Subject to ongoing health restrictions, full club rugby training will resume for all Girls Sevens, Juniors (U10 and up) and Minis (U6 – U9) teams on Wednesday 1 July 2020.
We have been advised that NSW Health and NSW Rugby will authorise contact training, with other restrictions yet to be confirmed, from 1 July. Rather than speculate on the exact nature of the actual restrictions and precautions for training, we will confirm the restrictions closer to that date. Coaches and Managers of every team will be given clear instructions on the requirements and conditions for training, to ensure safety and wellbeing of all our families, and will be recording attendance at each training session. One of the most basic precautions is that if any member of a player’s family is unwell, all members of the family MUST stay away from training.
Competitions matches for all teams are scheduled to re-commence on Saturday 25 July for Minis and Girls Sevens, and Sunday 26 July for Juniors teams. This gives our coaches four regular Wednesday training sessions to prepare our players for the first round of competition. Clothing is being gradually handed out to players as their teams return to training. A Parents’ Information Night is being planned at the Fiddler on 21 July, to ensure all of our families are fully informed for this most unusual of rugby seasons!
The 2020 competitions will run for 8-9 rounds and will focus heavily on enjoyment and participation. To maximise the number of games for all players and to encourage cooperative behaviours, there will be no finals and no trophies awarded in any competition. Junior representative rugby programs have been postponed until 2021.
Please note that Girls Sevens and Juniors (U10 and up) are already doing non-contact training, which is subject to a number of social distancing and hygiene restrictions (see below).
So far, all of our teams have retained the majority of their players, and we have enough players to field teams in all age groups up to and including Under 15s. There are still spots available in all of our teams, so if you are aware of kids who are looking to play competitive rugby and have not registered, encourage them to register with the Norwest Bulls in 2020. NSW State Government ActiveKids vouchers can still be used to get $100 off registration, and the second voucher for 2020 is due to be released at the start of July.