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O.S.R.C.

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 first year as Owen Sound Rugby Club we will continue to focus on learning the game in a once a week practice for skills while adding game scenarios as much as possible. We are looking into the possibility of doing optional Saturday morning club days. These will be very relaxed. The idea being to just get out and play rugby with an emphasis on fun. We are exploring opportunities to invite other local clubs to join us during the year to add more games. We will entering in a number tournaments for our U7 to U11 teams and our U13 an U15 teams will play in the Niagra 'loop' of the Rugby Ontario competition

Registration

RUGBY IS A GAME FOR EVERYONE

For fee details see age group information below

 
 

FLAG RUGBY

A great introduction to rugby without contact for our younger players

Under 7 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 7 teams will be involved in 3 to 4 rugby tournaments/festivals in the season

Coaches: Sam Schmalz, Clare Donaldson, Richard Petan and Joffre Chesser

Practice: Wednesday evening. May 15 to Aug 21, 6pm to 7pm

Our program is based on the Rugby Canada "Rookie Rugby" guidelines

Under 9 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 9 teams will be involved in 3 to 4 rugby tournaments/festivals in the season.

Coaches: Judy Shaughnessey, Megan Hopper, Gloria Dangerfield, Jason Watkins

Practice: Wednesday evening May 15 to Aug 21, 6pm to 7pm

Owen Sound Rugby Club is registered with Rugby Ontario. Find out more about Rugby Ontario minor Rugby...

 

Under 11 Co-ed Rugby 

(transition to contact)

At under 11 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 11 teams will play in the 3 to 4 rugby festivals detailed below. League play does not start until U13.

 

Coach: David Douglas, Darcy Werger and Jesse Borges

Practice: Wednesday evening. May 15 to Aug 21, 6pm to 7pm

 

UNDER 13 RUGBY

At the under 13 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!

Regular Season games will be on Sundays  starting on May 26th and finishing on August 17th .  Playoffs will follow.

Under 13 Girls

Coach: Deandra Hamilton and Georgia McLay

Practice: Wednesday evening. May 15 to Aug 21, 7pm to 8pm

 

UNDER 15 RUGBY

 Those who want to give rugby a try for the first time at the under 15 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.  

Regular season games will be mostly Saturdays (some Wednesdays) starting on June 15th  and finishing on August 7th . Playoffs will follow.

Under 15 Girls:

Coach: Ryan MacDonald, Sarah Pretty

Practice: Wednesday evening. May 15 to Aug 21, 7pm to 8pm

 

Rugby Tournaments and festivals

There is a growing number of rugby tournaments and festivals in Ontario. Below are the events Owen Sound Rugby is looking at getting involved in this year!! 

More detail will be added as it becomes available to O.S.R.C 

Bruce County Rugby Football Club

Date: June 15, 2019

Where: Tiverton, ON

Divisions: U7, U9, U11

Registration of OSRC has been confirmed for this festival

Cobourg Saxons (Beach Festival)

Date: July 21, 2019

Where: Cobourg Beach, Cobourg, ON

Divisions: U7, U9, U11

Registration of OSRC has been confirmed for this festival

Georgian Bay Titans

Date: July 27, 2019

Where: Fisher Fields, Collingwood, ON

Divisions: U7, U9, U11

Registration of OSRC has been confirmed for this festival

Fergus Highlanders RFC

Date: Aug 10, 2019

Where: Victoria Park Fields, Fergus, ON

Divisions: U7, U9, U11

Registration of OSRC has been confirmed for this festival

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 osrugby18@gmail.com, 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.

O.S.R.C Executive

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.

 

Vice President

Samantha Schmalz

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."

Secretary

Katie Douglas

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.

Treasurer

Erika Werger

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.

Child Protection Officer

Clint Stredwick

We will be telling you how awesome Clint is soon

 

Coaching Coordinator

David Douglas

David hails from New Zealand where people live and breathe rugby!  He grew up with rugby around every corner.  Saturday mornings were spent watching his dad coach and play at a local club.  Friends gathered at the local park and played rugby and cricket, just like soccer or baseball here.  David played rugby during intermediate and senior school.  After moving to Canada, rugby was hard to find, and although he has embraced the hockey culture here and loves that his boys love the ice, he's pretty excited to share his passion for the sport of rugby with our community.  

 

President

Darcy Werger

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!

 

We have many other great people helping build our club at this time. As we build out the executive more of these people will be highlighted here