Carolinas Union sets date for move to Phase 5 of Return to Play
March 16, 2021
Carolinas Union to set date for the move to Phase 5 of Return to Play guidelines
The Carolinas Union board is happy to announce we have set a date to move the Union to Phase 5 of the Return to Play guidelines. Clubs will need to follow local health codes, be properly CIPP'd as club and individuals, as well as follow additional safety procedures that will be released as we get closer to the date. The Union will move to Phase 5 on April 12th, which will allow teams to compete against one another.
We are announcing this date now so that teams can begin training, following Phase 4 protocols, in preparation for playing friendlies later this spring. Teams must follow local guidelines. Teams are not required to play matches at this time and in some areas of the union it may be wise to wait longer. Once we move to Phase 5, teams must get Union permission to play BEFORE their matches will be sanctioned. We will have a document for each club president and captain to sign agreeing to abide by safety guidelines, record and keep temperatures as well as an outline of expected behaviors to be allowed to play while minimizing risks in a meaningful manner. This document will be provided by the end of March. Each club must contact their local health department and be familiar with their local guidelines in preparation to play. We are working with SERRS and gathering their input and support as we move forward.
We hope that this also gives teams who would like to host a Sevens tournament this summer the confidence to begin planning those events. We are looking at using established events for an official summer series. More information on that will come out before the end of April.
Be aware that we reserve the right NOT to move to Phase 5 on April 12th if additional information about the coronavirus develops, so it is important that you take care of your health and the health of the ones around you and that everyone follows best practices for remaining healthy.
Carolinas Geographical Rugby Union Board
Video of Alex Goff and USA Rugby Director of Medical Services Michael Keating.