COVID-19 Info and FAQs

The COVID-19 global pandemic has dramatically impacted community sports and how we safely return to play – rugby is certainly no exception. The Crusaders Rugby Club’s Return to Play (RTP) plan has been approved by Rugby Ontario and as such, the club will operate within Rugby Ontario’s Return to Play and Rugby Canada’s Return to Play plans, in addition to the province and the Halton Region’s guidelines. Therefore the club will only be offering rugby activities and programming that is compliant with those guidelines, including no/limited contact requirements, group size limitations and social distancing requirements.

As defined in our approved RTP plan, the club has instituted a number of COVID-19 related protocols to ensure the safety of our players and our community, including changes to training plans, group sizes, schedules, traffic flow through the club and grounds, clubhouse and equipment cleaning and sanitization, emergency action plans and more.

The 2021/2022 Fees anticipate no contact rugby in 2021/2022. In the event that contact rugby is permitted in 2021, Rugby Canada, Rugby Ontario and the club will offer an “upgrade” option to enable members to be insured for contact rugby.

Our program this year will have three goals:
  1. Allow players of all ages to get outdoors, get some exercise and socialize in as safe a sporting environment as we can establish.
  2. Teach the Sport of Rugby: allow players to understand how to run/catch/pass/offload, develop their ability to make decisions on and off the ball, and develop individual skills.
  3. For new families/players: learn a bit about a great global game in which Canada is a very successful nation, learn about the opportunities in rugby both contact and non-contact, and learn about the pathways and the wonderful opportunities the sport provides.

Key Info

  • There will be no travel for rugby for the foreseeable future. All activities will be at Crusaders Park on 9th Line in Oakville to start. As the light fades, we may need to find additional fields, however most activities will be at Cru Park.
  • The changerooms are closed. You must attend the park dressed for participation. Washroom facilities will be open.
  • Bring your own water.
  • Rugby in 2021 will likely be non-contact with brief breaches allowed, including a touch on the hip or flag pull to indicate a tackle and immediate retreat to an offside line.
  • This is new for all of us and some patience will be required of the volunteers and the club.
  • Not everyone will be comfortable returning to sport and each circumstance is unique – and that’s okay. Peoples’ comfort level may change and again, that’s okay – we welcome everyone as and when they are ready.
  • Programming and Return to Play protocols may change depending on changes by the provincial government and local health authorities. We will follow the rules.
  • Competition may come after the initial RTP phase. It will be a “House League” format within the club.
  • The Club will be in need of volunteers to help facilitate sessions. Please reach out to your head coach if you can help out.

FAQs

What Phase of Rugby Ontario’s Staged Return to Play will we be in?

We will enter the Phase that corresponds with our regional colour code.

Do I have to attend every session?

No, come to the sessions you wish. Just indicate attendance in advance via Sportlomo and ensure you have completed your daily COVID-19 attestation via Sportlomo.

Has the training schedule changed?

Yes. Some age groups have moved from their established days/times/pitches to facilitate the extra space we need. Please see the schedule below. Note that session durations will change as we progress through RTP stages.

Do I need to ‘sign in’ online before attending a session?

Yes, you will need to complete a COVID-19 attestation through Sportlomo before attending each training session.

I accidentally “failed” the COVID attestation form on Sportlomo. What do I do?

If a player answers the attestation forms incorrectly there is an option to ‘RETAKE” the attestation.

Who cleans the equipment?

The coaching staff and parent volunteers will clean all equipment.

What equipment will be used?

Rugby balls, for the time being, and additional equipment as permitted by RTP guidelines.

What do I wear?

Ideally rugby/soccer cleats, black rugby shorts and black socks. All of these can be purchased at Soccer World in Oakville.

Can I just wear regular shorts, t-shirt, running shoes for this year?

Yes. As it’s non-contact, no problem.

Are there tryouts for Rugby?

No, you just sign up and come along. The requirements are ‘interest in learning’ and ‘having a great time’.

How will the club stay in touch with me?

Updates will be sent via email, Facebook and Instagram.

Will there be any competition?

Yes, as we progress through the RTP stages, we expect to run a “house league” touch rugby competition, primarily on Saturdays.

Returning to Cru Park Video

Starring Kevin Brenders, Director of Junior Rugby

A quick video explainer on what to expect upon arrival at the park, where to drop-off/pick-up, your COVID-19 attestations and more… Kevin demystifies it all for you in a spellbinding solo performance.

Training/Play Schedule

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