Recent communication from Rugby Canada indicates that reinstatement of rugby related activities may soon be possible.
However, as you can expect in these difficult times, Rugby Canada’s “Return to Play” protocols are going to place additional requirements on the clubs and require additional efforts from board members, coaches, and volunteers.
What we know:
What does it mean?
As most are aware, by the time we can return to play the normal minis, U13, and U15 seasons would be wrapping up. The U16 and U18 seasons would normally be about to start. However, with the loss of the high school season, the fitness of the athletes that would normally play in these leagues will be suboptimal. It will take a tremendous amount of effort to get rolling this year. We have not heard of there will be any effort to have minis, U13s or U15s play in a summer season.
For the adults, it has been discussed about extending the season later into fall to try and recapture some of the weekends lost during this shutdown. This might be possible for the men’s team but will not work for women - although the Canadian university sports organization body (U-Sports) has already cancelled fall athletic competitions, it is expected that most women will be returning to university (fingers crossed) at the end of August for the new school year, which doesn’t leave a lot of time.
For juniors, it is expected that Fall 7’s will be fielded as usual.
The CRU previously indicated (March 27, 2020) that it was their intent to start regular season games within two weeks of getting approval to return to play. I have not received any follow up information.
There has been no indication that there will be any break in fees from the upper rugby organization levels, e.g. Rugby Canada, Rugby Alberta, CRU. This constitutes approx. 50% of the fees paid, around $90 for minis up to about $280 for adults.
I’ll let everyone know as more information becomes available.
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