The NSWRL is pleased to confirm that community football for children in competitions up to and including under 18 comps will resume in July following the NSW Government’s latest announcement today.
The NSWRL has been working towards a re-start of modified and select competitions from 18 July and a return to full contact training from 1 July, based on the advice of government and health authorities.
“This is a really positive outcome, not only for the Rugby League community, but the broader community and we are grateful that the NSW Government has given the green light for a return to children’s sport,” Trodden said.
“It is really important though that we all remain vigilant and adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines that have been set so we can all enjoy the return of sport for the long-term.”
Trodden said that training (in groups of up to 10) can begin as soon as clubs have complied with the NSWRL’s COVID-19 regulations that have been developed in line with the Australian Government’s “Return to Sport” framework.
There has been no decision on adults returning to play, which means the senior NSWRL competitions – Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership and Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield – along with senior community football competitions, scheduled to re-start 18 July 2020, are still on hold, pending further advice.
“We remain hopeful that the NSW Government will also approve a return to play for adult teams in the very near future, recognising the central role that sport plays in our community and the positive impact that sport can have in recovery from the coronavirus pandemic,” Trodden said.
The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) Board today established a plan to work towards a re-start of Rugby League activities from July 2020 to coincide with a common return date for some other winter sports across the state and the commencement of term 3 in the school year.
NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden said the decision to work towards a shortened Community Rugby League season and a re-start of other abbreviated senior competitions from 18 July 2020 will be further reviewed and confirmed on 1 June 2020 subject to the existing Government advice available at the time.
Trodden said today’s decision took into consideration the NSW Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 which is currently preventing sport from being conducted and expires at midnight on 29 June 2020 (unless further extended).
“Accordingly, the earliest possible return date is 30 June 2020, unless the NSW Government decides to lift the Public Health order earlier,” Trodden said.
“Most winter sports favour working towards a return date of 18 July 2020, at the end of the next school holiday period, with a return to training on 1 July 2020, subject to the status of the public health in the interim.
“The Board and Management of NSWRL have been continuing to closely monitor developments with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to strictly follow the Government advice so that we will only return to playing footy when it is deemed safe to do so.
“The NSWRL and everyone in our Rugby League community need to be responsive to the continual changes to the Government advice around risks to public health for the broader community, and if it becomes apparent that a July start date is not feasible, we will adjust and reassess.”
The decision to work towards starting Rugby League competitions from 18 July 2020, and to resume training from 1 July 2020, applies to the following:
- Community Football, involving more than 100,000 boys, girls, men and women across the state to commence. The 2020 season was originally due to commence 4 April when it was postponed in March. All Clubs and Leagues are encouraged to continue to take registrations beyond the traditional 30 June registration cut-off date.
- Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield competitions to resume; and Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership to commence. One round of Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield had been played when the competitions were suspended on 27 March.
In relation to the nine competitions cancelled by the NSWRL Board on 27 March, the Board has today determined that no premiers and no player of the series awards will be declared for any of those competitions for 2020. This applies to the following:
- Major competitions: Canterbury Cup NSW, Jersey Flegg Cup, Women’s Country Championships and Men’s Under 23s Country Championships
- Junior Representative competitions: SG Ball Cup, Tarsha Gale Cup, Harold Matthews Cup, Andrew Johns Cup and Laurie Daley Cup
Fri 3 Apr
We answer all your questions about Community Football during COVID-19.
Has Community Rugby League been postponed?
The National Rugby League (NRL), in partnership with State governing bodies (NSWRL, NRLVIC, NRLSA, NRLWA, NRLNT) have postponed Community Rugby League in Australia until at least the first weekend of May. This decision has been informed by advice from Government and relevant Health organisations with view to stopping the spread of the COVID 19 virus.
The postponement includes all junior and senior Community club Rugby League competitions, training, gala days, Try League and League Stars.
When will Community Rugby League commence?
At this point in time the postponement applies through to the first weekend in May. We will continue to review this position and be guided by the relevant authorities. We will announce the return of Community Rugby League when the advice from the authorities deems it to be safe and appropriate.
Do we need to register Team Nominations?
Sydney Metro nominations have been received. We will work with Clubs at the appropriate time to ensure teams are nominated to play in competitions when start dates are confirmed.
Who will set-up teams and competitions in MySideline?
