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Rugby Indiana COVID Status and Return To Play

Current Status Is:  Touch Rugby

Tackle Rugby is NOT allowed for matches / practices. 


COVID Return-To-Play Protocols For Current Status

Below is the Rugby Indiana COVID Return-To-Play Protocols. These are to be following by all programs approved by and registered with Rugby Indiana.  

Players, Parents, Coaches, Administrators, etc - please be sure to read and understand this protocol. 

It is important to note that these protocols are always superseded by Federal, State, and Local directives for COVID.  Programs/Clubs/Teams are to follow those directives. 


Daily Symptoms Reporting

All players, coaches, administrators (around the coaches/players) will need to be part of the InjureFree system used for daily reporting. Failure to report will result in a person not being eligible for practices/matches on those days.   Failure to report for multiple days may result in the requirement to self-quarantine. 

Temperature checks will be made for everyone attending matches, including spectators. 


COVID Testing

In consideration of the “Back On Track Indiana” roadmap to safely open Indiana, Rugby Indiana suggests that all players take a COVID test before participating in any rugby matches. The Indiana Sate Department of Health has free testing / free tests sites available.


Defining the Current Status / Insurance / Etc

  • Touch Rugby:  Practices and Matches allow for all forms of small groups, skills, drills, etc., up to and including Touch Rugby.
    • Tackle Rugby is NOT allowed during this stage. Any tackle will cancel insurance and cause disciplinary investigation. 
  • Insurance: Teams that have been approved by Rugby Indiana, have their players registered, registered coaching staff, and submitted their practice field(s) information to Rugby Indiana will be covered by insurance as long as they do not exceed the current status.
    • Players must be registered with Rugby Indiana to participate.  Participation by any player (and coach/referee/admin) who is not registered cancels the insurance for everyone at that activity/event. 
    • Tackle Rugby Practices and/or Matches are NOT covered by insurance. 
    • Certificates of Insurance take around 10 business days. Once Rugby Indiana receives the certificate, it will be forwarded to you. 
  • Rugby Indiana Approval: Clubs are required to not only confirm they will abide by the COVID Return Protocols, they must also submit proof that their county allows for them to have rugby. Other factors that need to be confirmed - approval of practice locations, etc. 
    • Clubs must also have
      • All their players registered for the current season
      • Coaches must be registered, current and in good standing (including all training, background checks, SafeSport, etc).
      • An assignable referee for each side that is  registered with their club, current and in good standing (including all training, background checks, SafeSport, etc).
  • Training Season:  Approved and Registered Clubs not wanting to participate in the Fall Competitive Touch Rugby Season may elect to have a Training Season.   Clubs can practice, train, have intra-squad scrimmages (scrimmage with members of your own club) that align with the current status. 
    • Clubs may not travel and/or play/practice with other clubs. 
    • Clubs must comply with all COVID Return to Play Protocols. 
    • The training season runs through the 31 Nov 2020. 
  • Fall Competitive Touch Season
    • Allows for practices, training, etc.
    • Eligible to participate in the Fall Competitive Touch Season
    • The  Fall Competitive Touch Season runs through the 31 Nov 2020

Spectators

Practices:   Under the current Return To Play Protocol no spectators are allowed at any practices.  Anyone who is not players, coaches, etc., should not be any place around the practice areas. 

Matches: Under the current Return To Play Protocol only members of the immediate household may attend matches.  They should remain in their household groups, and separate from other groups by 6 feet. Masks are required. 

 


Refunds

  • USA Rugby, USA Youth & High School Rugby, and Club fees belong to those respective organizations and are not refundable by Rugby Indiana.
     
  • In consideration of being allowed to participate in the Rugby Indiana Season/Activities, and in consideration of the impact that COVID may have on the ability to participate, the athlete/player and/or parent/guardian understands there is no refund of Rugby Indiana fees for participation in the season for what they are registered.
     
  • A Club unable to secure a minimum of 9 players by 30 Sept will have three options
    • Merge their club with another program so their athletes can still participate in the Fall Season,
    • Release their athletes from their team and allow them to transfer to another team participate in the Fall Season,
    • Request their club switches to a training only status which also changes their players status changed to Training Only, at which time players will $55 from their Rugby Indiana fees refunded.

Player Fees

Player Fees

USA Rugby is using a new system nation wide. This new system breaks out the fees, and handles them in a different way then in the past. In the past Rugby Indiana had collected the USA Rugby Fees and pay them for the player. This has changed. 

Fall Competitive Season Fees

Students must be currently enrolled in grades 9-12 and meet Rugby Indiana eligibility for high school requirements to participate in this registration session for the Rugby Indiana Fall Competitive Touch Season. 

  • USA Rugby Annual Membership Fee**: $25
  • Rugby Indiana Fall Competitive Season Fee: $65
    • Season Session Expires 30 November 2020
  • Teams may elect to charge any additional fees to help cover their costs of uniforms, field rentals, transportation, socials, etc. Those optional fees requested by the team are added onto the Rugby Indiana season fees.

** The USA Rugby Fee is an annual fee, so players who also play in the spring will not pay this fee at that time, and should see an actual reduction to the total spring fees. 

Fall Training Period Season Fees

  • USA Rugby Annual Membership Fee++: $25
  • Rugby Indiana Fall Competitive Season Fee: $10
    • Season Session Expires 30 November 2020
  • Teams may elect to charge any additional fees to help cover their costs of uniforms, field rentals, transportation, socials, etc. Those optional fees requested by the team are added onto the Rugby Indiana season fees.
  • This Status is for local team training, conditioning, inner-team scrimmages, and socials. There is no allowance for clubs/teams to interact with other clubs/teams. THERE IS NO TACKLE ALLOWED AT ANY TIME, THERE IS NO INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR TACKLE. 

++ The USA Rugby Fee is an annual fee, so players who also play in the spring will need to upgrade their USAR Membership to the full season fee of $25.