What's your take on this letter that's been circulated to all Community Clubs by David Gent.
IMO it's an attempt to provoke clubs into signing up to the Operational rules when it's just about nothing to do with the lads death, what he also fails to say is a16 years old collapsed during a game and died shortly afterwards, it seems everyone at the RFL have forgotten about him.
The difference with this event and the open age death was that the 16 year-old died from an existing medical condition rather than an injury sustained on the field.
I like the including BARLA have approved a draft of the Operational rules, this is a clear lie
SIMPLY BECAUSE B.A.R.L.A. ARE STILL WAITING THE FEED BACK FROM CLUBS, DISTRICTS AND PLAYING LEAGUES
Dear Community Club
As you may be aware the RFL Community Board (including BARLA) recently approved a draft, game wide set of Operational Rules to service the whole of the Community Game. The Board unanimously approved a consultation period and wants all Leagues to approve the adoption of these Rules so that they can come into force in March 2014 for ‘summer’ based leagues and September 2014 for ‘winter’ based leagues.
The background to the creation of these Rules comes from the Coroner’s decision in the unfortunate case of (Players name deleted) deceased in September 2009. In that case the Coroner was highly critical of the fact that there did not appear to be a clear single set of rules that dealt with minimum standards of care, roles and responsibilities and operational matters within the Community Game.
As a result of that finding, the RFL through the Community Board (and including BARLA) concluded that it was not only the right thing to do but that it was imperative to protect Community Game players that one set of rules governing all operational matters setting out roles, responsibilities and minimum standards of levels of care was required.
A draft consultation of these Rules has been sent to all the playing leagues for them to read, consider and feedback. If you would like to view a copy of these then please email firstname.lastname@example.org should you then have any comments please feed these in to a playing league or an RFL Club and Competition Manager.
The formal consultation period with leagues will run from the 16th June until 5pm on the 16th September 2013. The purpose of the consultation is to ensure;
- Each community/amateur league understands the role and purpose of the rules and why they are needed;
- Determine if any alterations are needed to be made to the operational rules to meet the requirements of the league, and;
- Obtain the in principle approval of the league to the operational rules.
Assuming that there is general agreement across the leagues to the operational rules then the Community Board at its 16th October 2013 meeting will approve the one set of operational rules for the Community Game as a whole and the rules will take affect from March 2014 for all community and amateur leagues.
The RFL wishes to meet with every League Management Group to discuss and consider their views on these Rules. These Rules are designed to clarify the wider issues of the Community Game and it is envisaged that each Competition will still have its own specific Competition Rules that sit underneath the Operational Rules in order to allow Competitions to run as normal and maintain their integrity.
Before the various playing leagues accept the operational rules they will call an SGM or use their leagues AGM to inform your participating teams of any changes.
Players name deleted because I wouldn't want to use a death to win brownie points.