It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the cancelation the Wheelchair Rugby National Championships. This joint decision was made with the unanimous support of the USQRA board, City of Rockford, Winnebago County Health Department, Rockford Area Visitors & Convention Bureau and the Rockford Park District.
We would like to thank those organizations along with all of the volunteers that have already helped so much, the volunteers that were registered to help during the tournament and all of our sponsors for all of their support and generosity.
The Winnebago County Health Department and the City of Rockford are suspending non-essential events and gatherings as a way to reduce and prevent community transmission of the Coronavirus or COVID-19. Public events were categorized as gatherings with more than 25 people attending. The UW Health Sports Factory is closed until further notice.
Below is the statement from the USQRA:
Dear USQRA Community,
Over the past several weeks, the Board of Directors of the USQRA has been monitoring the situation with COVID-19, known as the Coronavirus, and how it relates to our ability to safely host the 2020 USQRA National Tournament on March 27-29, 2020. During the last few days, the Board and Nationals host, Oscar Mike, have spent a significant amount of time investigating the recommendations of the CDC and WHO. We also conversed with representatives of local organizations, including the Winnebago County Health Department, the City of Rockford, the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Rockford Park District. The USQRA Board of Directors, in concert with Oscar Mike, decided that we could not in good conscience continue with previous plans to host the upcoming tournament and we have cancelled the 2020 USQRA National Tournament.
The Board would like to assure the athletes and all of those affected by the decision to cancel Nationals; including referees, classifiers, coaches, support staff, volunteers, our supporters and our many generous sponsors, that this decision was not taken lightly. Many of our athletes have compromised respiratory systems, and at no point do we want to be responsible for enabling the possible harm, hospitalization, and in the worst case scenario, potential death of a participant or anyone attending this tournament. In the end, the only right decision to make, in order to keep our athletes and all of those involved with the National Tournament safe, was to cancel the tournament. We will further discuss the future plans for the AGM and the annual awards for members of our league and we will communicate with the league as to what happens next. Please continue to work diligently to stay healthy, and we look forward to returning to the action this fall.
Board of Directors, United States Quad Rugby Association
Please check the FAQ's below as most questions can be answered there. If not, we are more than happy to answer any questions or comments you may have regarding the USQRA National Championship Tournament.
We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Q: Where is the tournament being held?
A: The tournament will be at the UW Health Sports Factory 305 S Madison St, Rockford, IL 61104.
Q: Where do I park for the tournament?
A: Please park at the facility's upper-level parking area.
Q: Where do I go when I arrive?
A: When you enter the Sports Factory follow the signs to "Registration".
Q: What should I wear?
A: As a volunteer you will be given an awesome custom shirt for the event which you can pick up at the registration table when you arrive.
Q: I don't know the first thing about wheelchair rugby - can I still volunteer?
A: Of course! Most of what you will be doing is simple/self explanatory. If your assignment requires further explanation we will provide adequate training and you will never be stationed alone.
Q: Will I be able to take breaks during my shift?
A: You bet! You will always be working as part of a team and your breaks can be coordinated within your group.
Q: Is food available at the tournament?
A: There is an awesome restaurant right onsite called Owly-Oop Sports Pub
Q: What if I can not make a shift, will be late, or need to leave early?
A: Please contact the volunteer coordinator Karole Sellers at 262-383-0841. Texting is preferred.
Q: What is the transportation set-up?
A: Transportation is provided for a to/from the airport and to/from hotel and tournament venue. Additionally each team will have an accessible vehicle at their disposal for running errands or sight seeing.
Q: What hotels are available for the tournament?
A: Hotel blocks are with The Marriott Rockford and The Hampton Inn Rockford.
Q: Where do I stow my chair and equipment during the tournament?
A: Each team will have a secure area where all gear can be stowed during the weekend. The area will be cordoned off and a security team will be in place.
Q: How do meals work?
A: Lunch is provided to registered players each day. Players are on their own for breakfast and dinner. There is a full service restaurant on site at the tournament facility as well.
Q: Can I bring a guest to the banquet?
A: All banquet guests must be pre-registered and ticketed. There is no fee, but it is important that we have an accurate attendance count.
Q: Is there a dress code for the banquet?
A: It is come as you are, just make sure to wash your hands first.
Q: Will there be massage services available?
A: There will be two massage stations set-up during tournament play. Reservations are required and sign-up is available on-site each day.
Q: What is the livestream link to share with others or to watch the action afterwards?
A: Links and info will be added soon.
Q: Who can attend the tournament and what is the price of admission?
A: The tournament is open to the public and free to attend. There will be a fan table where you can get noisemakers and create signs to cheer on the athletes.
Q: Is food available at the tournament?
A: There is an awesome restaurant right onsite called Owly-Oop Sports Pub.
Q: What is there to do between game play?
A: Glad you asked - there will be a vendor village set-up where you can browse the offerings from sponsors and local sellers.