Rugby Ontario COVID-19 Update

Rugby Ontario has been actively working on COVID-19 contingency planning over the past few weeks. The administration is taking all necessary precautions to manage expectations throughout the rugby community, while remaining very hopeful that things will improve and permit a return to rugby in 2020.  The following is an overview of Rugby Ontario’s contingency planning:

  • The priority is to protect the safety and well-being of community members during this pandemic and in preparing for a return to rugby.
  • Rugby Ontario has taken steps to prepare for a major disruption to the 2020 season which could extend to September, or potentially longer, with no rugby programming in that timeframe.
  • This is based on the indefinite suspension of sanctioned rugby activities, and government and public health directives.  The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting each province differently, and while Rugby Canada may lift the suspension, Rugby Ontario must still abide by the Ontario Government and Public Health Ontario directives. 
  • The Rugby Ontario office is developing scenarios with adjustments to leagues and competitions, high performance programs and community rugby initiatives based on different season timing.
  • This will ensure the organization remains financially and administratively viable despite anticipated impact to membership registrations and other forms of revenue.

For additional information related to the impact of COVID-19, Rugby Ontario has developed a Frequently Asked Questions resource.

Update on Registration Categories Still Open 

Social Membership Registration

With the national registration system (SportLoMo) temporarily suspended / shut down, Rugby Ontario is encouraging all Member Clubs to consider the use of the Social Membership category that remains available on SportLoMo.  Social memberships are a non-playing registration category available to clubs.  Your club can utilize this membership category to raise funds to support club operations and administration during these challenging times.

At Rugby Ontario, we are working on a new opportunity for the rugby community to support the future of our organization and keep rugby alive and well in Ontario.  Stay tuned for more details on this initiative .

Board Member Registration

If your Club or Branch utilizes the Director & Officers Insurance, please ensure that the elected or appointed leaders of your club are registered as Board Members for the 2020 season. In this unprecedented time, it is imperative all clubs take the necessary steps to ensure they are exposed to the Directors & Officers Insurance. Please contact Elisa DiGiulio, Member Services Coordinator, at edigiulio@rugbyontario.com if you require further assistance.