Saskatchewan Rugby is pleased to sign the Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge with the Coaching Association.
Prior to signing the pledge, in 2017 the Coaching Association of Canada’s CEO, Lorraine Lafrenière, presented an overview of the Responsible Coaching Movement to the 10 Provincial Unions in attendance. This was an opportunity to share practice from other sports across the country, but most importantly highlighting the importance in making rugby safe for all that engage and participate.
“Taking the pledge for our province aligns with our values and our mission for 2018 #higherstandard. We strive to create the most attractive sport for young people, because we love this sport, we want to make it a safe option for both players and volunteers. Players should be safe, that goes without saying, giving volunteers the tools to run safe and successful programs helps us achieve our goals. We focus on our four pillars, Players, Coaches, Referees and Volunteers, this is a pledge for all of us, this is a minimum standard for all our provincial programs” said Damon Leonard President Saskatchewan Rugby
By signing the Responsible Coaching Movement pledge, Saskatchewan Rugby has committed to conducting an audit of internal practices which will include, but not limited to: Code of Conduct, Coach Agreements, Policies and Procedures.
Phase I of the Responsible Coaching Movement will focus on the ‘Rule of Two’ where all Provincial Team sanctioned training camps and competitions with minor athletes will require two adults in coaching/supervisory roles. One coach/volunteer must reflect the genders of the athletes participating or being an appropriate identity in relation to the athletes. Saskatchewan Rugby will also monitor and review the ‘Background Screening’ for all Provincial Team coaches and ensure all coaching job advertisements require screening as a condition of employment (contractual, volunteer, or otherwise). All team coaches are required to complete the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) ‘Make Ethical Decisions’ workshop, the Respect Group’s ‘Respect in Sport’ ethics training, or other comparable training.
‘By signing the Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge it allowed us to look at our strategies that we currently have in place, and ensure that they are current and also where we can enhance what we are currently doing. It has always been a priority for Saskatchewan Rugby to ensure the governance of our sport promotes safe rugby for everyone that is involved’ said Jordan Astrope, Executive Director Saskatchewan Rugby.
Saskatchewan Rugby has joined a group of growing Provincial Sporting Organizations in adhering to the Responsible Coaching Movement. Saskatchewan Rugby is the first Provincial Rugby Union to sign the Responsible Coaching Movement that will assist clubs and community programs in being supported in creating a safe environment for those that participate in our sport. For more information about the Responsible Coaching Movement and all of Rugby Canada’s Player Welfare information please visit playsmart.rugbycanada.ca.
‘It is great to see Saskatchewan Rugby taking the Responsible Coaching Movement pledge said Dustin Hopkins, Rugby Canada Interim General Manager of Rugby Operations and Performance who added we have been working with our Provincial Unions since our AGM in 2017 to ensure that are Provincial Unions and Rugby Canada are aligned with the Responsible Coaching Movement, our intention is that Saskatchewan Rugby is the first but with more our provincial Unions to follow’
The Annual General Meeting will take place via web conference on March 24th, 2018 at 12pm.
Club delegates have been sent log in details. Speak to your club president to get access.
We are happy to announce the following athletes that will be participating at the Under 18 National 7s Championship March 8-9th in Burnaby, BC.
U18 Boys play New Brunswick at 1:14pm and Quebec at 3:14pm
U18 Girls play Indigenous Spruce at 10:44am, Quebec at 1:58pm and Newfoundland at 3:36pm.
(all game times posted in Pacific Time)
Tournament website is www.canadianrugbychampionship.com – select U18 Divisions for info.
2018 Canadian Rugby 7s Championship
White City, SK
Meadow Lake, SK
Pilot Bitte, SK
Big River, SK
Cactus Lake, SK
Sask 7s is looking for Under 18 boys and girls to represent Saskatchewan
The Under 18 National 7s Championship is taking place in Vancouver March 8-9th and Saskatchewan is sending a boys and girls team. 12 athletes for each team will be selected to compete.
Team Try out dates are January 13th and 20th at the Yara Center in Moose Jaw, SK.
Girls Head Coach – Kayla Mack
Boys Head Coach – Dakota Matthews
The team will travel on March 7 and return March 12. All players will be attending Canada Sevens Tournament to cheer on Men’s National 7s Team on Saturday and Sunday.
