Happy New Year/Hogmanay Ebb Tiders!
For some, this email will be a reminder but for the rest us here’s an update on what’s happening with BCRU and getting back to running around again.
BCRU indicated back in December, in response to PHO restrictions, that Phase 3 resumption (touch rugby practices) will not occur until later in January or sometime in February. Keeping fingers on the pulse, the exec anticipates, realistically, a February restart (so there’s still at least three weeks for personal training to get fit ready for when we get back to it). Another update will be emailed out as soon as confirmation is received from BCRU to resume practice touch sessions… In the meantime, keep an ear to the Facebook page and the website for changes and more information as it becomes available.
Here's to looking at the try line in the coming weeks and cheers!
Chris - Vice President
Ongoing issues with the Rugby Canada and Sportlomo web platforms have delayed registration for the rugby restart. Therefore, the first run is scheduled for Friday September 18 @ 5:30 at Bullen Park. But before then here are the steps that need to be taken:
- Darren will get the RC & Sportlomo sites functioning properly for our club
- Darren will prepare an e-mail to members explaining the new process with links to get started
- Members have to register BEFORE 5:30pm on Friday September 18
- Members will also have to do the COVID attestation BEFORE 5:30pm on Friday September 18, you will get instructions on how to do this
Please have another look at the e-mail sent out on September 2 with details about how the runs will be conducted.
Thanks for your patience and cooperation.
COVID-19 has had a major impact on all our lives, including on our rugby club, our members, and their families. It has been a rough sea to navigate during an everchanging situation. BC Rugby and by association the Ebb Tide Rugby Football Club has had to shut down all rugby related activities including practices and social events, considering the risk of infection transmission and potential severity of the COVID-19 virus.
Now that we are in August and the risk of infectious transmission remains relatively low, BC Rugby has been working to reintroduce rugby into our club lives again. This endeavor is not being taken lightly. BC Rugby developed a plan in accordance with viaSport’s Return to Sport Guidelines that has been approved by Rugby Canada. Each club must receive sanctioning by BC Rugby to restart playing rugby.
This return to rugby will be a multi-phase plan. It will be some time before we both return to practices and the inter league games that we are used to. We will be starting slow with attention to safety and reducing the risk of spreading the virus between players, and by extension to their family, friends, and work colleagues. More details about BC Rugby Return to Rugby plan can be found at http://www.bcrugby.com/returntorugby/. We will as a club provide more details going forward.
Currently, the club wants to know how you feel about Return to Rugby for the Ebb Tide Rugby Club. The purpose of the following survey will help accomplish that. The final goal is to help us develop our plans and how we communicate to our members.
Please answer honestly and we understand there might be varying answers.
The link to the SurveyMonkey survey is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/59B9YGW
Ebb Tide RFC COVID-19 Safety Coordinator
Hopefully we can return to normalcy next year with a face to face AGM meeting, but the electronic approach did the job for this year.
In all, 16 members voted and they were unanimous on both items. So, the Treasurer’s report is adopted and the draft society bylaws were approved. Our application to register as a society under the Societies Act has been approved so we are now officially the Ebb Tide Rugby Football Club.
No new nominations were received for the executive positions that were up for election, so here is your 2020 executive:
- President: Glen Okrainetz
- Vice President: Chris Poulton
- Secretary: David Knox
- Treasurer: Aaron Cook
- Quartermaster: Dave McMordie
- Registrar: Darren Kovacs
- Fields: Murk Toorenburgh
- Social: Mike Joss
- Director at Large (Fundraising): Dave Valentine
- Captain: Paul Eby
We look forward to serving the interests of club members in the coming year.
On behalf of the club, I would like to thank Jim Capron, Dave Millard and Tim Walshaw for the service they provide in their executive roles.
Yours in rugby
While there has not been any rugby on the pitch, there are many things going on behind the scenes as we prepare to return to play in the fall in the midst of a pandemic.
Return to Play
Rugby Canada approved a Return To Play Strategy and handed over responsibility for implementing it to provincial rugby unions. You can find a copy of the Strategy and a whole lot more related information on the BCRU website: https://www.bcrugby.com/
Here is the short story:
- There are 5 phases to the Strategy
- We are gearing up for the third Phase: Rugby Restarted. This will allow us to play touch rugby with some adjustments. It is scheduled to run from September to December but the start date is subject to the state of the COVID pandemic.
- Rugby Reinvented is the fourth phase and is scheduled to start in January and would allow for inter-club games of either touch or low-contact rugby.
- Every club must do a risk assessment and prepare a COVID Safety Management Plan; ours is nearly final.
- BCRU must approve the Plan and as a club we can only undertake the activities described in the Plan.
