Return-to-Activity

Current Stage:

STAGE 4A

Rugby Training is underway

Return to Activity

Out of an abundance of caution and in charity to our teammates, their families, and the greater rugby and faith communities, Arrows RFC have established a Return-to-Activity Task Force who have been asked to evaluate latest case data, research and guidance, set and communicate policy, and encourage policy execution among the Arrows Rugby members. The Task Force is closely monitoring the following:

For all questions related to our Return-to-Activity policy and protocols, please contact Task Force Lead (and Club Vice President) Norm Dillon here: vp@arrowsrugby.com.

Task Force Personnel

  • Norm Dillon, Vice President (Head of Task Force)
  • Brett Owens, Secretary (Risk & Legal)
  • Page Karsteter Team Medic (Medical)
  • Jason Kimball, Boardmember (Athletic Administration)

Progression

Arrows' Return-to-Activity task force has adopted and will adapt the Club's policy that will allow us to prudently continue to ramp up the rugby season by honing basic skills, training for fitness, and building team continuity. Rather than starting from scratch once we've reached Stage 5, below is our plan to smoothly "shift gears" as we progress through the stages to full competition.

TRU has now determine that its Stage 4 protocol applies to all of Texas. The guidelines from TRU are the minimums that must be followed to be in compliance with USA Rugby insurance coverage and regulations. They have stated that clubs should look also to local conditions and regulations for establishing our own protocol.

Being back at training is affording Arrows valuable advantages in growing as a club and improving our play. In addition to the paramount concern for health and safety, IT IS SMART FOR OUR RUGBY that we do prudently protect against an outbreak situation which could sideline club activities for an extended time.

With this in mind, the task force at this time has adopted a tiered approach to Stage 4 which is intended to transition with the training needs/schedule of the club and as further local data is available.

Stage 3: Non-Contact

  • TeamSnap Health Check required prior to team events
  • Temperature Check upon arrival
  • 6ft distance, masks required at training
  • Focus on Skills & Fitness
  • Prohibited: Touch Rugby and ALL contact

Stage 4 tiers:

4A: (CURRENT)

  • TeamSnap Health Check required prior to team events
  • Temperature Check upon arrival
  • Permitted: Touch Rugby
  • Prohibited: Tackle Contact, Intraquad Scrimmaging, Rucks, Scrums, Mauls, or Lifting in Lineouts
  • Masks required for all except for fitness activity with adequate spacing

4B:

  • TeamSnap Health Check required prior to team events
  • Temperature Check upon arrival
  • Permitted: Touch Rugby, Limited tackle/contact drills (in pairs, with pads)
  • Prohibited: Scrimmaging, Rucks, Scrums, Mauls, or Lifting in Lineouts
  • Masks required for players (touch rugby and handling drills only) and for Coaches/Administrators at all times

4C:

  • TeamSnap Health Check required prior to team events
  • Temperature Check upon arrival
  • Permitted: Touch Rugby, Limited tackle/contact drills (in pairs, with pads), Intrasquad Scrimmaging
  • Prohibited: Rucks, Scrums, Mauls, or Lifting in Lineouts
  • Masks encouraged for players; required for Coaches/Administrators

Stage 5: Full Contact; no limitations. 

  • TeamSnap Health Check required prior to team events at discretion of Club Officers
  • Temperature Check upon arrival, at discretion of Club Officers

Social & Formation Activity

  • TeamSnap Health Check required prior to social and formation events
  • Temperature Check upon arrival, at discretion of Club Officers
  • Events held outdoors whenever possible and weather permitting. Specific protocols will depend on the type of event and expected attendance.
  • Events can be held indoors when expected attendance allows for adequate personal space; masks required at all times while indoors.

For all questions related to our Return-to-Activity policy and protocols, please contact Task Force Lead (and Club Vice President) Norm Dillon here: vp@arrowsrugby.com

General Guidelines for Symptom Monitoring

  • TeamSnap Health Check before arriving for every team activity
  • Flash Health Check green-screen to task force rep upon arrival
  • Get temperature check upon arrival
  • Avoid engaging in high-risk activity
  • Report positive tests to Task Force immediately so the club can consider necessary action; potentially suspending club activity

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