Effective immediately, the Barbarians are indefinitely suspending all rugby activities, including matches and practices. We will continue to monitor the virus situation and keep you informed with developments as much as possible.
This decision is one that, while unfortunate, is the right thing to do as responsible members of our community. Further, it is in compliance with a communication received from our Mid-America Rugby Football Union leadership. Below is the text of that communication:
To all Mid-America GU Members: Given the current environment and concerns for the safety of our community, we will be postponing all Mid-America GU rugby activities. The GU Board of Directors have voted and due to the rapidly changing landscape surrounding the Covid-19 ( Coronavirous ) pandemic it will cease all rugby activities until March 31st, 2020. At this time , and prior , the BOD will be closely monitoring suggestions from USA Rugby, the CDC and Local Health Organizations to determine the best and safest course of action for our players, coaches, referees, fans and supporters. We will also be working with the Frontier Competitions Committee and USA Rugby to determine how league matches and playoffs will work upon return to play.
This was a difficult decision to be made, but as we constantly promote safety on and off the pitch, the safety of our members health and well being made this decision the correct one. Please make all necessary arrangements to cancel field rentals, trainers, socials, travel plans, etc.
While we can not enforce a "no practice" policy, we do discourage it during this time. If teams are going to practice please follow the guidelines put forth by USA Rugby and the CDC. ( links below )
Please be safe and take care of yourselves and families.
Mid-America GU Board of Directors