NEWS AND UPDATES

What we've been up to and what's coming up

SENIOR AND JUNIOR RUGBY ARE BACK AND COACHING ANNOUNCEMENTS

June 20 2020

Senior Rugby

Senior Rugby is well and truly under way with strong numbers out for our first week. Its great to see that the love and passion around this great sport has not subsided in the year and a half away.

It was great to see some old faces and plenty of new this last week.

We are still only a week into the season so there is plenty of time to register and get on down, to enjoy some summer fun.

Head on over to our registration page to register and we will see you Tuesdays and Thursdays

630-8 Men and 7-830 Women.

Senior Coaches

We would also like to extend our warmest wishes to Luke Church (Snr Men) John Verrall and Janna Slevinsky (Both Snr Women) who join us as our Senior coaching staff.

Minis and Juniors

Almost a month into it now and we continue to see strong numbers in our minis and juniors.

As this is still a pretty strange summer, we may not be able to offer a specific program that you are looking for so before registering, please email vpjuniors.saracens@gmail.com or president.saracens@gmail.com for more information on programs being offered. If the Saracens are not offering a program, we will work with you to ensure that we find a place for you in the Calgary Rugby Community.

SENIOR REGISTRATION IS OPEN

June 10th 2021

Senior registration is now open. Practices begin June 15th for Senior programs.
All participants must be registered to take part in practice. Head over to the registration page to sign up.

JUNIOR START DATE JUNE 7TH

May 30th 2021

With the Provincial Governments recent announcement of relaxation of restrictions, we are finally able to look forward to hitting the field to get the season underway.

Our first age group (U11/13)  will begin practices, Monday June 7th at 6pm. The other age group will follow on the days listed below.

All practices will be located at Inland Athletic Park, 5563 112AVE NW Calgary, with the rugby fields at the west end of the facility.

As restrictions have not been fully relaxed, we will be operating a little differently to how we may have in the past in regards to which days, age groups run on.


For the initial part of the season, we are only allowed to operate with groups of 10 individuals and 2 groups per field with practices limited to an hour.

As such, our practices schedule will be as follows;


U7/U9 - Wednesday 6-7 

U11/U13 - Monday and Wednesday 6-7  

U15/U16/18 Tuesday and Thursday 6-7  


As restrictions ease and we are allowed larger groups and longer practice sessions, the days and times may change. We will do our utmost to limit changes and we will provide you with updates as soon as possible  if we do have alter times.

All practices to start will be non-contact. We will look to incorporate a gradual introduction to contact, once Rugby Alberta has cleared contact rugby to take place. 

Head on over to our Registration page to get your summer started.

https://www.calgarysaracensrfc.com/registration

MINI AND JUNIOR SEASON POSTPONEMENT

May 2nd 2021

The Calgary Saracens RFC, would like to extend our thanks to all those who have registered so far,  for Rugby in 2021.

Unfortunately, with Covid Case numbers continuing to rise to record levels daily and with numbers in the NW of Calgary at high levels, the Board of the Saracens has taken the  decision to postpone the start of the junior season.

We are closely monitoring AHS updates and case counts to allow us to hit the field as soon as safely possible.

We are hopeful that the recent enhanced restrictions for Calgary, will result in a retreat of case numbers and allow us to start practices at roughly the same time as schools return to in-class learning.

We will endeavour to provide updates as frequently as we can and an update will be posted on our website tomorrow morning with further details. For those who have already registered, an email will be sent out tomorrow to the email used to register with further clarification. 

We thank you for your understanding and patience.

Our members safety and the safety of their families is our highest priority.

If you have any questions, please email president.saracens@gmail.com

JUNIOR REGISTRATION IS OPEN

April 18th 2021

Mini and junior registration is now open for our U7 through to U18 programs.

*All Senior programs remain suspended*

Practices are scheduled to start the week of May 3rd at Inland ( Subject to AHS Guidelines).

This season will be a little different and is roughly being split into 2, 12 weeks blocks. The initial block will be skill, fitness and minimal contact games, with the second block, a gradual and controlled return to contact.

Any changes to AHS Guidelines, may result in changes to both the schedule and programming being delivered. If that occurs, notification will be provided as soon as possible.


As we are currently limited to a maximum of 10 individuals in a group, along with restrictions on the number of groups we can have active on a field at any one time, registration will be open from April 18th to April 30th initially. This will allow us to review numbers in each age group and if required, add or mix age grades where needed. 

As AHS Guidelines are relaxed, we will open up registration accordingly.

In the event that registration numbers exceed spaces, we will implement a wait list and you will be contacted and advised that you have been wait-listed.

Practice schedules will tentatively be as follows;

U7/U9 Wednesday 6-7

U11/U13 Monday and Wednesday 6-7

U15/U16/U18 Tuesday and Thursday 6-7

Head on over to our registration page to get going.

COVID AND RETURN TO PLAY UPDATE

March 29th 2021

Hello players and parents,

I just want to give you further updates and some tentative dates for when we can get going this Spring.

Firstly, with AHS not easing restrictions on the 22nd, we are still in a holding pattern.

Juniors

Whilst Jnr practices with cohorts of 10 are allowed, at this time, the Saracens are not running programming. We would need to find indoor space until the city releases our fields in late April. With the limited capacity and even more limited indoor space, it would not be economically viable to run such sessions.

We are planning to run all programs however how they are delivered may be a little different this year.  Age groups may be blended together, dependent upon registration numbers and coaching/volunteer numbers etc.

For example, U7 -U11, U13-16, U18 with Seniors,  whilst in the touch portion of the season.

Seniors

As per current restrictions, we are not able to proceed with any training at the moment. Our field bookings take effect late April and at this time, that is when we are planning to get started. We are not looking at any indoor or additional outdoor practices, to ensure that we align with AHS,Municipal and Rugby Alberta protocols.

The season is likely to be split into 2 sessions, the first being touch and the second, hopefully a return to contact.

With that, dependent upon member numbers and coaching/volunteer numbers, we may look to run combined programs for the touch portion of the year.

SOBs

We havent forgotten about you either!

With the season being split and the initial 12 week block focusing on skills and touch games, there are some new membership options which we will be using to entice you back into the boots once more....or for some, a 5th return (Shotgun).

Registration

There are several new registration categories this year to allow us to adapt as restrictions and protocols are eased/strengthened. 

There are some issues with the registration system currently but we are hoping we will have registration up and running early in April and we will provide a full breakdown of all the registration options and what they mean.

We appreciate your patience and we cant wait to see you all back out on the field.

UP THE MIGHTY!

COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS

March 29th 2021

We are eagerly anticipating our return to play, pending the go-ahead from AHS and Rugby Alberta. 

With that, we are looking for volunteer coaches/team managers with all age grades and for a few volunteers to act as covid managers.

If you would like to volunteer, please reply to president.saracens@gmail.com, indicating in the subject line the team that you would like to assist with and in what capacity. 


Part of our return to play requirements is to have a sufficient number of coaches for all teams so I look forward to hearing from you all.

COVID AND RETURN TO PLAY - MARCH UPDATE

March 20th 2021

Hello players and parents, 

With the ever changing restrictions and guidelines from AHS, we cannot set a date that we will return to the play. 

We are preparing however, hoping for a return to play, in the last week of April.

With regards to competition, this year will likely be very different from past years. Initial conversations have centered around an intra-club touch format for an initial 12 week period and then an evaluation being made if contact can resume at the CRU level.

We appreciate your patience and we will provide more information as it becomes available, here and on our social media platforms.