SCYR – Coronavirus

May 5, 2020

Dear SCYR Members,

As many of you are aware, USA Rugby has extended the suspension of rugby play through the end of May. This was expected and in accordance with California and much of the country’s stay-at-home measures. It is encouraging California is very slowly returning to elements of normalcy in the coming weeks, while still keeping good health top of mind.  

We are in frequent contact with USA Rugby and our local health agencies to understand our options for the return of youth rugby in Southern California. We realize this may look different in each community and the safety of the SCYR young athletes and their families take precedence.  

With that said, we are still planning for 15s (moved from Spring) and Summer 7’s, although potentially in a shortened calendar versus originally planned. We will connect with you once we have more concrete details and a green light to be back on the pitch. The month of May is a transitional month for us all as information changes on a daily basis.

Kind Regards,

Giovanni Vaglietti
SoCal Youth Rugby CEO

March 31, 2020

First and foremost, we hope you and your families are healthy and have been able to stay home to protect yourselves during this time. After evaluation of current state, federal and local government mandates and school district timelines of return, the current spring season structure will need re-evaluation. Like many, we are itching to get rugby played as soon as we are allowed. We want to provide an outlet for the athletes to be able to feel like their lives return to some normality once this ends. We are are also taking into account those players that are aging out this year, so we want to try to potentially get in some rugby for them. In saying all that, we want to exhaust all options to try and get rugby played for our Older season. We would like to explore shifting the 15s season into the Summer and we need your feedback on the viability of this.

Below is a framework we have in mind: 
Olders Summer 15s – for BU16, BU18, and GU18 XVs. This would potentially start mid-June.
Youngers Summer 7s as originally scheduled – for U8, U10, U12, BU14. This would alter the Summer 7s to just the youngers age divisions and start in early June. 
* GU15 and GU18 7s – can fit into either of the above based upon feedback and desire.

Before we can build a framework to this new summer model, we need to understand your club’s interest, availability, and viability. Please complete this SUMMER SEASON Survey as soon as possible — the deadline is Friday April 3, 2020.

If we build a new Summer 15s program, players already registered for the Spring season will be complete in their registration process for summer. We understand not all families may wish to participate in summer, yet had registered for spring. In that case, we are working to offer a refund and credit program.

In conclusion, the Spring Season will not be played in its original schedule and given timeframe. We’d like to push Olders play from spring to summer, all while keeping the Summer 7s for the youngers. Our goal is to have all of our SCYR rugby players happily running in the summer sun after weeks at home. Please complete the summer survey so we can understand your interest and options.


Best wishes,

Giovanni Vaglietti
SoCal Youth Rugby CEO

March 16, 2020

Dear SCYR Members,

Since we last issued our Covid-19 internal measures on March 12th, 2020, USA Rugby subsequently issued a mandate that all rugby related activities (practice, play, etc.) cease for 30 days. The 30-day timeline will take us through April 12th, 2020. It is important to note that with the USA Rugby mandate, no CIPP insurance will be provided for any rugby activities during this timeframe.

SCYR will continue to monitor the rapidly changing Coronavirus environment and work with all the necessary stakeholders to provide the most up-to-date information available to us. We will also continue to take direction from the USA Rugby national office and any health directives from state and local governments as it relates to Southern California specifically.

We urge our rugby community to not only follow the directives that all rugby activities cease through April 12, 2020, but to practice the measures implemented by local and federal officials to manage the spread of the Coronavirus.  

Kind Regards,

Giovanni Vaglietti
SoCal Youth Rugby CEO

March 12, 2020

Dear SCYR Members,

Effective immediately, we are postponing all scheduled SCYR rugby until March 23rd, 2020 due the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we are canceling the BU14 Open and Light division finals this coming weekend. We will continue to monitor the fluid and evolving situation on a daily basis with the relevant authorities.

The health and safety of our membership and the wider community is of the utmost importance. In consideration of this and the state government’s mandate, which advises against mass gatherings and events that bring together multiple communities, all these factors have led to SCYR’s decision to postpone rugby activities at this time.

Individual clubs are advised to also cease practice and rugby related activities. We strongly feel in the current climate of uncertainty, sport is secondary to everyone’s health and wellbeing.  We will work with the clubs to rearrange schedules for the spring season as the picture becomes clearer over the coming weeks.

Kind Regards,

Giovanni Vaglietti, SoCal Youth Rugby CEO

March 6, 2020

To our Southern California Youth Rugby membership:

As we begin to wrap up the Southern California Youth Rugby Youngers Club season and move into the Olders Divisions this Spring, we want to address the Coronavirus and share best practices during this period.  Per USA Rugby’s announcement regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus), “… the Medical Committee encourages athletes and administrators to continue with scheduled competition in all regions of the United States.”

If any SCYR member athletes, coaches, administrators, or parents are experiencing a fever or respiratory illness, we highly recommend that you stay home and do not participate in the EOS tournament tomorrow.  We are also especially encouraging everyone to use their own water bottles. There are school districts that have discontinued the use of shared water bottles until further notice and we believe this is the best practice for tomorrow’s events also. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends if you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever or respiratory illness to call your doctor if you have been in close contact with a person known to have Covid-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area known with widespread or increasing spread of Covid-19.

The following are measures that the CDC recommends as every day preventative actions to help prevent the spread the of respiratory diseases: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

Within our rugby framework, SCYR and USA Rugby recommends:

  • Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infection.
  • Use individual water bottles; do not share them.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.
  • People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash their hands).
  • Preferably avoid handshakes when greeting players and opponents.
  • Towels, uniforms and training bibs should not be shared, if possible. Frequent laundering of these items is suggested.
  • Training equipment should be cleaned following each session.

As well, USA Rugby noted, “If you are intending to travel internationally with a rugby tour, please coordinate with your host destination and work with them on the feasibility and risk prior to departing. We also advise you check with the CDC, World Health Organization and State Department on current travel advisories.” 

We will continue to keep you up to date of any changes in the Coronavirus environment and how it may affect our SoCal rugby community. 

Best wishes,

Giovanni Vaglietti, SCYR CEO

Resources for SCYR Members about the Coronavirus:

Centers for Disease Control – Coronavirus

USA Rugby 

California Department of Health