Clubs are encouraged to continue setting up teams if they are capable of doing so, complying with previously prescribed naming conventions. Please be aware some District Leagues complete this function on behalf of Clubs.
Can volunteers still get accreditations?
The majority of accreditations with an on-line component will still be available and we encourage Coaches and Sports Trainers to take advantage of this down-time to complete these components of their courses if their individual circumstances allow.
Delivery of courses with a face-to-face component have been suspended until further notice. Volunteers previously registered to complete a face-to-face component will be re-allocated into a course once the course delivery suspension has been lifted.
Safety Education Accreditation
Sports Medicine Australia announced on 19 March the suspension of all face-to-face delivery until further notice, click here for the SMA statement. Participants already enrolled in courses are still able to complete the on-line component. Please follow the relevant links on the SMA website to access the on-line education opportunities.
Please continue to encourage your coaches, managers and trainers to register online, and continue to allocate them to their respective teams.
We strongly encourage Clubs to continue to work with us if their individual circumstances allow to ensure their officials are appropriately accredited and assigned to teams prior to season start.
How can we maintain engagement in Rugby League during this time?
Staying connected to your Club and community is highly encouraged. While the postponement applies to all competitions and training activities, this may present an opportunity for Clubs to complete some administrative tasks or engage with members via social media channels.
Any activity that does take place should be performed with strict adherence to Government guidelines on personal hygiene and social distancing.
Coaching Resources are available at playrugbyleague.com which contain many fun and helpful activities that will keep people connected. Please be sure to strictly adhere to Government advice when undertaking any activity.
What if our League or Club wants to continue playing?
The decision to postpone all competitions, training, gala days and programs announced on 18 March applies across all States and Territories. Under no circumstances should a League or Club continue to play or train until further advice has been provided.
Will Community Competitions commence this season?
While a number of state-wide competitions and events have been cancelled, at this point this doesn’t apply to Community Competitions. The intention is to commence Community Competitions when the advice from the authorities deem it safe and appropriate.
What happens if the situation hasn’t improved by May?
We are constantly reviewing the situation and any decisions that are made will be based on the advice of the Government and relevant Health authorities. Any changes to the current position will be based on new information and will be communicated immediately.
The situation is evolving rapidly and it’s important Rugby League plays its part in not only stopping the spread of the virus but also safe-guards our valuable volunteers, players and broader Rugby League community.
Will there be a point in time Clubs and Leagues will be advised the season will be cancelled?
We are continually monitoring what is an evolving situation and the intention is to run Community Competitions at the earliest and safest opportunity. Any changes to the current return date of the first weekend in May will be communicated as soon as it is practical to do so.
Will Clubs be offering refunds?
Active Kids vouchers are not refundable for cash.
It is the intention of the League to run competitions at the earliest opportunity that government advice deems it safe and appropriate. Clubs will be better positioned to make decisions on registration fees once the competition length and number of games played has been confirmed. We recommend that clubs hold on to any registration fees paid until this point, or failing that, apply the same refund policy from previous years for each individual club.
For further information on Active Kids Vouchers click here.
Should Clubs continue to take registrations?
There is no reason why participants can’t continue to register. Once we are able to re-commence competitions, we want all participants to be ready and registered to train and play.
Can player transfers still be processed?
Player transfer applications can still be lodged. Please be aware there may be delays in processing due to the availability of staff and club volunteers to administer the applications. Applications will remain in the system until processed.
Is school Rugby League still being played?
No. All school Rugby League Competitions events and gala days have been either postponed or cancelled. School Sport Australia has cancelled the U12’s National Exchange and the Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League Committee have cancelled the Australian Championships.
Where can I find out more about Covid-19?
The Australian Government’s Department of Health is a reliable source of information relating to Covid19. Click here
Will the NRL turn off Registrations and Transfers if the season is postponed past 1 May?
The MySideline System will remain open for clubs and associations to take registrations and manager their participants. If Participants or Administrators need assistance using MySideline they can go to support.playrugbyleague.com
NSWRL Media Release
Fri 27 Mar 2020, 04:30PM
The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) has today announced the NSWRL Board has made the difficult decision to immediately cancel nine major competitions for 2020, including the state’s premier Canterbury Cup NSW in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NSWRL has also cancelled: Jersey Flegg Cup (Under 20s), UNE SG Ball Cup (Under 18s), Laurie Daley Cup (Under 18s), Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup (Under 18s women), UNE Harold Matthews Cup (Under 16s), Andrew Johns Cup (Under 16s), Women’s Country Championships and Men’s Under 23s Country Championships.
