The outdoor rugby season is now underway with the Bow Valley Rugby Club (aka the Grizzlies). The club is thrilled to be able to present a normal, non-COVID, season ahead. 

Practices are now happening for minis and juniors. The club just introduced a newly formed under-five program, and it has been so well received that they had to cap and close the registration. The mini-league, which is ages five, seven, and nine are all Cochrane-based and take place at the Mitford ponds field. The elimination of driving to Calgary has greatly pleased parents of children in those age groups.  

Juniors have also started outdoor training. 

U16 and U18 have not started yet because the high school rugby program is on but after that ends in mid-June those groups will start and run through the summer.  

The senior leagues start this week for both the men's and women's teams.  

One of two “Try Rugby Days” is coming up this Sunday, May 1 for the minis and the juniors. It provides the opportunity for kids and youth from ages U5 to U18 to give rugby a try. Players will have the chance to meet some coaches and players and try some drills. Sarah Costen says, “This is really a great opportunity for somebody to come along and talk to people, meet some people have some fun, and see what the sport is all about.” 

The second of the “Try Rugby” days will be on Sunday, May 8, and will be for adults.  

Both events happen rain or shine at Mitford Ponds playing field from 12noon to 4 p.m. The only time the event will be postponed is if the town closes the fields.  

New this year, the touch rugby fun league that was held on Friday evening indoors this past winter is moving outdoors too. Registration is now open with practice and play starting on May 6. 

Registration for all age groups is ongoing and participants can register at any time whether a player is a child, youth, adult, veteran, or newbie.