COVID-19 / Coronavirus update – June 1, 2020 (supersedes previous announcements).
After considering return to play guidelines from World Rugby, USA Rugby, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and the CDC Guidelines, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Spring Rugby Season. This includes the Boys 7’s and the Hawkettes.
This was a tough decision but the health of our athletes and fans is paramount.
Please note that below items were some, but not all, of the factors that our decision was based on:
• Non-contact drills and activities
• No use of communal equipment, including balls
• No competition or inter-squad rugby activity
• All sports and activities, aside from Baseball or Softball, cannot begin practices until July 1.
•As well as the limited availability of players from commitments to summer and fall sports.
This was not the decision that we had hoped for, but want to wish those seniors the best in the next chapter of life. For the underclassmen, we look forward to seeing you out for the 2021 season.
As more information is made available we will start planning for what the 2020 Fall Girls Season will look like. Please stay tuned or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IAYRA Board
USA Rugby Guidelines
Iowa High School Athletic Association Guidelines
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 Saturday, March 21st, 2020 regarding the competition season.
Per USA Rugby:
After careful consideration and guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the USA Rugby Board and Medical Committee have extended the current suspension of sanctioned rugby activities for the foreseeable future. Information on when rugby may resume activities will be communicated by the National Office as soon as it becomes available.
In the interest of providing the most up to date information in real time through this fluid situation, USA Rugby has developed a dedicated COVID-19 information page on the website for members and fans to reference at any time.
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 the status of the spring season. We are discussing what options our members will still have for rugby and/or their spring registration fees. 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.
Videos from each week's matches will be filmed by each team. Teams will send the link to each match and the IAYRA will update the game information with the link. We will be updating this information as it is provided from each team to the IAYRA
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