OWEN SOUND RUGBY CLUB
RUGBY...a heavenly game that has a place for everyone. The small and nimble 'halfback', the tall and majestic 'lock', the rotund and powerful 'prop', the wiry and speedy 'wingers' and 'fullback', the muscle and punch at 'center', the guile and control at '1st five' or 'fly half'. Yes rugby has them all!!!
Owen Sound Rugby Club is born out of a desire to introduce rugby to the youth of the Owen Sound area. High School and University rugby continues to grow throughout Ontario and Canada. Owen Sound Rugby will help feed that growth by giving the youth of the Owen Sound area an opportunity to learn a great sport, keep active, be social and carry that with them wherever the bounce of the ball may take them.
In our 2nd year as Owen Sound Rugby Club we will continue to focus on learning the game in fun and enjoyable practices for our young players. As the players progress through the grades they will be introduced to more rugby specific skills and game scenarios. The idea being to just get out and play rugby with an emphasis on fun.
Practices will start at once a week for the youngest grades with increases in practice times for the older grades.
We will be entering in a number tournaments for our U8, U10 and U12 teams and our U14, U16 and U18 teams will have league play in Rugby Ontario competitions
Registration includes a training top, festival / tournament / league fees, referees, fields and insurance - and of course LOADS of fun!
Early Bird Fees (Until April 15th):
U8 & U10 (flag) - $125
U10 (into to contact) - $135
U12 (intro to contact) - $135
U14 - $210
U16 & U18 - $225
A great introduction to rugby without contact for our younger players
Under 6 and 8 Rugby
We all have to start somewhere, and for the young rugby player this is it! Players learn he basics of rugby using the 'ripping' of flags from a belt as an indication of a tackle. The flagged player must pass BACKWARD to a team mate. Skill and speed are developed through rugby specific drills. This is all about having fun and learning the game! Under 8 teams will be involved in 3 to 4 rugby tournaments/festivals in the season
Our program is based on the Rugby Canada "Rookie Rugby" guidelines
Under 10 Flag Rugby
It is definitely not to late to start your Rugby journey here. The majority of our players were still new to the game last year. Emphasis is placed on running with the ball, passing, attack, defense and scoring. Drills are used to develop speed and skill with a little more competitive edge to the outcomes. More game play is introduced in practise with an eye to the tournaments and festivals. Under 10 teams will be involved in 3 to 4 rugby tournaments/festivals in the season.
Rugby Ontario is allowing a 1 year Under 10 contact for those player who would have gone to contact in 2020 had the age grades not changed.
Owen Sound Rugby Club is registered with Rugby Ontario. Find out more about Rugby Ontario minor Rugby...
Under 12 Co-ed Rugby
(transition to contact)
At under 12 level we lose the flags and begin a transition to contact rugby with a modified tackle. Players will continue to learn ball handling, passing, and defense but will also learn more 'senior' rugby specific areas such as the tackle, ruck, scrum and line-out. All tackling must be below the waist. The tackled player must place the ball and the tackler must roll away from the tackle. A ruck is formed with only 1 player from each team with a contest. Scrums are 3 on 3 with no contest (push). Uncontested line-outs are also introduced. The Under 12 teams will play in the 3 to 4 rugby festivals detailed below. League play does not start until U14.
UNDER 14 RUGBY
At the under 14 level we begin to put more focus on the specific positions of rugby, adding more structure to game play and allowing everyone to get a feel for what it’s like to play every position: from ‘prop’ and ‘lock’, out to the ‘winger’. Players will also get to experience the first stage of contested scrums (6v6; hookers can both go for the ball but no push), contested line-outs (both teams can go for the ball but no lifting), and fully contested rucks. Tackling must be below the shoulders, but we always prefer below the waist: the lower the better! Ball handling, passing, and defense will continue to be a main focus...always working on the basics!
