Vancouver, BC – April 4th, 2016: BC Rugby is pleased to announce a series of Identification Sessions open to any and all U14-20 female and U14-U19 male rugby players aspiring to make the BC Rugby Age-Grade Fifteens Teams.
This summer, BC Rugby Teams will be competing at the pinnacle of Canadian age-grade competition while defending multiple divisional titles at the National Rugby Festival, the U19/20 Canadian Rugby Championships and head-to-head matches against rivals Rugby Ontario.
The first Identification Sessions are scheduled in Victoria (UVic) on April 9th and Vancouver (UBC) on April 10th. Additional age-specific sessions are also planned for the month of May, with further details to be announced soon.
Each Identification Session will provide players with an opportunity to display their talents in a controlled, skills-focused environment, led by the BC Rugby Team Coaches. This opportunity can be of great benefit to those players who want to highlight elements of their game that might be harder to express in a competitive fixture. Included in the sessions will be individual skills assessments and player fitness testing.
New in 2016, baseline concussion testing and PrivIT injury tracking software will be introduced for the first time, with every player being subscribed and monitored. Player welfare will have a significant emphasis throughout the selection process, and a special presentation will be made at each of the April 9th and 10th sessions. Both players and parents are invited and encouraged to attend these presentations.
The price for players to audition in this talent showcase is only $20 per session, which also helps to cover the cost of new concussion testing and player welfare tools. Players hoping to be selected for the BC Rugby Teams are strongly encouraged to attend at least one of these sessions over the coming months, in order to best promote themselves in front of the BC Rugby Team Coaches.
“These sessions represent an exciting opportunity for any and all players to make an early and positive impression,” said Dean Murten, BC Rugby’s Performance Development Manager. “We want to ensure that all our age-grade athletes are provided with a chance to make themselves known to the BC Rugby Team Coaches and put their best foot forward.”
Other avenues will be available to players unable to attend the upcoming Identification Sessions. BC Rugby Team staff will be in attendance at the BC Girls High School Rugby Provincial Championships, the BC Secondary Schools Rugby Union Provincial Championships and the Provincial Regional Championships in June.
Following the Provincial Regional Championships, squads of 40 players will be invited to BC Rugby Team Selection Camps, with 24-player Teams being announced in July.