At Markham Irish, nothing is more important than player safety. As a sport, rugby progresses from non-contact mini rugby to the extremely physical version played at the highest levels. It is the physical and mental challenge that rugby provides that makes it such a great sport. With these challenges there is always a risk of injury, but by focusing on safety and working with our governing bodies, we try to mitigate this as much as possible. Some of these safety protocols include:
-Tailoring physical aspects to the appropriate age group. (tackle is not introduced until u12)
-Trained coaches that focus on technique, timing, body position and self-protection
-Trained physio at all games and practices
-Health and Safety coordinator as an Executive Board position
-Strict adherence to Rowan's Law for concussion management, as well as implementing the new Blue Card protocols
-Elevating player safety above winning in all Club and coaching decisions
Markham Irish are committed to following all relevant Covid-19 protocols as updated from time to time. As of November 15, as per Rugby Ontario, all participants in Rugby Ontario Sanctioned activities will be required to be vaccinated or provide proof of approved exemption. We recognize that this may cause some inconvenience but recognize the necessity to limit the spread of the virus.