From the President

Saturday 16 MAy, 2020

In the COVID 19 era, not much is clear, so this post will aim to clarify the way forward.

I am aware that a number of clubs and associations have nominated restart dates for their competitions in term 3 of this year. We as a club and a member of CWJRU have been, like all other clubs, looking at the Federal Government’s COVIDSAFE framework and within that framework, more specifically, the Australian Institute of Sport’s Framework for rebooting sport. 

 

 

The Federal Government’s Framework is the overarching plan for returning Australian life to normal. I have attached a one page PDF so you can see this framework. The NSW Berejiklian Government who has jurisdiction over the plans implementation in NSW, has mandated that we move onto phase one on Friday 15th May. We follow the sport and recreation tab and currently we have no more than 10 people together at once. Within this tab though, there is reference to the AIS Rebooting sport paper. Appendix A of the paper pertains to community level sport and within that, columns A, B and C. Level A is where we have been and level B is where we are currently and will continue to be through phase 2 of the COVIDSAFE plan. Level  C will begin when the state reaches phase 3 of the Govt’s COVIDSAFE plan. 

 

Rugby Union is listed in the AIS document and under the most current rules up to 10 people (including the coach) can be training at Bulldogs at any given time with the activities of running/aerobic/agility training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo) including kicking, passing, ball skills (e.g. against wall) to self. In this phase social distancing must continue and you can not share balls or equipment. 

 

Govt Phase 2 continues with 10 participants for many sports and activities. The framework from the AIS now expands to “Skill drills using a ball, kicking and passing. No rucks, mauls, lineouts or scrums, no tackling/wresting. Small group (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total) sessions. Note that 10 participants includes ALL PEOPLE at the session including coaches, parents or siblings watching and players. 

 

Once the state government mandates Phase 3 of the COVID safe return we use Level C of the AIS rebooting sport document which is a return to Full training and competition. You will note that as the AIS Document resides within the COVIDSAFE pathway we will still be limited to 100 people at the facility at any one time. As in Phase 2, this includes players, coaches, officials, parents, siblings etc.

 

Despite public announcements from other community sports organisations, there is currently no definite time line for return to community club sport set by the state nor the federal governments. I would like to be clear that dates announced for other sports are based on the above phases being reached and approved by the relevant health departments and authorities. 

 

BJRC along with CWJRU and its member clubs are looking for ways to engage our players in term 3, moving forwards. Clearly when looking at the two documents providing our framework, you can expect any rugby that is played this year to look very different. Walla Gala Days will not happen in 2020. 100 people is not going to see such an event being able to be played. There may be U12 matches but each team will be restricted to one guardian only in attendance per player. There may be smaller intra club games able to be played at Wallsa level however, the committee, myself and the CWJRU committee will meet to make decisions about how and when this will be able to happen. The key here is to ensure we are abiding by the framework in place and ensuring that any activity remains legal and safe for all club members.

 

We will continue to keep you informed and I encourage you to read both framework and the AIS rebooting sport documents to understand and be clear on what is and is not permissible at this time. 

Continue to stay safe and well. Keep up those back yard skills.

Mike 

 

Monday 20 April,  2020

NSW Rugby has released their positive coaching platform for parent and coaches. THIS IS A FREE APP!!!!!

If you are using Andoid please make sure you register as Europe or North America as it has been rushed and there are still some bugs.

Step-by-step guide to access the Positive Coaching Platform:

  1. Go towww.igniterugby.com (via Chrome, Safari, Firefox)

  2. Register as a user – make sure you pick PLAYER not coach. It will send you an email that you have to activate the account within 7 days

  3. Download the app from either:

    Apple – Ignite Rugby -https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ignite-rugby/id1450847972

  4. Android – Ignite Rugby-https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.igniterugby.mobilefirst.igniterugby&hl=en_AU

    *ANDROID USERS once downloaded PICK COUNTRY AS EUROPE OR NORTH AMERICA

  5. When you open the app - SelectLIVE

  6. Log in using the account you just set up

Monday 16 March, 2020

The following statement has been released this afternoon by Rugby Australia.

"Today, following a meeting of the National Development Panel, Rugby Australia along with the State and Territory Member Unions have unanimously agreed to postpone all Community Rugby until the first week of May, effective immediately. This recommendation covers Rugby matches, Rugby training and face-to-face Rugby education courses. Although this decision has not been made lightly, it has been made with the interests of the participants, families and the broader community as the priority."

As a result, effective immediately, all training, including Under 12s and Twilight Sevens is cancelled. We will update you when we have more info... Mike Curtin BJRC President.

Full statement here.

https://australia.rugby/news/2020/03/16/statement-community-rugby

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