Message from Stuart Potts – North Midlands Governance Lead re Age Grade Activity
Following the recent RFU announcement on the easing of the ‘lockdown’ rules, I have been conscious about the RFU’s own Regulations and adherence to Regulation 15. I am also aware that we are at the summer recess for rugby activity, but because of the ‘lockdown’ there is a tendency to think we can engage in some form of training programmes and contact rugby.
The RFU guidelines do NOT permit any form of contact rugby and until we get the green light from the medical advisors we must stick to the Guidelines and the Regulations. I want to remind you;
1. 15.1.1 Regulation 15 applies to the playing, training and coaching of all variations of rugby for all age groups up until and including Under 18s, including Under 19s playing down into Under 18s rugby (‘Age Grade Rugby’). This Regulation 15 applies to both genders unless indicated otherwise.
2. 15.8.1 In Age Grade Rugby the Season shall be: Season 2019-2020 will run from Saturday 7 September 2019 until Sunday 10th May 2020. Season 2020-2021 will run from Saturday 5 September 2020 until Monday 3 May 2021 and for the purposes of this Regulation 15, the Season shall mean the Age Grade Season.
3. 15.8.2 The RFU has specifically developed best practice principles on out of season activity to ensure players have sufficient rest and recovery over the summer. In particular, children of primary school age are to be encouraged to participate in non-rugby activities that develop fundamental movement and core skills. The RFU expects those involved in age grade rugby to respect these principles in the interest of player welfare. These principles can be found at Codes of Practice
4. 15.8.3 Rugby activity is permitted during the Season and outside of the Season as set out below (see link to regulation 15.8.7. Regulation 15). Please look carefully at the table shown at 15.8.7 but also be aware that there can be NO contact at the time.
Compliance to Reg15 is also subject to compliance with the Government guided / RFU Phase 4 Update ( see below table and link)