USA Rugby today announced the decision to suspend sanctioned rugby competition and activities for a 30-day period effective immediately. With the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) escalating day by day, the need for suspended activities was a complicated but necessary resolution. The 2020 USA Rugby Spring College Championships and College 7s National Championship have also been canceled due to precautionary measures within the union and a growing number of colleges and universities.
USA Rugby CEO, Ross Young: “It’s been an extraordinary period of time around the globe, whereby the rugby community is of course affected. While we evaluated as best we could to keep competitions intact, the situation has risen to a point where precautionary measures take precedence and is in the best interest of not only our members, but the general public.”
Effective immediately, USA Rugby adamantly encourages all members to suspend competition and rugby activities for the next 30 days to ensure the health and safety of themselves and those around them. The USA Rugby Medical Committee will continue to monitor the condition of COVID-19 and provide further instruction before the end of this period on April 12, 2020. Playoffs, qualifiers and eventual championship events for USA Rugby Spring College XVs and 7s will not occur in 2020.
While regional and national Senior Club competition is included in the immediate suspension, the 2020 Club XV and Club 7s Championships will remain under review. With a differing competition calendar to the scholastic game, the state of those events will be determined at the end of the 30-day period.
Through the provisional period, members are encouraged to stay tuned with USA Rugby communication channels and social media for live updates and information on the situation.
Thank you for your continued understanding and patience during this complicated time; please remember to follow the guidance of health officials in your every day operations and we look forward to taking the pitch again soon.
Mid America GU Statement
To all Mid-America GU Members :
Given the current environment and concerns for the safety of our community, we will be postponing all Mid-America GU rugby activities. The GU Board of Directors have voted and due to the rapidly changing landscape surrounding the Covid-19 ( Coronavirous ) pandemic it will cease all rugby activities until March 31st, 2020. At this time , and prior , the BOD will be closely monitoring suggestions from USA Rugby, the CDC and Local Health Organizations to determine the best and safest course of action for our players, coaches, referees, fans and supporters. We will also be working with the Frontier Competitions Committee and USA Rugby to determine how league matches and playoffs will work upon return to play.
This was a difficult decision to be made, but as we constantly promote safety on and off the pitch, the safety of our members health and well being made this decision the correct one. Please make all necessary arrangements to cancel field rentals, trainers, socials, travel plans, etc.
While we can not enforce a “no practice” policy, we do discourage it during this time. If teams are going to practice please follow the guidelines put forth by USA Rugby and the CDC. ( links below )
Please be safe and take care of yourselves and families.
Mid-America GU Board of Directors