From: Kurt Weaver , Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 5:36 PM
We have had some questions about policies lately and I wanted to reiterate a few items for your use locally. I would also ask that you share these with your referees to help enforce these policies, in addition to your local rules.
1. 8th graders, regardless of age, should not be playing HS rugby. This is for their safety and is the policy for both boys and girls. This is not to keep them from playing in a U15 or U16 league, but they should not be playing with Juniors and Seniors in HS.
2. Freshmen who are younger than 15 (14) need to sign a waiver to play HS rugby. The waiver is at usarugby.org/eligibility
3. Anyone graduated from HS should not be playing HS rugby, specially if they are already in college! I didn’t think we needed to remind folks about this one, but if pops up now and again. We are no longer a U19 country, we are ‘High School’ rugby.
4. High School teams are not permitted to play against college or adult teams. This includes scrimmages and games for 7s and 15s.
5. High School players are not permitted to play on college or adult rugby teams. This includes scrimmages and games for 7s and 15s.
6. Every team needs to have their team fee paid to USA Rugby (or the state pays the $3,000), a certified coach (at least L100) and the minimum amount of players registered to be considered compliant, and for their insurance to be in tact. For 15s, that would be 15 kids, 7s would be 7 kids, etc.
I understand the feedback around some policies, but these are what is currently in place. They in set for player welfare considerations, child development issues and best practice. Please shoot questions to me by phone or email.
Thank you for your continued work!
Kurt Weaver | Director, Youth & High School Rugby | USA Rugby