UNDER 16 and 18 RUGBY
Those who want to give rugby a try for the first time at the under 16 or 18 level, never fear! The basics are always the number one focus at any level, and we are always working on tackling to make sure everyone is comfortable and safe. Players will be introduced to contested scrums (8v8; 1.5m straight push allowed) and contested line-outs with lifting, while playing with a full side (15 players). At this level, players will start to develop their skills within each position, and more strategic game play.
With the change in age grades the U18 will be new for OSRC and our ability to deliver the program will obviously depend on the number of registered players
Rugby Tournaments and festivals
There is a growing number of rugby tournaments and festivals in Ontario. Below are the events Owen Sound Rugby participated in for the 2019 season. Festivals are aimed at the Minor Rugby age groups (U6-U12).
We will be looking to attend these and more in 2020
Bruce County Rugby Football Club
Where: Tiverton, ON
Divisions: U8, U10, U12
Cobourg Saxons (Beach Festival)
Where: Cobourg Beach, Cobourg, ON
Divisions: U8, U10, U12
Georgian Bay Titans
Where: Fisher Fields, Collingwood, ON
Divisions: U8, U10, U12
Fergus Highlanders RFC
Where: Victoria Park Fields, Fergus, ON
Divisions: U8, U10, U12
How to sponsor Owen Sound's up and coming rugby talent
You can be part of this great new community initiative! You have an exciting opportunity in our inaugural year to provide sponsorship to support the purchase of equipment (including jerseys), coaching development, referees, tournament funding and club registration fees to supplement player registration.
In return for your sponsorship we are offering two advertising opportunities to benefit your business.
If you are interested in supporting youth rugby, please contact Owen Sound Rugby Club at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send cheque payable to Owen Sound Rugby Club directly to the address below.
It would be great to see you beside us as we kick-off the first season!
Thank you for your consideration.
The Owen Sound Rugby Club executive is a passionate group of community members including parents, teachers, health care providers, former rugby players and avid rugby fans who want to see youth rugby as a vibrant part of our community.
Sam started playing rugby in 2004 at St. Mary’s, coached by our very own Darcy Werger. She fell in love with the sport and was determined to continue playing at a higher level. After high school she went on to play at Wilfrid Laurier University, receiving both Rookie of the Year in her first year, and MVP in her last. Throughout her summers during university she played for the Waterloo County women’s teams, competing in the Ontario Women’s League. She also got the opportunity to play for u23 Team Ontario in 2010 and 2011. In 2013, she attended the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and had the opportunity to suit up for a season with the UC Vipers. Once back in Canada she came full circle and started coaching St. Mary’s girls rugby with Darcy in 2014 and hasn’t left. Sam says "Rugby has provided me with many opportunities; friends that became family, personal growth, and life long passion for sports and teamwork.
Passing on those experiences to younger players is why I coach, it is why I think rugby is one of the best sports to play."
While pursuing her degree in Kinesiology, Katie started providing on field medical support for a high school rugby team. She continued in this role after moving to New Zealand in 2002 with a local club team. After a season working for the senior men's division, she was asked to play for the senior women's team. Katie continued to work as a field medic and traveled with the women's provincial rugby team for two years. Coming back to Canada and raising two boys with her Kiwi husband, she is excited to help bring rugby to the youth in this area.
Darcy was introduced to rugby while doing a practicum course as part of his training at McMaster University. While doing his teacher training in the UK, rugby was part of the curriculum. Darcy came to Owen Sound and his first teaching job at St. Mary's in 2000. He has coached soccer, basketball, volleyball and rugby. In 2003, he started the girls' rugby team at St. Mary's and continues to coach. His team attracts a lot of girls, who may not have been included in other sports. He thinks it's great when he sees their self-confidence and self-worth increase!
Erika is a resource teacher at Notre Dame Catholic School. To stay active she enjoys running, volleyball, and softball. She has been involved in coaching/organizing minor soccer, baseball, gymnastics, and skating. As a high school student, Erika was a member of the girls rugby team at Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton.