon  as  possible.  CPR  or  mouth-­‐to-­‐mouth  resuscitation  is  the  recommended  first  aid, respectively.

The  threat  of  injury  due  to  a  lightning  strike  is  very  prevalent.  We  unfortunately  cannot  control  the weather,  however  can  decrease  the  possibility  of  injury  through  education  and  proper  precautions.  By understanding  and  utilizing  the  five  levels  identified  in  the  National  Weather  Service  plan  we  can  be assured  that  our  teams  are  safe  at  all  USA  RUGBY  events.

Lightning  Safety  Education  Resources

National  Weather  Service  www.LightningSafety.noaa.gov
Lightning  Safety  Institute  www.LightningSafety.com/index.html


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Appendix  D  

All  Unions,  Associations,  Rugby  Bodies,  Clubs  and  Persons:
1. must  ensure  that  the  Game  is  played  and  conducted  in  accordance  with  disciplined  and  sporting
behavior  and  acknowledge  that  it  is  not  sufficient  to  rely  solely  upon  the  Match  Officials  to
maintain  those  principles;
2. shall  co-­‐operate  in  ensuring  that  the  spirit  of  the  Laws  of  the  Game  are  upheld  and  refrain  from
selecting  players  guilty  of  foul  play;
3. shall  not  repeatedly  breach  the  Laws  of  the  Game;
4. shall  accept  and  observe  the  authority  and  decisions  of  referees,  touch  judges,  Match  Officials  and
all  other  rugby  disciplinary  bodies,  subject  to  Regulation  17;
5. 5  shall  not  publish  or  cause  to  be  published  criticism  of  the  manner  in  which  a  referee  or  touch
judge  handled  a  Match;
6. shall  not  publish  or  cause  to  be  published  criticism  of  the  manner  in  which  Council  or  any  other
rugby  disciplinary  body  handled  or  resolved  any  dispute  or  disciplinary  matter  resulting  from  a
breach  of  the  Bye-­‐Laws,  Regulations,  or  Laws  of  the  Game;
7. shall  not  engage  in  any  conduct  or  any  activity  on  or  off  the  field  that  may  impair  public
confidence  in  the  honest  and  orderly  conduct  of  a  Match,  tour,  tournament  or  Series  of  Matches
(including,  but  not  limited  to,  the  supply  of  information  in  relation  to  the  Game,  directly  or
indirectly,  to  bookmakers  or  to  persons  who  may  use  such  information  to  their  advantage)  or  in
the  integrity  and  good  character  of  any  Person;
8. shall  not  commit  a  breach  of  Regulation  6  (Wagering);
9. shall  promote  the  reputation  of  the  Game  and  take  all  possible  steps  to  prevent  it  from  being
brought  into  disrepute;
10. shall  not  commit  an  anti-­‐doping  rule  violation  as  defined  in  Regulation  21;
11. shall  not  abuse,  threaten  or  intimidate  a  referee,  touch  judge  or  other  Match  Official,  whether  on
or  off  the  field  of  play;
12. shall  not  use  crude  or  abusive  language  or  gestures  towards  referees,  touch  judges  or  other  Match
Officials  or  spectators;
13. shall  not  do  anything  which  is  likely  to  intimidate,  offend,  insult,  humiliate  or  discriminate  against
any  other  Person  on  the  ground  of  their  religion,  race,  sex,  sexual  orientation,  color  or  national  or
ethnic  origin;
14. shall  not  do  anything  which  adversely  affects  the  Game  of  Rugby  Football,  the  Board,  any  member
Union  or  Association  or  any  commercial  partner  of  the  Game.  Each  Union  and  Association  is  under
an  obligation  to  comply  with  and  to  ensure  that  each  of  its  members  comply  with  this  Code  of
Conduct  and  adopt  procedures  to  monitor  compliance  with  and  impose  sanctions  for  breaches  of
the  Code  of  Conduct  by  Persons  under  its  jurisdiction.

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