FALL RUGBY 2020
As the 2020 summer rugby season looks increasingly less certain amid the unfolding (albeit improving) COVID-19 situation, we wanted to provide an update to the efforts that the Club Executive has undertaken in order to ensure that the Ottawa Beavers and Banshees are ready and operational to salvage some rugby games out of the 2020 calendar year.
To begin, we have prepared ourselves to go live at any moment, once it is safe to do so:
Coaching positions have been filled;
Although Twin Elm is shutting down every non-essential cost, the fields will receive baseline maintenance to ensure they are ready to go with minimal preparation;
We are stocked up on rugby kit, club t-shirts and other equipment and supplies to start handing out once we are back outside; and
Field rentals are booked and we’re ready to hit the turf once the quarantines lift.
Furthermore, the OBBRFC has taken the lead on forming a coalition of clubs who will participate in a prospective fall league for men, women, junior boys and girls in the event that summer rugby is annulated and it is safe to resume play in September. The Alliance for Rugby Conservation (ARC) has the sole goal of preserving rugby participation and athlete engagement until league play can resume the following year in order to preserve the sport as we currently know it. Thus far, the Bytown Blues, Ottawa Irish, and Ottawa Ospreys have signed up to participate in the ARC, and we have placed an open invite to all EORU teams (and beyond) to join in because we believe it will provide the life-raft many clubs will need to survive the devastation that would otherwise be about 21 months without rugby.
Beyond a fall season of rugby, the Beavers and Banshees are planning to compliment this with several major social events to ensure we can maximize the rugby experience to its highest potential (did someone say an October 31 Magical Mystery Tour?)
In the meantime, stay home and wash your hands. Once we flatten the curve, we will raise the ARC.