August 5, 2020: Postponement of the IAYRA Fall Girls 2020 Season
Due to factors relating to COVID-19 and USA Rugby reorganization, the Iowa Youth Rugby Association Board of Directors has postponed the Fall Girl’s 2020 Season.
Please read the information below that led to this decision.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents many obstacles in returning to play, including return to play protocols and positive case numbers/projections.
Length of Season. Ensuring player preparedness and safety requires ample practice time. Once the registration process has been completed, there needs to be sufficient time for practices, with emphasis on tackling. This will delay the start of a season, which will shorten the length of the girl’s season. Without having complete information, it makes it difficult to properly plan the girl’s season. For this reason, we will not be holding a girl’s fall season in 2020.
Insurance. There cannot be any practices or competitions until we have insurance coverage. The new entity for youth rugby in the United States is USA Youth & HS Rugby. Because they are new, they are working to secure insurance coverage for the league. We have been asked to hold off on registrations until September. Once we have all of the new information, we will have to update our registration process. This may take up to a week to process.
Spring 2021 Season. With that in mind, and after reviewing the survey responses of the players and coaches, we are delaying the girl’s season until Spring 2021 to potentially run concurrently with the boys’ season. We are currently working out the specifics and structure. This is an evolving situation and new territory for the Iowa Youth Rugby Association and USA Youth & HS Rugby. We are working hard to ensure a league structure with safety and quality of play at the forefront of our processes. We would ask you to hold any questions you may have until the general layout of the league and State Tournament have been determined.
Please reach out if you have any questions. We will continue to work through this together.
Iowa Youth Rugby Association Board
The IAYRA is actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the United States and here in Iowa. We are relying on the most current information from the Iowa High Athletic Association (IHSAA) and USA Rugby to direct our decisions and actions. USA Rugby issued an updated statement on July 16, 2020 regarding the competition season.
Per USA Rugby:
The current nature of COVID-19 is an ever-changing situation here in the United States. Please refer to this page for the most up to date USA Rugby information and resources as the situation continues to unfold. Understand that USA Rugby is monitoring the growing threat on a daily basis, while the Medical Committee is also coordinating best practice with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and World Rugby.
The impact of the virus has expanded beyond imaginable expectation with canceled activities across a domestic, national and global scale. USA Rugby is currently absorbing what impact that means for the rugby community, both now and in the future. We ask all members and fans for their patience and support as rugby navigates this unprecedented period in history.
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VISIT USA RUGBY COVID-19 INFORMATION PAGE
The IAYRA Board will continue to be in constant contact with the IHSAA and USA Rugby in terms of new information and guidance regarding safe return to play. Updates and necessary information will be communicated directly to the membership via email, the Iowa Youth Rugby Association newsfeed and social media channels.
Registration for the 2020 Boy's High School season is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 virus. Please check our main page for the latest information.
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