High School Boys
Glendale, Colo. - The USA Rugby High Performance Pathways department has today announced eight newly verified National Development Programs (NDPs).
The announcement comes after a long vetting process using a detailed series of benchmarks. The system was designed to further define how so-called academy programs characterize what they do.
This is an Op-Ed Column by Josh Williams — COVID-19, whether we wanted it or not, has provided us an opportunity to reassess what we are doing and how to do it better moving forward. For those of us that are actively involved in youth rugby, this time is especially important, as we face multiple growing pains both within our clubs and the regions we play in.
Youth Rugby in Illinois got to go-ahead to hold rugby activities starting this past weekend and several programs were champing at the bit to get going.
Immediately after the announcement that the state of Illinois would allow non-contact practice, various programs ran non-contact sessions.
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.
There will be fall 7s in Tennessee; how it looks will be the question.
According to Tennessee Rugby Association Director Al Overton, several teams in the middle and eastern part of the state have already registered with TRA. The Memphis area is still under stricter lockdowns.