Utah Youth Rugby

WAIVER/RELEASE FOR COMMUNICABLE DISEASES INCLUDING COVID-19

Welcome

BE DILIGENT, BE ACCOUNTABLE

The COVID-19 pandemic is a generational global impact that requires diligence and respect. Ensuring clubs and athletes display the utmost consideration for the direction of local health officials is not only appropriate, but contingent to possible recourse of return to play protocol across the greater sports community.

Should provided guidelines from health officials and USA Rugby be discounted or circumvented, potential reinstitution of suspended rugby activities could result along with governmental consequences determined by local mandate.

IT IS ON ALL OF US TO EXEMPLIFY THE VALUES OF RUGBY AND RESPECT THE WELLBEING OF OUR COMMUNITY.


UNDERSTANDING THE RISK

RISK IN RUGBY

  • Rugby is a contact sport. To fully train and even further play matches requires intermittent physical contact. High-risk physical contact, where players are in very close proximity (such as scrum, or face to face tackle), most likely poses a greater risk should one player be an infected person. In training, this type of contact should, whenever possible be limited, as should mixing of groups who have undertaken this type of contact. Should a team-mate from high-risk physical contact or opposition player in a recent match develop an infection, all of those who have participated in the high-risk contact are likely to require isolation and testing.

PERSONAL RISK

  • Regular exercise is beneficial for your immune system. Prolonged, high intensity exercise may dampen the immune system, particularly when the individual is not used to such high-level activity. Therefore, there is a potentially increased susceptibility to COVID-19 infection in athletes. This risk is probably small and if a practical approach is applied, where players do not exceed normal training load, they should be at no higher risk than the non-exercising population.
  • Those who suffer from underlying illness such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease(asthma), diabetes and some forms of cancer appear to be more severely affected by COVID- 19. So too are older individuals (>60) and those who are severely obese (BMI 40+).
  • Athletes without underlying conditions are not part of the vulnerable group.
  • Players who have suffered a COVID-19 infection should self-isolate for 7 days and not engage in exercise for 14 days or until their symptoms settle. When player symptoms have settled, they should consult with their primary care doctor for clearance to return to activity.
  • Information from China and Italy shows that up to 20% of those hospitalized have cardiac involvement – likely thought to be myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle). Specialist Cardiology review may be required after prolonged hospitalization. (6–8)
  • If you have concerns about exercising after COVID-19 infection you should discuss this with your primary care doctor.

GENERAL RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

1. Education

  • Regularly reference your local legislature and advice of medical officials as it pertains to the risk of COVID19.
  • Recognize the symptoms of COVID-19 and educate your club members of these details.
  • Utilize World Rugby COVID-19 Education Modules.

2.  Daily screening

  • Complete a COVID-19 symptom check before leaving home. This will require you to identify if you have had a high temperature or fever overnight or if you have developed the recognized symptoms.
  • Have your temperature checked prior to participating in rugby activities. If your temperature is above 99.6, do not participate in any rugby or group activities.

3. Practice extensive hygiene protocol

  • More frequent hand washing, regular disinfection of heavily used areas and surfaces and the use of gloves can reduce the risk of infection. In some situations, such as in the gym or during meetings, the use of face masks should be considered.
  • At home you should also either sanitize or wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap (or use a hand sanitizer) when going to and from your home.
  • Avoid touching high-contact surfaces such as door handles, public computer keyboards etc.
  • Use hand sanitizers which should be available on entry and in all rooms at your facility or gathering area.
  • Avoid spitting
  • Use your elbow or a tissue (always dispose of used tissues) when coughing or sneezing
  • Do not share water bottles or use team water bottles
  • Do not use communal nutritional supplements

4. Observe social distance rules

  • A distance of at least 6 feet between the people present helps to significantly reduce the probability of virus transmission. Due to the movement involved in sports, the distance should be kept at as generous a distance as possible.
  • Office, gym and medical room facilities should be arranged to facilitate at least 6 feet of separation between individuals. Where possible, any communal areas should be outdoors or well ventilated.

5. Reduce body contact to a minimum

  • Shaking hands, high-fives, embracing and cheering or mourning in a group is to be completely avoided. Until COVID-19 measures are reduced, physical contact (including competitive games) must be avoided, so initially only individual training can take place.

6. Change and shower at home

  • The use of locker rooms and showers in training facilities and clubs should be suspended until further notice from your local health officials.

7. Temporary suspension of car pooling

  • While social distancing measures are in place, the formation of carpools for training and competitions should be avoided – unless travelling with an existing housemate. The use of minivans is equally unsuitable. Your Club will apply specific policies for travelling to matches based on local legislature when rugby activities are permitted to resume.

8. Refrain from events such as general meetings and celebrations

  • In order to comply with the distance rules, no social events should be held.
  • While social distancing remains, team meetings should be held virtually to the best of your ability.
  • Other options include digital/online meeting resources

9. Reduce the size of training groups

  • While social distancing and public gathering restrictions are in place, teams will need to train in small groups which are aligned to local government measures in place at that time (example being groups of <5, <10). When small groups train, sessions should be staggered with no overlapping between groups. Smaller groups limit infection risk, and should an infection occur, the number of people who need to potentially quarantine is limited.

10. Where possible, outdoor activities are more safe

  • Sports and exercise in the fresh air make it easier to keep to distance rules and reduce the risk of infection through the permanent exchange of air.

RETURN TO PLAY FAQ

RECOGNIZED SYMPTOMS

Symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever

Or at least two of the following:

  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M EXPERIENCING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS?

  • Do not participate in any rugby or team activities if experiencing symptoms, precaution is most important. Immediately inform your club administrator and consult your primary doctor.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

  • Immediately inform your club administrator of your case, and refrain from rugby or team activities for a minimum of 14 days. Individuals may not return to play until cleared by their primary care doctor

IS INFECTION OF COVID-19 COVERED BY MY USA RUGBY INSURANCE?

  • It’s important to note there will not be coverage for liability and accident claims related to COVID-19 regardless of timing, return-to-play protocols or government mandate.
  • Communicable Disease are common insurance exclusions, where pandemics are also traditionally not covered.

Questions

Please direct questions to:

Owen Power

President

Phone: 8017479456