No final decision has been made as yet on the following competitions: Ron Massey Cup, Sydney Shield and the Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership as well as community football, which involves grassroots player from Under 6s to open age.
NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden said the Board had no option but to take this unprecedented action in response to the revised medical advice from government health officials and other experts, along with the various travel bans within Australia and New Zealand.
At the forefront of this decision is the health and wellbeing of the Rugby League community, in particular the players, coaches, officials, volunteers and staff, as well as the broader community in general.
“It is devastating for everyone involved but the advice has changed dramatically since we suspended these competitions nine days ago,” said Trodden.
“We have an obligation to be part of the solution for this pandemic, both for the Rugby League community and also for the community more generally. This view was uppermost in the minds of the Board.
“The likelihood of a shortened season in which to conduct the bigger competitions like Canterbury Cup NSW and Jersey Flegg Cup was also a factor as the narrow window of opportunity to resume and complete the competitions meant it was not viable to go ahead.
Trodden said the impact would be felt across the entire Rugby League community in the state, including those working in the game. It is, of course, the same impact as is being experienced in every industry on a global scale.
“We will continue to monitor the situation daily and review the status of our other competitions as circumstances change and updated information becomes available,” he said.
“We are also aware that Rugby League can play a role in the healing process of the community so when it is safe to play, we hope to give our players, volunteers, coaches and officials the opportunity to get back to doing what they love, even if it is for a shortened period of time.”
Wed 18 Mar 2020, 11:00AM
A special meeting of the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) Board has agreed to postpone all Community Rugby League until at least 1 May 2020, effective immediately, while all major NSWRL competitions have been suspended until 31 May in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was made by the NSWRL in partnership with the National Rugby League (NRL) and all affiliated states, and after carefully considering the advice from widespread consultation with NRL Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Bloomfield, government agencies and other key stakeholders.
Community Rugby League, which involves more than 100,000 grassroots players across NSW, from Under 6s to open age, was due to kick-off on 4 April, but will now be delayed until at least 1 May.
NSWRL’s 13 major competitions, most of which started last weekend, with the exception of junior representative competitions which kicked off in February, have been suspended until 31 May. The later date will allow teams to train and prepare earlier in May if Community Rugby League is cleared to resume.
These competitions include: Canterbury Cup NSW, Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership, Jersey Flegg Cup, Ron Massey Cup, Newcastle Business Plaza Cup, Sydney Shield, UNE SG Ball Cup, Laurie Daley Cup, Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup, UNE Harold Matthews Cup, Andrew Johns Cup, Women’s Country Championships and Men’s Under 23s Country Championships.
In relation to the Canterbury Cup NSW, the NSWRL has decided that given the complexity of travel restrictions, the Warriors should not participate for the rest of the season.
Trodden said: “I have discussed this decision with the Warriors CEO Cameron George and he supports the decision.
“Beyond that we haven’t decided anything with regards to the other suspended competitions.”
“Above all else, our priority is to protect the health and safety of our players, officials, staff and supporters, as well as the broader community,” Trodden said.
“The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to change daily and we are very mindful of the need to be prepared, and take the practical, necessary measures required to maintain hygiene standards.
“At the same time, we also need to remain calm, and not add to any sense of public panic.
“The NSWRL will continue to actively monitor the situation and is committed to making decisions in relation to COVID-19 and its impact on Rugby League activity based on the advice from the Federal Government and other medical experts.
“The NSWRL will continue to provide updates on its position to the football community as the latest information becomes available.”
Thurs 12 Mar, 2020 05:03PM
The NSWRL is continuing to plan on the assumption that all competitions in NSWRL are proceeding as planned.
The NSWRL is closely monitoring information and advice as provided by the Australian Government Department of Health in relation to the coronavirus.
In addition, the NSWRL is in constant contact with the NRL and is following the official NRL Guidelines which are designed to protect the health of the people in our ecosystem and to do our best to assist the broader community effort to slow the spread of the virus.
For the latest advice please visit www.health.gov.au