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Policy Reminders (Youth/HS)

From: Kurt Weaver <>
Date: 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

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

Tackler Assist

From: Richard Every HPRM <>

There is a definite issue with Tackler Assist, where there is no clear release before playing the ball.

Both players and referees appear to struggle with its application and interpretation.

If a defender is on their feet and in contact with the ball carrier as the ball carrier goes to ground there has to be a clear release before they can play the ball through the gate.

We are instructing referees to increase their awareness in this area and work to be more effective and consistent. Here is a video to review and identify expectations:

Richard Every | High Performance Referee Manager | USA Rugby
e: t: 773 895 6013
2500 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 200 | Boulder CO 80302


Scrum Engagement Protocol Changes

The (USA) Rugby Committee has just voted (in a rare show of unanimity) to adopt the silent version of ‘yes, nine’ for all levels of adult rugby.

This is meant to take effect immediately – games played March 1 and after.

A silent acknowledgement to the scrumhalf that the scrum is stable and the ball may be put in. This can be done by touching the scrumhalf or by a signal. The front-row briefing should include agreeing with the scrumhalves in what way the touching will be accomplished and what the signal will be.
Typically, the touch is either in the middle of the back (between the shoulder blades) or on the shoulder. The signal can be a thumbs-up, a nod, a play-on gesture, but needs to be demonstrated to the scrumhalves before the game.

The verbal ‘yes, nine’ will remain in effect for U19/high school and younger.

This decision was reached after input was received from all levels of the game in the USA as to what that community would prefer.

[Received from Bruce Carter (NorCal); order and information were slightly edited from his original.]

Another RSV Addition

mandyAnother new addition to our Society, congratulations to Mandy and Mike Cox on the birth of their new daughter.

Rosalind Opal Cox
7 lbs 15 oz
Jan 30, 2014 at 1:09 am

I asked Mandy for details, and she provided the following:
“Rosalind was born in the big NC snowstorm. It took us an hour and 1/2 in icy conditions to get to the birth center, Mike’s nerves were shot. She was born a little over an hour after our arrival. She has been a pretty easy baby, despite the broken collarbone that went undiagnosed for two weeks. She is all healed now and doing well. Mom is doing pretty good too, despite having three girls to wrangle every day.”

Sounds like a potential Rugby player to me.

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