From the President
SUNDAY 14th Jun, 2020
Firstly, I would like to thank all our parents and players for their patience over the last few months.
I would like to update you all on our current situation and the road ahead for the 2020 season.
Summer sports, namely Cricket have agreed to push their season start back in 2020 and will continue later in 2021 than their normal mid-March conclusion to allow winter sports time to play this year. Little Athletics will also not be holding their Zone carnival in December to allow winter sports to run long. This has been an agreement between the highest levels of sport and Including Cricket Australia, Rugby Australia, Athletics NSW and other governing bodies. These decisions allow things to flow forward with Rugby for us this year.
We are waiting on Rugby NSW to Reopen Registration for those who didn't do so before COVID-19. Please be aware, THERE ARE NO DISCOUNTS FOR NEW REGISTRATIONS. There are fixed costs in running a season be it 5, 8, or 14 weeks long.
Currently our U12 players will return to training on Wednesday evening the 1st July. From this point forward, full contact is allowed at training. The U12 team will train on Wednesday and Friday Evening throughout the school holidays at the direction of coaching staff to be ready for a first game on Saturday the 25th July in a 9 round competition concluding on Saturday 19th September. A “Grand Final” between rank 1 and 2 teams will be played the following weekend on Saturday 26th September. Once this competition is confirmed, we will be in touch with all players. We have a confirmed squad which is now closed and has been entered in this competition.
The coaching team understand players may have committed to holidays with the opening up of tourism but expect players when in Bathurst to train so they are safely and properly prepared to play full contact rugby. Please note that players missing sessions will need to be assessed on ther preparedness to play. This is purely a safety issue after such a long break. The coached will guide you in this but communication is paramount.
NSW State government advice has been that there will be NO LIMIT on numbers spectating at our games, as long as people are observing the 4m square safety rule. Currently, your executive committee along with other club executives from around the Central West are working to put together Gala Days in a smaller modified format. This would mean much more local travel with fewer clubs present and possibly only 2 games per child each Sunday.
Again we hope to resume Walla Training, unrestricted and with an open club house for parents on Friday the 24th July. Committee will discuss this further in coming weeks but we may need to train on Wednesday and Friday of that week in order to prepare our players for either a 9 week season starting on the 26th July, or an 8 week season commencing the following week on August 2nd. This remains to be confirmed, but rest assured the CWJRU committee is working hard to put together rugby for Term 3.
Long story short, if things continue positively, there will be training jerseys, playing jerseys and all our 2020 kit distributed and a return to our Friday nights in about a month!
I would personally like to thank the people behind the scenes ‘’hand cranking’’ the rugby engine for 2020. All looked lost on a number of occasions but we have kept at it, for the good of the players and their season. It looks like we are close to a start finally and we will be ready to go soon. Again, keep an eye on our facebook page and be ready to sling the boots on in about a month.
Bathurst Junior Rugby 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.
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:
Go towww.igniterugby.com (via Chrome, Safari, Firefox)
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
Download the app from either:
*ANDROID USERS once downloaded PICK COUNTRY AS EUROPE OR NORTH AMERICA
When you open the app - SelectLIVE
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.