Remember our huge discussion of transgender players in women’s rugby last september? You can see it (and related posts) here.
I’m bringing it back today because I received the following comment on the original post …
Hi y’all Kate Jr here…
Sorry I didn’t know about this thread last year, I was playing rugby, and not doing all that much surfing. I think someone on the team mentioned it, but I was probably recovering from a nasty tackle or something around that time in Sept.
For those of you who don’t know me I am a very proud member of the Washington Furies, a new Referee for the PSRFR (just passed the test last week…yay!) and a former (but proud) member of the Austin Valkyries. I support USA Women’s Rugby at every opportunity.
I AM a MTF rugger, and have played with and partied with MANY of you over the past 4-5 years at any of a dozen-or-so tournaments or development weekends.
Here are THE official rules…and if anyone needs to know more they can contact me.
1) USA Rugby follows the USOC and IRB follows the IOC (the US and International Olympic Committee) on eligibility for transsexual athletes.
2) USOC defers to the IOC for it’s rules
3) The IOC ruled on May 17th, 2004 that transsexual athletes must meet the following 3 requirements to participate in the athletics they govern. All athletics follow the same guideline.
a) The athlete must have legally changed their gender, and it must be recognized by their country’s government (i.e. change to the legal docs like passports, social security and the like to go from ‘M’ to ‘F’)
b) The athlete must have completed sexual reassignment surgery, and have a letter from their doctor to support this fact.
c) The athlete must complete two years of post-operative hormone replacement therapy under medical supervision.
4) USA Rugby requires the following in order for the athlete to participate:
a) The athlete must provide proof of legal gender change (copy of drivers license, passport, or other such documents should suffice)
b) The athlete must provide proof of completed SRS (I sent my doctors letter as certification)
c) The athlete must wait until at least the 2nd anniversary of their SRS date to participate in Rugby under their reassigned-gender.
5) Once the requirements are met, there are NO LIMITATIONS on the events the athlete may participate in. Once eligible, they may progress to any level of play…It is worthy to note that there are players at the international level on southern hemisphere teams who have completed this process.
Unfortunately, due to various physiological reasons it is not possible for pre-op athletes of either birth gender to play in their selected gender do to advantages/disadvantages gained via the primary sex hormones.
If you need to know anything else, just ask. I am always willing to help respectful ruggers understand the process, and the reasoning behind the IOC decision.
I thought this was informative and wanted to share it with you. Further thoughts?