Why has Community Rugby League been postponed?
The National Rugby League (NRL), in partnership with State governing bodies (NSWRL, NRLVIC, NRLSA, NRLWA, NRLNT & QRL) has postponed community rugby league in Australia until at least the first weekend of June. This decision has been informed by advice from Government and relevant Health organisations with view to stopping the spread of COVID-19 virus.
The postponement includes all junior and senior community club rugby league competitions, training, gala days and League Stars.
Note: any commencement date will be continually reviewed in line with advice from relevant state jurisdictions.
When will Community Rugby League commence?
At this point in time the postponement applies through to the first weekend in June. The postponement includes all junior and senior community club rugby league competitions, training, gala days and League Stars.
We will continue to review this position when the advice from the relevant health and government authorities deem it safe to do so. Please refer to your relevant State organisation for competition specific details.
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 circumstances allow, to ensure their officials are appropriately accredited and assigned before season start.
Do we need to register Team Nominations?
If your Club can nominate teams, please do. We also recognise that many of the volunteers who perform this role in their clubs may be affected by the current circumstances; therefore, team nominations are not essential at this time.
It is envisaged there will be lead times regarding team nomination process as will as other competition requirements including accreditation.
Please refer to State Organisations and Associations for specific time frames regarding the team nomination process.
Who will set-up teams & competitions in MySideline?
More information will be provided once a final decision to resume competitions is confirmed. For now, please refer to your league’s guidelines to prepare for this advice.
Can volunteers still get accredited?
The majority of accreditation with an on-line component are still available and we encourage coaches and sports trainers to complete these components of their courses provided their current 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.
Can a referee re-accredit during this period ?
Delivery of courses with a face-to-face component have been suspended until further notice. Those 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
Our partners in Safety Education, Sports Medicine Australia, announced on the 19 March the suspension of all face-to-face delivery until further notice, please click here for the SMA statement. Participants already enrolled in courses are still able to complete the online component. Please follow the relevant links on the SMA website to access online education opportunities.
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 facility maintenance that may get overlooked during early season demands.
Any activity that does take place should be performed with strict adherence to Government guidelines on personal hygiene and social distancing.
The majority of online education courses also remain available and provide an opportunity for volunteers to stay connected to the game. Go to learn.playrugbyleague.com
The Play Rugby League Coaches Resource Centre also has 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 wants to continue playing?
The decision to postpone all competitions, training, gala days and programs announced on the 18 March applies across all States and Territories. Under no circumstances should a League continue to play until further advice has been provided from their relevant State League.
Are individual clubs able to continue training? And can we play intra-club matches?
The decision to postpone all competitions, training, gala days and programs announced on the 18 March applies across all States and Territories.
Under no circumstances should a Club, Coach or team continue to train or conduct intra-club matches until further advice has been provided from their relevant League.
Will Community Competitions commence this season?
We remain optimistic that Community Competitions may commence again in 2020, however we will only do so when the relevant health and government authorities deem it safe to do so. Unfortunately, due to the critical travel and health restrictions imposed to help stop the spread of COVID-19, a number of state-wide competitions and events have had to be cancelled. Please refer to your relevant State organisation for competition specific details.
What happens if the situation hasn't improved by June?
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 change in the current position based on new information 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 are advised the season will be cancelled?
We are continually monitoring the evolving situation, and the intention is to commence Community Competitions when the advice deems it is safe and appropriate. Please note it is possible some parts of Australia may have restrictions lifted earlier than others, this may mean some Competitions may re-commence earlier than others.
Any changes to the current return to play time frames will be updated in June and will be communicated to stakeholders.
Will Club's be offering refunds?
As it is the intention to run Competitions at the earliest opportunity the advice deems safe and appropriate, we recommend Clubs hold registrations fees paid to this point.
Clubs will be better positioned to make decisions on registration fees once competition length and number of games played is confirmed.
What happens with the Sports Vouchers, our Club has already utilised the funds?
For impacts to State Sports Vouchers, please consult your local State Sporting Voucher Provider
What should Community Clubs who have financial agreements in place with coaches, players and game day staff do in regard to payments?
We encourage Clubs who have financial agreements in place with Coaches, Players and any game day support staff to hold discussions with these members and negotiate a solution in good faith that accounts for the significant financial impact Clubs are experiencing.
What should clubs do who have lease agreements in place for their facilities?
We encourage clubs who have financial agreements in place with Councils, Committees or other stakeholders to have discussions with these members and negotiate a solution in good faith that accounts for the significant financial impact Clubs are experiencing.
Should Clubs continue to take registrations?
There is no reason why participants can't continue to register. Once we are able to recommence competitions, we want all participants to be ready to train and play.
If clubs do not want to take payments at this time there are two options for clubs:
1. Change the status of products to online payment required = no. This will enable participants to register without paying. Note: participants may still pay if they chose to
2. Change the status of all products to “Closed”. This will enable an expression of interest form. You can then contact participants later to register
If I do choose to register, should I pay the registrations fee?
We encourage participants to enquire with their respective Clubs on payment of registration fees at this time. Please be aware due to their individual circumstances, Club volunteers may not be able to respond in the normal timeframe.
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.
June 30th has been the cut-off date for registration and accreditation requirements. Will this still be the case?
We will continue to consult with the State Leagues and their affiliates. We will decide the approach once competition commencement dates have been confirmed.
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.
Will the NRL turn off Registrations and Transfers if Community Rugby League is postponed to a later date?
The MySideline System will remain open for clubs and associations to take registrations and manage their participants. If Participants or Administrators need assistance using MySideline they can go to www.support.playrugbyleague.com
Will PlayRugbyLeague Support continue?
What will happen to Play Rugby League Rewards?
As there are no NRL Premiership Matches available, Play Rugby League Rewards are currently not active.
Can I Still purchase equipment on the PlayRugbyLeague Shop?
Due to Covid-19, we have suspended the PlayRugbyLeague Shop. Along with our suppliers, we will continue to monitor the situation and will advise clubs and associations once the PlayRugbyLeague shop is re-activated.
Are there any other helpful sites?
The State bodies have been pro-active in keeping their stakeholders informed. If you’re still looking for further information please go to your respective State body website.
Where can I find out more about Covid19?
The Australian Governments Department of Health is a reliable source of information relating to Covid19. Click here to access this information.
For all ongoing updates regarding the coronavirus pandemic.