Frequently asked questions about return to practices:
Q: Any news when the rugby season starts?
A: The season started on Tuesday, June 22nd, for all age brackets U6 to Seniors
Q: How many practices a week and how long is each practice?
A: As of right now, the plan is 2 practices, 1.5 hours/ practice. Minis and Juniors train from 5:30-7:00 PM. Seniors train for 1.5 hours as well, from 7:00-8:30pm at Cairine Wilson secondary school. If we make any changes to practice times/duration, you will be updated as needed.
Q: Can you please tell me how the practices/drills would go in terms of what they would be doing? (since all the restrictions are placed).
A: The restrictions in phase two of Ontario's reopening currently allow for ball-sharing, flag, and touch rugby. The athletes will be working on pass, catch, kick, catch and footwork / agility, as well as game flow through small-sided flag and touch games. They will also be playing lots of games to get to know their teammates. The coaches will work their hardest to keep the younger athletes distanced, but evidently (same as it is in schools) it will be a learning experience for all.
Q: How many people will be at practices?
A: In our current stage of reopening, we no longer have any restrictions on numbers. That said, we expect a maximum of around 30-40 minis and juniors, and 40-50 seniors on any given night.
Q: What are the registration costs?
A: These are the costs for playing this summer. If there is additional training in the fall/winter, there may be some additional costs which will be determined further down the road.
$60 for U6 (athletes born in 2015 and 2016)
$60 for U8 (athletes born in 2013 and 2014)
$60 for U10 (athletes born in 2011 and 2012)
$60 for U12 (athletes born in 2009 and 2010)
$75 for U14 (athletes born in 2007 and 2008)
$100 for U16 (athletes born in 2005 and 2006)
$100 for U18 (athletes born in 2003 and 2004)
$125 for U19 (athletes born 2002 and playing with the senior team)
$125 for University students
$150 for Seniors
Q: When does the season end?
A: Normally for youth it is the end of august, but we will have to reassess this summer given it is a weird pandemic year.
Q: In terms of equipment, I would guess players can have soccer cleats? (no mouth guard is required).
A: No mouth guard is required for youth, as no contact will be done. Some youth like to wear their mouth guards at training just to get the feel of what it is like to play rugby with a mouth guard, but it is absolutely not required at the younger ages. While we are not playing any contact, no mouth guards are needed at any age for now.
Q: Can I stay to watch my children play?
A: Minors and Juniors under the age of 18 can have one spectator/parent on the sidelines during training. Spectators must wear a mask at all times.
Q: What will the groups look like?
A: Based on attendance at each practice, different age bands may be grouped together. We will do our best to adapt to the circumstances and make sure training is still fun and engaging, while continuing to be skill-level appropriate.