BC Rugby’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy comes into effect on October 27, 2021 – here is the easiest and quickest way to upload your proof of vaccination status to Sportlomo.
All BC Rugby Members aged 12+ intending to participate in sanctioned Rugby activity will need to submit proof of vaccination. Any participant aged 19+ will have to submit Government-issued photo ID along with proof of vaccination. All participants must give consent for BC Rugby to record their vaccination verification. Once your documents have been uploaded to Sportlomo and approved, Members will receive confirmation and BC Rugby will delete the uploaded files. Click on the below links for a more detailed step-by-step guide on how to upload proof of vaccination status to Sportlomo and for examples of accepted documentation depending where you were vaccinated - within BC, another province or another country.
This coming Tuesday, the BC Rugby Board will meet and consider approving a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy to be in effect as of October 27, 2021. The draft policy proposes that all participants aged 12 and over must be fully vaccinated to participate in any in-person rugby activity. This will apply to players, coaches, officials, team staff and volunteers but excludes spectators. A process will be provided for people wishing to apply for an exemption to be fully vaccinated based on medical or religious belief or creed grounds.
This policy is being considered to ensure the safety of both the rugby community and the general public. It also supports the practical adherence to the variety of vaccination mandates for indoor and outdoor activities that are being introduced and modified at the provincial, regional and sub-regional level. Additionally, should the Board approve this policy, we will be able to review BC's Return to Rugby policy and reduce some of the processes and restrictions imposed with all 12yrs+ participants being fully vaccinated.
We have worked with Rugby Canada and Sportlomo to provide several options for Clubs and participants to comply with this policy. To learn more about how this policy will be implemented, BC Rugby will host two, 90-min Zoom townhalls on Wednesday, October 13 at 4pm, and again at 7pm. Club registrars/administrators and Clubs' COVID Safety Officers are strongly encouraged to attend. The meeting will be recorded and distributed.
Please register in advance to attend:
- Vaccine Mandate Townhall #1 - Wednesday, October 13 @ 4pm: Zoom registration link
- Vaccine Mandate Townhall #2 - Wednesday, October 13 @ 7pm: Zoom registration link
Ultimately, any 12yr+ participant who has not provided proof of being fully vaccinated by October 27 will have their registration status switched to 'approval pending' and will not be permitted to participate until they can comply with policy or receive an exemption.
Glen O - President Ebb Tide RFC
Now that the summer training sessions are over we return to Bullen Park for the Fall
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
Our COVID-19 playing rules remain in effect until such a time as Phase 4 comes into play.
As a reminder:
- play is 6-aside
- entrance to and exit from the field is from “gates” on the side line
- hand sanitizer used before entering and exiting play, and attestation are still required
- your Rugby Canada registration must be completed before playing, so please ensure your registration for 2020/2021 is still valid and if not, please register sooner than later – here’s the link https://rugbycanada.sportlomo.com/
- play will continue as long as the NDP feel its safe to do so and the COVID curve continues to trend downward
Hopefully you and your families are healthy and as happy as can be under the circumstances. There has not been a lot to report since the November suspension of adult sports but with vaccinations and other actions there is some reason for optimism about returning to the rugby pitch.
Return to Play
On Wednesday, April 21, the BCRU hosted a call to update clubs on possible scenarios for resuming with the Return to Play program:
- Resume Phase 3 (touch) in June, adults may start later than youth
- Phase 3 for all age groups during July & August
- Phase 4 (modified contact, possibly inter-club play) may start in August and run through September
- Modified contact rugby during a shortened fall season in October & November
- Return to full contact rugby late January
- Potential dates for PANORU clubs: September 4th – exhibition games
- October 17 – renew league matches
Registration opens April 22 for two time periods:
June to August 1: in preparation for resumption of Phase 3
August 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022: in preparation for modified and full contact play
$10 for the 12 week period from June to August 1, 2021
$82 for the 13 month period from August 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022
BCRU is encouraging early player registration so that we will be ready for action whenever in June we get approval to return to the pitch. Darren is working with BCRU to ensure that the Ebb Tide package is good to go.
We have our COVID management plan for running at Windsor Park approved by BCRU so once we get the green light, practices should resume in short order.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM will hopefully be held in person in a safe manner outside on the field after a practice in June. Here are the executive positions up for election. While all the current office holders except Darren have indicated that they are prepared to stand for another term, more nominations are still welcomed for all positions. The club will need for certain a new Registrar.
- President: Glen Okrainetz
- Quartermaster: Dave McMordie
- Registrar: Darren Kovacs is stepping down
- Fields: Murk Toorenburgh
- Director at Large: Dave Valentine
- Captain: Paul Eby
Duties of the Registrar include:
- assisting players with the annual registration process;
- reporting regularly to executive on the status of club registration; and
- developing a relationship with BCRU and Rugby Canada to ensure the smooth functioning of the annual registration process.
More recently, Darren was the club’s COVID Safety Manager but hopefully by the Fall this will no longer be needed. If you want further information about the Registrar position contact Darren.
The club’s last formal social event was the Christmas Party in December 2019!!! Dave Valentine has been in touch with Cedar Hill Golf Club about a tournament in August or September but they do not have approval to offer a date yet. If allowable under future health directives, there may be opportunities for social gatherings over the summer months.
Stay tuned! Be safe and we’ll all get together soon!!
Yours in rugby,
February 5, 2021
Earlier today, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the extension of the current Public Health Order with no definitive end date. This extension maintains the restrictions that are in place for sport as specified in the Gathering and Events Order updated on January 8, 2021. This extension is likely to last the month of February, although Dr. Bonnie Henry made clear the opened ended extension is intentional.