The native rugby group is prepping for a 2021 season that might occur if Simcoe-Muskoka was put within the orange zone of the COVID-19 response framework
Collingwood’s rugby league is able to get again on the sector after a one-year hiatus, however with out the scrums and tackles this season.
Georgian Bay Titans has opened registration for the 2021 season with a posted return-to-play coverage pitching flag rugby to scale back the quantity of contact between gamers.
Even flag rugby should look forward to go forward from the well being unit.
“We are able to begin when it is secure … it is able to go,” mentioned Todd Hammond, vice-president of the Georgian Bay Titans.
Particularly, the league is ready for the Simcoe Muskoka District Well being Unit to be put in orange zone or decrease underneath the province’s colour-coded COVID-19 response framework.
“After we get an orange ranking in our space, we are able to start helpful coaching that might be enjoyable, lively, and secure for youths,” mentioned Hammond.
At present, the province-wide shutdown and stay-at-home order supersedes the colour-coded framework, which is paused till additional discover.
The return-to-play plan includes the league operating non-contact rugby coaching and video games involving transient, restricted breaches of bodily distancing between teammates and the opposition for the flag model of the sector sport. The return-to-play coverage additionally signifies there could be fewer gamers on the sector than regular.
“Our fingers are crossed, I believe, like each different sports activities group this 12 months,’ mentioned Hammond.
The Georgian Bay Titans have seen rising participation numbers over the past 4 to 5 years, with as much as 190 registrants. There was no rugby in 2020, however in 2019, two of the league’s junior groups performed in provincial-level competitions.
“We had lots of momentum constructing,” mentioned Hammond, noting it damage to not proceed that progress in 2020. “The largest factor is to get some momentum and get youngsters taking part in once more.”
He mentioned the league would survive one other cancelled season due to sponsorships and fundraising, however it could be exhausting on gamers to overlook two years and a complete age class.
Georgian Bay Titans provides groups for gamers from six-years-old to grownup, with age teams break up in two-year increments – U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18, and grownup.
Groups are co-ed from U6 to U14, after which they break up into ladies’s and males’s leagues for U16 to grownup.
Hammond mentioned the Titans work to maintain registration prices reasonably priced with an $85 annual price for minor athletes and $100 for junior and grownup athletes.
The season usually runs from mid-Could to August with fall classes for older age teams.
To search out out extra concerning the Titans, or to register for the upcoming 12 months, go to their website here.