COVID-19 & Return to Play

Rugby is a sport with many players coming into close contact with one another for an extended period of time. Needless to say, in the era of global pandemics and social distancing, a lot of these elements are problematic.

However, the Ottawa Beavers and Banshees have been working with Rugby Ontario to follow the provincial Return to Play guidelines to ensure that we can re-engage in rugby-related activities in a safe (yet fun) environment.  

As a result, the Beavers and Banshees have been authorized by Rugby Ontario to begin rugby activities by following a sliding scale of restrictions that eventually include full contact as conditions improve. 

At present, the Club is in Phase 4 of 5, which authorizes a return to full contact rugby activities including games against other teams. 


OBBRFC 2021 Plans

Training with the OBBRFC takes place every Tuesday and Thursday evening! Don't miss out and join here.

As of Thursday, September 9, practices will take place at Gil-O-Julien Park, and are open to men, women and juniors. 

The Club will be running a series of exhibition games through the fall season for the men and women, as well as a run of 7s games for juniors. The schedule can be found here

The training will cost $107.50 for junior players. This is the lowest possible fee available (the Club collects no money from these fees, as it all goes towards player insurance with Rugby Ontario and Rugby Canada).


For senior players, the default dues are set at $200 for the summer. However, we recognize that many of our members are in a variety of situations such that may make the cost of rugby burdensome. We believe that money should not be a factor in keeping players off the rugby field, so if you need assistance paying for your dues please contact our Registrar Shelagh at

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does this start?

Training has started, and takes place every Tuesday and Thursday evening.

  • ​What time does practice start? How long does it last?

Training starts at 6:30PM, training sessions last about 2 hours. 

  • Where is it?

Training activities will take place at the field at Gil-O-Julien Park, located at 201 Donald St in central Ottawa. We'll be right in the centre of town so we're never too far from anyone!

  • Who can participate?

Training is open to both men and women aged 13 and older. 

  • ​What is the cost?

For junior players (aged 13-17), training costs $107.50 

For senior players (18+), training costs $200 for the summer. However, in recognition of the various financial hardships that many of our members are facing due to the pandemic, It is a longstanding belief within the OBBRFC that finances should never be a reason to stop someone from playing rugby. If these costs pose a challenge for you, please contact our Registrar Shelagh Purcell so that we can identify a solution in order to get you onto the field.

  • Where can I register?

Registration is now live and can be accessed from our Join page

  • Is the Club doing free t-shirts this year?

Always. All registered players get a free club t-shirt. 

  • Is it contact rugby?

We have now entered phase 4 of Rugby Ontario's return to play plan, which  allows us to start contact training. 

  • What equipment do we need?

Players should bring cleats, mouthguards, and their own water bottles.


In order to eliminate as much equipment-sharing as possible, players will be also be issued an OBBRFC reversible pinnie to use throughout the season. Please ensure you always bring it to training so we can distinguish teams for flag games and drills, and return your pinnie at the end of the summer (if you'd like to keep it, you can pay us $20 for it).


There will be no access to changerooms and bathrooms, so everyone should arrive to training dressed and ready to play. 

  • What precautions do we need to take?

People who are in high risk situations (ex: if they have an underlying health condition, or live with someone who is at risk) should consider opting out of training until they receive a vaccine.

Personal attestation forms will be completed for every participant ahead of each training. 

Players are strongly discouraged from using carpools to get to training, and are to avoid close contact with others while at training. They must also refrain from sharing water bottles or clothing.  

We will not have access to any indoor facilities, so players must come changed (and use the bathroom before training).

Although we are outdoors, masks are encouraged while not participating in training activities. 

  • Who can I contact?

All questions can be directed to our general inquiries email address at, and we will make sure your question makes it to the right person!