In order to comply with state guidelines of ‘no tackling’, we will be playing by Federation of International Touch (FIT) aka “FIT Rugby” rules. FIT Rugby is a FAST and FUN one hand touch game, with NO OTHER TYPES OF INTENTIONAL CONTACT, no scrums, rucks, lineouts, etc. This is a great opportunity for new players to join and for everyone to improve. As the season progresses, we anticipate options for coed matches and Forwards-only and Backs-only teams.
2. Once you have registered with USA Rugby, register at VYI RUGBY! The registration fee is only $95.
PRACTICES START WEEK OF 9/28:
Our request for a county field was late in the season compared to soccer and flag football, so we are fortunate to have Oakton HS. Unfortunately, the times may be late in the evening for some.
MS Boys and YTH coed – Mon & Wed 8 pm – 9:30-ish pm - First Practice 9/28
HS Boys and HS/MS Girls - Tues & Thurs 7 pm – 9 pm - First Practice 9/29
GAMES: Games will begin Saturday, 10/10. The final weekend of games will be 11/21.
COVID PRECAUTIONS: We will have additional operating procedures implemented for practices and games. Please read the detailed procedures, but some highlights of these new procedures are, temperature checks before practice, players only inside playing enclosure, smaller practice groups, temporary uniforms, sanitizing equipment, etc. Our “Return to Play” procedures are published on the VYI website. Please read them. Fairfax County requests that parents also review the following, CDC Considerations for Youth Sports and Forward Virginia Phase 3 Guidelines.
VOLUNTEERS: Each team will be required to have at least one, preferably two or three, “COVID Coach” who ensures implementation of the COVID operating procedures. We will also need an overall “COVID Commissioner” for the club, to manage and direct the COVID Coaches. We need new parent volunteers for these roles, not existing coaches.If we don’t fill those roles, then we won’t be able to proceed with our season. So, please consider volunteering.
TEAM STORE and PRACTICE VEST: For hygiene reasons this season everyone will need to buy their own, $10, reversible vest for practices and games. We want to keep the Fall touch season simple, so rugby shorts and team socks are optional. Click here to visit the Team Store. Other awesome team gear will also be available; order stuff for the spring tackle season, Christmas gifts, and to replace what kids have outgrown.
Register ASAP for both USA Rugby and VYI and stand by for a reminder about our first practice. Please also recruit and share the news with your friends.
Level 100 serves as an introduction to the game of Rugby and the basics of the coaching process. Level 100 certification is needed to coach TAG rugby. Level 100 certification is a pre-requisite for level 200 certification.
Please keep in mind that we do not always have the opportunity to send emails prior to a weather event. If we anticipate possible issues we will post something on the website by 5PM. If you do not see anything on the website by 5PM or do not receive a notification of a canceled or modified practice schedule, please plan to attend practice.