Winter/Spring weather is highly variable, with cold weather being our enemy early on. We will train and play hard, we will end up on the ground, we will get wet and muddy. Players MUST bring a change of dry warm clothing to practices and matches, and something to keep it dry in. That means a sturdy bag, sweatpants, sweatshirt/jacket, a change of t-shirt and socks. This is a player responsibility.
Spring and Summer
Virginia springs and summers can be brutal, with heat and humidity, and with severe weather arising quickly. The Fort Hunt Rugby coaching staff has this in mind at all times, and will constantly adjust our training and matches to the weather we face. Safety is our #1 priority.
We may practice on code yellow, orange and red days; it is the responsibility of parents/guardians to make decisions regarding an individual player’s susceptibility to heat injuries (and inform all coaches of same).
If practicing or playing in summer heat, coaches will make adjustments to all drills and play, will increase break times, increase water intake, and scale back or cancel activities if needed.
Weather Calls for Training and Games
We will both train and play in the heat, cold or rain. Teams we will play all have different standards and field restrictions, so we all have to be flexible. Our primary notification for weather calls will be through email, and we will post notices to this website and the club Facebook page.
For all practices, we will attempt to make a weather call early enough for players and parents to adjust--please monitor your phone messages, phone texts, and email.
For summer training, we will make a call no later than 5:00pm for days when weather and/or field closures are a factor. We will notify everyone with a mass email to the club, and will post the same info to the top of our splash page.
You can always check the Fairfax County Parks Authority field status, by calling 703-324-5264 or by clicking here
. That will not provide info on our decisions on training and games, but if the field is closed, you can assume practice is off.
We practice in the rain, just as we will play matches in the rain. We are playing rugby, after all. We are dependent, however, on our Fairfax County Parks Authority fields and field closures, so we may be rained out due to their determinations, with which we will abide.
to check on Fairfax County Parks Authority field closures; our summer field is Collingwood Park #4.
All training and play stops immediately if thunder or lightning is detected. This is non-negotiable.
All club members--players and parents alike--will follow coaches’ directions and take appropriate shelter under grounded structures or in automobiles, and not on the field/under trees. The 20-minute clock begins, and resets for each instance of lightning and/or thunder. If 20 minutes elapses without thunder or lightning, coaches may make the decision to resume training or play.
For lightning/thunder situations, the senior Fort Hunt Rugby coach on-site is in charge, and all players AND attending adults/spectators must abide by the coach's decision.
Weather Notification: The coach will send out an email as soon as a weather cancellation has been made. This will post to the splash page or this website, and will be on the club Facebook page.