As we quickly approach the middle of August, we want to continue to keep you updated on what is going on in our respective states and what that means for rugby in New England.
At this time, it is bittersweet to say that not much has changed. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York State, Rhode Island and Vermont still categorize rugby as a “high-risk” sport due to all the inevitable contact involved. For all states, rugby remains in the last tier of sports allowed to return to play in it’s true form.
Despite the timely progression through the beginning phases or stages for each state, they all now remain in a holding pattern indefinitely and there is still a chance of returning back to prior phases or stages.
This isn’t the news any of us were hoping for at this point in the game. But this still means, within your states guidelines, you can have no to low contact activities that allow you to practice social distancing and keep the groups small! We are excited to see many of our clubs have taken advantage of this and are getting out there to enjoy the rugby activities we have right now! (Please see prior post from 7/15/2020 for other suggested activities.) If you are fresh out of ideas, we are including some individual rugby based exercises and drills that you can do on your own or in a socially distanced small group to try!
RUGBYBRICKS 12 Minute Ball Skill Session:
RUGBYBRICKS 6 Minute Kicking Muscle Memory Session:
Work on your Skip Side Step with Jacob McDonald:
Work on your Speed with Greg O’Shea:
Injury Prevention Exercise Playlist from Rugby Renegade:
Stay safe, wash your hands, don’t hang out with your fellow ruggers if you do not feel well and be responsible for yourself!
If you have any questions please contact your NERFU Board members or your respective State COVID Coordinator.