June 19, 2020 – Langford, BC:
As Rugby Canada and all Provincial Member Unions continue to move towards a return to play, the working group provided further updates on the process:
‘Rugby Return to Play’ document
The national Rugby ‘Return to Play’ guidelines were approved by the Rugby Canada Board of Directors earlier today and will be distributed to all Provincial Rugby Unions. In conjunction, the national suspension of sanctioned rugby activities has been lifted.
The lifting of the suspension does not signify an automatic return to play across the country. Each Provincial Union will now incorporate the guidelines into their planning and apply to their provincial health authorities for approval for rugby to return in an appropriate and safe way. In early stages, this will involve modifications to regular training and/or games.
The regulations and guidelines at the Provincial level will ultimately drive the timelines for when a return to play is possible.
Normally the AGM would be held in June but due to the COVID pandemic it will be deferred to a later date while executive examine options to safely encourage attendance and participation by members.
One of the key activities during the AGM is the election of officers to the executive. The executive meets monthly. This year the five positions up for election are:
2 year appointments
- Vice-President: responsible for scheduling, liaising with other PANORU clubs and internal communications to members
- Treasurer: oversees all financial transactions, maintains financial records, and prepares budget forecasts for executive; an accounting background is useful but not necessary
- Social Director: responsible for organizing hostings at home games and coordinating the holding of other social events such as the golf tournament and Christmas party
- Secretary: records minutes at executive meetings, maintains records and documents
1 year appointment:
- Captain: leads the club on game day and at practices, and is the only player to speak to the referee during games
This year, Dave Millard (VP), Jim Capron (Treasurer) and Tim Walshaw (Social) have indicated that they will not be standing for re-election. On behalf of the club, I thank them for their service and contributions over the years. However, this means we do need members to step forward and fill these roles.
Dave Knox (Secretary) and Paul Eby (Captain) have indicated their willingness to stand for re-election, but any other club members are welcome to stand for these positions as well.
If you are interested in any of these five positions, or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me or any executive member.
The annual awards get together has been postponed until we are able to have a proper social gathering. Cancellation remains possible, if restrictions remain in place for an extended period. Please make arrangements to return trophies to Paul so we are ready to go when the circumstances allow.
In light of the suspension of the current season, and the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming season. All members will only be asked to pay Social member dues of $50 for the 2020/2021 season. Dues are payable anytime between now and August 31, 2020. When players are allowed back on the pitch, we will pro-rate the player dues accordingly for the balance of the season. We have not received any direction from Rugby Canada on registration for the 2020/2021 season.
If you have any questions or concerns about any issue to do with the club, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss. I hope you and your families stay healthy and safe during these unusual times.
Yours in rugby
Yesterday, Rugby Canada informed all Provincial Rugby Unions that the Board of Directors had approved extending the current suspension on all Rugby Canada sanctioned activities indefinitely. They are committed to reviewing this no later than June 30, 2020.
For clarity, “Rugby Canada sanctioned activities” include all in-person registered participant team training sessions; all in-person match official & coach training & education courses; all inter-provincial, club, domestic & international tours. The only exception to the suspension are the national senior teams and players to whom the suspension will not apply; provided that they train only with the approval and supervision of Rugby Canada’s Chief Medical Officer, and subject to ongoing guidance from the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee and public health agencies.
To read Rugby Canada's announcement of this decision, go to: https://rugby.ca/en
BC Rugby Board is meeting on April 8 and will consider the implications of this indefinite extension, with the latest advice from Federal and Provincial Governments. I will follow that meeting with a communication to provide an update on any decisions made.
Now that weather is getting better training sessions return to Bullen Park for the Spring unless otherwise posted here or on Facebook
5:30 pm at Bullen Park next Esquimalt Recreation Centre
To see if Bullen is open or closed, click here to check the field status.
Changeroom #4 in Arena
527 Fraser Street, Esquimalt BC
Beverages to follow at the Gorge Pointe Pub
This event has been cancelled
To support all of our club and outreach activities we need to reach outside our membership and encourage all our friends to join us. Get your friends together and form as many rinks as possible. More the merrier, all are welcome, no experience necessary, just alot of fun and sillness on the ice. Singles, couples, foursomes we will help match you up with curlers.
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Esquimalt Curling Club
It is time to get "Dressed UP" and take that "Special Person " in your Life out to our Annual Christmas Dinner at the Golf Club.
The Ebb Tones are taking a much deserved night off and Steve has spared "No Expense" to find us the best bar bands in town, "The Groove Diggers".
- Cocktails at 6:00 pm,
- Dinner at 7:00 pm
- Click here to open Event Poster (pdf format)