There will be rain

Since it will be soggy conditions, we don’t want to tear up the freshly seeded tidal basin pitch. We’ll play on the mall just outside of Smithsonian metro stop tomorrow. No one is enforcing permits, but there is a chance the park rangers will enforce the “no cleats” rule and we’ll have a fun barefoot run.

It’s going to be a little chilly and wet. Hopefully not too wet. Prepare yourself

We’re Back!

Everything has been happening so quickly the last couple weeks. As most people saw, the CDC issued new guidance for vaccinated people. Our DC mayor made an announcement that most restrictions will be relaxed starting May 21. Best of all, an informal poll revealed that our touch community is head and shoulders above the average regarding vaccination. You could say the safest place you’d be is to play with us all day every day.

With all this good news we’re opening back up, no limits. I encourage vaccination. But more importantly I encourage everyone to review their individual situation and risk before coming to play. We will play Wednesdays at 5:30 and Saturdays at 9:30. I’ll post the day before on this site to confirm, but with summer knocking on the door I don’t see any cancellation due to weather. Our current favorite field is undergoing some rejuvenation, so the field choice may rotate a little each week. I’ll post that here as well.

There are some old faces I’m looking forward to seeing soon, and we’re always excited to make new friends. Play on!

State of Rugby

What a long strange year it’s been. Although in many ways it doesn’t seem that long ago that this whole pandemic started. 

Last year around this time we took a well-considered hiatus from play.  As the months passed, we understood more about who was most at risk and how to prevent spreading the virus.  We decided to start playing again on a more limited basis.  The goal was to still get some fun and exercise without anyone succumbing to the virus.  The best system we devised was to play with limited numbers, and use a sign-up sheet so that we could track and trace in the event anyone did contract COVID.  Sadly, to keep numbers down we determined it was best not to widely advertise this revival.  The downside of this was that we couldn’t actively recruit new involvement, and we couldn’t always accommodate everyone that wanted to play on any given Saturday.  With all the uncertainty and the limited play, the website updates essentially went away.

As I look around it seems like there are more and more indications of life getting back to normal.  I myself have just gotten vaccinated, as have many others.  Current official reports say about 30% of DC residents have at least one shot.  On the other hand, the outbreak is not entirely under control.  In the District alone there are currently about 17 cases per 100,000 people per day, and accompanying deaths.

With all this in mind, I want to put this notice out for all those that are exploring DC touch for the first time, as well as all the old-timers that have been waiting for “official” news.  Our position right now is trying to balance opening up with being responsible.  Things are changing week by week, and we are trying to keep this balance the best we can. There are still restrictions on sports and gathering size in the District, so for the time being we will still proceed with limited numbers by sign up in the short term.  As more people within the touch community are vaccinated, I envision we can move to wide open play without sign up in the near future.

I anticipate some restriction changes soon, and as always we’ll continue to take cues from the departments of health.  With everyone’s diligence hopefully we can put this pandemic well behind us. Stay safe.  Have fun.  See you on the field. 

In the meantime, stay tuned for more updates. Feel free to message through the website for any specific questions.

J

Director of Talent and Development – Ian Reinert

Ian “The-Ref” Reinert is great at bringing new people into the game. His patience in explaining the rules & giving demonstrations to newcomers really helps get them involved.

This is such an important part of DC Touch as we’re open to people of all abilities – everyone is welcome & should feel included.

Under Ian’s wing I’m sure the group will continue to grow and bring together rugby enthusiasts & novices from around the world who now call DC home.

G

Social Secretary – Nick Purvis

Nick “Back-Yo’self” Purvis’ British accent and youthful enthusiasm has been an instant hit at DC Touch.

Hype man Nick always brings the party so it was a no-brainer that he take over organizing the social side of things.

We posed the question; would he rather become DC Touch Social Secretary or get punched in the face by Mike Tyson? You can guess which one he chose. (sorry, in-joke)

Nick has lots of fun ideas already so I know you’re in great hands.

G

And one more for good measure:

Equipment Specialist – Ryan Kelley

Ryan “Never-Too-Late-To-Learn-How-To-Skateboard” Kelley, aka mustache #2, never fails to leave us in his dust….. or take his shirt off.

He’s just so damn fast, and so damn cool, we had to have him on our board!

A regular at DC Touch for at least a year, Ryan will be the one to blame for all smooth balls & crooked sidelines going forward.

Good luck Ryan!

G

Chief Operating Officer – Josh Kube

Mustache #1 belongs to our main man, Josh “No-T-shirt-Survives-The-Scissors” Kube.

Josh joined about a year ago and quickly became a fan favorite. If I was handing out awards for most improved, he’d be the winner, however instead I just decided to hand him the reins of DC Touch.

Josh is the boss – his word is the law. I have no doubt that his leadership will be just what DC Touch needs to get you guys back in business once this whole pandemic thing plays out.

You got this Josh!

G