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Since June 22nd, 2020, Sporting events with up to 1000 persons are officially authorized to take place, in all disciplines including contact sport. Together with Swiss Olympic and the Federal Office of Sport (BASPO) the Swiss Rugby Union has therefore created a Return to Play concept, naturally accompanied by a concept of protection for its members and their families and communities.
The concept is designed to gradually re-start our sport, all while respecting the rules issued by the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) as well as the Federal Council, and at the same time guaranteeing Player Welfare and safety while maximizing injury prevention strategies. A sport can not resume its activities without a federally approved concept. The Swiss Rugby Unions’ concept has been approved by the Federal Council.
The Swiss Ruby Union’s Concept has presented a gradual Return to Play in 5 Phases, with the 6th one being the full return to competitions, matches, and tournaments.
Download the Full Concept for Phase 6 - Return to Competitions
On April 29th, the Swiss Federal Council decided that sports activites can resume, under strict restrictions, from May 11th, if the relevant national sports federation has created an accompanying Return-to-Play Concept for the Protection of participants and their communities.
Suisserugby has accomplished the very challenging task of creating and submitting such a concept, with the support of a group of medical and technical experts, within a very short deadline, and the concept has been accepted by the Swiss Government (BASPO/OFSPO).
PLAYER WELFARE: To ensure player welfare and minimize the risk of injury after a long pause, clubs and players are encouraged to follow the Suisserugby Return to Play guidelines above. With above alleviations by the Federal Council, clubs are encouraged move into Phase 3 of the Return-To-Play concept on June 6th, to move to Phase 4 and then Phase 5 starting from June 22nd. By returning to training activities with light contact for a few weeks, players can prepare themselves for a return to full contact later in June (Phase 4) and to friendly matches in July and August (Phase 5).
Download the Return-to-Play concept for Rugby in Switzerland, for Phase 1-5:
Please find down below the “Return-to-Play” and "Return to Competition" Posters, summarizing the concept for phases 1-5 and for Phase 6.
Download it here:
On May 27th, and June 19th, 2020, the Federal Council has announced a series of alleviations of the measures to combat the Coronavirus in Switzerland. This is good news for our sport.
RUGBY TRAINING: STARTING FROM JUNE 6th, Rugby Clubs can resume normal training activities, so long as they follow the conditions described in the Directives below:
In addition, each club must fill out a “Protection Concept” for its own training activities:
The club must keep the concept on hand in case of inspection by the authorities during training.
COMPETITIONS: Starting from June 22nd, rugby competitions are allowed to resume in the form of friendly games, as well as competitive matches, starting from September 5th.
MEASURES TO KEEP IN PLACE:
Observance of the Hygiene Rules.
Observance of 1,5m Distance when not in game or training situations.
Each Club must have their Safety Concept in Place.
Each Player must perform a daily self-check - only players without symptoms may come to training.
Events with more than 1000 people remain forbidden.
Clubs must keep contacts of those present at trainings or games.
Players should train in their same training groups to avoid cross contamination.
Download the poster on the Measures here:
We have prepared a 1 Hour & 5 Minute Training session programme for kids' training, including exercise videos and examples. Download the Programme here:
Kids' Rugby Training Session (English)
Entrainement pour enfants / Ecoles de Rugby (Francais)
Trainings Programm Kinderrugby (Deutsch)
VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-MIQe3WBvCZIaLt5EYQbvr4j2pjfLy7E
Please note that all these activities are optional, and no clubs or players are obligated to return to training and to play if they do not feel ready to do so.
We are confident that we all can take our own responsibility and work together on the implementation of these concepts, to create a fun, safe, and healthy environment for all our participants.
Swiss Olympic has a lot of documents and information available for athletes, sports clubs, and federations, to address the COVID-19 crisis:
World Rugby has also created a number of resources to address the COVID-19 crisis, available in several languages:
Suisserugby is participating in the national communication campaigned launched by Swiss Olympic. The clubs, too, are invited to participate.
This campaign, entitled #StayInYourClub, aims to support all sports clubs in Switzerland by encouraging their members to remain active and engaged. In fact, some of them are in great difficulty because their activities have been suspended and they continue to have to bear many costs. The aim of this campaign is therefore to make members aware of the need to remain in solidarity with their club.
The Swiss Rugby Union encourages all Swiss clubs to participate in the campaign.
Find all the information, graphics, and links in the Campaign document, you can download here:
Swiss Domestic Rugby Competitions are set to re-start on September 12th, 2020.
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