If you have questions contact the Director of 7s Robin MacDowell 306-533-5140 or Team Manager Wade Clarke 306-630-8879
Sask Rugby is proud to congratulate Peni Lutudromu for receiving the honour of Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers this past Thursday. On November 9, 2017 Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Vaughn Solomon Schofield, presented Lutu with the award at a National Awards ceremony recognizing himself and nearly 50 other amazing Canadians. The award is intended to honour exceptional volunteers for their significant and continual contributions to the community. Lutu is recognized for his efforts in fundraising and re-building his home village of Nacamaki, Fiji following the most powerful storm to hit the island nation in history.
In February 2016 Nacamaki, a village with 200 residents on Koro Island, Fiji, was decimated in Cyclone Winston. With the support of the rugby community Peni raised some $30,000 which he used to travel home and aid in rebuilding his family home, the local school and church.
Lutu is coach and player for the Regina Campion Grads, coach of the U14 and U16 Saskatchewan provincial teams, University of Regina Cougars coach, and founder and coach of Regina Mini Rugby.
The entire rugby community is in awe of Peni’s dedication, passion, and determination, we are truly glad to have him as part of our rugby family.
An Annual Awards Banquet was held on Saturday and we are happy to announce the following winners.
Coach of the Year – Ian Senterre
Match Official of the Year – Kristine Lovatt
Builder of the Year – Nathan Sgrazzutti
Junior Women Player of the Year – Delaney Aikens
Junior Men Player of the Year – PJ Mancao
Senior Women Player of the Year – Mikayla Waller
Senior Men Player of the Year – Bryn Walker
We would also like to acknowledge all the nominations we received.
Coach of the Year
Match Official of the Year
Builder of the Year
Male Young Player of the Year
Female Young Player of the Year
Senior Male Player of the Year
Senior Female Player of the Year
The 2017 Sask Rugby Summit dates have been announced for Friday, November 17 to Sunday, November 19 in Saskatoon at the Delta Bessborough.
The summit is an opportunity for the Sask Rugby community to come together to network, make decisions, and plan for next season. The meeting sessions Saturday will be followed by an awards banquet to celebrate our dedicated and passionate members. Sunday’s sessions will consist of our Semi-Annual AGM and a brief board meeting.
Online registration is now live so those wishing to attend are able to reserve their spots.
Sask Rugby will provide free hotel rooms for those staying the night. Rooms will have 2 double beds per room, as such the minimum is 2 persons per room.
Sask Rugby is also providing a bus from Regina to Saskatoon at $20/person. The bus will depart the Regina Rugby Club at 6PM Friday and depart the Delta Bessborough Saskatoon at 1PM Sunday.
Annual awards include: Coach of the Year, Match Official of the Year, Female & Male Senior Players of the Year, Female & Male Young Players of the Year, and Builder of the Year. Nominations are accepted until October 25, 2017 @ 12PM, visit www.saskrugby.com/awards for information on nominating.
The Awards Banquet is on Saturday, November 18 at the Delta, following the summit. Cocktails begin at 6PM, dinner at 7PM, and awards at 8PM. Tickets are $100 each or $800 for a table of 8. Payments will be accepted via the online link or cheques and cash at the door but registration is required to attend.
To register for the summit, transportation, or hotel rooms, click here
To purchase tickets for the Award Banquet please visit: https://saskrugby2017awards.eventbrite.ca
Some deadlines to keep in mind for those attending:
– Final day to book hotel rooms through Sask Rugby: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 5PM
– Deadline for award nominations: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 12PM
– Final day to buy banquet tickets: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
– Final day to reserve seats on the bus: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 *or when seats are filled
– Final day to register for the summit: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
We look forward to seeing you all there!
On August 14-20th 3 teams from Saskatchewan will be heading to Calgary, AB to compete in this years CRC National Championships!
We have our U16 Boys Sask Squad, the U18 Mens Blizzard Squad, and the U18 Women’s Blizzard Squad representing both Saskatchewan and Manitoba to face off against teams across Canada.
Good luck to all athletes and Congratulations on being selected this year to participate!