GRR: Utah Youth Rugby
Rugby ramps up in high school 7s this weekend, with Utah Youth Rugby kicking off its fall season.
While some teams in Utah have seen a bit of a slowdown in signups as some parents are wary of allowing their kids playing time during the COVID-19 pandemic, UYR's campaign of pointing out how extensive screen time is bad for kids has helped get eager kids back on the field.
After some feedback from clubs, Utah Youth Rugby has delayed its Fall HS 7s series by two weeks.
The delay is less about COVID-19 concerns—at least in a direct way—than it is about USA Rugby's new membership platform and about the needed delays in saying the season was a go.
Utah Youth Rugby will start its fall 7s in three days now that Salt Lake County has opened up for sports activities.
With the Regional Athletic Complex in Salt Lake City now able to rent out is fields, UYR will be able to hold tournaments for boys and girls through the fall. The first tournament will be this Saturday, September 19.
While rugby has been shut down through much of the country, Utah Youth Rugby was able to run a series of modified 7s games for high school teams during July.
Many of the well-known teams within Utah played, both boys and girls. United, Herriman, West Valley, East HS, Wasatch, Copper Hills, Genesis, Kearns, Olympus, and Brighton, to name just a few, were involved.