BC Rugby Clarifies Position on BC Club Finals, Junior and Mini Programs
BC Rugby clarified their position on various competitions and activities. They posted 10 items, we've included the top 5 here, the full document can be viewed on the BC Rugby site
Basically the BC Club finals scheduled at Westshore are a no go but that doesn't mean some playoff scenario won't be implemented. It all depends on the status of two factors, a) the April 10th date given by Rugby Canada on suspension of rugby and b) the BC Government restrictions on gatherings over 50 people. If either of those restrictions continue into late April and May then any rugby playoff scenario is moot. If both those restrictions are lifted in mid April then there may be a work around. At the time of writing it's not looking promising but it's wait and see at this point.
from BC Rugby
1. Club Senior Competitions
Will the BC Rugby Senior Club Finals still take place? Not as planned, no. The BC Rugby Board has voted unanimously to cancel the event hosting of the 2020 BC Rugby Club Finals due to the COVID-19 emergency. These were planned to take place on May 2 at Westshore RFC, with logistical and financial tie-ins to the HSBC Canada Women’s 7s event which has been postponed. Given the current Provincial state of emergency and health emergency in place, BC Rugby has determined that it is unreasonable to plan for an event 6 weeks away that would involve over 400 people in just the teams competing.
What will happen to the end of the BC Rugby Senior Club season? The Competitions Committee is currently exploring different options to conclude each league, which may or may not include Championship matches. If all goes well in the next few weeks – Rugby Canada doesn’t extend the April 10 suspension & BC Government lifts the restriction on gatherings of more than 50 people and social distancing – we may be able to schedule matches from April 18 to May 9.
Will the Interior League start as scheduled? Tentatively, yes. However, if Rugby Canada extends the suspension of rugby activities beyond April 10 and/or the Government of British Columbia maintains the current event gathering and social distancing restrictions into late April, the start of the season will be delayed while either of those directives remain in place.
Once the Rugby Canada suspension is lifted, can we play straight away? No. Firstly, this epidemic is impacting each Province slightly differently and while Rugby Canada may lift the suspension of rugby activities, we will still abide by the Government of British Columbia’s directives to keep all BC communities safe. Secondly, as soon as we can resume contact sports in BC, matches won’t be scheduled until teams have had enough time to complete suitable training, including scrummaging, for a reasonable amount of time.
2. Club Junior & Mini Programs
Will Club’s spring Junior & Mini season be cancelled? No, based on the suspension being until April 10, we are not yet determining the season to be cancelled for spring junior and mini programs.
Will Club’s spring Junior & Mini season be extended? It can be, yes. Membership and insurance for this current season is valid up until August 31, 2020. However, we will liaise with Club leaders to discuss the possibility of this and any logistical barriers (e.g. access to public sport fields) that may limit the extension of the season.
Once the Rugby Canada suspension is lifted, can we play straight away? No. Firstly, this epidemic is impacting each Province slightly differently and while Rugby Canada may lift the suspension of rugby activities, we will still abide by the Government of British Columbia’s directives to keep all BC communities safe. Secondly, as soon as we can resume contact sports in BC, matches or jamborees won’t be scheduled until teams have had enough time to complete suitable training, including scrummaging if age appropriate, for a reasonable amount of time.
3. High School Competitions
Can High School Rugby matches take place? While High School classes remain cancelled in BC there will be no high school rugby taking place. Boys’ and Girls’ competitions fall under different jurisdictions, BC School Sports and BC Rugby respectively, but we will aim to coordinate our response to ensure these competitions are treated equally as we grapple with this unprecedented situation. As of March 17, BC School Sports has suspended indefinitely all spring season play.
Will the High School Girls’ 7s Championships take place as planned? No, the Championships planned for April 16 & 17 are postponed. We are currently exploring options to reschedule this major tournament later in the season.
4. Any other BC Rugby Programs
NextGen Men’s 7s ID and Training Sessions were planned. When will these be re-scheduled? We will continue to monitor the situation. Should rugby activities be able to resume by mid to late April, we will begin rescheduling those sessions to take place as we lead into the summer.
Will the NextGen Elite Girls 7s Tournament take place? Since this was planned to take place prior to and during the HSBC Canada Women’s 7s, this Tournament is postponed.
5. National / International Competitions
Will the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens take place? World Rugby announced on March 20 that this event is postponed. Visit www.world.rugby for their latest announcement regarding both the Men’s and Women’s Sevens Series.