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)
We are now ready to commence registration through the Ebb Tide Rugby Club. The 2019-20 year runs from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.
Rugby Canada registration begins from the home site and the member login option at the top
Bid on these great Silent Auction items:
- BBQ Basket
- Brazil Training Jersey
- Dunlop Golf Driver
- Taylormade Golf Bag
- Hogan Golf Balls
- Thai Elephants
Early Bird registration is $65 per player includes:
Shamble Format (see below)
9 Holes of Golf
Late Registration after August 3rd is $70 per player
To register your foursome or as a single player contact Dave Valentine
A shamble is a type of golf tournament that combines elements of a scramble with elements of regular stroke play. Like in a scramble, all members of a team tee off and the best ball of the four tee shots is selected. All players move their balls to the spot of the best ball. From this point, the hole is played out at stroke play, with all members of the team playing their own ball into the hole.
Ebb Tide RFC 2019 Annual General Meeting
Windsor Park on May 23rd @ 7:00pm after practice
This is your opportunity to determine the direction of the Club. Plan on attending the meeting, present your motions to the floor for a membership vote. Nominate a club member or be nominated for a position on the executive and make a difference. We are stronger with full engagement of the membership.
There will be elections of executive members for the following positions: President, Field Director, Quartermaster, Director at Large, Registrar & Captain
MOMENTS OF GLORIOUSNESS AT EBB TIDE FINAL SEASON GAME
Ebb Tide and Snow Caps face-off in Knock-on Challenge
Leadership at the highest levels always sets the tone for the troops and performance. So when old-boys referee Pierre Lachetti left his whistle at home, the conditions were ripe for an afternoon of what resembled rugby. No worries though, some chap just happened to have a spare whistle in his pocket…